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Pedestrians wearing masks to protect against coronavirus pass a sign for doctors rooms in Johannesburg Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared the wearing of masks compulsory and has reimposed a ban on the sales of alcohol and ordered the closure of all bars as part of new restrictions to help the country battle a resurgence of the coronavirus, including a new variant. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

The Latest: Louisiana congressman-elect dies from COVID-19

Dec. 29, 2020 10:29 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. — Luke Letlow, who was to have been Louisiana’s newest Republican member of the U.S. House, has died from complications related to COVID-19 only days before being sworn into office. He was 41. Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the congressman-elect’s death Tuesday at...

Katelyn Smith stands with her one year old son Ricky Trahan, III, as she prepares to change his clothes, as their family lives in a camper and tents where their home was destroyed, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

2 months after hurricanes, Louisiana residents still hurting

Dec. 24, 2020 10:13 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — As southwest Louisiana recovers from the back-to-back hurricanes that hammered the region this year, signs of progress compete with lingering evidence of mass destruction. The fallen trees that carpeted neighborhoods have mostly been chopped up and hauled away, but the roofs they...

This December 2015 family photo shows Jose Pereira, second left, one of the Houston-based Citgo oil executives convicted and ordered to prison in Venezuela, pictured with his wife Mervis, from left, and children, Sara, John, unidentified grandson and Joao, in Houston, Texas. Jose Pereira, 63, is one of the six American oil executives held for three years in Venezuela who were found guilty of corruption charges by a Venezuelan judge on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (Courtesy of John Pereira via AP)

Family of jailed oil exec asks for Venezuelan leader's mercy

Nov. 27, 2020 4:59 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The family of a Houston-based Citgo oil executive convicted and ordered to prison in Venezuela alongside five others appealed directly to President Nicolás Maduro on Friday for mercy. In an open letter, relatives of José Pereira, 63, wrote to Maduro that he has a long...

Jesus Loreto, an attorney representing Tomeu Vadell, one of six U.S. oil executives jailed for three years in Venezuela, shows a letter written by Vadell, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. In the letter provided exclusively to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, Vadell pleads for freedom, reflects on his past and shares the pain he feels over being separated from his wife, three adult children and a newborn grandson he's never held. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela judge convicts 6 American oil execs, orders prison

Nov. 26, 2020 10:44 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Six American oil executives held for three years in Venezuela were found guilty of corruption charges by a judge Thursday and immediately sentenced to prison, dashing hopes of a quick release that would send them home to their families in the United States. Some relatives had...