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Puerto Rico debt-restructuring bill advances amid criticism

Oct. 26, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s Senate and House approved a bill Tuesday that would slash the central government's debt by half but has also sparked protests and led to fiery exchanges between lawmakers and a federal control board that oversees the U.S. territory’s finances....

Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramirez to live in exile in Spain

Oct. 22, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Writer and former Nicaraguan Vice President Sergio Ramírez announced Friday he will go live in Spain, after the government of President Daniel Ortega tried to arrest him and banned his latest book. The 79-year-old writer served as vice...

Nicaragua arrests 2 business leaders in continuing crackdown

Oct. 21, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s national police arrested two leaders of the country’s top private business association Thursday, just one day after a regional body called for the immediate release of political prisoners. A police statement said Michael Healy...

Teenage boy arrested in connection with homicide in Phoenix

Oct. 19, 2021 23:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A teenager has been arrested in connection with a homicide case in Phoenix, according to police. Police said the 17-year-old boy was booked into the Juvenile Corrections Center on suspicion of murder after Monday night’s shooting. ...

New York City activists, residents awarded $1M prize

Oct. 19, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

Fela Barclift recalls the day in 1981 when she left her Brooklyn brownstone to search for childcare for her daughter. Racial representation is important for Barclift, who is Black, so she went to nearly 10 different childcare centers to look for the perfect fit. But she couldn’t find any...

Brazil's inflation hits double digits, punishing the poor

Oct. 08, 2021 08:50 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It’s something Brazilians have rarely seen in a quarter century, and the last time they did, in 2016, it helped set up a president’s downfall: Double-digit inflation. Soaring prices for gas, meat, electricity and more have...

Trea Turner slam, solo HR; Kershaw hurt, Dodgers beat Brews

Oct. 02, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers still have something to play for, although they may be doing it without Clayton Kershaw. The three-time Cy Young Award winner got hurt before Trea Turner hit a grand slam and solo home run as Los Angeles extended the NL West race for at...

Venegas, Ortiz added to Costa Rica for World Cup qualifiers

Oct. 01, 2021 03:53 AM EDT

Alajuense midfielder Johan Venegas and Herediano forward José Guillermo Ortiz were among five additions to Costa Rica’s roster Thursday for World Cup qualifiers against Honduras, El Salvador and the United States. Herediano midfielder Orlando Galo, Muncipal Grecia...

Wade, Giants beat D-backs in 9th, hold 2-game NL West edge

Oct. 01, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — “Late Night LaMonte" finally delivered at home for San Francisco on Thursday night. LaMonte Wade Jr. singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning and the Giants held their two-game lead in the NL West, beating Madison Bumgarner...

Gallen, Marte help Diamondbacks slow down Dodgers, 7-2

Sep. 26, 2021 01:20 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Ketel Marte and Carson Kelly homered early off Clayton Kershaw, and the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks delayed the Los Angeles Dodgers from reaching 100 wins by beating them 7-2 on Saturday. The Dodgers (99-56) fell two games behind first-place San...