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SundayJune 1, 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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Puerto Rico’s Economy Contracts 3.3 Percent in 10 Months

Puerto Rico’s Economy Contracts 3.3 Percent in 10 Months

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Puerto Rico’s economy has contracted 3.3 percent during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year, the Government Development Bank said in a report.

The economic activity index, a gauge used by the island’s government to measure trends in the economy, fell 1.3 percent in April, compared to the same month in 2013.

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Venezuela Warns of Payback for Suspension of Gas from Colombia

Venezuela Warns of Payback for Suspension of Gas from Colombia

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Venezuelan Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez said the suspension of gas from Colombia could affect the supplies that Venezuela sends to that country in the future.

“Colombia suspended its gas and not for anything that happened here, so what I say with all respect to Colombians is that if they continue to do this, we’re not sending them any gas when it’s our turn,” Ramirez told a press conference when asked about the cut in supplies announced by Colombian authorities.

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Mexico’s Vicente Fernandez Says Farewell Tour Back on Track Following Illness

Mexico’s Vicente Fernandez Says Farewell Tour Back on Track Following Illness

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Mexican ranchera singer Vicente Fernandez said he was feeling better and planned to resume his farewell tour in September.

The 74-year-old singer and actor said he would perform at concerts on Sept. 10, Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 at Mexico City’s National Auditorium.

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Mudslide in Guatemala Leaves 6 Dead, 3 Missing

Mudslide in Guatemala Leaves 6 Dead, 3 Missing

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At least six people died, three went missing and seven were injured Saturday in a mudslide in a northwestern region of Guatemala due to torrential rains, a local official said.

The Conred emergency management service said the tragedy occurred in the village of Joya Grande in the municipality of San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango province, near the Mexican border.

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Colombian Police Arrest 46 Members of Los Rastrojos Crime Gang

Colombian Police Arrest 46 Members of Los Rastrojos Crime Gang

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Colombian police arrested 46 suspected members de the Los Rastrojos gang accused of extortion and drug dealing in the northern province of Atlantico, President Juan Manuel Santos said.

Santos congratulated National Police chief Gen. Rodolfo Palomino for the operation, saying it was “one of the biggest blows in the past 10 years against criminal gangs involved in extortion and the microtrafficking” of cocaine and other drugs.

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Romeo Santos Takes “Formula, Vol 2” Tour to Miami

Romeo Santos Takes “Formula, Vol 2” Tour to Miami

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Bachata star Romeo Santos will take the stage Saturday night at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, the seventh stop on his “Formula, Vol 2” tour of the United States that kicked off May 22 in Los Angeles.

The singer, born in New York to a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother, will give his second and last recital in Florida on Saturday after the long concert he gave Friday at Amway Center in the city of Orlando.

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Controversial Plans to Develop Mexican Region for Tourism is Halted

Controversial Plans to Develop Mexican Region for Tourism is Halted

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A Chinese-U.S. joint venture said it is halting plans to build a large tourist development in northwestern Mexico due to the “well-founded” criticism of environmental groups.

In a note published in Mexican dailies, the Rivera Desarrollos BCS joint venture made up of China’s Beijing Sansong International Trade Group and U.S.-based Glorius Earth Group said it would immediately end an environmental-impact study of the Cabo Dorado project in Baja California Sur state.

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Uruguay: the World’s Most Carnivorous Country Celebrate National Meat Day

Uruguay: the World’s Most Carnivorous Country Celebrate National Meat Day

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Uruguay, home of the world’s champion meat-eaters who consume an average of 60 kilos (132 lbs.) of beef per person every year, has just celebrated its National Meat Day, a festive occasion not observed by local vegetarians, a group of “heretics” that seeks to establish itself in this carnivorous country.

“When a Uruguayan says he doesn’t eat meat, it seems like he is spurning tradition, he’s like a heretic,” Hiram Miranda, who manages a vegan restaurant in downtown Montevideo, said.

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Coastal Mexico Rattled By 6.2 Earthquake

Coastal Mexico Rattled By 6.2 Earthquake

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A magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck Saturday off Mexico’s Pacific coast state of Jalisco, but no injuries or damage have been reported and no tsunami alert has been issued, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 4:53 a.m., was located 259 kilometers (160 miles) southwest of the town of Tomatlan, Jalisco, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

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Colombia Presents Top Engineering Award to Solar Vehicle

Colombia Presents Top Engineering Award to Solar Vehicle

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Primavera, the first Colombian solar-powered vehicle that last October succeeded in crossing 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) of Australian desert in its debut at the World Solar Challenge, received the top prize awarded by the association of engineers in this South American country.

Constructed over a year and a half by professors, students and engineers at EAFIT University and public utilities company Empresas Publicas de Medellin in northwestern Colombia, the vehicle was honored Thursday with the 2014 National Engineering Award for its creativity and technological development.

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Crime in Mexico Costs Companies $5.8 Billion Annually

Crime in Mexico Costs Companies $5.8 Billion Annually

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Crime and a climate of insecurity in Mexico cost companies some 75 billion pesos ($5.8 billion) annually, the head of the Coparmex employers’ association said.

Roughly 37 percent of companies have fallen victim to crime of some form, including corruption, robbery of merchandise, shoplifting, kidnapping and extortion, Juan Pablo CastaƱon told a group of foreign correspondents.

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Mariano Rajoy Announces Plan to Boost Employment

Mariano Rajoy Announces Plan to Boost Employment

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Saturday his government will approve new job-creation measures before the summer, including modernizing the public employment service and lowering the corporate tax rate.

He made the announcement at a business forum in the northeastern town of Sitges, stressing the “vital” importance of reincorporating Spain’s large number of jobless into the workforce so they can participate in the economic recovery.

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SundayJune 1, 2014