LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers are celebrating Carnival in Bolivia.
The largest parade took place Saturday in the Andean city of Oruro, which is located 120 kilometers...
Peoria police arrest suspect in a negligent homicide case
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Peoria say they have arrested a suspect in a homicide case and located the victim's body in the desert.
Man jailed in lieu of $1M bond in killing of Lyft driver
PHOENIX (AP) — A 20-year-old transient accused of fatally stabbing his pregnant Lyft driver, killing the woman and her unborn child before stealing her vehicle, is jailed in lieu of $1 million bond.
Fabian Durazo was transported to Phoenix on Thursday and booked on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of kidnapping and armed robbery following his arrest Sunday in La Paz County in western Arizona.
Suspect in killing of Lyft driver booked into a Phoenix jail
PHOENIX (AP) — A man suspected of fatally stabbing his pregnant driver, killing the woman and her unborn child before stealing her vehicle, has been booked into a Phoenix jail.
TV video showed 20-year-old Fabian Durazo arriving at the Maricopa County jail Thursday morning.
Durazo had been held at a La Paz County jail since last Sunday on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of kidnapping and armed robbery.
Man fatally shot after 146-mile pursuit, authorities say
EHRENBERG, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say officers fatally shot a wanted man during a traffic stop near the Arizona-California border following a 146-mile (235-kilometer) pursuit from California.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety said 26-year-old Christian Albarran was shot Thursday after he didn't comply with commands and made what appeared to be a threatening movement to troopers and a La Paz County sheriff's deputy.
Bolivian bus plunges into ravine, killing 13, injuring 26
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian authorities say a bus rolled over on a mountain road in the southern part of the Andean country, then tumbled 100 meters (330 feet) into a ravine, killing at least 13 people and injuring 26 more.
Local media said four of the dead were part of a soccer delegation from Argentina that was in Bolivia to participate in a festival in the Sucre region. Police said Sunday's crash happened in Cieneguillas, a town in the Tarija region south of La Paz.
Bus collision in Bolivia leaves at least 22 dead, 37 injured
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Police in Bolivia say a head-on highway collision between two buses has killed at least 22 people and injured 37 others.
The accident occurred Saturday on the road to Challapata, a town about 250 kilometers (155 miles) from the main city of La Paz.
Col. Freddy Betancur, commander of the police in the central Oruro region, told The Associated Press: "There are seriously injured who have been transferred to the nearest hospitals."
Water from sewage rivers used to grow vegetables in Bolivia
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — What gets flushed down in Bolivia's capital city is used to irrigate the green, leafy fields that supply its produce markets.
For farmer Richard Mamani it's part of a family tradition. Like his parents before him, he uses water from untreated sewage to tend to vegetables that are his livelihood in the town of Valencia south of La Paz.
He has had safe drinking water for some years, but he says it's too expensive to use it on his fields.
Head-on bus crash in Bolivia’s highlands leaves 17 dead
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Two buses have crashed head-on on a highway in Bolivia's highlands, leaving at least 17 people dead and 10 injured.
Police say passengers were trapped in the wreckage of the buses, which collided Saturday in Bolivia's Andes Mountains near the town Achacachi, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of La Paz.
A police report said the accident was caused by excessive velocity and did not rule out that one bus had invaded the lane of the other.
Bolivian police search for ex-drug lord who fled clinic
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Jorge Roca Suarez, one of South America's leading drug traffickers in the 1980s who served 28 years in prison in the United States before returning to Bolivia earlier this year, has fled a medical clinic where he was receiving treatment, authorities said Saturday.
Excavators find tombs buried in Bolivia 500 years ago
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Archaeologists say they found tombs at a Bolivian quarry containing remains from more than 500 years ago that give an insight into the interaction of various peoples with the expanding Inca empire.
The remains, which were found about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from La Paz, belong to more than 100 individuals from an indigenous civilization and were buried with more than 30 vessels used by the Incas for performing death rites, said an archaeologist involved in the excavation.
Flowers, prayer, dancing at annual Bolivian skull festival
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Carrying human skulls adorned with flowers and coca leaves, hundreds of people danced to cheerful music and prayed for favors Thursday in an annual festival outside a cemetery chapel in Bolivia's capital.
Juliana Zapana, an indigenous Aymara woman, danced holding a skull that she called "Carlos," while her daughter danced with another skull that she called "Luis."
Bolivian observatory collects data as glaciers melt
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The snow appears to be pristine on the Andean peaks that loom above Bolivia's capital, but even here ash and smog reach up to a remote plateau that is home to the world's highest atmospheric observatory.
It's an ideal site for a team of international scientists who collect data on pollution that has contributed to the rapid disappearance of Andean glaciers.
Next step unclear after judge dismisses triple homicide case
PHOENIX (AP) — Whether a man already sentenced to prison for attacking police officers in a Phoenix suburb will eventually stand trial in the killings of three Washington state residents in western Arizona is uncertain after a judge dismissed charges in the triple homicide case while chastising prosecutors for being unprepared for trial.
