Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds
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Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico narrowly avoided a multimillion-dollar default on Tuesday by announcing a last-minute bond payment while warning that a deepening financial crisis has forced the government to divert money slated for future debt payments to avoid a shutdown of basic services. The announcement by Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank … Continue reading

Argentina’s president-elect inherits large economic problems
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Argentina’s president-elect inherits large economic problems

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri on Monday prepared to confront myriad problems in Latin America’s third largest economy, including soaring prices and high government spending that are a legacy of outgoing President Cristina Fernandez. Macri, fresh off his historic election win late Sunday, began laying out how he would achieve some … Continue reading

The Latest: Argentine opposition wins presidential election
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The Latest: Argentine opposition wins presidential election

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — The latest on Argentina’s presidential runoff election. All times local: ___ 9:45 p.m. Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri has won Argentina’s historic runoff election, putting an end to the era of left-leaning President Cristina Fernandez, who along with her late husband dominated the political scene and rewrote the country’s social contract. Ruling … Continue reading

Good, not spectacular, preliminary ratings for Trump on SNL
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Good, not spectacular, preliminary ratings for Trump on SNL

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump hadn’t gotten far into his opening monologue before trouble occurred. An off-screen heckler interrupted with a cry of “You’re a racist!” But the “heckler” was comedian Larry David, who before Trump arrived onstage had been seen impersonating Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. “Larry, what are you doing?” Trump asked … Continue reading

Argentines’ fear of change gives ruling party election boost
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Argentines’ fear of change gives ruling party election boost

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Nora Beatriz Diaz says her choice for president in Sunday’s election was essentially decided six years ago, when she was hired by a government jobs program. Now 55, the mother of two struggled for years to make ends meet. But through the “Argentina Works” program created by Cristina Fernandez’s government, … Continue reading

MoMA presents retrospective on artist Joaquin Torres-Garcia
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MoMA presents retrospective on artist Joaquin Torres-Garcia

NEW YORK (AP) — The Museum of Modern Art will feature a retrospective on a central figure in the history of modernism in the Americas. The exhibition is titled “Joaquin (wah-KEEN’) Torres-Garcia: The Arcadian Modern.” It surveys the Uruguayan artist’s work through some 190 paintings, sculptures, frescos, drawings and collages done during the first half … Continue reading

Monarchs get help from unlikely source: California’s drought
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Monarchs get help from unlikely source: California’s drought

VISTA, Calif. (AP) — The struggling monarch butterfly is getting help from an unlikely source: the California drought. Californians have been ripping up their lawns in record numbers and many are planting native, drought-tolerant plants instead — including milkweed species native to California that can thrive in arid conditions. The female monarch butterfly will only … Continue reading

Jamaica’s Marlon James wins Booker Prize for fiction
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Jamaica’s Marlon James wins Booker Prize for fiction

LONDON (AP) — Marlon James became the first Jamaican winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday with a vivid, violent, exuberant and expletive-laden novel based on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. Michael Wood, chairman of the judging panel, said “A Brief History of Seven Killings” was “the most exciting book on the … Continue reading

Gloria and Emilio Estefan celebrate immigrants in musical
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Gloria and Emilio Estefan celebrate immigrants in musical

  NEW YORK (AP) — With some U.S. presidential candidates on the campaign trail demonizing immigrants, a powerhouse husband-and-wife team, who both happen to be immigrants themselves, hope they can offer some balance — and some pop songs. Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, are shepherding their musical biography “On Your Feet!” to Broadway this … Continue reading