24 die in Mexico town where fireworks disasters common

TULTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — First a horrific blast rocked the town of Tultepec, a place already notorious for deadly fireworks accidents, and emergency workers rushed in to rescue the injured. Then, 20 minutes later, a new series of other explosions erupted around them, killing...
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In embattled Venezuela, beauty offers ladder out of poverty

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At a small home with a leaking tin roof near Venezuela’s capital, Johandrys Colls proudly shows off two metal crowns with plastic gemstones and nine satin sashes won in local beauty pageants. The 16-year-old daughter of a butcher and a...
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