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Military nurses, tests coming to help hard-hit Arizona city

PHOENIX (AP) — Exhausted nurses in rural Yuma, Arizona, regularly send COVID-19 patients on a long helicopter ride to Phoenix when they don't have...

Guatemala forces stall migrant caravan with tear gas, batons

VADO HONDO, Guatemala (AP) — Guatemalan police and soldiers launched tear gas and wielded batons and shields against a group of Honduran migrants that...

Mexico publishes heavily edited probe of exonerated general

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One day after Mexico angered U.S. officials by publishing an entire 751-page U.S. case file against former Defense Secretary Salvador...

The Latest: China reports a few new cases of COVID-19

BEIJING — China on Sunday reported 109 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, two-thirds of them in a northern province that abuts Beijing, and no deaths. ...

In Mexico, women take the front lines as vigilantes

EL TERRERO, Mexico (AP) — In the birthplace of Mexico’s vigilante “self-defense” movement, a new group has emerged entirely made up of women, who...

Mexico clears general, publishes US evidence against him

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has accused the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of fabricating drug trafficking charges against the...

Mexico says US ‘fabricated’ charges, releases evidence

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had “fabricated” drug trafficking accusations against...

World Golf Championship moving from Mexico to Florida

The World Golf Championship is moving from Mexico City to the Gulf Coast of Florida, a change driven by the COVID-19 pandemic that has...

‘This is not a game’: Global virus death toll hits 2 million

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday, crossing the threshold amid a vaccine rollout so immense but...

Honduran migrants trek north toward Guatemalan border

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Hundreds of migrants hoping to reach the U.S. border gathered outside a bus station in this Honduran city...

The Latest: Fla. lawyer in tobacco cases dies from COVID-19

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Florida attorney Fred Levin, who won a major legal battle against the tobacco industry in the 1990s, has died several days...

Trump takes no responsibility for riot, visits Texas

ALAMO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday took no responsibility for his part in fomenting a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol...

Mexico sees holiday bump in tourism amid pandemic surge

TULUM, Mexico (AP) — The friends from Jackson, Mississippi, relaxed on lounge chairs dug into a white sand beach and romped in the turquoise...

Trump to visit U.S.-Mexico border to laud border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday to highlight his administration's work on the border...

The Latest: Mexico sees record 16,105 new virus cases

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has posted another daily record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases, with 16,105 new infections reported Saturday, and a near-record of...

US judge blocks Trump administration’s sweeping asylum rules

PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday blocked the Trump administration’s most sweeping set of asylum restrictions less than two weeks before President-elect...

Mexican farmers find rare female statue in citrus grove

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Farmers digging in a citrus grove near Mexico’s Gulf coast have found a striking, six-foot-tall statue of a female figure...

The Latest: China city offers rewards to root out untested

BEIJING — A city in northern China is offering rewards of 500 yuan ($77) for anyone who reports on a resident who has not...

The Latest: Australia moves up vaccination start to February

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is advancing the start of its coronavirus vaccination program to mid-February, with plans to inoculate 15% of the population by...

Arizona border deaths hit 10-year high after record heat

PHOENIX (AP) — A project that maps the bodies of border-crossers recovered from Arizona’s inhospitable deserts, valleys and mountains said it documented 227 deaths...

Mexico to vaccinate rural elderly, but still awaits vaccine

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Once Mexico has vaccinated its frontline medical workers against COVID-19, the government will turn its attention to the elderly living...

Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines

LONDON (AP) — Despite growing vaccine access, January is looking grim around the globe as the coronavirus resurges and reshapes itself from Britain to...

The Latest: China makes parts of province high danger zones

BEIJING — China has designated parts of Hebei province near Beijing as a coronavirus high danger zone after 14 new cases of COVID-19 were...

Mexico approves AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for emergency use Monday, hoping to spur a halting vaccination effort that has only...

Mexico’s president reaches the people with morning show

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Retired auditor Rafael Silva pours himself a cup of coffee and turns on his television at 7:00 a.m. each weekday...

Mexico City ban on single-use plastics takes effect

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A broad ban on single-use containers, forks, straws and other ubiquitous items takes effect in Mexico’s capital, one of the...

Some Mexicans struggle to get oxygen amid virus case surge

MEXICO CITY (AP) — On New Year’s Day, dozens of people stood in line with empty oxygen tanks in one of Mexico City’s hardest...

Global pandemic meets 500th anniversary of 1st global voyage

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Disease, mutinies and uncharted waters nearly sabotaged the global circumnavigation of the expedition led by Portuguese mariner Ferdinand Magellan. Five...

Mexico might allow private firms to buy, distribute vaccines

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday he is not opposed to private companies buying coronavirus vaccines to distribute...

Aid groups aim to bring health care to migrants on way to US

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Aurora Leticia Cruz has tried to keep up with her blood pressure medication since fleeing Guatemala more than a year...

Mexican singer, composer Armando Manzanero dies at 85

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican ballad singer and composer Armando Manzanero died at the age of 85, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said...

The Latest: China tests millions in port over virus cluster

BEIJING — Authorities in China’s northeastern port city of Dalian are testing millions of residents after seven new coronavirus cases were reported there in...

