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Mexican tycoon arrested when boat kills son by San Francisco

Sep. 16, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

TIBURON, Calif. (AP) — A member of one of Mexico's wealthiest families was arrested on manslaughter charges after his 11-year-old son died on a family boating trip in the San Francisco Bay, police said Monday. Javier A. Burillo, 57, was arrested Sunday at his multimillion-dollar home in the bay front...

The Latest: Arrested man is from wealthy Mexican family

Sep. 16, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

TIBURON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on father arrested in San Francisco Bay Area boating death (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Property records show that a man arrested on manslaughter charges after his 11-year-old son was thrown overboard from a boat and killed by the vessel is a member of one of the richest...

Blackout hits 4 nations in Central America, affects millions

Sep. 16, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A failure in Central America's electrical grid left millions of people without power for hours in at least four countries Monday. Honduras was the country hardest hit, with the entirety of its territory and its more than 9 million inhabitants affected. Traffic snarled as more...

Tent courtrooms open to process migrants waiting in Mexico

Sep. 16, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tent courtrooms opened Monday in two Texas border cities to help process thousands of migrants who are being forced by the Trump administration to wait in Mexico while their requests for asylum wind through clogged immigration courts. The court in Laredo opened with a judge who appeared...

Mexico celebrates its independence with iconic chile dish

Sep. 16, 2019 4:00 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The first bite of chiles en nogada, a traditional Mexican dish eaten around the country's independence celebrations, sends a shiver. The salty skin of the poblano chile crunches, the pomegranate seeds that dot it explode between your teeth and the flavors combine to dance in the mouth....

Courts free more suspects in case of disappeared students

Sep. 15, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Courts have exonerated another 24 people implicated in one of the country's most notorious crimes, the disappearance of 43 students, a federal official said Sunday. The Interior Secretary said that 21 of the detainees were freed the previous evening after courts found various violations...

Mobile home parks become immigrants' home away from home

Sep. 15, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

AVON, Colorado (AP) — The Aspens Mobile Home Village sits on a wedge of land tucked between eastbound I-70 and the Eagle River in the mountains near Vail. The park is easy to miss in the blur of freeway speeds — trees, a fence, trailers flashing past before the blue sign for Exit 167 zooms into...

450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts

Sep. 15, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — On a dirt road past rows of date trees, just feet from a dry section of Colorado River, a small construction crew is putting up a towering border wall that the government hopes will reduce — for good — the flow of immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally....

California woman sickened by mercury-bearing skin cream

Sep. 13, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California woman is hospitalized in a semi-comatose state after using a skin cream from Mexico that was laced with toxic methylmercury. California health officials say the 47-year-old Sacramento woman bought the cosmetic at a Jalisco pharmacy. She was hospitalized with numbness...

Nicaragua group says 17 govt foes from countryside killed

Sep. 13, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Nicaragua human rights organization said Friday it had documented the killings of 17 government opponents from the rural north this year. Vilma Nuñez, president of the Nicaraguan Human Rights Center, said at a news conference that witnesses had described killings by police...