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  • Man pleads not guilty in 2008 sword slaying

  • LANCASTER, California (AP) — An El Salvador-born man has pleaded not guilty to killing his girlfriend with a sword in front of her four children in California nearly six years ago.
  • Panama presidential candidates tied ahead of May vote

  • Panama's ruling party presidential candidate and an opposition challenger are in a dead heat ahead of the Central American country's May 4 vote, a poll showed on Monday. Jose Arias, from the ruling Democratic Change (CD)party, and Juan Navarro, from the moderate left opposition Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), both won 32 percent support in a poll by Ipsos and Canal 13. The country's current vice president, Juan Varela, took 26 percent in the poll. Varela broke with current President Ricardo Martinelli and ran on the ticket of the Panamenista Party.
  • 2 women Dutch tourists still missing in Panama

  • PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — Authorities in Panama say they haven't found any clues about two female tourists from the Netherlands who went missing near a popular tourist destination two weeks ago.
  • String of earthquakes puts Nicaraguans on edge

  • Children lie on mattresses on sidewalks outside stores near their homes after several earthquakes in Managua, Nicaragua, just after sunrise Monday, April 14, 2014. The government is recommending people sleep outside after an earthquake occurred a bit further away from Managua Sunday morning, following quakes on Thursday and Friday. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Thousands of Nicaraguans woke up in the streets Monday after a sleepless night rocked by two strong earthquakes, part of a string of tremors that have kept the Central American country on edge since late last week.



  • Nicaragua shaken by third quake

  • A quake hits the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, raising fears that a fault line beneath the capital may have been reactivated.
  • Magnitude 6.6 quake hits southwest Nicaragua: USGS

  • A woman and a boy carry a bed frame at a shelter for people affected by the earthquake in ManaguaMANAGUA (Reuters) - A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit southwest Nicaragua on Friday near the coast, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, shaking buildings in the capital Managua and as far away as San Jose in Costa Rica. Initial reports indicated no major damage from the quake, which was also felt in El Salvador. The quake struck 15 miles south of the town of Granada, near the country's Pacific coast, at a depth of 86 miles, the USGS said. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said a tsunami was not expected due to the depth of the quake. ...



  • Aftershocks shake Nicaragua; nation on alert

  • A woman walks inside a home that was damaged by an earthquake in Nagarote, Nicaragua, Thursday, April 10, 2014. A 6.1-magnitude earthquake damaged dozens of houses in western Nicaragua on Thursday, and authorities said some people were injured by falling ceilings, beams and walls. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's president is placing his government on the highest alert level as aftershocks rattle the country following a magnitude-6.1 earthquake.



  • 6.1-magnitude earthquake shakes Nicaragua

  • A woman walks inside a home that was damaged by an earthquake in Nagarote, Nicaragua, Thursday, April 10, 2014. A 6.1-magnitude earthquake damaged dozens of houses in western Nicaragua on Thursday, and authorities said some people were injured by falling ceilings, beams and walls. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A strong earthquake damaged dozens of houses in western Nicaragua on Thursday, and authorities said that at least 23 people were injured by falling ceilings, beams and walls in one town.



  • Strong 6.1 quake shakes Nicaragua, no major damage

  • By Ivan Castro MANAGUA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake shook western Nicaragua on Thursday, knocking out power and phone lines in some areas of the capital Managua, a Reuters witness said, but there were no reports of fatalities or major damage. The quake had a magnitude of 6.1, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and was very shallow at a depth of 6.2 miles. Some residents in Managua rushed out into the streets, clearly nervous. "There are no injuries, no loss of life so far, nor even any significant material losses," Nicaraguan government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said on local radio, adding that the government was checking reports that two dozen homes had suffered some damage.
  • Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes near Managua in Nicaragua -USGS

  • WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck near the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It said the quake, very shallow at a depth of 6.2 miles and therefore more powerful, struck at 2327 GMT north of Managua, 14 miles northeast of the town of Nagarote. A magnitude 6.4 quake is capable of causing severe damage. The quake was initially reported as having a 6.2 magnitude. (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Peter Cooney)
  • Earthquake shakes Nicaraguan capital: Reuters witness

  • MANAGUA (Reuters) - An earthquake shook the Nicaraguan capital of Managua on Thursday, a Reuters witness said, knocking out telephone lines and power in some areas, but there were no further details on any impact. (Reporting by Ivan Castro)
  • Suarez aims to match previous success at World Cup

  • FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2013, file photo, Honduras' coach Luis Fernando Suarez from Colombia attends a training session in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. This is the third time in its history that Honduras qualifies for a World Cup. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Luis Fernando Suarez made history when he guided Ecuador to the round of 16 at the 2006 World Cup, and the Colombian has already achieved considerable success with Honduras just by qualifying for this year's tournament.



  • Honduras, Venezuela have world's highest murder rates: U.N.

  • Bladed weapons lie on the ground outside the maximum security prison in TamaraBy Anahi Rama MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Honduras retains the world's highest murder rate, according to a United Nations report published on Thursday, with the Americas overtaking Africa as the region with the most peacetime murders per 100,000 people. Torn apart by gang warfare and invaded by Mexican drug cartels, the Central American nation of Honduras had a 2012 murder rate of 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people, almost double Venezuela's rate of 53.7. According to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime's report, Central America fared particularly badly. Belize had a murder rate of 44.7, while El Salvador's was 41.2 per 100,000.



  • US sanctions suspected Honduran drug trafficker

  • WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department is levying sanctions against suspected maritime drug trafficker Carlos Arnoldo Lobo for moving multi-ton loads of cocaine for Mexican, Guatemalan and Honduran drug kingpins and their organizations.
  • 5 Costa Rica players to watch at the World Cup

  • FILE - In this June 7, 2013, file photo, Honduras' Jerry Bengtson misses a chance to score against Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keilor Navas during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in San Jose, Costa Rica. The Costa Rican squad will face Uruguay, England and Italy in the northeastern city of Fortaleza. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Three of the teams in Group D are loaded with famous players, like Italy striker Mario Balotelli, England forward Wayne Rooney and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez. The odd one out is Costa Rica.



  • Costa Rica hopes defense can hold up in World Cup

  • FILE - In this March 22, 2013, file photo, Costa Rica forward Alvaro Saborio (9) and United States defender Clarence Goodson (21) go after the ball during the second half of a World Cup qualifier soccer match in Commerce City. The Costa Rican squad will face Uruguay, England and Italy in the northeastern city of Fortaleza. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Despite qualifying for the World Cup with the best defensive record in CONCACAF, Costa Rica is still a heavy underdog to get out of a group containing England, Italy and Uruguay.



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