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Review: Allende novel seeks to spotlight footnote of history

Jan. 22, 2020 1:10 PM EST

"A Long Petal of the Sea: a Novel,” Ballantine Books, by Isabel Allende Isabel Allende's new novel seeks to spotlight a footnote of history - and to connect the past and present in an epic tale. The goals were high but the results are mixed. "A Long Petal of the Sea" follows a family fleeing the Spanish...

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to the media following an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A look back at other infamous cheating scandals in sports

Jan. 13, 2020 8:48 PM EST

The fallout from baseball's latest sign-stealing scandal is beginning to take shape. Houston manager AJ Hinch is out of a job, and so is general manager Jeff Luhnow. The question is what will happen with the Boston Red Sox, who are also under investigation for sign stealing. Before they were fired Monday, Hinch...

New Mexico to host world's largest meeting on chili peppers

Jan. 9, 2020 3:24 AM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is preparing to host the world's largest conference dedicated to chili peppers. The 2020 New Mexico Chile Conference will run Feb. 3-4 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The university's Chile Pepper Institute has been organizing the annual conference...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning the first set during his match against Kevin Anderson of South Africa at the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Djokovic clinches Serbia's win; Nadal's Spain beats Georgia

Jan. 4, 2020 12:08 PM EST

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic got more than he bargained for in his first competitive match of 2020 before fending off Kevin Anderson 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) late Saturday to secure Serbia's win over South Africa at the ATP Cup. The No. 2-ranked Djokovic, winner of a record seven Australian Open...

Anti-government demonstrators shield themselves amid the spray of a police water cannon trying to disperse them in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Chile has been roiled by continuing and sometimes violent street protests since Oct. 18, when a student protest over a modest increase in subway fares turned into a much larger and broader movement with a long list of demands that largely focus on inequality. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Death toll in Chile protests since October rises to 27

Dec. 28, 2019 2:34 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's human rights watchdog is calling for an investigation into the electrocution death of a man during anti-government protests. The death during clashes between police and protesters on Friday raised the number of those killed during protests that started in October to at least...

Anti-government demonstrators run away from a cloud of teargas during clashes with the police in Santiago, Chile, Friday, December 20, 2019. Chile is a celebrating second full month of unprecedented social revolt that has not only altered the country's political landscape, but has also pushed a referendum on the reform of the country's dictatorship. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Dec. 27, 2019 12:03 AM EST

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Chilean activist groups celebrated the second full month of unprecedented social revolt that has altered the country's political landscape. The...

Residents spray water over remains of their homes after a wildfire damaged dozens of houses on the outskirts of Valparaiso, Chile, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. The federal government in Chile declared an alert Tuesday over a wildfire that had damaged dozens of homes on the outskirts of the port city.  (AP Photo/Raul Zamora/Aton Chile via AP)

Helicopters in Chile douse fire that destroyed 200 homes

Dec. 25, 2019 7:55 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Helicopters dropped thousands of gallons of water on the outskirts of the Chilean port city of Valparaiso on Wednesday to extinguish a fire that destroyed more than 200 homes. Dozens of people living in the city's Rocuant and San Roque hills sifted through the ruins of their homes...

Dozens of homes damaged by wildfire in hills over Chile city

Dec. 24, 2019 9:11 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The federal government in Chile declared an alert Tuesday over a wildfire that had damaged dozens of homes on the outskirts of the port city of Valparaiso. News video showed large tongues of flames along the hills overlooking the city. People walked through smoke carrying bags and even...

Indonesian custom officers escort foreign suspects for drug smuggling charges in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Indonesian authorities say they have arrested six foreigners for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs onto the tourist island of Bali. The foreigners, a Swiss man, a Thai man, a Singaporean woman, a Chilean man and two Hong Kong men, wearing orange detainees uniform were paraded with their feet and hands tied, at a news conference.(AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Indonesia parades 6 foreigners arrested for drugs on Bali

Dec. 18, 2019 3:37 AM EST

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities said Wednesday that they have arrested six foreigners for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs onto the tourist island of Bali. A Swiss man, a Thai man, a Singaporean woman, a Chilean man and two Hong Kong men wearing orange detainee uniforms were paraded with...

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass for the Philippine community of Rome, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican to Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope removes shroud of secrecy from clergy sex abuse cases

Dec. 17, 2019 12:31 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis abolished the use of the Vatican's highest level of secrecy in clergy sexual abuse cases Tuesday, responding to mounting criticism that the rule of “pontifical secrecy" has been used to protect pedophiles, silence victims and prevent police from investigating crimes....