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Migrant spouse of pregnant woman detained on way to hospital

Aug. 18, 2018 11:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California woman said Saturday that she had to drive herself to the hospital and give birth without her husband after he was detained by immigration agents. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the man was detained because he was wanted on an outstanding arrest...

Brazilians attack Venezuelan immigrants in border town

Aug. 18, 2018 10:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Residents of the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima attacked Venezuelan immigrants on Saturday after a local storeowner was robbed, stabbed and beaten in an assault blamed on four migrants, authorities said. Pacaraima, in the northern jungle state of Roraima, is a major border...

Movement encourages Argentines to quit Catholic church

Aug. 18, 2018 8:03 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered in Buenos Aires on Saturday to oppose the influence of religion on Argentine politics and encourage people to quit the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of a Senate vote not to legalize some abortions. The event, called "Collective Apostasy,"...

113 dead turtles wash ashore on Mexican Pacific coast

Aug. 18, 2018 7:20 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican environmental authorities are investigating the deaths of more than 100 endangered sea turtles whose carcasses have turned up at a wildlife sanctuary on the Pacific coast of Chiapas state. The environmental protection agency on Saturday said 102 olive ridley, six hawksbill and...

Military intervention in Rio to end in December

Aug. 18, 2018 7:00 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's public security minister says the military will no longer be in charge of security forces in Rio de Janeiro state as of December. Public Security Minister Raul Jungmann said in an interview with the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper Saturday that he proposed extending the military...

Albuquerque airport to get air service to Guadalajara

Aug. 18, 2018 1:25 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque International Sunport is finally getting an international flight after nine years. Volaris, Mexico's largest low-cost carrier, announced Friday that would begin twice-weekly, non-stop service from Albuquerque to Guadalajara, Mexico, in November. It's the first...

Venezuela hikes wages ahead of monetary overhaul

Aug. 17, 2018 10:49 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raised wages for the fifth time this year and said he wanted to peg prices to the nation's fledgling cryptocurrency as part of a package of measures that economists say is likely to accelerate hyperinflation. Maduro made the announcement in a...

Mexico says major drug lab busted with 50 tons of synthetics

Aug. 17, 2018 9:59 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they have busted a major narcotics lab in the northern state of Sinaloa with about 50 tons of synthetic drugs. A navy statement says the raid took place Thursday in the mountains near the town of Alcoyonqui, east of the state capital of Culiacan. Besides the lab,...

6.1 quake shakes Costa Rica near Panama; no major damage

Aug. 17, 2018 9:38 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — A strong earthquake shook southern Costa Rica near the border with Panama on Friday evening, toppling items from store shelves and knocking out power in places, but authorities said there was no major damage or reports of serious injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the...

Chile: Man angry over suitcase behind wave of bomb threats

Aug. 17, 2018 8:07 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean man angry over an airline not returning his suitcase made false bomb threats that caused up to 11 commercial flights to take emergency measures in Chile, Argentina and Peru, authorities charged Friday. Police said they arrested Franco Sepulveda Robles, 29, in the northern...