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Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead
MOSCOW (AP) -- Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government.... 2/28/2015 1:16 AM

Mexico gillnet ban taking effect to help endangered porpoise
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities will use satellite tracking, drones, a series of naval bases and a fleet of small patrol boats to enforce a new gillnet fishing ban in the upper Sea of Cortes in a bid to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.... 2/28/2015 1:09 AM

Ex-Colombia president's allies convicted for spying ring
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's Supreme Court on Friday convicted two close aides of former President Alvaro Uribe for organizing a spying ring that illegally intercepted the communications of some of the conservative leader's top opponents.... 2/28/2015 1:00 AM

FDIC closes Puerto Rico's Doral Bank; Banco Popular steps in
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico regulators shut down Doral Bank on Friday, with Banco Popular taking over most of the operations of what once the U.S. territory's fourth largest bank.... 2/28/2015 12:12 AM

Mexico City former mayor breaks with leftist PRD party
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Former Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said Friday he is splitting with the country's leftist Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, citing what he described as its increasing closeness to President Enrique Pena Nieto and the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party.... 2/27/2015 11:55 PM

Puerto Rico power company delays debt restructuring plan
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's heavily indebted public power company is asking creditors for more time to present its restructuring plan.... 2/27/2015 11:14 PM

NHL players getting an education about blood clots
TORONTO (AP) -- The doctor told Tomas Fleischmann he might never play hockey again. Blood clots that began in his leg had moved to his lungs and threatened not only his career but his life.... 2/27/2015 10:31 PM

AP NewsAlert
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian police: Opposition figure, ex-deputy PM Boris Nemtsov shot and killed in Moscow.... 2/27/2015 10:22 PM

Don't tell Madonna: the cape is making a comeback
MILAN (AP) -- The cape is making a comeback in Milan this season - even though Madonna may have something to say about that.... 2/27/2015 10:19 PM

Rio homicide division to investigate killings by police
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro's police department said its homicide division will start investigating "resistance killings," or slayings by officers who say that victims died in shootouts while resisting arrest.... 2/27/2015 10:12 PM

Unmasking of 'Jihadi John' as a London lad shocks Britain
LONDON (AP) -- The unmasking of Islamic State militant "Jihadi John" as a Londoner who had repeatedly been questioned by security services sent shock waves through Britain Friday, with Prime Minister David Cameron stepping in to defend British spy craft.... 2/27/2015 10:03 PM

Mexico's dolphinariums come under criticism from activists
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Environmental and animal-rights groups in Mexico are training their sights on the growing number of "swim with dolphins" enclosures on the nation's coasts.... 2/27/2015 9:56 PM

Mexico official: Police capture top capo 'La Tuta' Gomez
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police, according to Mexican officials.... 2/27/2015 9:46 PM

Argentina prosecutor Julio Cesar Strassera dies at 81
BUENOS AIRES (AP) -- Julio Cesar Strassera, the prosecutor who won conviction against leaders of Argentina's dictatorship and coined the term "Nunca mas," or "Never again," to describe the repressive period, has died at age 81.... 2/27/2015 9:36 PM

Well-educated 'Jihadi John' no surprise to experts
PARIS (AP) -- The profile of "Jihadi John," the university-educated Londoner whose masked face is emblematic of the grisly executions by the Islamic State group, is vastly different from that of the marginalized men who carried out terror attacks in France and Denmark. That comes as no surprise to those who work with tracking such threats, who say there is no typical terrorist.... 2/27/2015 9:24 PM

Greek prime minister rules out third bailout
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's new radical left government has no intention of seeking another bailout deal from international creditors and will spend coming months trying to ease the terms of its current commitments, the financially struggling country's prime minister said Friday.... 2/27/2015 9:11 PM

Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.... 2/27/2015 8:39 PM

The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) -- From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to re-shape Earth.... 2/27/2015 8:38 PM

Mexico to replace embattled attorney general
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's embattled attorney general, Jesus Murillo Karam, is leaving the post to take a new cabinet-level job as head of urban and rural development.... 2/27/2015 8:36 PM

Syria expels 3 key UN humanitarian staffers
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Syrian government has expelled three key U.N. humanitarian staffers, a decision the U.N. says could have "a major impact" on critical aid operations and harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city.... 2/27/2015 8:34 PM



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