- AP-NORC Poll: Most don't want young immigrants deported
- AP-NORC Poll: Just 24 percent say US heading right direction
- AP-NORC Poll: Disapproval for anthem protest, Trump response
- AP-NORC Poll: Most dislike NFL protests _ and Trump comments
- AP-NORC Poll: Low marks for Trump's Puerto Rico response
- AP-NORC poll: Negotiate on 'Obamacare,' don't just kill it
- AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans oppose funding border wall
More than 200 doomed Puerto Rico dogs saved by airlift to US
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — They were a mix of breeds and sizes, ranging from puppies to seniors. All faced a grim future in Puerto Rico animal shelters, where chronic overcrowding results in many dogs being euthanized.
That changed Wednesday for 205 abandoned canines that arrived on the U.S. mainland in an airlift organized by animal welfare advocates working to ease the load.
Tense days for business owners without legal status in US
MIAMI (AP) — Maribel Resendiz and her husband came to the U.S. from Mexico, sold cool drinks to workers in the tomato fields of South Florida and eventually opened a bustling shop in a strip mall offering fruit smoothies and tacos. Now she is preparing for the possibility she'll have to leave it all behind.
Venezuela strike erupts into violence leaving 2 dead
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuelan's capital Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence that left at least two young men dead.
Family almost didn’t go to creek before flooding killed 10
CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) — Maria Raya-Garcia almost didn't get the weekend off to celebrate her birthday beside a popular swimming hole in Arizona.
The bosses at El Encanto Mexican restaurant in Cave Creek, a touristy Wild West-style town outside Phoenix, didn't want the popular prep cook to be gone during their busiest days, but they finally relented.
Judge denies bail for Spanish federation president and son
MADRID (AP) — A judge denied bail for the Spanish football federation president, his son and a federation vice president arrested in an anti-corruption probe after taking their testimony on Thursday.
According to a court statement, National Court judge Santiago Pedraz made the decision to keep federation president Angel Maria Villar, son Gorka Villar, and federation vice president of economic affairs Juan Padron behind bars while the investigation continues.
New Jersey city has Mexican flavor of the state of Puebla
PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — The aroma of chiles and cinnamon fills the air, and bags of corn husk for making tamales fill Lino Cruz's food distribution business on a street here where three other businesses run by Mexican immigrants from the state of Puebla distribute fruits and vegetables from their country throughout the New York region.
AP explains NAFTA’s impact on trade and immigration
Malasia prohíbe poner “Despacito” en radio y TV estatales
KUALA LUMPUR, Malasia (AP) — Malasia prohibió la canción “Despacito” en la televisión y la radio estatal, aunque podría resultar difícil poner freno al éxito del tema.
La prohibición sólo afecta a los medios estatales, no a las emisoras privadas ni a servicios de música a través de internet o plataformas globales de entretenimiento como YouTube.
AP Explains: What are Trump’s options in Venezuela?
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration is threatening to take "strong and swift economic actions" if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proceeds with his plan to rewrite the nation's constitution and consolidate power over the few remaining institutions outside the control of the ruling party. A senior administration official said Tuesday that "all options are being discussed and debated," implying that Trump could use Venezuela's dependence on oil exports to the U.S. as a means of pressuring Maduro to halt the July 30 constitutional assembly.
SANTA MONICA, California (AP) — "Despacito" has become the most streamed track of all time with more than 4.6 billion plays across streaming platforms.
Spanish soccer executive, son arrested in corruption probe
MADRID (AP) — The executive who oversaw Spain's rise to dominate world soccer in recent years was arrested Tuesday in an anti-corruption investigation, dealing yet another blow to the sport's already-tarnished image.
Angel Maria Villar, his son, Gorka Villar, and two other soccer officials were detained while raids were conducted at the federation headquarters and other properties, the state prosecutor and Spanish police said.
Venezuela opposition calls strike, Trump threatens ‘actions’
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition called Monday for a 24-hour nationwide strike to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to drop plans to rewrite the constitution while the United States threatened "strong and swift economic actions" against his socialist administration if it ignores the will of voters in a referendum.
AP Exclusive: Senator’s family business uses Mexican labor
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana senator railed against Carrier Corp. for moving manufacturing jobs to Mexico last year, even as he profited from a family business that relies on Mexican labor to produce dye for ink pads, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.
SINAKARA VALLEY, Peru (AP) — One by one, Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd positioned the traditional dancers, musicians and vendors in front of an old-fashioned box camera in Peru's Sinakara Valley as a colorful Andean festival exploded all around them.
Transformer-theme buildings rise in world’s highest big city
EL ALTO, Bolivia (AP) — The Transformers have been transformed yet again.
Already featured as toys and video games, comic books, television series and movies, they've now been reconfigured as exuberantly colorful multistory buildings that loom unexpectedly over the hardscrabble streets of El Alto, the world's highest big city.
A fan of the series, Santos Churata, designs the facades and interiors of lurid colors, jutting angles and plenty of gleaming metal.
AP Explains: Why term ‘la raza’ has complicated roots in US
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Council of La Raza announced this week that it was changing its name to UnidosUS, dropping a word that has deep roots but may have hurt the organization in moving toward the future.
