- In Haiti, cradle of rich visual heritage is being reinvented Updated: May-30-16 12:04 am
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Youvensky Despeignes used to spend hours a day at home drawing pencil-and-ink abstractions on cheap notebook paper, his aspirations as a painter frustrated by a lack of opportunities in Haiti where a rich artistic heritage has suffered decades of decline.
- Haiti bracing for trouble as election panel delivers report Updated: May-29-16 10:28 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Haitians are bracing for trouble as an electoral verification commission delivers the results of a monthlong review of last year's contested presidential and legislative elections.
- Sailor turned novelist to celebrate book release abroad Updated: May-29-16 11:03 am
A novelist who was twice rescued from storm-battered sailboats will be celebrating the release of his latest book from the Canary Islands.
- Ex-presidents meet with Venezuela government, oppo Updated: May-28-16 7:54 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - A group of former presidents has held secret meetings in the Dominican Republic with Venezuelan officials and government opponents in an attempt to mediate the South American nation's political standoff.
- Pentagon brass seek to mollify Guantanamo judge in 9/11 case Updated: May-27-16 7:29 pm
MIAMI - Two top officials at the Pentagon issued a conciliatory response Friday to the military judge presiding over the Sept. 11 war crimes case at Guantanamo Bay who had faulted both men in a ruling last month for publicly criticizing a temporary ban he issued on the use of female guards to transport the defendants.
- Keys lighthouse Cubans to remain in US custody until hearing Updated: May-27-16 6:22 pm
MIAMI - A group of Cuban migrants seeking to remain in the U.S. after they climbed onto a lighthouse several miles off the Florida Keys will not be sent back to Cuba immediately.
- Feds expect more Atlantic tropical storms than last 3 years Updated: May-27-16 5:12 pm
MIAMI - U.S. government forecasters expect a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, after three relatively slow years. But they also say climate conditions that influence storm development are making it difficult to predict how many hurricanes and tropical storms will arise over the next six months.
- The Latest: Tropical storm warning issued for South Carolina Updated: May-27-16 4:56 pm
MIAMI - The Latest on U.S. government forecasters' outlook for the Atlantic hurricane season (all times local):
- Congress' grade so far? Incomplete at best Updated: May-27-16 4:53 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress is racing toward its summer break, but like a procrastinating college kid it has tons of work to catch up on to avoid a report card laden with grades of incomplete or even worse.
- CONCACAF appoints Moggio general secretary Updated: May-27-16 3:46 pm
MIAMI - CONCACAF has appointed former NBA executive Philippe Moggio as its general secretary.
- St. Petersburg Yacht Club hopes to race to Cuba in 2017 Updated: May-27-16 4:16 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - With relations between the U.S. and Cuba improving, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club is working toward relaunching a race to Havana.
- Hot new trend in Cuban ID photos: digital suits and blouses Updated: May-27-16 12:01 am
HAVANA - It wasn't yet 10 a.m. but Juan Carlos Espinosa was sweating when he exited his Soviet-era Lada sedan in front of a photo studio in the middle-class Havana neighborhood of 10 de Octubre.
- Abu Zubaydah called as witness in 9/11 case at Guantanamo Updated: May-26-16 5:38 pm
MIAMI - A Palestinian not seen publicly since his 2002 capture by the CIA launched a brutal interrogation program may soon make his first appearance in a U.S. courtroom.
- Puerto Rico senators override veto, halt tax increase Updated: May-26-16 4:49 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico's governor has lost a battle to increase a business-to-business tax and impose a transition to a value-added tax system amid an economic crisis.
- Puerto Rico clears first hurdle with committee vote Updated: May-25-16 6:13 pm
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances cleared its first hurdle Wednesday with approval from a Republican-led House committee.
- Lawsuit: Cubans who scaled Keys lighthouse should stay in US Updated: May-25-16 5:48 pm
MIAMI - A group of migrants who fled Cuba in a homemade boat and climbed onto a 136-year-old lighthouse off the Florida Keys should be allowed to stay in the U.S., according to a federal lawsuit filed on their behalf.
- New Orleans mayor to travel to Cuba for mayors' conference Updated: May-25-16 1:24 pm
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is traveling next week to Cuba as part of a delegation of mayors from around the country.
- Autopsy: Man found in St. Martin pond died of drowning Updated: May-25-16 4:30 am
OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi - Officials say a man found dead in a pond near an apartment complex in St. Martin drowned.
- Italy, Netherlands and Sweden vie for Security Council seat Updated: May-24-16 11:49 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden all made their cases on Tuesday for why they should be elected to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations' most powerful body.
- Sartorius to expand pharmaceutical plant in Puerto Rico Updated: May-24-16 5:50 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico's governor says pharmaceutical supplier Sartorius is investing $50 million to expand its plant in the U.S. territory and convert it to its main logistical hub for the Americas.
- Lawyer denies ex-rebel leader tied to attack on Haiti police Updated: May-24-16 5:45 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The lawyer for a Senate candidate and ex-rebel leader said Tuesday that his client had nothing to do with a deadly attack on a police station in southern Haiti this month.
- In final drive, Obama seeks better relations with US foes Updated: May-24-16 5:15 pm
WASHINGTON - In his final stretch as president, Barack Obama is driving the United States toward friendlier relations with longstanding adversaries, working to consign bitter enmities with Vietnam, Iran, Cuba and Myanmar to the history books.
- Puerto Rico seeks power bill increase, sparking outrage Updated: May-24-16 3:56 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico's heavily indebted electric company announced Tuesday that it is seeking a more than 20 percent increase in the island's already high power bills, sparking outrage among many who note the agency faces numerous corruption allegations.
- Cuba to legalize small and medium-sized private businesses Updated: May-24-16 3:28 pm
HAVANA - Cuba announced Tuesday that it will legalize small- and medium-sized private businesses in a move that could significantly expand private enterprise in one of the world's last communist countries.
- Springfield heroin trafficker sentenced to serve 9-10 years Updated: May-24-16 6:14 am
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts - A 53-year-old native of the Dominican Republic who had been living illegally in Springfield has been sentenced to serve between nine and 10 years behind bars for trafficking heroin.