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Besieged Puerto Rico governor goes quiet amid protests

Jul. 19, 2019 11:38 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — In the Spanish colonial fortress that serves as his official residence, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is under siege. Motorcyclists, celebrities, horse enthusiasts and hundreds of thousands of ordinary Puerto Ricans have swarmed outside La Fortaleza (The Fort) in Old...

US to send asylum seekers back to dangerous part of Mexico

Jul. 19, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday expanded its requirement that asylum seekers wait outside the country to a part of the Texas Rio Grande Valley across from one of Mexico's most dangerous cities. The Department of Homeland Security said that it would implement its Migrant Protection Protocols in...

US judge denies bail for ex-Peruvian president Toledo

Jul. 19, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday denied bail for former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo after prosecutors argued that he was a flight risk and pointed out officials found a suitcase with $40,000 in cash during his arrest. "If the defendant were to flee, this would be a diplomatically...

Thieves stage armed robbery at Mexico's ex-first lady's home

Jul. 19, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A gang of at least seven gunmen burst into the Mexico City home of former first lady Angelica Rivera and forced employees to hand over valuables. The city prosecutor's office said Friday that guards managed to shoot one of the robbers in the leg and also caught another. Prosecutors say...

Mexico tree plan in El Salvador aims to stem migration

Jul. 19, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Mexico is bringing to El Salvador a tree-planting program that aims to support rural residents and ease economic pressures driving thousands of people to leave for the United States. The program known as "Sowing Life" offers farmers $250 a month to plant fruit or timber...

Brazil leader seeks greater control over cinema industry

Jul. 19, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he wants a "filter" on the country's audiovisual production, possibly limiting public funding to projects his administration deems fit. Bolsonaro said Friday that without some sort of filter, he will consider shutting down the government-run...

Harbaugh, Michigan looking to play game outside US

Jul. 19, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Michigan hasn't played a game outside the United States in more than a century but coach Jim Harbaugh said that will change soon. Asked about the possibility of playing a game in Mexico, Harbaugh tipped an upcoming international date. "We're close to announcing playing a team on foreign...

Pocket-sized shark squirts glowing clouds from pockets

Jul. 19, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A pocket-sized pocket shark found in the Gulf of Mexico has turned out to be a new species. And the mysterious pouches that it's named for, up near its front fins? Scientists say they squirt little glowing clouds into the ocean. Researchers from around the Gulf and in New York have named...

El Salvador files graft charges against ex-justice minister

Jul. 19, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday accused a former minister of justice and public security of illicit enrichment and said they are seeking restitution of over $1 million in allegedly misappropriated government funds. The case against René Mario Figueroa also targets his wife,...

Venezuelan teen blinded by police fire still wants to study

Jul. 19, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan teenager who lost his eyesight when he was hit by police buckshot during a protest said Friday that he wants to continue studying. Wearing reflective sunglasses, 16-year-old Rufo Chacón also spoke about difficult living conditions in his home state of...