The change to remove "la raza" comes amid a backlash from conservatives and a desire by the civil rights group to appeal to younger Latinos in the United States.
Once-loyal prosecutor emerges as hero in Venezuela protests
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro who have taken to the streets day after day in Venezuela now find themselves rallying in support of an unexpected hero: the chief prosecutor who helped throw many of them into jail.
Key US Latino group says new name will help fight vs. Trump
PHOENIX (AP) — A new, more inclusive name for the largest Latino civil rights organization in the U.S. will help it gain support for its growing battle against the Trump administration's anti-immigrant policies, the group said.
The National Council of La Raza, or NCLR, will announce Monday that it will become UnidosUS, a change three years in the making that is in response to group members who felt "raza," meaning "the people," was outdated, President Janet Murguia said.
Trump sits down with Mexico’s president at last
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Better late than never: President Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto sat down Friday for their first face-to-face meeting since Trump took office with plans for a border wall still looming and Trump asserting that he'll "absolutely" send the bill to Mexico.
Journalists packed the meeting room on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit of industrialized and developing nations for a first glimpse of the two leaders together.
Mexicans reunite with children in US under special program
NEW YORK (AP) — There were balloons, flowers and tears of happiness. Mexican parents were reunited Wednesday with sons and daughters they hadn't seen in decades because their children have been living in the United States.
The parents came through a family-reunification program organized by the Mexican state of Morelos that allows Mexican families to stay together for about three weeks. The U.S. granted the visitors tourist visas.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has created the island's first government advisory board to champion LGBT issues and protect the rights of that community.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Wednesday that he's striving to make the U.S. territory more diverse and inclusive. He is leader of a party known for being socially conservative.
Museum exhibits lowrider cars, the artwork they’ve inspired
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lowrider cars these days are far more than tricked-out automobiles with gravity-challenged rear suspensions and ear-rattling exhaust systems that seem to cry out for police to ticket the drivers.
In their finest format, they have morphed into museum-quality works of art, appearing in shows around the world from Paris' Louvre to Washington's Smithsonian.
Some Cubans choose dose of private medicine despite price
HAVANA (AP) — For a dollar, Cuban podiatrist Serafin Barca will spend a half hour cutting the corns off a senior citizen's foot, or nearly an hour removing a stubborn wart.
The 80-year-old is among the last private medical workers in communist Cuba, which prides itself on its free, universal state health care and which has barred the creation of new private medical practices since 1963 — the year Barca graduated in his specialty after four years of study.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Angel Hernandez, a big league umpire for nearly a quarter-century, sued Major League Baseball on Monday alleging race discrimination.
In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, the 55-year-old Hernandez, who was born in Cuba and lives in Florida, alleges MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre "has a history of animosity towards Hernandez stemming from Torre's time as manager of the New York Yankees."
Trump’s White House all but ignoring Spanish speakers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump White House no habla español. Well, un poquito.
After a succession of administrations that embraced Spanish-language content, President Donald Trump's White House is all but ignoring Spanish speakers even though he has a robust online presence in English.
Venezuela’s defiant chief prosecutor requests protection
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's chief prosecutor asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for protection Friday, days after the Supreme Court barred her from leaving the country and ordered her bank accounts frozen.
Feds will now target relatives who smuggled in children
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration said Friday it will begin arresting parents and other relatives who hire smugglers to bring their children into the U.S., a move that sent a shudder through immigrant communities nationwide.
1 year later, Utah man stuck in Venezuela jail amid unrest
RIVERTON, Utah (AP) — The parents of a Utah man imprisoned in Venezuela one year ago as of Friday fear their son will die in a Caracas jail with no relief in sight and growing volatility in the South American country.
Pastors in Texas find new ways to serve fearful immigrants
HOUSTON (AP) — On one of his recent visits to the home of an immigrant family, Julio Barquero asked everyone sitting in the living room to stand and join hands. They formed a circle, closed their eyes, and prayed.
"Help us in the name of God," Barquero, a lay minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), said in Spanish. "And help the Latino community and the state of Texas."
Lawyer: San Francisco to pay $190K for sanctuary violation
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man from El Salvador in the U.S. illegally who sued San Francisco after police turned him over to immigration authorities in violation of the city's sanctuary law is set to be awarded $190,000, his attorney said Thursday.
Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, 33, reached the settlement agreement with the city attorney's office, said Saira Hussain, a staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus who represented Zarceno. The agreement must be approved by the Board of Supervisors.
Puerto Rico struggles to save historic buildings amid crisis
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Stained glass windows from the 16th century are broken. Porch railings from the 1700s are missing. Brick walls crumble inside the hall where Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the U.S.
Puerto Rico's prized historic buildings are falling apart as a debt crisis and enduring economic recession have slashed public and private funding for maintenance, repairs and restoration. Tourists are increasingly banned from visiting once-popular sites now in dangerous disrepair.
Venezuela prosecutor charging ex-national guard chief
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's renegade chief prosecutor charged the former head of the country's national guard Thursday with systemically violating human rights during three months of anti-government protests that have left nearly 80 people dead.