Mexico starts giving first shots of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An intensive care nurse in Mexico City on Thursday became the first person in Latin America to receive an approved...

People yearn to connect across borders amid pandemic holiday

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the United States, Canada and Mexico agreed in March to close their shared borders to nonessential travel. ...

The Latest: Brazil is latest to ban flights from Britain

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil has become the latest country to bar flights from the United Kingdom in a bid to prevent contagion from...

The Latest: Coronavirus cases keep rising in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has added 1,092 new coronavirus cases in a resurgence that is erasing hard-won epidemiological gains and eroding public...

Biden: Reversing Trump border policies will take months

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden says it will take months to roll back some of President Donald Trump’s actions on immigration, tempering...

The Latest: Biden says months to fix Trump border policies

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — 4 p.m. ...

Mexico alleges Luz del Mundo, 4 other groups laundered money

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican investigators said Tuesday they have filed money-laundering complaints against five religious groups in Mexico, including the Luz del Mundo...

Mexico’s president says army to run Maya train project

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday the army will run the Maya train project and several airports, and...

Mexican priest who defended migrants dies of COVID-19

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Migrant advocates and Roman Catholics on Sunday marked the death of Rev. Pedro Pantoja, a priest who helped found a...

Arizona migrant border deaths on track for record amid heat

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) — Heat exposure killed 19-year-old Cesar de la Cruz on an Arizona trail in July during his trek up from southern...

US: More must be done to protect Colorado River from drought

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A set of guidelines for managing the Colorado River helped several states through a dry spell, but it's not enough...

Mexican president defends restrictive immigration policies

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday defended Mexico’s restrictive immigration policy, which has prevented many Central American migrants...

US plans family deportations, including girl with broken arm

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government is preparing to deport more than a dozen children and their parents held at a Texas immigration detention...

Mexico unveils monument to murdered U.S. women, children

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador inaugurated a monument Thursday to the memory of nine U.S.-Mexican dual citizens ambushed and...

Mexico’s minimum wage to rise 15% over business objections

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government announced the country's daily minimum wage will rise by 15% in January to the equivalent of about...

Brazil, Mexico presidents among last to congratulate Biden

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, becoming the last major Latin...

Mexico says credit, debit card settlements a near monopoly

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican regulators said Wednesday that the two firms handling the country’s debit or credit card settlement process represent a near...

Mexico to name education secretary as new US ambassador

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday he will nominate current Education Secretary Esteban Moctezuma as Mexico’s next ambassador...

Correction: Mexico-US-Biden story

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a story on December 15, 2020, about the Mexican and Brazilian presidents congratulating U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, The Associated...

Birth on a riverbank: Woman’s ordeal shows risks at border

HOUSTON (AP) — The Honduran woman walked alone through the dark brush of the South Texas borderlands after being pushed across a nearby river...

Mexico proposes phasing out Roundup pesticide by 2024

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Agriculture Department has proposed rules for phasing out the use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in weed killer Roundup,...

Los Angeles suspect arrested in Mexico on 2017 murder charge

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man wanted in the 2017 killing of the mother of his young child in South Los Angeles has been...

Pandemic forces ‘virtual’ Virgin of Guadalupe day in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — For the first time in decades, Mexico’s Roman Catholics were forced on Saturday to abandon a religious pilgrimage in which...

The Latest: US gives go-ahead for Pfizer coronavirus vaccine

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has given the final go-ahead to the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, marking what could be the beginning of the end...

Listening to athletes, USOPC won’t punish Olympic protests

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee heeded calls from American athletes by announcing Thursday that it won’t sanction them for raising their fists or...

AP sources: Biden to pick Katherine Tai as top trade envoy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is set to nominate Katherine Tai to be the top U.S. trade envoy, according to two people familiar...

AP sources: Biden to pick Katherine Tai as top trade envoy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is set to nominate Katherine Tai to be the top U.S. trade envoy, according to two people familiar...

Pandemic, loss unite 2 rural Missouri pastors around faith

NOEL, Mo. (AP) — Thirty miles of rural Missouri separate the two churches, and so much else. One is mostly white; the other hosts...

Biden picks Xavier Becerra to lead HHS, coronavirus response

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable...

Biden picks Calif. AG Becerra to lead HHS, pandemic response

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable...

Mexican president wants to restrict US agents in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has tossed another hot potato to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden with a proposal that...

Mexico City hospitals are filling up, but so are the streets

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Sometimes Latin American dance tunes on the radio — salsa, cumbia, ranchera — bring a little cheer into the emergency...

Woman who fled business fraud sentencing seeks early release

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who fled the United States for Mexico ahead of her sentencing in one of the biggest corporate...

Pop-up school for US asylum seekers thrives despite pandemic

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — It started out simply: A pop-up school on a sidewalk to teach reading, writing, math and art to Central American...

WHO chief: Mexico in ‘bad shape’ with coronavirus pandemic

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said that "Mexico is in bad shape” with the pandemic and urged its...

Pope elevates 13 new cardinals then puts them in their place

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy Saturday and immediately warned them not to...

