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Electric wheelchair tours show Colombian city from new angle

Dec. 2, 2020 2:39 PM EST

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Wilson Guzmán lost the use of his legs at age 17 when he was shot in the back while trying to recover a stolen bicycle in his hometown of Medellin, Colombia. Two decades later, he glides through the city's streets using an electric hand-bike attached to the front of his...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2008, file photo, Rebecca Parrett returns from a lunch break in her hearing at the federal courthouse in Columbus, Ohio. Parrett, who fled the US for Mexico ahead of her sentencing in one of the country's biggest corporate fraud cases, is asking for early release from prison, citing poor health and the coronavirus pandemic. Parrett was convicted in 2008 of securities fraud and other charges in a $1.9 billion scheme at health care financing company National Century Financial Enterprises. She was apprehended in 2010 after she had fled to Mexico before sentencing in 2008. (Tom Dodge/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

Woman who fled business fraud sentencing seeks early release

Dec. 2, 2020 11:58 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who fled the United States for Mexico ahead of her sentencing in one of the biggest corporate fraud cases in decades is asking for early release from prison, citing poor health and fear of contracting the coronavirus behind bars. Rebecca Parrett, now 72, was convicted in...

FILE - In this June 16, 2015 file photo, Organization of American States, OAS, Secretary-General Luis Almagro gives a news conference at the 45th OAS General Assembly, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

OAS head urges international prosecutor to act on Venezuela

Dec. 2, 2020 11:35 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The leadership of a broad coalition of Western Hemisphere nations on Wednesday accused the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor of failing to take swift action on allegations that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s government committed crimes against humanity. The...

Military police officers carry a bag filled with money left behind by armed bank robbers, in Criciuma, Santa Catarina state, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Dozens of criminals armed with assault rifles invaded the city in southern Brazil overnight and took control of the streets as they assaulted a local bank. (Guilherme Hahn/Futura Press via AP)

Horde of Brazilian bank robbers attack another city, kill 1

Dec. 2, 2020 11:27 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A large gang of heavily armed bank robbers invaded the Brazilian city of Cameta just one day after a similar force struck another mid-sized city on the opposite side of the country, taking residents hostage as they looted a bank. Para state’s public security secretariat said in...

Nicolas Maduro Guerra, son of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Catia La Mar, La Guaira state, Venezuela, Nov. 20, 2020. Nicolas Maduro Guerra is a candidate for a spot in the National Assembly for the upcoming Dec. 6 midterm elections. (AP Photo/Arian Cubillos)

Son of Venezuela's Maduro emerges, runs for congress

Dec. 2, 2020 11:23 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — For most of his life, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's only son has lived quietly in the shadow of his father, trying to dedicate himself to music even as he took tentative steps into politics. But Nicolás Ernesto Maduro Guerra is now stepping further into the...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable discussion on Operation Legend, a federal program to help cities combat violent crime in St. Louis. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday, Dec. 1, that the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud and has seen nothing that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud

Dec. 2, 2020 12:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disputing President Donald Trump’s persistent, baseless claims, Attorney General William Barr declared the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election. Barr's comments, in an interview Tuesday with...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2020, file photo, LA Galaxy midfielder Efrain Álvarez (26) and Portland Timbers midfielder Marvin Loria (44) vie for the ball during an MLS soccer match in Carson, Calif.  Álvarez started for Mexico in last year’s final of the Under-17 World Cup and is among several dual nationals at American training camp this week ahead of a Dec. 9 exhibition against El Salvador in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter will try to persuade him and other dual nationals to commit to the U.S. program. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Alvarez, Perea among dual nationals recruited by US soccer

Dec. 1, 2020 10:07 PM EST

Part of Gregg Berhalter’s job as U.S. national team coach is to be a salesman. Efraín Álvarez, an 18-year-old LA Galaxy midfielder, started for Mexico in last year’s final of the Under-17 World Cup and is among several dual nationals at American training camp this week ahead of a Dec. 9...

This undated booking photo provided by the Henderson Police Department shows Christopher McDonnell, 28, of Tyler, Texas, following his arrest Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, on murder, attempted murder, battery and firearm charges. McDonnell, his wife, Kayleigh Lewis, and his brother, Shawn McDonnell, are identified by authorities as suspects in a two-state Thanksgiving day rampage of shootings including the killing of a man at a convenience store in suburban Las Vegas and more shooting around the Colorado River town of Parker, Ariz. Authorities say they were arrested after a chase involving the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a vehicle crash, and the wounding of Shawn McDonnell by two troopers wielding assault-style rifles in La Paz County, Arizona. (Henderson Police Department via AP)

Terror, hate-crime counts mulled in Vegas in 2-state rampage

Dec. 1, 2020 9:47 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A prosecutor in Nevada said Tuesday that three people from Texas could face terrorism and hate-crime charges following several Thanksgiving day shootings in suburban Las Vegas, including one that killed a man at a convenience store, and more shootings before their arrests in rural Arizona....

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during the commemoration of his second anniversary in office, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico's president acknowledges end to killings far away

Dec. 1, 2020 8:31 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office two years ago promising to transform Mexico, but he acknowledged Tuesday that some pledges have been hard to keep. The president said in a sober, restrained ceremony marking his second anniversary in office that “there...

Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., arrives for a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing looking into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steven Linick, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP)

U.S. drug certification is outdated, says report

Dec. 1, 2020 8:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. congressional commission has proposed replacing the U.S. drug certification process — a fixture of U.S. anti-narcotics policy that classifies countries based on their cooperation on the fight on drugs — with more nuanced diplomatic approaches to keep up with rapidly...