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  • Voters weary as Puerto Rico prepares for historic primaries

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Two candidates who both served as replacement governors in the wake of a Puerto Rican political crisis are competing against each other for a chance to win the job in their own right as the disaster-struck U.S. territory holds primary elections.
  • Prosecutors investigating police who handcuffed Black girls

    DENVER - Prosecutors are investigating whether suburban Denver police officers should face criminal charges for putting four Black girls on the ground and handcuffing two of them after mistakenly suspecting they were riding in a stolen car, a district attorney said Friday.
  • El Salvador political stalemate a drag on pandemic response

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold.
  • Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years.
  • Utah cop accused of mishandling explicit images loses job

    SALT LAKE CITY - A police officer accused of showing off explicit images of a University of Utah student while investigating an extortion case she filed before her 2018 death has lost his job, officials said Friday.
  • Endangered Brazilian monkeys get a bridge to themselves

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The overpass juts from a forest over a four-lane highway in a rural area outside Rio de Janeiro. It's meant for a very special sort of pedestrian: golden lion tamarins, small orange primates that for decades have been at risk of extinction.
  • Mexico sets up justice commission for Yaqui Indians

    MEXICO CITY - The Mexican government on Friday set up a Justice Commission for the Yaqui People, looking to solve the land, water and infrastructure problems of what President Andrés Manuel López Obrador calls Mexico’s most persecuted Indigenous group.
  • Reward offered in Denver fire that killed 5 from Senegal

    DENVER - A $14,000 reward was offered Friday for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for setting a house fire that killed five people with ties to Senegal.
  • The Latest: Trump says US help on way for Beirut disaster

    BEIRUT - President Donald Trump has spoken about the explosion in Beirut during calls with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump said Friday that he told Aoun that three large aircraft filled with medical supplies, food and water were on their way to provide assistance. The U.S. leader also said emergency responders, technicians, doctors and nurses were on the way to Lebanon to help. In a tweet, Trump said: “We will be having a conference call on Sunday with President Macron, leaders of Lebanon, and leaders from various other parts of the world. Everyone wants to help!” _ Deb Riechmann in Washington
  • Fort Hood commander's transfer on hold amid investigations

    WASHINGTON - Army leaders have delayed the planned transfer of the Fort Hood commander, as a team of independent investigators heads to the base to determine whether leadership failures contributed to the murder of a soldier earlier this year, and several other deaths.

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