Charlie Sheen chooses his Latino name, Carlos Estevez, for ‘Machete Kills’ (Video)

Although Sheen told Univision last year, “I don’t wake up feeling Latino. I’m a white guy in America,” it appears he’s had a change of heart and has decided to embrace his Latino heritage after changing his name to Charlie at the age of 4. He took the name Charlie to avoid confusion with an uncle who was also named Carlos, and when he became an actor, he took on the last name Sheen to follow in the footsteps of his well known father, Martin Sheen. Sheen’s father, Martin, who starred in “Apocalypse Now!” and “The Departed,”
was originally born Ramon Estevez before he changed his name to apparently help him land acting roles.

Victor Garcia reports for Fox News Latino, Charlie Sheen Becomes Latino For ‘Machete Kills.’ It’s making the news all over that Charlie Sheen has finally decided to embrace his Latino roots. He plays the President of the United States in the film “Machete Kills,” which was directed by Robert Rodriguez and which includes a star-studded Latino cast. In has been reported that in a screen grab of a credit in the film, Sheen can be seen holding an assault rifle and is identified as Carlos Estevez, his birth name. This has come at a time when respect for Latino pride is on the rise across the United States and should serve as an asset for a career in entertainment. After all consider how well the Selena Gomez has been doing at a young age.

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Facebook lottery promotion is a twist on an old scam (Video)

Scams of this type rely on people falling for a ruse. In this case, the ruse is the lottery promotion. After making contact with the sender, the victim will be asked for enough personal information to allow the scammer to steal the victim’s identity.

Here are a few things that are wrong with this email and that can be used as tips to spot similar scams.

  • The salutation is not personalized.
  • The “To” address is to “” This address probably indicates that recipients were blind copied from a personal email account.
  • The reference to “Great British Pounds” is incorrect. The British currency is technically the “pound sterling,” but may also be commonly referred to as simply the “British pound.”
  • Poor English is used throughout the email.
  • No logo or other identifying company information is included.

In addition to his columns on, Terry Ambrose ( also writes mysteries and suspense. In a review of his latest novel, the San Francisco Book Review said, “On all levels License to Lie justifiably earned this five star rating!”

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Lesbian love story ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ wins Palme d’Or prize at Cannes

“Blue is the Warmest Color” director Abdellatif Kechiche accepted the award, along with “Blue is the Warmest Color” co-stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. It was the first time that the Cannes Film Festival gave the Palme d’Or award to two actresses in the same year.

Steven Spielberg was the president of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Jury. The other jury members for films that were entered in the main competition this year were actress Nicole Kidman, director Ang Lee, actor Christoph Waltz, actor Daniel Auteuil, actress Vifya Balan, director Naomi Kawase, director Cristian Mungiu and director Lynne Ramsay.

The 2013 Cannes Film Festival was held from May 15 to May 26.

“Blue is the Warmest Color” is about a closeted lesbian named Adèle (played by Exarchopoulos), whose true sexuality is awakened when she meets a blue-haired woman named Emma (played by Seydoux). The film is based on Julie Maroh’s French graphic novel “Le bleu est une couleur chaude” (“blue is a warm color”). The movie’s French title (“La vie d’Adèle”) actually translates to “The Life of Adèle” or “Adèle’s Life” in English.

“Blue is the Warmest Color” co-star Seydoux is best known to American audiences as Sabine Moreau, one of the villains in the 2011 action flick “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” She also played Gabrielle in Woody Allen’s 2011 comedy film “Midnight in Paris.”

Sundance Selects, which often releases movies on demand before or on the day of their theatrical releases, has acquired the film for U.S. distribution. The U.S. release date for “Blue is the Warmest Color” is to be announced. “La vie d’Adèle” arrives in French cinemas on Oct. 9, 2013.

The movie has not yet been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America, but based on reviews of the film, the sexually explicit content of “Blue is the Warmest Color” means that the movie will be rated NC-17 or released unrated, unless the some of the movie’s most graphic scenes are edited before its U.S. release.

Here is a complete list of winners at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival:

Palme D’Or: “Blue is the Warmest Color” (“La vie d’Adèle”), directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Award shared by co-stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux.

