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¡Felicidades! Colombia on Your 201th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Colombia on Your 201th Year of Independence

Today, all of Colombia is celebrating and rejoicing its 201-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for over 300 years as it colonized the region and enslaved native populations. The fight for independence started in 1819 and was 14-years in the making; led by Simón Bolivar and Francisco de Paula Santander who liberated five countries from Spanish rule. continue reading »

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Serrano Peppers Shipment Contains Over 1,400lbs of Marijuana, Seized at Border

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Serrano Peppers Shipment Contains Over 1,400lbs of Marijuana, Seized at Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility Wednesday evening, discovered 1,420 pounds of marijuana in boxes of serrano chili peppers. On July 13 at about 6 p.m., a 27-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the cargo port driving a 2000 International tractor, pulling a refrigerated trailer with cargo manifested as chili peppers. A CBP officer noticed the driver’s nervous demeanor and referred the conveyance for an intensive examination. continue reading »

UN Condemns Killing of 3rd Mexican Journalist in One Month

UN Condemns Killing of 3rd Mexican Journalist in One Month

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the killing of a Mexican journalist, the latest addition to what she called “the long list of victims sacrificed at the altar of freedom of expression.” continue reading »

Mexico and Volkswagen’s 50 Year History Keeps Growing with New $400 Million Investment

Mexico and Volkswagen’s 50 Year History Keeps Growing with New $400 Million Investment

At the launching of the production of the New Beetle, Mexico's President Felipe Calderon said that he was pleased to be in Puebla to begin a new chapter in the long history of successes Mexico and Volkswagen have jointly achieved over nearly 50 years. continue reading »

California’s Rural Minority Communities Struggling More than Most

California’s Rural Minority Communities Struggling More than Most

California’s rural minority communities are facing striking poverty unmatched by many in the U.S. in the face of the struggling economy. Compared to Silicon Valley of Santa Clara County, which in 2009 had an average yearly income of $94,715 continue reading »

TONIGHT Don’t Miss “Biblioburro” on PBS (VIDEO)

TONIGHT Don’t Miss “Biblioburro” on PBS (VIDEO)

Tune in to local PBS tonight at 10pm for a special airing of the incredibly heartwarming “Biblioburro: The Donkey Library.” continue reading »

Hot? Drink a McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Smoothie, Featuring Alejandro Chabán (VIDEO)

Hot? Drink a McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Smoothie, Featuring Alejandro Chabán (VIDEO)

McDonald’s is trying to change its junk food image by offering healthier options, like fruit smoothies. continue reading »

Businesses Struggling after Immigration Audits Cost them Workers, No One Willing to do the Work

Businesses Struggling after Immigration Audits Cost them Workers, No One Willing to do the Work

Though some are praising the immigration audits of businesses that are suspected of hiring undocumented workers, business owners are not so happy. Businesses that had previously employed undocumented work continue reading »

MEET iPop: Chilean Band that Uses iPads as Instruments (VIDEO)

MEET iPop: Chilean Band that Uses iPads as Instruments (VIDEO)

The five piece band made their debut at the launch of iPad 2 in Chile, only a week after learning how to “play” the iPad! continue reading »

Skype Was Key to Deported Parents Getting Their Children Back

Skype Was Key to Deported Parents Getting Their Children Back

When Alfonso Mejia and Margarita Almaraz were deported from the U.S. and sent back to Mexico, their children, remained in America. The couple feared they may never be able to see their children aga continue reading »

Siempre Mujer and CNN en Español Team Up to Empower Latinas to Believe in and Follow Their Dreams

Siempre Mujer and CNN en Español Team Up to Empower Latinas to Believe in and Follow Their Dreams

New Multi-Platform Program Will Leverage Siempre Mujer and CNN en Español. Leading Hispanic media properties Siempre Mujer magazine, the Spanish-language lifestyle magazine for women published by Meredith continue reading »

Dominican Republic Bans “Calle 13” Songs

Dominican Republic Bans “Calle 13” Songs

The government alleges that the Grammy winning Puerto Rican duo’s lyrics incite violence, objectify women and promote drug use. continue reading »

Shakira Performs for 150,000 Fans for FREE in Mérida, MX.

Shakira Performs for 150,000 Fans for FREE in Mérida, MX.

The Colombian singer offered a free two-hour concert in southeastern Mexico where she even covered Metallica! continue reading »

Troubled Juarez Set to Spend $498M on Public Works Projects

Troubled Juarez Set to Spend $498M on Public Works Projects

The Mexican government at a city, state and federal level is investing heavily in the beleaguered border city of Juarez and has just announced $498.4 million in funding for pubic works projects. continue reading »

Ryan Phillippe Appears to be Robbing the Cradle by Dating Demi Lovato

Ryan Phillippe Appears to be Robbing the Cradle by Dating Demi Lovato

Serial dater and baby daddy to his two-week old daughter, Ryan Phillippe, is apparently now dating the barely legal Demi Lovato. The former tween star of “Sonny With a Chance” is just coming out of her self-described ‘dark period’ that consisted of self-mutilation, addiction and rehab. continue reading »