Luisa Ortega Diaz's office announced the charges against Antonio Benavides Torres a day after the nation's Supreme Court declared it was barring her from leaving Venezuela and ordering her bank accounts frozen.
Over half of hate crimes in US go unreported, report says
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most victims of hate crimes don't report them to police, according to a new study that advocates say reinforces their fears that the Trump administration's tough rhetoric and policies will make more people afraid to come forward.
5 things to know about Venezuela’s political crisis
Five things to know about Venezuela's escalating political crisis:
HOW DID THE UNREST BEGIN?
In late March, the government-stacked Supreme Court issued a ruling stripping the opposition-controlled National Assembly of its last powers. The decision was later reversed amid a widespread international criticism, but it launched near protests in which at least 75 people have died.
Maduro says helicopter fired on Venezuela’s Supreme Court
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro said a stolen police helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court Tuesday in what he called a thwarted "terrorist attack" aimed at ousting him from power.
City lawyer: Nashville sanctuary city-like bid unenforceable
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville can't force its sheriff to comply with a proposed ban on volunteering city resources to support federal immigration enforcement, the city's lead attorney said Tuesday.
The proposal already faces a backlash from Republican state leaders and gubernatorial candidates. Now, given, the legal opinion Mayor Megan Barry is urging the city council to reconsider before a final council vote on July 8.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Young protesters broke down a metal fence guarding an air base in Caracas on Saturday before being repelled by security forces firing tear gas in another day of anti-government protests in Venezuela's capital.
Demonstrators threw stones, and some protesters were injured.
Top scholars rise above gang violence in suburban NY town
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — Their senior year began with sadness and horror. Two fellow students at Brentwood High School were beaten to death in the street. The corpses of three more were discovered in secluded spots — all victims of suspected gang violence.
But as they prepare to graduate Sunday, two valedictorians and one of the salutatorians at the huge school insist their stories of scholarship, unity and perseverance deserve as much attention as the carnage.
Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio to face day of reckoning in court
PHOENIX (AP) — The political career of Joe Arpaio ended last year when the six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix known for cracking down on illegal immigration and housing inmates in tents outside in the desert heat was trounced in an election that focused on his own legal troubles.
Now, the 85-year-old who called himself America's toughest sheriff will face his day of reckoning in court for defying a judge's order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.
US envoy urges global action on worsening Venezuela crisis
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday urged the international community to take action to deal with the worsening crisis in Venezuela as the South American nation's embattled president railed against attempts by the U.S. and others to allegedly foment violence in the country.
OAS struggles to create mediation group for Venezuela
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Foreign ministers from throughout the Americas failed yet again Wednesday at reaching an agreement on mediating in Venezuela's intractable political crisis.
The United States strongly pushed the idea of creating a "group of friends" like the one that mediated in the Central American civil wars of the 1980s. The U.S. viewed that as the least the OAS could do after a stronger resolution on Venezuela failed to pass on Monday.
Young immigrants write of hope in gang-scarred US town
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — One student wrote how his parents were fed up with paying "war taxes" to street gangs in Honduras. Another told how he finally left that country after he was hit in the leg by a stray bullet from a police gunfight. And yet another described his harrowing trip from El Salvador with a smuggler who kept a pistol on his car's dashboard, just in case.
Venezuela chief prosecutor to face charges as crisis deepens
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's Supreme Court cleared the way for a trial against the country's chief prosecutor, who became a surprise hero to the opposition after breaking ranks with the government of President Nicolas Maduro over his efforts to concentrate power.
Surge in Venezuela asylum requests to US accelerating
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in the United States is accelerating as the oil-rich economy crashes and bloody, anti-government protests roil the nation.
The most recent data from Citizenship and Immigration Services show 8,301 Venezuelans requested asylum in the first three months of 2017. That compares to 3,507 in the first quarter of 2016 and puts the country on pace to surpass last year's record of 18,155 requests.
Venezuela’s ‘painter of protests’ sees art on the barricades
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Day after day, abuse is hurled at the art of Oscar Olivares.
Rubber bullets and tear gas canisters clatter off protesters' shields adorned with his works — cartoon-like digital paintings that have made him an instant icon for the demonstrators who have taken to Venezuela's streets in recent weeks to oppose the socialist government.
Report: Mexican journalists, activists targeted with spyware
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican journalists, lawyers and activists were targeted by spyware produced by Israel's NSO Group that is sold exclusively to governments, according to an internet watchdog group's investigation published Monday.
Trump thrusts US, Cuba back toward hostile relations
MIAMI (AP) — Pressing "pause" on a historic detente, President Donald Trump thrust the U.S. and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility Friday with a blistering denunciation of the island's communist government. He clamped down on some commerce and travel but left intact many new avenues President Barack Obama had opened.
Border Patrol arrests 4 men at medical camp run by aid group
PHOENIX (AP) — Border Patrol agents swept into a medical camp in the Arizona desert to capture four immigrants, an operation that volunteers on Friday called a "staged military siege" as the U.S. government has vowed a crackdown along the border with Mexico.
Fate of program to protect young immigrants still undecided
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Friday it still has not decided the fate of a program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation, despite a statement a day earlier that the program will continue.