RIO DE JANEIRO

Soccer fans from Belgium pose for a photo with a replica of a World Cup trophy on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The World Cup soccer tournament starts Thursday. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Holidays, lost business in World Cup’s lazy days

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s World Cup is in full swing and the world’s biggest sporting event is becoming a great excuse to skip work and enjoy holidays decreed just for the event. Yet, […]

06/23/2014

World Cup stadium stairs wobble under fan weight

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Video of a staircase most people use to get to and from Rio’s famed Maracana stadium shows the structure built atop scaffolding wobbling under the weight of fans who attended […]

06/17/2014

General view at the Itaquerao Stadium during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia in the Itaquerao Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Will Brazil’s Cup spotlight burn too bright?

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s day has finally arrived. The sun rose Thursday on a tropical nation hosting its first World Cup in 64 years. Nearly half the world’s population, well over 3 billion […]

06/12/2014

A woman sits in front of a pile of discarded carnival costumes after carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Refuse pickers give new life to Rio Carnival trash

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Elaine da Silva Moraes clambers up mounds of abandoned fabric, foam and feathers that minutes earlier were the essence of Rio de Janeiro’s glitzy, multi-million dollar Carnival parades. The creative […]

03/04/2014

Justin Bieber performs during his 'Believe' world tour in Panama City, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)

Bieber caught spraying graffiti in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The website of Brazil’s biggest news outlet published photos Wednesday it says show pop star Justin Bieber spray painting graffiti on a wall. And it adds that police want to […]

11/06/2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Secretary John McHugh, right, watch an Army carry team move a transfer case containing the remains of Pfc. Cody J. Patterson on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore., died Oct. 6 in Zhari district, Afghanistan of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)

10 photos of the week

Here’s your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. […]

10/10/2013

Actress Goldie Hawn jokes as designer Kenneth Cole accidentally steps on her dress as they arrive to a charity dinner for amfAR, a foundation for AIDS research in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Goldie Hawn among celebs at Brazil AIDS gala

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Supermodel Linda Evangelista, actress Goldie Hawn and designer Kenneth Cole lent their star power to a glitzy charity dinner and auction that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for AIDS research […]

10/05/2013

In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, fishermen and helpers gather before sunrise on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's just another work day on the ocean for the four score men manning the two dozen vessels that head out to try their luck six days a week. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

PHOTO GALLERY: Fishermen of Copacabana beach

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Daybreak’s glow silhouettes the rainforest-covered mountains nearby while the Atlantic’s waters lap at cramped wooden fishing boats. It’s another day at sea for the men who sail out six days […]

08/23/2013

Pilgrims and residents gather on Copacabana beach before the arrival of Pope Francis for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Clergy, faithful digest Francis’ Brazil message

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In word and deed during his trip to Brazil, Pope Francis put clergy and faithful alike on notice: Get energized, go out and spread the Gospel, give the Roman Catholic […]

07/30/2013

Pope Francis gestures while speaking to journalists during the direct papal flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, 22 July 2013. Francis, the 76-year-old Argentine who became the church's first pontiff from the Americas in March, returns to the embrace of Latin America to preside over the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day festival.  (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

An interactive look at the Pope’s trip to Brazil

In his first international trip as pontiff, the Argentine-born Pope Francis spent a week in Brazil. By all accounts, he was welcomed like a rock star and the pope himself appeared to thoroughly enjoy every […]

07/29/2013

Pope Francis listens to questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on its way back from Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

Pope Francis says he won’t judge gay priests

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) — Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference Monday as he returned from his […]

07/29/2013

Pope Francis speaks to the youth at the World Youth Day Welcome Feast on the Copacabana beachfront in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

Pope to youth: Treasure the elderly

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis praised the elderly during the Catholic Church’s festival of youth Friday, saying grandparents are critical for passing on wisdom and religious heritage and are a “treasure to be […]

07/26/2013

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