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Astronomers spot new tiny moons around Neptune and Uranus

Feb. 23, 2024 18:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers have found three previously unknown moons in our solar system — two additional moons circling Neptune and one around Uranus. The distant tiny moons were spotted using powerful land-based telescopes in Hawaii and Chile, and announced Friday by the...

Death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda days after 1973 coup should be reinvestigated, court rules

Feb. 21, 2024 01:47 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The death of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda days after Chile's 1973 military coup should be reinvestigated, an appeals court ruled Tuesday, saying new steps could help clarify what killed the poet. Last December, a judge rejected a request by Neruda's nephew to...

Illegally adopted during Chile's dictatorship, they're now reuniting with biological families

Feb. 18, 2024 19:07 PM EST

SANTIAGO (AP) — Romina Cortés couldn't pronounce her sister’s last name. She didn’t know what she smells like, what her favorite food is, or what she likes to do in her free time. Cortés, 43, waited impatiently Sunday at the airport in Santiago, Chile, where she would soon...

Ex-Catholic priest gets nearly 22 years in prison for attempted sexual abuse of a South Carolina boy

Feb. 09, 2024 18:39 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former Catholic priest in South Carolina has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison for trying to sexually assault a boy and showing him pornography. Jamie Adolfo Gonzalez-Farias, 69, could have faced a life sentence. Federal Judge Mary Geiger Lewis on...

Chilean ex-President Piñera drowned after a crash in a helicopter he was piloting, prosecutors say

Feb. 07, 2024 15:26 PM EST

VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) — Chilean prosecutors on Wednesday released more details about the death of former President Sebastian Piñera, saying he drowned after the helicopter he was piloting crashed into a lake. Piñera, 74, died on Tuesday after a flight over Lake Ranco, more...

Former Chilean President Sebastián Piñera dies in a helicopter crash. He was 74

Feb. 06, 2024 21:18 PM EST

VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) — Sebastián Piñera, the two-time former president of Chile who faced social upheaval followed by a pandemic in his second term, died Tuesday in a helicopter crash. He was 74. Chile Interior Minister Carolina Tohá confirmed the death of the former...

The death toll from Chile's wildfires reaches 131, and more than 300 people are missing

Feb. 06, 2024 21:13 PM EST

VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) — The death toll from wildfires that ravaged central Chile for several days increased to 131 on Tuesday, and more than 300 people were still missing as the blazes appeared to be burning themselves out. The fires in Valparaiso are said to be Chile's...

Hundreds of people are missing as the death toll from Chile's wildfires reaches 123

Feb. 05, 2024 21:55 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Volunteers in central Chile tried to remove charred metal, broken glass and other debris Monday from neighborhoods devastated by wildfires over the past several days, as officials raised the death toll to 123. Hundreds of people remain missing. The fires...

CLIMATE GLIMPSE: Fires in Chile, California rains and Spain drought spread pain of weather extremes

Feb. 05, 2024 17:12 PM EST

Camila Lange, who is 7-months-pregnant, on Monday sat with her husband and dog in what used to be their home in Vina del Mar, Chile. Hundreds of homes in the central coastal area of the South American nation have been destroyed in fires that have killed at least 112 people. Weather...

46 reported dead in Chile as forest fires move into densely populated central areas

Feb. 04, 2024 05:54 AM EST

VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) — Intense forest fires burning around a densely populated area of central Chile have caused at least 46 deaths, Chile's president said Saturday evening, and officials said at least 1,100 homes had been destroyed. In a nationally televised address,...