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SaturdayMay 24, 2014

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

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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5.7 Earthquake Hits Southern Mexico

5.7 Earthquake Hits Southern Mexico

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A magnitude-5.7 earthquake shook southern Mexico early Saturday and also was felt in this capital, but no injuries or serious damage have been reported, officials said.

The temblor, which was centered off the coast of the southern state of Oaxaca, struck at 3:24 a.m. at a depth of 18 kilometers (11 miles), the National Seismology Service said.

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Real Madrid Takes Home Champions League Title

Real Madrid Takes Home Champions League Title

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Real Madrid secured its long-awaited 10th Champions League title with a 4-1 overtime victory here Saturday over crosstown rival Atletico Madrid, which led 1-0 until the 93rd minute.

The Blancos add the Champions trophy to the 2014 Copa del Rey, while Atletico can take some comfort in having won La Liga for the first time in 18 years.

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Brazil Awards Galvao Engenharia With Highway Concession

Brazil Awards Galvao Engenharia With Highway Concession

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Brazilian firm Galvao Engenharia was awarded a 30-year contract Friday to operate a 624.8-kilometer (388-mile) stretch of the BR-153 federal highway linking northern Brazil’s Tocantins state with Goias, in the center of the country.

The Brazilian company offered to charge a toll of 4.97 reais ($2.24) per 100 kilometers (62 miles), far below the 9.22 reais ($4.20) ceiling set by the government.

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Bus Crash Kills 16 in Peru

Bus Crash Kills 16 in Peru

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Sixteen people died and seven were injured Friday as the result of a bus accident in the southern region of Arequipa, Peruvian police said.

The bus veered off a mountain road at a spot known as Quebrada del Toro and plunged roughly 100 meters (328 ft.) to the bottom of a ravine.

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President Obama Nominates Julian Castro as Housing Secretary

President Obama Nominates Julian Castro as Housing Secretary

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President Barack Obama on Friday nominated San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, one of the Democratic party’s rising stars, to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The president praised Castro, 39, for “revitalizing one of our most wonderful cities,” while stressing that the Mexican-American mayor has “never forgotten where he comes from.”

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Death Toll of Colombia Bus Fire Rises to 32

Death Toll of Colombia Bus Fire Rises to 32

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One of the children injured in last weekend’s bus fire in northern Colombia died Friday, bringing the death toll to 32.

Antonio Pabon, 7, was burned over 90 percent of his body and died in Camino Universitario Adelita de Char Hospital, the Barranquilla municipal health department said.

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Former Obama Cabinet Member Favors Normalizing U.S.-Cuba Relations

Former Obama Cabinet Member Favors Normalizing U.S.-Cuba Relations

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Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he favors “normalizing” relations between his country and Cuba, and expressed optimism at the chances of seeing that happen in the next few years.

Salazar, who represented Colorado in the U.S. Senate before joining President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, took part in the Tribuna EFE-Casa de America forum in Madrid.

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Latino Whiteness? They’re Asking the Wrong Question

Latino Whiteness? They’re Asking the Wrong Question

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

Here’s a fact: In the 2010 Census many Latinos, given the option, chose to identify as “white,” as opposed to black or Asian. Other Latinos chose to identify as “other,” then wrote-in a more specific identity based on their (or their family’s) country of origin.

The Pew Research Center took a deep-dive into these choices and earlier this month released a study that parsed the numbers and took a stab a some conclusions.

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Pope Says Letter to Argentine Government is Authentic

Pope Says Letter to Argentine Government is Authentic

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Pope Francis telephoned the Argentine envoy to the Vatican on Friday to ask that he “officially” ratify to the government of Cristina Fernandez the authenticity of the message he sent on the occasion of Argentina’s Independence Day.

Francis, himself an Argentine, “expressly” asked that the government be contacted in order to “decisively ratify that the letter is authentic,” according to a cable Ambassador Juan Pablo Cafiero sent to Buenos Aires.

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Ecuador to Begin Oil Drilling in Amazonia

Ecuador to Begin Oil Drilling in Amazonia

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Ecuador’s Environment Ministry has signed a permit allowing state-owned Petroamazonas EP to begin preparations to develop two oil fields in the Amazon region.

The Tiputini field is located just outside the Yasuni National Park while the other site, Tambococha, is inside that UNESCO biosphere reserve, which environmentalists and indigenous groups say should be off-limits to oil drilling.

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Millennials Drive Sales of Spanish Wine in U.S.

Millennials Drive Sales of Spanish Wine in U.S.

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So-called Millennials are behind the rising sales of Spanish wines in the United States, and “will drive them in the future,” according to the director of Wines from Spain, a division of the Spanish Trade Commission.

Katrin Naelapaa spoke with Efe at a wine tasting organized by the Spanish Embassy in Washington, where more than 200 wines were presented to the public.

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Guatemala’s Ricardo Arjona Prepares for International Release of New Album

Guatemala’s Ricardo Arjona Prepares for International Release of New Album

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Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona said here that he’s ready to take his “Viaje” (Trip) around the world, that being the title of his latest disc.

Arjona, who in August will be off on a world tour, spoke to reporters before an “intimate” recital in Mexico City where he previewed part of this album, the result of some emotional blows over the past three years, particularly from the loss of his parents.

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Investigation Underway in Puerto Rico Over Killing of Leatherback Sea Turtle

Investigation Underway in Puerto Rico Over Killing of Leatherback Sea Turtle

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Puerto Rican authorities have launched an investigation to find those responsible for the killing of a leatherback sea turtle, a species in danger of extinction, on the island’s southeast coast.

That was announced in a communique from the secretary of the Natural and Environmental Resources Department, or DRNA, Carmen Guerrero Perez, who described the incident on the beach of the El Negro sector of Yabucoa as “an atrocity,” since the animal showed signs of having been beaten to death by blows to the head.

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SaturdayMay 24, 2014