Grand Prix: “Inside Llewyn Davis,” directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best Director: Amat Escalante for “Heli”

Best Screenplay: Jia Zhangke for “Tian Zhu Ding” (“A Touch of Sin”)

Best Actress: Bérénice Bejo for “Le Passè” (“The Past”), directed by Asghar Farhadi

Best Actor: Bruce Dern for “Nebraska,” directed by Alexander Payne

Jury Prize: “Soshite Chichi Ni Naru” (“Like Father, Like Son”) directed by Kore-Eda Hirokazu

Vulcain Prize, for an artist technician, awarded by the C.S.T.: “Grigris,” directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Short Films

Palme d’Or – Short Film: “Safe,” directed by Byoung-Gon Moon

Short Film Special Distinction Ex-aequo (tie): “Hvalfjordur” (“Whale Valley”), directed by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, and “37°4 S,” directed by Adriano Valerio

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Republicans ‘keep busy’ with scandal possibilities

The White House keeps busy managing the fallout from scandals.


A device is needed to keep track of the possible scandals in the Obama administration, and I call it the Scandalometer. It works with a scale for scandals measuring their significance: 3-Big, 2-Real, 1-Possible, 0-Concoction.

Here is a test. Hold the sniffer close to your nose. If it smells so obnoxious that you flinch, that is a “3” and means a big deal. If it smells to high heaven, but you don’t flinch because it is in the realm of the expected, that is a “2” and means the real deal. If it is odorous but tolerable, blending into the background, that is just possible and a “1”. Just talk is a concoction and doesn’t register.

Benghazi security breach #3: Whew (flinching) — something is fishy here. It isn’t a political coverup that is what smells, it is the deficient security provided to protect consulate professionals. It was the denial of a request for additional security. Those things are linked to Mrs. Clinton and that stinks.

AP journalist wiretap #2: Government interfering with communications and free speech demands and deserves investigation. That behavior was more than obnoxious as it undermines freedom. If you want to catch leakers, do it from management control and not through external invasion of privacy.

IRS abusing conservatives #1: This is a possible scandal, although not yet proven. What does the IG have to say?

So, the Obama administration has an average rating of #2: Real deals that need investigation.

“No end to scandals in sight for embattled Obama White House

By Niall Stanage – 05/26/13 01:00 PM ET

Batten down the hatches and wait for the storm to clear.

That’s the advice veteran Washington Democrats are urging on a White House that has been embattled for a full two weeks by the triad of controversies revolving around the IRS, Benghazi and the Justice Department’s seizure of reporters’ phone records. No-one expects the pressure to let up anytime soon.
“There is blood in the water and the sharks are circling,” said Jim Manley, who spent years as the top communications aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) before moving on to a career at a lobbying firm.

“The last thing the White House needs to do is to make any unnecessary quick moves — by making dramatic personnel changes, for example.””

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Amazon staff in Germany on strike

The German trade union Verdi said 200 workers at the Amazon’s logistics center in the city of Leipzig launched a work stoppage on Monday and others would follow when the late shift begins later in the day.

The move comes several days after Verdi staged its first daylong strike on May 14, when around 300 workers in Leipzig and 600 workers in Bad Hersfeld launched a walkout.

Verdi is calling for Amazon to pay its 9,000 employees in Germany according to a sector-wide wage deal for the retail and mail-order industries. The union is also demanding higher basic pay and better benefits for night-shift workers.

Verdi has urged Amazon to raise the minimum hourly wage for staff at the Leipzig center to 10.66 euros from the existing 9.30 euros.

For those working at the Bad Hersfeld center, the union wants the current pay of 9.83 euros to be increased to 12.18 euros.

Amazon says it is willing to continue negotiations with Verdi, but it does not see a common basis for talks at the moment.


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Syria TV reporter killed near Qusayr

Yara Abbas, working with Syria’s private al-Ikhbariya TV, was killed near al-Daba’a military airport in Qusayr on Monday as he was covering an army assault on the airport, Syria official news agency, SANA, reported.

Syrian army troops have tightened their hold on Qusayr, and established their control over more than half of the town.

On Sunday, Syrian forces managed to retake control of a media center and Ahli Hospital, which was being used by the militants as a field hospital.

