AP Explains: Who competes and how Carnival parades judged
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the "sambadrome." For the competitors, getting to the big show is months in the making....

Haiti gov't creates commission to probe prison conditions
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haiti announced a new government commission on Friday to probe the country's prisons and other overcrowded lockups and make recommendations to improve desperate conditions for inmates....

Guatemala orders expulsion of abortion ship, crew
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemala's immigration office on Friday ordered the expulsion of a ship run by a Dutch nonprofit organization that performs free abortions onboard in international waters....

US to seek extradition of ex-Guatemalan vice president
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- The U.S. government will seek the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice-President Roxana Baldetti and ex-Interior Minister Hector Mauricio Lopez Bonilla on drug trafficking charges, the embassy said in a statement Friday....

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl was found in Pennsylvania on Friday following a high-speed car chase and crash that involved a car driven by her father, who's suspected in her mother's killing, authorities said....