Tag: Central America

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Entertainment

Santana, Hancock, 3 others to get Kennedy Center Honors

CARLOS SANTANA by Brett ZongkerFor New Pittsburgh CourierWASHINGTON (AP)—For Carlos Santana, music has always been a calling. He idolized his mariachi musician father as a boy in their remote hometown in Mexico and later grew up with the Woodstock generation after immigrating to San Francisco. Now the music legend will join the luminaries receiving this year’s highest national honors for influencing American culture through the arts. Santana is among five who will receive the Kennedy Center Honors.

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International

Guatemalan indigenous designs win new respect

In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, Karim Corzo, a shoe designer using Guatemalan textiles, poses for a photo at a workspace in her factory in Guatemala City. Embroidered Mayan textiles known as huipiles are undergoing a revival in some of the country’s finest boutiques as they become a haute couture fixture. Corzo saw an economic benefit to the fashion trend. “They allow us to give work to the women who weave them and sell them,” Corzo said. (AP Photo/Luis Soto) by Sonia Perez D.Associated Press WriterGUATEMALA CITY (AP) – With their brightly colored fabrics filled with animals and landscapes, Guatemala’s indigenous had long used textiles to tell stories and share their visions of the universe. In modern times, however, those same fabrics made their wearers targets for discrimination, marking them as part of the country’s poor and indigenous.

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International

Infamous drug lord freed after conviction overturned in 1985 killing of DEA agent

The undated file photo distributed by the Mexican government shows Rafael Caro Quintero, considered the grandfather of Mexican drug trafficking. (AP Photo/File) by Adriana Gomez LoconAssociated Press Writer MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials expressed outrage over the release from prison of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero and vowed to continue efforts to bring to justice the man who ordered the killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

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National

AP IMPACT: Cartels dispatch agents deep inside US

BUSTED– In this Nov. 4, 2010 photo, bales of marijuana are wheeled out at a news conference in Jonesboro, Ga. Forty-five people were arrested 45 people along with cash, guns and more than two tons of drugs as part of an investigation by federal and local law enforcement into the Atlanta-area U.S. distribution hub of Mexico’s La Familia drug cartel. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Spink) by Michael Tarm CHICAGO (AP) — Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States — an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the world’s most lucrative narcotics market and maximize profits.

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Lifestyle

Cruise passengers became comrades on trip home

DOCKED–The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is moored at a dock in Mobile, Ala., Friday, Feb. 15. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) by Brendan FarringtonAssociated Press WriterMOBILE, Ala. (AP) — When their cruise ship lost power, passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph could have been selfish and looked out only for themselves and their loved ones.Instead, they became comrades in a long, exhausting struggle to get home.

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National

How life on run ended for California police killer

OUT OF SYNC–This undated photo shows Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles Police officer. Like the Unabomber and other mass killers, the 33-year-old former cop wrote a “manifesto.” (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department, File) by A. Breed, Julie Watson and Tami Abdollah Associated Press WritersBIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — As soon as he heard officers were chasing the suspected cop killer in a stolen truck, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Roger Loftis was certain: His buddy Jeremiah MacKay would be there.