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WednesdayMay 21, 2014

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Sao Paulo’s Public Transportation Workers Go on Strike

Sao Paulo’s Public Transportation Workers Go on Strike

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A surprise protest by public transportation workers on Tuesday paralyzed 14 of Sao Paulo’s bus terminals and left thousands of residents in Brazil’s largest city stranded while trying to return home at the end of the workday, authorities said.

Bus drivers, without any prior announcement, blocked the terminals with their vehicles late Tuesday afternoon and forced passengers to disembark in the middle of their trips.

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U.S., Peru Begin Conversation on Waiving Visas

U.S., Peru Begin Conversation on Waiving Visas

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The U.S. and Peruvian governments have launched a process of close consultations leading to waiving visas in the medium term for Peruvians to travel to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security said.

Peru is seeking to qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, the DHS assistant secretary for International Affairs, Alan Bersin, said in a statement posted on the department’s Web site.

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Drug Legalization Debated at Congressional Hearing on U.S.-Mexico Ties

Drug Legalization Debated at Congressional Hearing on U.S.-Mexico Ties

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A hearing Tuesday of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs regarding the future of U.S. relations with Mexico included discussion of criminal violence south of the border and the pros and cons of legalizing currently illegal drugs.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) asked senior State Department officials whether - instead of spending millions of dollars on suppressing the trafficking and consumption of dugs - it wouldn’t weaken the cartels more to remove the profits made by illegal drug sales.

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13 Children From 1 Family Die in Fiery Bus Crash in Colombia

13 Children From 1 Family Die in Fiery Bus Crash in Colombia

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The bus fire in northern Colombia over the weekend that killed 32 children and injured 20 others left one family grieving for 13 of its children killed or hurt by the flames, media reports said.

The accident occurred on Sunday near Fundacion, a town on the Atlantic coast, where the bus carrying 52 people burst into flames.

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Activists Demand Georgia Universities End Discrimination Against Undocumented

Activists Demand Georgia Universities End Discrimination Against Undocumented

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Activists protested Tuesday in front of the offices of the Georgia Board of Regents to demand an end to a measure that bars undocumented students from admission to the state’s five most-selective public universities.

Critics say that Policy 4.1.6., established in 2011, creates a new kind of segregation based on immigrant status at institutions that up to several decades ago denied access to African Americans.

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Union Official: Cubans Know Higher Pay Depends on Productivity

Union Official: Cubans Know Higher Pay Depends on Productivity

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Cuban workers realize that an increase in living standards is “impossible” without improvements in productivity, a union official from the Communist-ruled island said here Tuesday.

Milagros Perez Caballero, who is also a lawmaker, is in Spain to give a series of talks to explain the labor changes in Cuba after February’s 20th convention of the country’s sole legal union, the CTC.

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Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Drug Cartel Leader Captured

Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Drug Cartel Leader Captured

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A top drug trafficker was captured in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, where additional security forces units were deployed to deal with a wave of drug-related violence, a high-level federal official said.

Francisco Ramirez Rivero, who also goes by the name Juan Fernando Alvarez Cortes, was arrested last Saturday at a tollbooth on the highway that links the northern cities of Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said.

The suspect was on the list of 11 top criminal targets identified by the federal government last week as part of the new law enforcement strategy for Tamaulipas.

Rubido did not identify the criminal organization to which the suspect belongs, but media reports said he was a member of the violent Los Zetas drug cartel.

The suspect was riding in a public bus at the time of his arrest and was trying to evade the federal security forces units patrolling the area, Rubido said.

The cartel boss was headed for Nuevo Laredo, a city across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas, due to “indications that a rival group planned an attempt on his life,” the national security commissioner said.

Ramirez Rivero is suspected of being a regional boss for Los Zetas and one of the cartel’s top members.

Authorities seized an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and drugs that the suspect was carrying in a suitcase.

Ramirez Rivero was arrested on May 10, 2010, but he escaped from prison in December of the same year along with several other inmates, Rubido said.

The Zetas cartel, a criminal organization known for its use of extreme violence, has been fighting the Gulf cartel for control of Tamaulipas and smuggling routes into the United States.

Tamaulipas has been rocked by a wave of drug-related violence in recent weeks.

A total of 16 bodies were found by the security forces at two locations in Tamaulipas earlier this week.

The bodies of three women and four men were found Sunday night in an SUV abandoned on a closed street in the port city of Tampico, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group, or GCT, said on Monday.

The bodies of five men and four women were discovered Monday morning in a farming community outside the city of Hidalgo, the GCT said in a separate statement.

The federal government said last week it was deploying more security forces units in Tamaulipas and planned to purge the state’s law enforcement agencies in an effort to stop a spike in drug-related violence.

Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong announced the expanded deployment last Tuesday in the border city of Reynosa, unveiling a “new phase” of the federal security strategy for Tamaulipas aimed at restoring to residents “the peace and safety they deserve.”

Patrols will be stepped up at ports, airports, customs posts, border crossings and highways, with inspections of prisons and nightspots where criminal activities occur being expanded, Osorio Chong said.
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Politics is Personal for Young Undocumented Immigrants

Politics is Personal for Young Undocumented Immigrants

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Young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children—often referred to as DREAMers—have grown up here, gone to school here, and formed deep roots in local communities. And while their immigration status prevents them from voting or even accessing affordable higher education in some states, DREAMers are civically active in pushing for reforms to the nation’s immigration policies that personally affect them and their families. A new report based on surveys of young immigrants found that 35 percent of DREAMers polled said they were part of an immigrant rights group. According to “In Their Own Words: A Nationwide Survey of Undocumented Millennials” by Tom Wong and Caroline Valdiva, that civic action does not translate into an automatic alignment with one political party.

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Police May Use Firearms Against Violent Protesters in Central Mexico

Police May Use Firearms Against Violent Protesters in Central Mexico

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Lawmakers in the central Mexican state of Puebla approved legislation that allows police to use firearms and non-lethal weapons to deal with violent demonstrations, emergencies and natural disasters.

“The police officer will solely be able to use firearms in the case of legitimate defense, his or that of third persons, due to the imminent threat of death or serious injury,” Article 7 of the legislation says.

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Organization Implements Emergency Watering Stations in Arizona Desert

Organization Implements Emergency Watering Stations in Arizona Desert

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With the aim of saving the lives of undocumented migrants who venture into the Arizona desert during the summer, the Humane Borders organization will install five new water stations in the areas through which the greatest flows of immigrants pass.

“These stations will be placed near the Cabeza Prieta refuge, because we have noted that the deaths are being registered ... in the western zone,” Juanita Molina, the executive director of the Tucson-based group, told Efe.

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WednesdayMay 21, 2014