Costa Rica

A fungus called coffee rust has already caused more than $1 billion in damage across the Latin American region. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

Coffee fungus raising prices for high-end blends

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down the price of your morning cup. At issue is a fungus […]

05/18/2014

Students gather behind a business looking for a Internet signal for their smart phones in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Costa Rica is demanding US explain ‘Cuban Twitter’

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The Costa Rican government says it’s waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it improperly devised a secret “Cuban Twitter” network from inside the Central American nation’s borders […]

04/24/2014

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger, 2nd from left, tries to steal the ball from Thomas Mueller, right, during a training session of the German national team in Duesseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Germany will play their 2014 World Cup Group C  qualifying soccer match against Ireland on  Friday in Cologne. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

World Cup qualifying: Teams chasing Brazil spots

LONDON (AP) — Nine countries have already joined host nation Brazil in next year’s World Cup and more will secure their places when qualifying resumes across the globe from Friday. Italy and the Netherlands were […]

10/09/2013

A worker from the health ministry fumigates the backyard of a home where the man who lives there sits in his wheelchair in the neighborhood of Waspam in Managua, Nicaragua on July 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Dengue epidemic looms for Central American region

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Central America is on track to have one of its worst years ever for the painful, sometimes fatal disease of dengue, prompting governments across the region to mobilize against the mosquito-borne […]

08/09/2013

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Camp means community service for many young people

NEW YORK (AP) — At 14, Tyler Cohen had never been out of the country or traveled without his Long Island family when he found himself in Costa Rica on a monthlong service trip for […]

05/18/2013

President Barack Obama visits Costa Rica. (AP Photo)

Obama begins quick visit to Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — President Barack Obama is opening a two-day trip to Costa Rica, his first stop in the Central American nation as president. Air Force One touched town in the capital […]

05/03/2013

US President Barack Obama waves from steps of Air Force One as he arrives at Benito Juarez International airport, Mexico City. (AP Photo)

Obama: US-Mexico stereotypes must be broken

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Calling for an end to “old stereotypes,” President Barack Obama on Friday portrayed Mexico as an emerging nation that is remaking itself and said the U.S.-Mexico relationship should be defined by […]

05/03/2013

US President Barack Obama waves from steps of Air Force One as he arrives at Benito Juarez International airport, Mexico City. (AP Photo)

Obama: Security relationship with Mexico to evolve

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Acknowledging the uncertainty that lies ahead, President Barack Obama said Thursday that the U.S. will cooperate with Mexico in fighting drug-trafficking and organized crime in any way Mexico’s government deems appropriate. […]

05/02/2013

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Airport worker turns in $7,000 in lost cash

ATLANTA (AP) — A part-time parking deck worker at Atlanta’s airport says she never thought about keeping the envelope with $7,000 in cash she found on the curb outside the international terminal.

03/06/2013

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Things to come

While everyone else has been reviewing the sports highlights of 2012, Mark Whicker of the Orange County Register gives us a look ahead to the big events of 2013. They include:

01/02/2013

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The happiest and saddest countries in the world

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Latin Americans are the most positive people in the world, with their region being home to eight of the top 10 countries for positive emotions worldwide.

12/19/2012

Port of Long Beach strike (AP photo)

Talk resuming in LA-Long Beach harbors strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Labor talks are resuming in an effort to end a strike that shut down most of the terminals at the nation’s busiest port complex, the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors, officials say.

11/30/2012

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