02/08/2013 9:34amAs samba queens get final touch-ups on their sequins and feathers and hundreds of thousands of revelers take command of Rio's streets for Carnival's opening on Friday, Leo Name is hunkering down. The self-avowed Carnival Scrooge has stocked up on frozen TV dinners and hopes he won't have to set foot outside his apartment during the five days of festivities.
02/08/2013 12:38pmA painting by Henri Matisse stolen more than a decade ago from a museum in Venezuela will soon be returned to the country, officials said Friday.
02/08/2013 1:11pmThe body of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda will be exhumed for an autopsy seeking clues to what killed him.
02/08/2013 1:52pmArgentina's newspapers say supermarket and appliance companies have been told to stop advertising during a price freeze the government imposed to stem inflation.
02/08/2013 3:22pmArgentine Jewish leaders are opposing a deal with Iran that President Cristina Fernandez sent to congress Friday for approval.
02/08/2013 5:12pmIn a Feb. 6 story, The Associated Press portrayed the private Louverture Cleary School as emphasizing Haitian Creole. The school says it uses primarily Haitian Creole in an early education program for the community and then uses a curriculum that includes Creole, French, Spanish and English for older children. School officials say they don't favor a single language.
02/08/2013 5:51pmFive non-editorial employees of a newspaper in northern Mexico were kidnapped but released within a few hours, the company said in an editorial posted on its website Friday. It complained there is a lack of security for news workers in the violence-plagued region around the city of Torreon.
02/08/2013 6:57pmGuatemala's president declared a national emergency Friday over the spread of coffee rust, saying the fungus that has hit other Central American countries is affecting 70 percent of this nation's crop.
02/08/2013 7:35pmHonduran President Porfirio Lobo has deployed 1,400 soldiers to fight street gangs in the country's two biggest and most violent cities.
02/08/2013 10:35pmMexico's federal Health Department said Friday night that a statement it issued earlier in the day listing a death of a person injured by last week's explosion at the headquarters of the country's state-owned oil company did not mean the disaster's death toll had risen from 37.
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