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Peru home build vexed by 'the neighbors' -- Inca-era mummies

Jun. 30, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Hipólito Tica had saved for decades to finally build himself a proper house in a working class neighborhood of Lima. His problem was what to do about “the neighbors” — as he called the centuries-old mummies buried below. The mechanic had known they were...

Migrants in Texas trailer tragedy died seeking better lives

Jun. 30, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS, Honduras (AP) — Children set out hoping to earn enough to support their siblings and parents. Young adults who sacrificed to attend college thinking it would lead to success left their country disillusioned. A man already working in the U.S. who returned to visit his wife and children...

Nicaragua closes Mother Teresa charity, 100 other groups

Jun. 29, 2022 23:34 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Nicaraguan government closed 101 more civic and charity groups Wednesday, including the local branch of the Missionaries of Charity established by Mother Teresa. The closures were approved by the country’s congress and bring to 758 the number of...

Disturbance in Caribbean likely to become tropical storm

Jun. 29, 2022 23:11 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Forecasters issued a hurricane watch Wednesday for the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border as a tropical disturbance sped over the southern Caribbean on a path toward Central America. The disturbance was expected to become a tropical storm soon and was likely...

Toll now at 53 in San Antonio as families wait for answers

Jun. 29, 2022 21:44 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — In the chaotic minutes after dozens of migrants were found dead inside a tractor-trailer sweltering under the Texas sun, the driver tried to slip away by pretending to be one of the survivors, a Mexican immigration official said Wednesday. The American truck...

Mexican migrant in Texas tragedy hoped to reach kin in Ohio

Jun. 29, 2022 20:27 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The two cousins returned to the tiny, hardscrabble hamlet they grew up in in southern Mexico about two weeks ago to say goodbye in what has become a rite of passage for generations of migrants from their remote, impoverished mountainous region in Oaxaca state. ...

Puerto Rico sets 7th electric rate increase in just a year

Jun. 29, 2022 19:35 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Officials in Puerto Rico announced another electric rate increase Wednesday, the seventh in a year amid continuing power outages and the U.S. territory's economic crisis. For a client that consumes 800 kilowatt hours, the new rate will be 33 cents per...

Brazil bank CEO resigns over sexual harassment claims

Jun. 29, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The head of Brazilian state-run bank Caixa Economica Federal resigned Wednesday amid a sexual harassment investigation against him. The website Metrópoles reported Tuesday that prosecutors were investigating accusations by at least five staffers against Pedro...

EXPLAINER: Heat, humidity a perilous mix in immigrant deaths

Jun. 29, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

The combination of heat and humidity would have quickly created life-threatening conditions inside the packed, un-air-conditioned tractor-trailer where dozens of immigrants were found dead, an expert said. Although it’s unclear how long the people had been inside the trailer, it...

Mexican journalist is shot to death; 12th so far this year

Jun. 29, 2022 14:27 PM EDT

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — A journalist was shot to death Wednesday in northeastern Mexico as he was leaving his house with his 23-year-old daughter, who was seriously injured, according to state prosecutors and the newspaper that employed him. Antonio de la Cruz, 47, was a...