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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

Agency: Schools helped Lanza’s mom ‘appease’ him

Friday, November 21, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Adam Lanza’s parents and educators contributed to his social isolation in the years before he carried out the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre by accommodating — and not confronting — his difficulties engaging with … 0

Marylou Sudders named Baker’s HHS chief

Friday, November 21, 2014

BOSTON — Marylou Sudders, a former state mental health commissioner and chief executive of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, was tapped Friday by Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services in his administration. Sudders, currently an associate professor … 0

Unarmed man killed by police in NY housing complex

Friday, November 21, 2014

NEW YORK — A rookie police officer walking with his gun drawn in a darkened stairwell of a crime-ridden public housing complex accidentally shot and killed a man who was leaving the building with his girlfriend, authorities said … 0

Oregon festival’s giant nutcracker: 41 feet

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ore. festival’s giant nutcracker: 41 feet ROSEBURG, Ore. — Sponsors of the annual holiday festival near Roseburg have commissioned a whopper of a centerpiece — a wooden nutcracker intended to stand 41 feet tall, weigh more than 16,000 … 0

Obama spurns GOP with immigration orders

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.” The moves, … 0

Senators get no clear answers on air bag safety

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe. … 0

Overdose

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers. A Senate panel … 0

One drink at a time

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. From moss schnapps in Iceland to gut-busting raki in Turkey and homebrew in the Himalayas, he’s learned the hard way that tippler’s truism: “It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.” Maxwell says … 0

Report: Global obesity costs hits $2 trillion

Thursday, November 20, 2014

LONDON — The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism, according to a new report released Thursday. The McKinsey … 0

FDA approves new, hard-to-abuse hydrocodone pill

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Federal health regulators on Thursday approved the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone, offering an alternative to a similar medication that has been widely criticized for lacking such safeguards. The Food and Drug Administration approved … 0