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Mexican Day of Dead 'Skeleton Lady' spreads look

10/31/2013 10:52am
Mexico's elegant and classy "Skeleton Lady" is getting new attention more than a century after she was born, inspiring some movie and rock stars in the U.S. to don Halloween costumes based on the macabre figure that has grown to symbolize the Day of the Dead.

Venezuelan newsprint shortage halts regional paper

10/31/2013 1:46pm
A pro-government newspaper from Hugo Chavez's home state is the latest Venezuelan broadsheet to halt its presses as a shortage of newsprint has the government scrambling to guarantee supplies.

Reversal of fortune for Brazil's flamboyant tycoon

10/31/2013 2:46pm
Just a year ago he was labeled the "pride of Brazil" by no less than the nation's president, a wildcat entrepreneur playboy, the Brazilian Donald Trump who embodied his country's rise. Eike Batista rode atop a wave of endless optimism, driven by repeated reports that his oil company had struck black gold once again.

Mexico nears junk food tax, sets anti-obesity plan

10/31/2013 4:59pm
Mexico's congress approved a new tax on junk food Thursday as the government announced a campaign to fight obesity in a country with one of the world's highest rates of overweight people. The move came a little over a day after legislators agreed to put a tax on soft drinks.

Mexico pardons indigenous teacher jailed 13 years

10/31/2013 6:36pm
An indigenous teacher who human rights groups say was unjustly imprisoned for 13 years received a promised pardon Thursday from President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Nicaragua mobilizes fumigation against dengue

10/31/2013 7:33pm
Hundreds of health workers spread across Nicaragua's capital this week to fumigate every home against a mosquito that spreads dengue. They were also on the lookout for people infected with the sometimes deadly disease.

Magnitude-6.6 quake strikes north-central Chile

10/31/2013 9:21pm
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked north-central Chile on Thursday, causing buildings to sway in the capital and nervous people to run out into the streets.

Battle over biographies rages in Brazil

10/31/2013 10:47pm
Brazil's superstar singer Caetano Veloso fled to exile in London in 1969 after the country's military dictatorship censored and imprisoned him because of his catchy, anti-establishment anthems.