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Cuban singer becomes pioneer of #MeToo movement on island

Jul. 15, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Dianelys Alfonso has a bold presence — brightly colored tattoos, spandex bodysuits, Technicolor hair — and a clarion voice that won her the label "Goddess of Cuba" for her turns on songs ranging from ballads to reggaeton. Now she's also the center of a new phenomenon in Cuba...

Puerto Rico governor rejects calls to resign amid scandal

Jul. 14, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Protesters in Puerto Rico gathered outside La Fortaleza governor's residence on Sunday, demanding Gov. Ricardo Rosselló step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board...

Top Puerto Rican officials resign over profanity-laced chat

Jul. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Saturday that his chief financial officer and secretary of state will step down following their participation in a private chat that used profanities to describe an ex-New York City official and a federal control board...

Cuba debuts modern Chinese train as rail overhaul begins

Jul. 13, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The first train using new equipment from China pulled out of Havana Saturday, hauling excited passengers on the start of a 915-kilometer (516-mile) journey to the eastern end of the island as the government tries to overhaul the country's aging and decrepit rail system. The 14 gleaming...

Dems, Republicans air warring views on migrants' conditions

Jul. 12, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four House Democratic freshmen who recently toured detention stations for migrants along the Texas border told a House committee Friday of jam-packed, fetid holding areas "in front of the American flag" and accused President Donald Trump of intentional cruelty to discourage future...

West Virginia helicopter crash victims remembered at service

Jul. 12, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands gathered in West Virginia Friday to say goodbye to billionaire coal executive Chris Cline and his daughter, Kameron Cline, who were killed last week in a helicopter crash . Brian Glasser, Cline's attorney and longtime friend, said in his eulogy at the memorial service in...

Epstein philanthropy since sex plea included all-girl school

Jul. 12, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In the decade since striking a deal that required him to register as a sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein has sought to underwrite all manner of youth causes, such as a baseball program near his retreat in the U.S. Virgin Islands and an all-girls' school a few blocks from his Manhattan mansion....

Embattled Puerto Rico gov apologizes for profane tirade

Jul. 12, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican Gov. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló was in Europe with his family this week on vacation when his administration took several hits that many believe have tarnished the U.S. territory's reputation and weakened its relationship with the U.S. government. First, the FBI...

The Latest: Trump says Dems exaggerated border conditions

Jul. 12, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on four Democratic freshmen at a House committee hearing (all times local): 11:25 a.m. President Donald Trump is pushing back against a freshman congresswoman's description of border conditions. Earlier this month, progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.,...

China says US should not allow visit by Taiwan's leader

Jul. 12, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday that the U.S. should not allow an ongoing visit by Taiwan's president to New York and that it would impose sanctions on American companies that sell arms to the self-governing island as part of an expected $2.2 billion deal. President Tsai Ing-wen is in New York on a...