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Mexico to auction off seized luxury goods to help poor

May. 21, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador hasn't just moved out of the luxurious president's residence, he's using it to auction off seized luxury goods to raise money for poor communities. López Obrador stayed in his middle-class condominium and turned the Los Pinos...

Trump calls for taking up trade pact before infrastructure

May. 21, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is telling Democratic leaders that he believes Congress should first pass a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico before taking up a bill to boost the nation's infrastructure. The president made his request in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate...

Witness: Self-help guru was both a coward and bully

May. 21, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Self-help guru Keith Raniere was a coward during his arrest last year in Mexico on a U.S. sex-trafficking charge and a bully when dealing with a follower who failed to adhere to his twisted code of ethics, a witness testified Tuesday at Raniere's New York City trial. The follower was...

Nike cancels Puerto Rico-homage sneaker with Panama design

May. 21, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Nike said Tuesday it won't release a version of its Air Force 1 shoe meant to celebrate Puerto Rico, after an indigenous group in Panama objected to one of its traditional designs being used on the sneaker. The company said in a statement: "We apologize for the inaccurate representation...

Setbacks motivated Maria Fassi to return, win NCAA title

May. 21, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Nothing drives Maria Fassi of Mexico like failure. Fassi was the Annika Award last year as the best player in women's golf as a junior at Arkansas, only to play some of her worst golf in the NCAA championships. She returned for her senior season, motivated to atone for the way last...

Dodgers' Urías reinstated from administrative leave

May. 21, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías was reinstated from administrative leave by Major League Baseball on Tuesday. Urías was placed on leave while MLB officials looked into his May 13 arrest for investigation of misdemeanor domestic battery. Police said Urías...

Mexico studies building new immigration facilities

May. 21, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico is studying a change in the way it handles migrants who have been overwhelming its facilities near the border with Guatemala, and may try to keep more of them in newly constructed voluntary shelters rather than in detention facilities. Tonatiuh Guillén, director of the...

OAS calls Nicaragua to release jailed protesters by June 18

May. 21, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Organization of American States called Tuesday on Nicaragua to unconditionally release all prisoners related to anti-government protests that started last year. Twenty of the 34 member states in the hemispheric body voted in favor of a resolution that urges all prisoners to be...

Mexicans buy fake cellphones to hand over in muggings

May. 21, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Armed robberies have gotten so common aboard buses in Mexico City that commuters have come up with a clever if disheartening solution: Many are buying fake cellphones, to hand over to thieves instead of their real smartphones. Costing 300 to 500 pesos apiece — the equivalent of...

Congress joins debate over sending TSA employees to border

May. 21, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers clashed Tuesday over the Trump administration's move to send hundreds of Transportation Security Administration employees to the U.S.-Mexico border, and one airport official warned it could lead to long checkpoint lines this summer. The TSA is asking federal air marshals,...