- 1st of 4 WBC qualifying tournaments set for Sydney Updated: Feb-09-16 7:53 pm
SYDNEY - The first of four regional qualifiers for next year's World Baseball Classic begins Thursday with host team Australia aiming to advance to the final 16 and improve on its poor record in past tournaments.
- UN: Number of Haitians needing food aid spikes amid drought Updated: Feb-09-16 6:20 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Drought-stricken Haiti is grappling with its most serious food crisis in 15 years as the number of people in need of urgent food aid has recently spiked, the head of the U.N. World Food Program's country office said Tuesday.
- The Latest: Ohio has 2 Zika virus cases in visitors to Haiti Updated: Feb-09-16 6:12 pm
CLEVELAND - The Latest on Zika virus cases reported in Ohio (all times local):
- US women start quest for 4th straight Olympic gold medal Updated: Feb-09-16 5:39 pm
The United States starts its pursuit of a fourth straight gold medal in women's Olympic soccer over the next two weeks at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Texas.
- Vietnam vet sues VA trying to get benefits living in Cuba Updated: Feb-09-16 5:21 pm
HAVANA - Otto Macias was 19 when he left Cuba in the throes of a socialist revolution, enlisted in the U.S. Army and went to fight communists as a machine-gunner in Vietnam.
- Some Dominicans don't want Vagas Llosa to get literary prize Updated: Feb-09-16 5:04 pm
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Plans in the Dominican Republic to award a literary prize to Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa have angered some people, including a member of the president's Cabinet.
- Indiana health officials report 1st case of Zika virus Updated: Feb-09-16 3:28 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's first case of Zika virus was found in a person who recently traveled to Haiti, state health officials said Tuesday.
- US senator calls for investigation of cruise ship in storm Updated: Feb-09-16 4:17 am
MIAMI - Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend.
- Canada soccer head Montagliani to run for CONCACAF president Updated: Feb-08-16 5:48 pm
TORONTO - Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani says he is running for president of soccer's governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, whose past three presidents have been charged with corruption by U.S. prosecutors.
- The Latest: Weather forecast called for storm-force winds Updated: Feb-08-16 5:16 pm
MIAMI - The Latest on a cruise ship that was damaged in bad weather in the Atlantic Ocean (all times local):
- Top Cuban player slips away with brother to join US majors Updated: Feb-08-16 3:27 pm
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball.
- Obama seeks $250M to help Puerto Rico fight Zika Updated: Feb-08-16 11:20 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Obama administration is seeking $250 million in federal funds to help Puerto Rico fight an increase in Zika cases after the governor declared a public health emergency.
- Tattoos on the rebound in Cuba after years underground Updated: Feb-08-16 12:03 am
HAVANA - Bent in concentration beneath the vaulted ceiling of his Old Havana studio, Mauro Coca draws a tropical bird in blue ink down the length of Julivic Marquez's arm.
- Haiti's president departs to make way for interim government Updated: Feb-07-16 10:30 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - President Michel Martelly made his farewell speech to Haiti as he departed office Sunday with no successor yet chosen because a runoff election was delayed for a second time last month amid violent protests and deep suspicions about vote rigging.
- Mexico wins Caribbean Series with HR in 9th inning Updated: Feb-07-16 8:06 pm
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Jorge Vazquez hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, lifting Mexico's Mazatlan Venados to a 5-4 comeback victory over Venezuela's Aragua Tigres for the Caribbean Series championship.
- Milton, Moore help No. 12 SMU rout South Florida 92-58 Updated: Feb-07-16 5:22 pm
TAMPA, Florida - There were a lot of things Larry Brown could appreciate about the way SMU played against South Florida on Sunday.
- Victor Estrella Burgos retains his Ecuador Open title Updated: Feb-07-16 3:54 pm
QUITO, Ecuador - Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic rallied from a set down to beat Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Sunday to retain his title on clay in the Ecuador Open in Quito.
- AP NewsBreak: Deal reached on provisional Haiti government Updated: Feb-06-16 9:35 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Top Haitian leaders negotiated an agreement to install a short-term provisional government less than 24 hours before President Michel Martelly was scheduled to step down, an official with the Organization of American States and local authorities announced Saturday.
- Haiti leader departs as he came: amid uncertainty, disorder Updated: Feb-06-16 7:18 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Michel Martelly came to office promising a stronger Haiti following a messy election that provoked widespread skepticism. He is due to leave power Sunday at the close of his five-year term with few accomplishments and a legacy clouded by a new political crisis.
- Former soldiers clash with protesters in Haiti; 1 dead Updated: Feb-05-16 8:09 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A band of former Haitian soldiers clashed Friday with a far larger gathering of anti-government demonstrators in the troubled country's capital, resulting in the killing of an ex-member of the abolished military amid an ongoing political crisis.
- Reds outfield prospect Duran suspended for positive test Updated: Feb-05-16 5:37 pm
NEW YORK - Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Juan Duran has been suspended for the first 80 games of the season under Major League Baseball's drug program following a positive test for three performance-enhancing substances.
- 2nd group of Cuban migrants stuck in Costa Rica flown out Updated: Feb-05-16 4:56 pm
GUATEMALA CITY - A second group of Cuban migrants was traveling through Central America toward the United States on Friday after being stranded in Costa Rica for months when Nicaragua closed its border to them.
- The Latest: Puerto Rico declares Zika emergency Updated: Feb-05-16 3:03 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - The Latest on efforts to battle the Zika virus (all times local):
- Historic step: Pope, Russia patriarch meet in Cuba Feb. 12 Updated: Feb-05-16 1:44 pm
VATICAN CITY - In an historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity, Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in an attempt to begin bridging the church's East-West divide.
- Quieter, smaller Guantanamo as debate rages on prison's fate Updated: Feb-05-16 12:02 pm
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The number of hunger strikers is down to a handful.