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In this Aug. 14, 2014 photo, residents watch from behind police tape where private security guard Jonatan Josue Rosales was killed while guarding a bakery in Guatemala City. While private security is growing worldwide, Latin America is the region where the boom is accompanied by rising rates of homicide, kidnapping and extortion. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Private firms filling Latin America’s security gap

Thursday, November 27, 2014

MEXICO CITY — A panic alert flashed across Alberto Herrera’s computer screen. Men claiming to be with the notorious Gulf Cartel had stopped a convoy transporting chemicals through a lawless region of northeastern Mexico. They seized two drivers from an escort truck and demanded the valuable cargo in exchange for their release. Giant flat-screen monitors blinked with the GPS locations … 0

Abuse of trust

Thursday, November 27, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Advocacy groups barely waited for President Barack Obama to finish speaking about sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system to start warning about scams. “We hear horror stories about people getting taken advantage of horribly,” attorney Ginger Jacobs told several dozen people who watched the president’s speech at Alliance San Diego offices. California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Mexican consulates … 0

Death penalty sought for Nigerian child bride

Thursday, November 27, 2014

KANO, Nigeria — The father of a 14-year-old child bride accused of murdering her husband said Thursday he was appealing to a Nigerian court to spare his daughter the death sentence. Wasilat Tasi’u is on trial for the murder of her 35-year-old husband, Umar Sani, who died after eating food that Tasi’u allegedly laced with rat poison. “We are appealing to the judge … 0

Native American schools face decayed buildings, poverty

Monday, November 24, 2014

WINSLOW, Ariz. — Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and a lack of construction dollars. They also are among the nation’s lowest performing. The Obama administration is pushing ahead with … 0

GOP hopefuls avoid specifics in response on immigration

Monday, November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The rhetoric is barbed, but Republican presidential hopefuls generally fell in line behind the voices of restraint in the wake of President Barack Obama’s order blocking deportation for millions of immigrants in the country unlawfully. Former … 0

Children made into militants

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BEIRUT — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s … 0

UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show

Friday, November 21, 2014

LONDON — Freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation this year to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail. Twelve … 0

Kids give first lady sarcastic ‘thanks’ on Twitter

Friday, November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama just in time for the holiday — with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about unappealing school lunches. Along with photos of unsavory-looking school meals, the hashtag (hash)ThanksMichelleObama … 0

Republicans look for an immigration response

Friday, November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their … 0

House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

Friday, November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no … 0

Iran nuke talks stalled, despite Kerry efforts

Friday, November 21, 2014

VIENNA — Contentious nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran hit a new snag Friday after Iran apparently again turned down U.S. demands for concessions, leaving negotiations in limbo just three days before a deadline for a deal. … 0

Official: Ferguson grand jury still meeting

Friday, November 21, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But a spokesman for St. Louis County’s top prosecutor … 0

More Cosby shows canceled as women allege rape

Friday, November 21, 2014

NEW YORK — Performances by Bill Cosby in Las Vegas, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington State have been canceled as more women come forward accusing the entertainer of sexually assaulting them many years ago. The director of … 0