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Mexico seizes more than 1,300 pounds of cocaine at sea

Feb. 20, 2019 10:54 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's navy says it has seized more than 1,300 pounds (630 kilograms) of cocaine from a speedboat off the country's Pacific coast. A high-speed pursuit using a navy Black Hawk helicopter eventually stopped the boat that sported four powerful outboard motors. The navy said in a...

Mexico activist killed days before pipeline referendum

Feb. 20, 2019 10:11 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A community activist fighting against a plan to build a gas pipeline through his central Mexico town has been killed three days before a scheduled public referendum on the project. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador condemned Wednesday's murder of Samir Flores Soberanes as "vile,...

Customs intercepts over $12M in meth at border crossing

Feb. 20, 2019 6:44 AM EST

PHARR, Texas (AP) — Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted nearly $13 million worth of methamphetamine inside a truck carrying frozen strawberries that crossed into the U.S. from Mexico. The agency on Tuesday said officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility in Texas...

Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations 'unfounded'

Feb. 19, 2019 10:41 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to support two children he had outside his marriage. The former New York Yankees' closer on Tuesday called the demands...

US automakers to Trump: Don't slap tariffs on imported cars

Feb. 19, 2019 9:51 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — America's auto industry is bracing for a potential escalation in President Donald Trump's tariff war with the world, one that could weaken the global auto industry and economy, inflate car prices and trigger a backlash in Congress. Late Sunday, the Commerce Department sent the White House a...

Mexico closes temporary migrant shelter near US border

Feb. 19, 2019 7:35 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials in the northern Mexico border state of Coahuila said Tuesday they have closed a shelter in the border city of Piedras Negras where about 1,600 Central American migrants had been confined during the past two weeks. Many of the migrants have been bused to neighboring states,...

Column: Spieth keeping patience amid worst slump of career

Feb. 19, 2019 5:34 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — For a brief moment, Jordan Spieth had reason to believe he finally caught a good break with a bad shot. He was trying to hit a hard, low draw on the fifth hole of the final round at Riviera into a strong wind and a light rain. Instead, it caught the heel of his 3-wood and spun out to the...

O'Rourke won't rule out being vice presidential candidate

Feb. 19, 2019 5:33 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke said Tuesday that he hasn't ruled out being a 2020 vice presidential candidate — even as he plans to decide in the next 10 days if he'll seek the presidency. Answering a question in Spanish about the possibility of being another candidate's running mate, the...

5 to stand trial in Guatemala shelter fire that killed 41

Feb. 19, 2019 5:22 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ruled that five current and former Guatemalan officials should stand trial over a blaze that killed 41 girls at a state-run home for troubled youth. The order said they bear potential responsibility since they represented institutions responsible for protecting...

Golf Glance

Feb. 19, 2019 2:38 PM EST

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PGA TOURS WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS-MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIP Site: Mexico City. Course: Chapultepec GC. Yardage: 7,345. Par: 71. Purse: $10.25 million. Winner's share: $1,745,000. Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-7 p.m. Saturday, noon-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30-6 p.m. (NBC); Sunday,...