The Latest: Illinois surpasses 12,000 deaths from COVID-19

MIAMI (AP) — SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois has risen above 12,000 deaths from COVID-19, while also surpassing the 700,000 mark for confirmed coronavirus infections....

New cardinals quarantine in pope’s hotel ahead of ceremony

ROME (AP) — The Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel was built to sequester cardinals during papal elections. It's now sequestering soon-to-be cardinals in town for...

Tampa Bay outfielder Arozarena released in Mexico’s Yucatan

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tampa Bay outfielder Randy Arozarena was released by Mexican authorities Thursday after his former partner told a judge in Yucatan...

Mexico moves to stem unauthorized sharing of sexual images

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Activist Olimpia Coral went through an inferno in 2013, when an ex-boyfriend posted sexual images that made the rounds in...

AP WAS THERE: Diego Maradona ousts England at 1986 World Cup

MEXICO CITY (AP) — EDITOR’S NOTE: The quarterfinal match at the 1986 World Cup encapsulated both the best and worst of Diego Maradona, who...

Tampa Bay outfielder Arozarena arrested in Mexico’s Yucatan

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena has been arrested in Mexico’s Yucatan state for a situation involving an apparent custody...

Punishing hurricanes to spur more Central American migration

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — At a shelter in this northern Honduran city, Lilian Gabriela Santos Sarmiento says back-to-back hurricanes that hit with...

The Latest: China reports results of mass testing

BEIJING — China has reported new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming...

Catholic Church cancels Guadalupe pilgrimage over pandemic

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church announced the cancellation Monday of what’s considered the world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage, for the Virgin of...

Mexico tops 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, 4th country to do so

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A day after Mexico passed the 100,000 mark in confirmed COVID-19 deaths, becoming only the fourth country to do so,...

AP source: USA Basketball entering bubble for AmeriCup games

USA Basketball and the national teams from Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico will be moving into a bubble in Indianapolis over the coming days...

Mexico becomes 4th country to hit 100,000 COVID-19 deaths

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico passed the 100,000 mark in COVID-19 deaths Thursday, becoming only the fourth country — behind the United States, Brazil...

Illegal border crossings rise for sixth straight month

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. border authorities stopped people entering the country illegally from Mexico more than 69,000 times in October, the sixth straight...

Mexico says it wants its ex-officials tried in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's foreign secretary said Thursday the country no longer wants officials accused of corruption to be put on trial in...

US drops case against ex-Mexican general after pressure

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Wednesday dropped a high-profile drug trafficking and money laundering case against a former Mexican defense secretary,...

US dropping case against former Mexican defense secretary

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is dropping its drug trafficking and money laundering case against former Mexican Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos,...

Mexico explains decision to flood poor, Indigenous areas

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday he had to face a tough decision on whether to allow a...

Mexico reaches 1 million virus cases, nears 100,000 deaths

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico on Saturday topped 1 million registered coronavirus cases and nearly 100,000 test-confirmed deaths, though officials agree the number is...

The Latest: Connecticut governor is self-quarantining

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is self-quarantining after his chief spokesperson tested positive for COVID-19. ...

Mexico City closes bars, limits eateries as virus cases rise

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City announced Friday it will order bars closed for two weeks after the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19...

Mexico arrests soldier in missing students case

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities arrested the first military officer in connection with the investigation into the 2014 disappearance of 43 students from...

Feds: California man ran kidnapping scam from Mexican prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man imprisoned in Mexico ran a “virtual kidnapping” scheme that duped dozens of Americans into paying ransoms to...

Mexico to stop holding child migrants in detention centers

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United Nations and other organizations are applauding changes to Mexico’s immigration law that would prohibit holding migrant children in...

UK becomes 5th country to exceed 50,000 coronavirus deaths

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom on Wednesday became the fifth country in the world to record more than 50,000 coronavirus-related deaths, a level...

Some big, early shifts on immigration expected under Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some dramatic moves on immigration are expected in the early days of the Biden administration. Joe Biden will likely use executive...

Some big, early shifts on immigration expected under Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some dramatic moves on immigration are expected in the early days of the Biden administration. Joe Biden will likely use executive...

Final weeks of historic hurricane season bring new storms

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Just when you thought it should be safe to go back to the water, the record-setting tropics are going...

British queen offers condolences to Eta storm victims

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II on Monday sent her condolences to people in Mexico and Central America affected by “the tragic loss of...

Eta strikes Florida Keys; expected to become hurricane

HAVANA (AP) — A strengthening Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on Florida's Lower Matecumbe Key on Sunday night, days after leaving scores of dead...

Mexico, Brazil leaders silent as world congratulates Biden

MEXICO CITY (AP) — There were two notable holdouts among the world leaders who rushed to congratulate Joe Biden on his victory in the...

Guatemala searches, Eta regains storm status, heads to Cuba

PURULHA, Guatemala (AP) — Searchers in Guatemala dug through mud and debris looking for an estimated 100 people believed buried by a massive, rain-fueled...

Authorities probe death of man hit by Border Patrol agent

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said Saturday they are investigating the death of a man who was hit by a vehicle driven by a...

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