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A passing car's headlights illuminate a darkened Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hurricane Zeta passed through Wednesday leaving much of the city and metro area without power. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Zeta barrels across Southeast after battering weary coast

Oct. 29, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zeta sped across the Southeast on Thursday, leaving a trail of damage and more than 2 million homes and businesses in the dark in Atlanta and beyond after pounding New Orleans with winds and water that splintered homes and were blamed for at least three deaths. A Category 2 hurricane...

Supporters of those who disappeared in Chile in the 1970's are seen outside the Sydney Central Local Court in Sydney, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.An Australian judge has ruled that a woman wanted in Chile on kidnapping charges dating to Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship in the 1970s can be extradited. (Margaret Scheikowski, AAP Image via AP)

Australian court rules to extradite kidnap suspect to Chile

Oct. 29, 2020 3:17 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian judge ruled Thursday that a woman wanted in Chile on kidnapping charges dating to Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship in the 1970s can be extradited. Magistrate Philip Stewart dismissed Adriana Rivas’ lawyers’ objections to her extradition on...

A passing car's headlights illuminate a darkened Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hurricane Zeta passed through Wednesday leaving much of the city and metro area without power. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

At least 1 dead as Hurricane Zeta hammers Gulf Coast

Oct. 29, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Zeta slammed into the storm-weary Gulf Coast on Wednesday, pelting the New Orleans metro area with rain and howling winds that ripped apart buildings and knocked out power to thousands before rapidly making its way through Mississippi and Alabama with strong gusty winds, heavy...

Mexican search group finds 59 bodies in clandestine pits

Oct. 28, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican search group said Wednesday that it found 59 bodies in a series of clandestine burial pits in the north-central state of Guanajuato and that more could still be excavated. The head of the official National Search Commission, Karla Quintana, said excavations began a week ago...

Faithful wearing protective face masks amid the new coronavirus, arrive to the San Hipolito Catholic church as part of the annual pilgrimage honoring Saint Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Thousands of Mexicans did not miss this year to mark St. Jude's feast day, but the pandemic caused Masses to be canceled and the rivers of people of other years were replaced by orderly lines of masked worshipers waiting their turn for a blessing. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Even Mexico's tough-luck saint has tough year in 2020

Oct. 28, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s patron saint of lost causes and difficult cases had a tough day Wednesday, drawing only a fraction of the huge crowd he normally gets for his annual celebration. San Judas Tadeo, who would seem the perfect figure for a pandemic-battered 2020 when so many people have lost...

FILE - In this May 19, 2018 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, and Vice President Tareck El Aissami tour La Rinconada baseball stadium that is under construction on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela. Maduro tasked El Aissami, who later became Venezuela's Oil Minister, with restructuring their nation's oil giant PDVSA in February 2020. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

Venezuelan president: Key oil refinery attacked; 2 detained

Oct. 28, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Wednesday that a large oil refinery suffered a “terrorist attack” as his government struggles to provide domestic fuel to the nation amid a historic political and economic crisis. Maduro spoke at a nationally televised...

FILE - In this June 12, 2020 file photo, people stand outside a Western Union in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, Cuba. The Cuban Government announced Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, it will move to close over 400 Western Union offices around the island because of a new Trump Administration sanction prohibiting a government agency from handling the financial transactions allowing Cuban citizens to receive dollar remittances from relatives abroad. The closures potentially could affect millions of residents who rely on the money relatives send to make ends meet. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, File)

Cubans fret as US sanctions threaten Western Union closures

Oct. 28, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — More than 400 Western Union offices that Cubans heavily rely on for remittances sent by family abroad are in danger of closing amid a growing number of sanctions the U.S. government has placed on the island. Cuba’s government said all 407 offices could close by late November, a move...

Border Patrol agent Justin Castrejon looks toward where the border wall makes its way over a mountain Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, near Tecate, Calif. President Donald Trump’s reshaping of U.S. immigration policy may be most felt in his undoing of asylum. Castrejon says migrants pay $8,000 to $10,000 to be guided through the mountains and picked up by a driver once they reach a road. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Migrants quickly expelled by Trump try repeatedly to cross

Oct. 28, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Edgar Alexis Lopez looks well-rested in photos he took before crossing the border illegally in mountains east of San Diego, flashing a wide grin in clean jeans. Six hours later, the 24-year-old Mexican construction worker was out of water, exhausted after climbing over the border wall and...

Border Patrol agent Justin Castrejon looks toward where the border wall makes its way over a mountain Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, near Tecate, Calif. President Donald Trump’s reshaping of U.S. immigration policy may be most felt in his undoing of asylum. Castrejon says migrants pay $8,000 to $10,000 to be guided through the mountains and picked up by a driver once they reach a road. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Migrants quickly expelled by Trump try repeatedly to cross

Oct. 28, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

TECATE, Calif. (AP) — Edgar Alexis Lopez looks well-rested in photos he took before crossing the border illegally in mountains east of San Diego, flashing a wide grin in clean jeans. Six hours later, the 24-year-old Mexican construction worker was out of water, exhausted after climbing over the border...

Voters line up and wit to cast a ballot at the American Airlines Center during early voting Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Judge says Texas mask mandate must extend to polling places

Oct. 28, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge ruled that Texas' statewide mask mandate must include polling places, but election officials Wednesday did not rush to enforce the order that was handed down after more than 8 million people have already voted. U.S. District Judge Jason Pulliam, who was appointed last...