• Electricity restored at Maracana after some late bills paid

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio’s electricity utility has turned the power back on at the famous Maracana stadium after it was shut off for almost a month in a dispute over $1 million in unpaid bills.

  • No. 4 Carreno Busta reaches quarterfinals at Rio Open

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fourth-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta has reached the quarterfinals of the clay-court Rio Open, defeating Victor Estrella Burgos 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

  • AP Analysis: In Venezuela, short on food, short of hope

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line — three times more than in 2014.

  • New Mexico considers special chile pepper license plate

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With red and green chile saturating nearly every facet of life in New Mexico, a legislative panel on Thursday put its support behind a measure that calls for the creation of a special license plate adorned with the hot peppers.

    Updated: 12:33 pm

  • Thiem into quarters in Rio; favorite with Nishikori out

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Rio Open has lost some of its top players in early matches as it competes for attention during Carnival week in Brazil

  • Mass slaughter in Brazil prison exposes gang war over drugs

    MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve, hundreds of inmates watched from a Manaus prison yard as the sky lit up with fireworks, paid for by the gangs that dominate the jail system.

  • Even at anything-goes Carnival, these lyrics raise eyebrows

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The typical notion of Carnival in Brazil is that anything goes: no headdress too big, no outfit too small, no song too ribald. This year, some organizers of the world’s best known street party are saying: “Enough!” At least to the lyrics.

  • AP PHOTOS: Brazil’s crowded prisons feed gangs, violence

    BOA VISTA, Brazil (AP) — First, dominate overcrowded prisons. Then, control the streets and international drug routes.

  • Top-seeded Nishikori upset by Bellucci in first round in Rio

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thomaz Bellucci upset top-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Rio Open, thrilling the home crowd on Carnival week in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Broadcast right dispute cancels football match in Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A football match in Brazil was cancelled in front of 20,000 stunned fans because of a broadcasting rights dispute.