The army also cleared al-Hamidiyeh town, located on the outskirts of Qusayr, of anti-government militants. Scores of gunmen are reported to have been killed in the clashes.

A day earlier, Syrian troops retook control of several key districts and buildings in Qusayr, including the headquarters of the Ba’ath Party.

Syrian troops entered Qusayr from several directions on May 19 after weeks of clashes with militants. The Syrian army has kicked off the second phase of its operation in the town after successfully concluding the first phase of the battle.


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Syria opposition split over Geneva confab

On Sunday, the so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC) wrapped up talks in the Turkish city of Istanbul with little sign of a common approach to bring all sides to the negotiating table.

Some members of the coalition say the divisions are caused by competition for influence among regional supporters of the opposition.

The divided SNC has been holding meetings in Istanbul since May 23 to work out its stance on the Geneva 2 conference.

On the first day of the talks, SNC spokesman Khaled Saleh said he would not attend the conference without indication that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is stepping down.

The top commander of foreign-backed militants in Syria, Brigadier General Salim Idris, has also said that he would not attend Geneva 2 unless the United States and its allies provided the militants in Syria with anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles.

On May 7, Russia and the United States agreed in Moscow to convene an international conference on Syria, which will serve as a follow-up to an earlier Geneva meeting held in June 2012.


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‘Saudi Arabia’s king clinically dead’

A Saudi journalist working for London-Based Asharq Alawsat says the Saudi monarch has been clinically dead since Wednesday.

He also quoted medical sources in Saudi Arabia as saying that the king’s vital organs, including his heart, kidneys and lungs, have stopped functioning.

Doctors are said to have used a defibrillator on him several times. He is also reported to be alive with the help of a ventilator.

The Royal Court has yet to comment on the report of King’s death.

The aging Saudi monarch has not recently appeared in the public and the country’s crown prince is attending official meetings on his behalf.

It is the second time in the past months that Asharq Alawsat reports the death of King Abdullah.

In November 2012, the daily reported that Saudi king has slipped into coma and was clinically dead nearly a week after he underwent a 14-hour-long back surgery in a hospital in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

The report was later rejected by the Royal Court.

The 89-year-old king’s health has declined over the past few years, during which he has been hospitalized several times.

Failing health, old age as well as the death of the king’s half-brothers have raised concerns about the future of the oil-rich country in the face of anti-government demonstrations.


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Solution to Syria crisis, political: Iran MP

“We said so from two years ago that the solution to the crisis in Syria is not a military one and that a political way should be used for Syrian developments,” Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Monday.

Turmoil has gripped Syria since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of Syrian security forces, have been killed in the unrest.

Iran has repeatedly expressed its opposition to any foreign intervention in Syria’s internal affairs, stressing that dialog, national reconciliation and free elections are the key to resolving the unrest.

Boroujerdi pointed to a conference slated to be held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, in the coming days on the unrest in Syria and said the confab would bring together Syria’s friends or those who advocate a political solution to the crisis in the country.

He added that the US and its regional allies such as Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have failed to resolve the unrest in Syria.

”All developments in Syria show that US allies are in practice the losers of the Syrian stage,” the Iranian legislator pointed out.

The Friends of Syria Conference will be held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on May 29, under the banner of “Political Solution, Regional Stability.” Iran held two other meetings on the crisis in the Arab country in November and August 2012.

The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants fighting in Syria are foreign nationals.


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6 killed in Chicago shooting incidents

Chicago authorities said on Monday that police were investigating the death of a 42-year-old man who was shot in the head on Sunday.

The man, named Charles Jones, was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at about 3:30 a.m. local time.

Another man in his late 20s was also killed on Sunday after being shot in the armpit. He was taken to a suburban hospital but died of gunshot.

Two others were killed on Saturday, including Fearro Denard, 18, and a 29-year-old man who received a gunshot near President Barack Obama’s South Side home.

A 17-year-old and 22-year old were also killed in shooting incidents on Friday.

Shooting incidents across the US continue unabated as the nation’s lawmakers have refused to consider legislation to better control guns and enforce stricter background checks for gun buyers following last December’s shooting massacre of 20 children and seven adults at a Connecticut elementary school.

Every year, more than 30,000 people are shot and killed in the US.


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