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80,000 Alcohol-Caused Deaths In North And Latin America Each Year, Study Finds

Alcohol consumption is directly responsible for nearly 80,000 deaths every year in North and Latin America, with most deaths being caused by liver disease, according to a new study. And that doesn't even include the number of deaths that are somehow linked, but not directly caused, by alcohol consumption, such as falls, suicides, violence, heart disease and stroke, noted study researchers Dr. Vilma Gawryszewski and Dr.

Family And Nostalgia Are Main Reasons Immigrants Are Going Back To Mexico

Mexican immigrants are returning home in significant numbers but it’s not mainly due to the tepid U.S. economy, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

Returning migrants said family and nostalgia drew them back to Mexico, trumping joblessness, health and other concerns.

Latinos In California Set To Be Majority By March

San Francisco Gate: California is growing older and more diverse. The Latino population is projected to surpass that of whites in California in March to become the single largest "race or ethnic group," according to a report on shifting demographics in Gov. Jerry Brown's 2014-15 budget proposal. Also, the number of residents 65 and older will jump by 20.7 percent over the next five years, the report said. State demographers expected Latinos to surpass the non-Hispanic white population seven months earlier, but Latino birth rates were lower than anticipated.

Obama picks Maria Contreras-Sweet to head SBA

The president will announce the nomination formally at a public event in Washington, said the official, who asked not to be identified because the event had not taken place. (Charles Dharapak/AP) - Maria Contreras-Sweet founded the Pro­América Bank, a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles, in 2006. More from PostPolitics Congratulations on your budget, Congress. America still hates you. Congratulations on your budget, Congress.

Puerto Rico Teachers Launch Two-day Strike

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hundreds of teachers in Puerto Rico gathered on Tuesday with tambourines, cowbells and bullhorns outside public schools across the island as they launched a two-day strike to protest changes made to their pension plan amid an economic crisis in the U.S. territory. The strike coincided with the first day of classes after winter break, forcing dozens of schools to close. Legislators of the main opposition party supported the strike and some principals and parents joined in, demanding that changes to the teachers' retirement system be revoked.

California Legislator Wants To Extend Insurance To 1 Million People Excluded Under Obamacare

News . California is considering whether to extend Obamacare to one of the country's largest uncovered groups. State Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat, is proposing legislation that would offer inexpensive health insurance to undocumented immigrants through a state version of the Affordable Care Act, the local press report. “Immigration status shouldn't bar individuals from health coverage, especially since their taxes contribute to the growth of our economy,” Lara said last week in a press release, according to Fox News Latino.

There is No Surge in Undocumented Immigration

--by Bettina Chang, Pacific Standard Magazine:

The overall rate of illegal immigration has actually decreased significantly in the last 10 years. The time is ripe for immigration reform.

Do Latino Voters Matter in the Midterm Election?

-- by Rebecca Caplan, CBS News:

Since President Obama trounced former GOP nominee Mitt Romney among Latino voters, 71 to 27 percent, in 2012, many a political prognosticator has warned that Republicans would be doomed in future national elections if they did not take steps to win over the Hispanic community.

In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Decide Tight Senate Race

-- by Michel Martin, NPR:

Ahead of the midterm elections, Michel Martin is visiting Charlotte, N.C., to learn more about Latino voters' growing influence in the state. Join Michel fo ra Facebook chat from 4:30-5 p.m. ET today as she answers questions and shares more on her reporting.

Book Review: "Latino America" by Gary Segura

-- by Dante Chinni, The Washington Post:

It’s all but impossible to read any story about the state of politics in America that does not discuss Latino voters. There’s a reason for that. Since 1990 the percentage of the U.S. population that identifies as Hispanic or Latino has gone from 9 percent to about 17 percent. If that is not an important demographic and political trend, what is?

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