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  • California cross-border airport clears key hurdle Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:16 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO— U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday that it has reached agreement with an investor group to clear the way for construction of the nation's first cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

  • Street theater in Mexico City's rough Tepito area Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Few outsiders dare venture after dark into Tepito, a neighborhood known as Mexico City's main clearinghouse for contraband ranging from guns and drugs to counterfeit sneakers.

  • NEW YORK, April 16- Mexican mobile phone operator Iusacell SA de CV sued IBM Corp on Wednesday, accusing the U.S. technology giant of making fraudulent representations that caused it to lose $2.5 billion in profits. But the complaint centered on a contract that Iusacell said IBM induced it to enter into in Mexico.

  • Pet boom in Mexico amid rising middle class Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Camila celebrated her first birthday in a blue-and-white striped dress with tulle appliques, playing with her guests in a room decorated with pink balloons, lilacs and Hello Kitty posters. "We've never had a female dog so we wanted to do something special with her," said Valery Palma, a single 35- year-old lawyer who owns Camila.

  • Mexico pledges own anti-money laundering list Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Mexico has announced plans to fight money laundering by using "kingpin" lists like those issued by the United States, although unlike the public U.S. list, Mexico will make its registry confidential, a Mexican official said Monday.

  • Citigroup's earnings edge higher in first quarter Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Citigroup's first-quarter earnings rose, helped by declines in expenses and provisions for bad loans. EARNINGS: Citigroup reported a profit of $4.1 billion in the first quarter, after stripping out the effects of an accounting change and a tax item.

  • Studies: Lab-grown nostrils, vaginas working well Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 4:25 AM ET

    LONDON— Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas. Martin Birchall, of The Ear Institute at University College London, who co-authored an accompanying commentary.

  • Mexican police issue 'ransom ware' virus warning Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 4:44 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Police in Mexico City have issued a warning about a new type of "ransom ware" virus that can take over computers' cameras and make the user think they are under surveillance. The Mexico City police department's cyber-crime unit says the virus infects computers, generally after they view or download sexually explicit material.

  • Mexico congressmen charge mayors for federal funds Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    MEXICO CITY— The mayor of the central Mexico city of Celaya thought he was having a private conversation when he told his staff that congressmen were requiring him to inflate a paving contract by 35 percent in exchange for $12.2 million in federal public works money.

  • April 9- Bank of America Corp said on Wednesday that it will close three foreign offices and eliminate about 3,000 jobs over the next nine to 12 months in an effort to simplify its global operations.

  • April 9- Constellation Brands Inc said it expects to spend upto $1.1 billion- almost double its previous forecast- to increase capacity at a Mexican brewery, hurting its full-year profit and cash flow forecasts and sending its shares down 5 percent.

  • CNN bringing back Anthony Bourdain's hot series Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Anthony Bourdain has traveled to all sorts of exotic places over the past couple of years, with none as important as where he's taken CNN itself. The season opener, from Punjab, India, illustrates what makes "Parts Unknown" unique.

  • Was 'Cuban Twitter' program political or not? Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 2:48 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Draft messages produced for a Twitter- like service in Cuba that the U.S. government secretly funded were overtly political, documents obtained by The Associated Press show, even though the Obama administration has said the program had a more-neutral purpose.

  • Intel eliminates 1,500 jobs in Costa Rica Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 7:26 PM ET

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica— Chipmaker Intel announced Tuesday that it is eliminating 1,500 jobs from its assembly and test operation in Costa Rica, a blow to a country that has used Intel's presence to build a high-tech sector.

  • 'Cuban Twitter' _overtly political, poking Castros Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Draft messages produced for a Twitter- like network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba were overtly political and poked fun at the Castro brothers, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

  • Some airlines drop limes from beverage service Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 4:20 PM ET

    "We temporarily pulled limes about two weeks ago, due to skyrocketing lime prices," says Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Halley Knigge. The average advertised price of a lime in U.S. supermarkets was 56 cents last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • US secretly built 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 3:54 AM ET
    “Peace Without Borders” concert in Havana, September 2009. The concert was a perfect opportunity to test the political power of their budding social network masterminded by the U.S. government.

    The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON/ BEIJING, April 1- Manufacturing in Asia and Europe finished the first quarter on a weaker note but activity in the United States remained relatively steady, suggesting severe winter weather in North America had only a modest effect on U.S. factories.

  • MEXICO CITY, April 1- Mexico is considering rigid rules that would ensure a hefty cut of the spoils of a landmark energy overhaul go to Mexican firms, but that could jeopardize billions of dollars in investment from oil majors seen as key to future growth.

  • BOGOTA, March 28- Colombia's government-owned oil producer Ecopetrol said on Friday it made the highest offers in a recent auction to explore 11 offshore blocks for crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico, as part of its strategy to boost investment abroad. Their joint offers totaled $73.2 million, of which Ecopetrol's participation is $33.7 million.

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