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Tropical Storm Dorian strengthens as it moves west

Aug. 26, 2019 6:30 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters said Tropical Storm Dorian was gathering strength Monday while approaching islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea, and could strike Puerto Rico and its neighbors as a minimal hurricane on Tuesday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm warnings for Barbados, St....

Trump to Little League champs: 'See you at the White House!'

Aug. 26, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is applauding the Louisiana team that claimed its first Little League World Series title, tweeting: "Congratulations to Louisiana's Champions. See you at the White House!" The team from suburban New Orleans beat Curacao 8-0 to win the title on Sunday. The champions...

Brazil's Bolsonaro causes global outrage over Amazon fires

Aug. 26, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

PORTO VELHO, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has insulted adversaries and allies, disparaged women, blacks and homosexuals, and even praised his country's 1964-1985 dictatorship. Yet nothing has rallied more anger at home and criticism from abroad than his response to fires raging in parts...

Banana industry on alert after disease arrives in Colombia

Aug. 26, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

LA GUAJIRA, Colombia (AP) — It might not be obvious at the supermarket, but the banana industry is fighting to protect the most popular variety of the fruit from a destructive fungus. A disease that ravages banana crops has made its long-dreaded arrival in Latin America, the biggest exporter of the crop....

The Latest: Trump and Macron to hold news conference

Aug. 25, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump at the Group of Seven summit. (all times local): 12:25 a.m. President Donald Trump will have a partner at a news conference to mark the conclusion of a gathering of world leaders. The White House says French President Emmanuel Macron will join...

G7 leaders vow to help Brazil fight fires, repair damage

Aug. 25, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm. French President Emmanuel...

Brazilians rally to support big corruption investigation

Aug. 25, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of Brazilians joined demonstrations across the country Sunday to urge that the government keep pursuing a mammoth corruption investigation and to show support for the justice minister, who has been hit with allegations he abused his powers as a judge overseeing the probe....

Louisiana wins 1st Little League title, beating Curacao 8-0

Aug. 25, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — For the second straight day, a line drive found the glove of Louisiana shortstop Stan Wiltz and a dogpile ensued in the infield at Lamade Stadium. Stan was fine with all that. Nothing seemed to go wrong for the boys from River Ridge over the last week at the Little League...

Journalist slain in Mexico promised readers "activism"

Aug. 25, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says a 12th journalist has been slain this year in the country, which is one of the world's deadliest for the profession. Local media outlets identify the victim as Nevith Condés Jaramilllo, founder of a news website called El Observatorio...

Some young Americans warm to socialism, even Miami Cubans

Aug. 25, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Andy Vila's mother remembers her son as a bright, rebellious child who enjoyed Harry Potter books and dressing up as the U.S. president. But when he began to embrace the same ideology his family had fled in socialist Cuba, she pleaded in vain for him to stop his political activism. His...