Puerto Rico governor rejects federal control board orders
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's new governor on Friday rejected orders from a federal control board in the first clash over how best to tackle the government's deep financial crisis after a decade-long economic slump in the U.S. territory....

Officials: Mexican activist had fled, shot when he returned
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Human rights officials said Friday an indigenous environmentalist leader shot to death over the weekend had fled his community almost 10 years ago and was killed when he returned to visit a sick relative....

Standoff at Brazil prison where 26 killed over weekend
NATAL, Brazil (AP) -- Inmates wielding knives, machetes and cellphones held their ground Friday at a prison in northeast Brazil where 26 were recently killed....

Brazil investigates crash that killed Car Wash probe judge
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian authorities on Friday were investigating a plane crash that killed the Supreme Court justice in charge of a major corruption case just weeks before he was scheduled to issue a ruling that could have revealed accusations against politicians in several Latin American countries....

Mexican police find dismembered body of toddler
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Police in southern Mexico said Friday have found the dismembered bodies of a 2-year-old toddler and a woman in plastic bags....