- Puerto Rico towns to share services, cut costs amid crisis
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has signed a bill letting the island's 78 municipal governments share administrative services as a cost-saving measure amid a deep fiscal crisis.
- Nicaragua electoral authority unseats opposition lawmakers
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's top electoral authority decimated the country's political opposition on Friday by unseating practically all of its remaining lawmakers in congress as President Daniel Ortega prepares to seek a third term.
- Former Brazilian President Silva to stand trial
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian judge has accepted charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for allegedly obstructing a corruption investigation involving state-run oil giant Petrobras, clearing the way for one of the country's best-known political figures to stand trial.
- Brazil's acting president "ready" for jeers at Rio Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's acting President Michel Temer says he is ready to be jeered during the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games next week.
- Colombian official says some 1,300 Cubans stranded in town
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Nearly 1,300 Cubans who hope to make their way to the United States are stranded in miserable conditions near the Panamanian border, a regional Colombian government ombudsman said Friday.