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Guatemalans to choose president amid distrust, flight to US

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) ” Guatemalans will vote for their next president Sunday in elections plagued by widespread disillusion and distrust, and as tens of thousands of their compatriots flee poverty and gang violence to seek a new life in the United States.With 19 candidates in the race for president, and the winner needing an absolute majority, a runoff between the two top vote-getters is likely in August.The road to this presidential election has been a chaotic flurry of court […]

Funeral held for West Point cadet who died in training

NEW YORK (AP) ” A West Point cadet killed during a training exercise has been laid to rest at the academy’s cemetery.The funeral for Christopher J. Morgan was held Saturday at the United States Military Academy.WABC-TV reports speakers included former president Bill Clinton. Morgan’s father had been part of the president’s security detail.West Point’s Commandant of Cadets, Maj. Gen.

Massive South American blackout, 44 million without power

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) ” A massive blackout left more than 44 million people without electricity in Argentina and Uruguay on Sunday after an unexplained failure in the neighboring countries’ interconnected power grid. Authorities were working frantically to restore power but only about a half a million in Argentina had electricity back by early afternoon.Voters cast ballots by the light of cell phones in gubernatorial elections in Argentina. Public transportation halted, shops […]

California mulls adopting portions of despised Trump tax law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ” California’s liberal Legislature wants to give poor people a lot more money in their state tax refunds each year, including an extra $1,000 for people who earn less than $30,000 a year and have at least one child under 6.But to do it, they’ll have to agree ” at least partially ” with Republican President Donald Trump.Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s spending plan would triple how much the state spends on its earned income tax credit to $1.2 billion, […]

Texas pastor who backed bill criminalizing abortion arrested

HOUSTON (AP) ” A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas this year that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse.Court records show that Stephen Bratton posted a $50,000 bond Saturday. The Houston Chronicle reports that 43-year-old Bratton is accused of molesting a teenage relative, sometimes multiple times a day.It isn’t clear whether Bratton has an attorney. The Associated Press couldn’t locate a phone number […]

Meghan and Harry release Father's Day photo of baby Archie

LONDON (AP) ” Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex have released a photograph of their 6-week-old son Archie for Father’s Day.The sepia-toned photo, posted Sunday on the royal couple’s Instagram feed, shows the baby cradled in Harry’s arms and clutching his father’s finger.The post is captioned: “Happy Father’s Day! And wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex.”The couple posted a picture of the baby’s feet when Mother’s Day was […]

Buttigieg: 'Why not' start a first family in White House?

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO‘-tuh-juhj) wants to start a family with his husband, Chasten, and says that could happen if he’s in the White House.”I don’t see why not,” the South Bend, Indiana, mayor says in a Father’s Day television interview that also marked his one-year wedding anniversary.He tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that “it wouldn’t be the first time that children have arrived to a first couple, but obviously that’s a […]

Argentina, Uruguay work to restore power after major failure

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) ” Argentina and Uruguay were working frantically to return power on Sunday, after a massive power failure left large swaths of the South American countries in the dark.It was unclear how many people had been affected by the blackout, but the nations have a combined population of more than 45 million.Argentina’s energy secretary said that the blackout occurred around 7 a.m. local time when a key interconnection system collapsed, but the causes were […]

Guatemalans choose president amid distrust, flight to US

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) ” Guatemalans headed to the polls Sunday to cast their vote for the next president, following an electoral process that generated widespread disillusion and distrust just as tens of thousands were fleeing poverty and gang violence in the country to seek a new life in the United States.Marco René Cuellar, 39, was the first to vote at the Mixed Rural School in the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula. He said he would hope for the good faith of the winner because […]