The Latest: Speeding Arizona lawmaker surrenders in court
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest warrant has been issued for an Arizona lawmaker (all times local):
An Arizona lawmaker who attracted national headlines after a video captured him bragging about driving over 120 mph earlier this year has surrendered to authorities after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
State Rep. Paul Mosley failed to appear in court earlier this month when he was summoned on a charge of excessive speeding.
As women’s roles expand in Bolivian politics, so do attacks
ACHOCALLA, Bolivia (AP) — Few countries in the world have advanced so quickly toward gender parity in politics as has Bolivia, where women now hold almost half the seats in congress and laws mandate gender equality at lower levels too.
But some male Bolivian politicians have resisted the change, and women's rights activists report a sharp increase in violence against female politicians as their numbers rise.
Dog day in Bolivia: Church honors patron saint of canines
EL ALTO, Bolivia (AP) — Many Bolivians brought their dogs, often freshly groomed and dressed in costumes, to the parish of Villa Adela near the capital Thursday for a Mass honoring the patron saint of dogs.
Every Aug. 16, the church holds the feast of San Roque, or Saint Roch, who legend has it was a 14th century French noble who traveled to Italy to care for plague victims and became the patron of dogs. He appears in images accompanied by a dog.
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LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Officials in Bolivia say a valuable, nearly two-century old medallion symbolizing presidential power was stolen, then quickly recovered.
Bolivia's first Congress gave the diamond-encrusted golden medallion in the early 19th Century to South American independence hero Simon Bolivar, for whom the country is named. Presidents wear it at the most solemn official ceremonies.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — At the Witches' Market in Bolivia's capital city, llama fetuses hang above stalls as offerings to the mother earth spirit known as Pachamama. Tourists and residents line up to buy medicinal plants to heal their bodies and ward off curses, while "yatiris," or indigenous healers, offer to read their fortunes on coca leaves. Incense perfumes the air.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona state lawmaker was seen telling a sheriff's deputy he sometimes drives as fast as 130 or 140 mph (210 or 225 kph) after he was pulled over for speeding, and the deputy said in a report later that the driver claimed to have legislative immunity
State Rep. Paul Mosley was stopped on March 27 outside of Parker, Arizona. The rural area near the California border is in Mosley's district and more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) west of the state capital in Phoenix.
PHOENIX (AP) — A man recently imprisoned after being convicted of shooting at police in metro Phoenix in 2016 now faces murder charges in rural western Arizona where he is accused of killing three Washington state residents during the same year.
La Paz County authorities soon after the triple-homicide identified Kitage Lynch as a suspect, and court records obtained Friday indicate a 2017 grand jury indictment charging him in the killings while he awaited trial in the Phoenix-area case.
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — A western Arizona county got a $1.1 million surge in jail revenue in the just-ended fiscal year for housing inmates from other jurisdictions, most of them immigrants in the country illegally.
La Paz County Sheriff Bill Risen says federal authorities are choosing to house those immigrants in Arizona because of California laws that limit and regulate how state and local law enforcement agencies cooperate with the federal government on immigration matters.
PARKER, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in La Paz County say a former high school teacher has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a former student.
County Sheriff's officials say Michael O'Boyle is being held on 16 counts of sexual conduct with a minor.
They say O'Boyle was booked Friday into the Yavapai County Jail in Prescott Valley.
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LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Thousands of protesters took to the streets of several cities across Bolivia on Monday to demand justice after a university student was killed during a demonstration last week.
Some of the protesters clashed with police in the central city of Cochabamba. Authorities did not immediately report injuries or arrests.
QUARTZSITE — A police officer was injured and an arson suspect was killed after a shootout in the southern La Paz County community of Quartzsite.
Police in Quartzsite were investigating two arson fires Tuesday morning, setting off a multiple-agency search for the suspected arsonist.
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Former military dictator of Bolivia dies
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Former Bolivian military dictator Luis Garcia Meza, who was serving a 30-year prison sentence, died Sunday. He was 88.
Garcia Meza was admitted to a military hospital in La Paz after suffering a heart attack and could not be resuscitated. A medical report said he died "from possible respiratory failure." The Cossmil military hospital told The Associated Press that the death occurred at 3 a.m.
Gov. Ducey vetoes bill that would forgive La Paz County for going over spending cap
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed 10 bills April 20, and sent the bills back to the Legislature requesting they craft a state budget including his plan to raise teacher salaries 20 percent by 2020. One of the bills he vetoed would’ve forgiven La Paz County for exceeding their state-mandated spending limit each year since 2014.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on wildfires and fire conditions in Arizona (all times local):
Campfire and smoking restrictions will take effect Friday on state lands and federally managed public lands in central and western Arizona because of the risk of wildfires.
An announcement Thursday says the restrictions will be implemented in Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Yavapai and Yuma counties as well as parts of Pinal County.
With a little more than two weeks left in Arizona’s legislative session, elected officials representing Mohave and La Paz counties continue to get some of their bills passed.
Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes Bolivia
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Bolivia on Monday, but it was so deep that there were no reports of injuries or damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 10:40 a.m. local time (9:40 a.m. EDT; 1340 GMT) and it was centered 205 miles (127 kilometers) southeast of Tarija, Bolivia. The epicenter was 346 miles (557 kilometers) below the surface.
Bolivians demand access to sea at nationwide parades
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivians staged demonstrations across the country on Friday to demand sea access for their landlocked country.
Bolivia lost its only seacoast to neighboring Chile during a war from 1879 to 1883 and the nation has demanded ocean access for generations. But Chile says the issue was settled once and for all in a 1904 treaty.
BULLHEAD CITY — Mohave County employment is projected to increase by 517 jobs through the second quarter of 2019, according to a recently released report by the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.
Arizona employment is projected to grow by 2.6 percent over the next two years, adding nearly 160,000 jobs, the state Office of Employment Opportunity reported Thursday.
PHOENIX (AP) — Federal authorities say a California man arrested in Arizona has been charged with being a fugitive in possession of a firearm.
FBI officials say 30-year-old Ryan Smith Hagel of San Luis Obispo was indicted on Feb. 28.
The indictment stems from a traffic stop made by the La Paz County Sheriff's Office.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Friday that the planned release of Alamo Dam will take place this month, to the chagrin of off-road recreation enthusiasts and environmentalists.
LA PAZ, Argentina (AP) — Hundreds of Bolivians held a pilgrimage Thursday to protest an artist's rendition of their patron saint wearing red underwear and black stockings.
AP PHOTOS: Bolivians pick their Andean god of abundance
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Juan Ricaldi may not yet be rich, but he's the very image of the god of abundance in the eyes of celebrating devotees in the Bolivian capital.
Ekeko is rendered as a short, pudgy, mustached man who wears traditional Andean clothes and carries baskets of grains. Every year, thousands of Bolivians head to the feast of Alasitas that is held in his honor to buy miniature cars, houses and toy dollar bills symbolizing their dreams of prosperity.
Bolivia blames both Carnival blasts on dynamite
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian authorities said Sunday that both of the explosions that killed 12 people during recent Carnival celebrations were caused by dynamite, not exploding gas canisters as initially thought.
Interior Minister Carlos Romero said officials are still trying to determine who planted the explosives in the southern city of Oruro, and why.
He said both the Feb. 10 and Feb. 13 explosions were caused by 3 kilograms (6.5 pounds) of dynamite.
Dozens of dolphins stranded in Mexico’s Baja California Sur
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say dozens of dolphins have been found stranded on a rocky beach along the coast of Baja California Sur state.
The federal environmental protection agency says 54 of the marine mammals came onshore in the area of La Paz Bay. Workers attended to the dolphins and saved 33 of them, but 21 died.
8 dead, 40 hurt by exploding gas canister in Bolivia
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The death toll from the explosion of a gas canister at a Bolivian Carnival parade rose to eight Sunday, and authorities said at least 40 people were injured.
Police commandant Romel Rana said three children were among those killed in Saturday's explosion in the city of Oruro, some 155 miles (250 kilometers) south of the Bolivian capital, La Paz.
Rana said police believe hot oil spilled and burned a hose connected to the tank, releasing gas that exploded.
Bolivia: 2 people killed by rain-fueled landslide, 1 missing
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Two young people were found dead Wednesday and one person was missing after heavy rains caused a mudslide and flooding in a central Bolivia town, authorities said.
The governor of Cochabamba province said both of the known dead were minors.
The overnight swelling of the Taquina river damaged buildings and covered streets in mud and rubble in the small community of Tiquipaya, about 150 miles (250 kilometers) east of La Paz.
Increases in wages for Arizona workers are not keeping pace with the rest of the country. That’s especially true in western Arizona, where incomes in Mohave and La Paz counties are the lowest in the state.
A release of water through the Alamo Dam in March could cause headaches for off-roaders in Mohave and La Paz counties.
Off-road enthusiasts are concerned the planned water release in early March will occur at the peak of the off-road season and possibly damage the Arizona Peace Trail.
Police reinforce Mexican tourist cities after violence
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Mexican officials said Tuesday they are dispatching 5,000 additional federal police officers to several tourist cities after a series of violent incidents, including a lengthy shootout that rattled the Baja California resort city of La Paz.
Bolivia’s Alasitas Fair shines with UNESCO list recognition
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Every year, thousands of Bolivians head to the two-week Alasitas festival to buy miniature cars, houses and toy dollar bills symbolizing their dreams of prosperity in one of South America's poorest countries.
But this year, they're not the only believers in the festival with roots in Aymara indigenous traditions.
David Weinzweig appointed to fill Court of Appeals vacancy
PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed attorney David Weinzweig to fill a vacancy on the Arizona Court Of Appeals.
Weinzweig will replace former Judge Margaret Downie on the court's Phoenix-based division, which hears cases from Apache, Coconino, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai and Yuma counties.
Weinzweig is a registered independent who is currently a partner in a Phoenix law firm. He previously worked for the Arizona Attorney General's Office and for a law firm before that.