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April 2013 Archives

Colombian “Emerald Czar” Victor Carranza Dies, Age 78

Colombian “Emerald Czar” Victor Carranza Dies, Age 78

Colombian "emerald czar" Victor Carranza, a mining tycoon who was investigated for alleged ties to right-wing militias and other crimes, died on Thursday, officials at the Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota hospital told Efe. He was 78. continue reading »

Illinois to Expand Services Offered to Immigrants at Welcome Centers

Illinois to Expand Services Offered to Immigrants at Welcome Centers

Illinois, which in 2007 opened its first welcome center for immigrants, continues to expand those services with an eye toward becoming the state that treats immigrants the best, according to a report presented Thursday by Gov. Pat Quinn. continue reading »

U.S. Senate to Look Into Rights of Mexicans on Death Row

U.S. Senate to Look Into Rights of Mexicans on Death Row

The Senate has asked the Foreign Relations Secretariat for a report on the number of Mexicans on death row in the United States and efforts being made to provide them with legal assistance. continue reading »

Demian Bichir to Make Directorial Debut with ‘Refugio’

Demian Bichir to Make Directorial Debut with ‘Refugio’

Mexican actor Demian Bichir, who made audiences weep with compassion in A Better Life, is stepping behind the camera for the upcoming film Refugio. continue reading »

Police Dog in Recovery After Being Thrown from 2nd Floor Window

Police Dog in Recovery After Being Thrown from 2nd Floor Window

A police officer's job is dangerous and it makes no difference if that officer has two legs of four furry ones. On Sunday, police in Fontana, California sent police dog Jaris into a home in which an a continue reading »

Small Business Owners Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Small Business Owners Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Small business owners throughout the United States have a pulse on the goings on within their local communities. They recognize that immigrant workers and their families are also consumers, which helps to create additional jobs and bolster local economies. Within that context, two new polls highlight small business owners’ perspectives of immigration and its positive effects on the ground in communities. Overwhelmingly, the surveys show small business owners, regardless of political affiliation, support comprehensive immigration reform. continue reading »

7 Members of Cuban National Ballet Defect During International Tour

7 Members of Cuban National Ballet Defect During International Tour

Seven members of the Cuban National Ballet defected during a recent tour in Mexico and all but one have crossed the border into the United States, a Miami-based news Web site reported. continue reading »

U.S. Extends Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans, Nicaraguans

U.S. Extends Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans, Nicaraguans

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, beginning July 6, 2013, and ending Jan. 5, 2015. continue reading »

Italy’s Santini Succeeds Spain’s Arzak as World’s Best Female Chef

Italy’s Santini Succeeds Spain’s Arzak as World’s Best Female Chef

Italy's Nadia Santini has been named the Veuve Clicquot 2013 Best Female Chef, an honor that Britain's Restaurant magazine bestows each year. continue reading »

Connecticut Drug Bust Leads to 100 Arrests

Connecticut Drug Bust Leads to 100 Arrests

In a massive drug enforcement operation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), more than 100 individuals were arrested early Wednesday in five states and Puerto Rico on state and federal charges related to the large-scale trafficking of heroin and cocaine from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico into and around southeastern Connecticut. continue reading »

Daddy Yankee Publicist: Ignore Rumors, Rapper is NOT Gay!

Daddy Yankee Publicist: Ignore Rumors, Rapper is NOT Gay!

It seems the ongoing rumors regarding the sexual orientation of reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee has reached an all-time high. This week, numerous Spanish-language media outlets began reporting the Puerto Rican rapper had off continue reading »

Witnesses Share Horrific Stories During Trial of Guatemalan Ex-dictator

Witnesses Share Horrific Stories During Trial of Guatemalan Ex-dictator

A survivor of the massacres carried out by the Guatemalan army during the 1982-1983 rule of strongman Efrain Rios Montt said Wednesday at the retired general's genocide trial that soldiers "ripped out" the heart of one of his children. continue reading »

Argentina Inundated with “Tsunami of Rain,” 54 Die

Argentina Inundated with “Tsunami of Rain,” 54 Die

The death toll from the heavy rains that have recently fallen on Buenos Aires and nearby parts of the country now stands at 54, Argentine authorities said Wednesday. continue reading »

Four Killed in Shootout on Puerto Rican Highway

Four Killed in Shootout on Puerto Rican Highway

Four people were killed and another wounded in a running gunfight on the Jose de Diego highway, Puerto Rican police said Wednesday. More than 100 shell casings were recovered at the scene of the Tuesday night shootout continue reading »

Spaniard Finishes Ponce de Leon’s Route Via Jet Ski

Spaniard Finishes Ponce de Leon’s Route Via Jet Ski

Spanish adventurer Alvaro de Marichalar arrived on Wednesday in St. Augustine, Florida, after a 14-day solo journey on board his jet ski retracing the route explorer Juan Ponce de Leon took when he set sail and discovered Florida 500 years ago. continue reading »