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Opposition, government vie for votes in polarized Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelans head to the ballot box Sunday in regional elections that could tilt a majority of the states’ 23 governorships back into opposition control for the first time in nearly two decades of socialist party rule. The election will be watched closely as an indicator of how much support President Nicolas Maduro …

Young Mexicans at heart of earthquake recovery

MEXICO CITY — Oscar Rangel doesn’t own a shovel and is typically sitting at a computer compiling databases at work. But when the magnitude 7.1 quake struck Mexico this week, he was among the first to show up at a building that collapsed near his home, ready to dig for survivors. In the two days …

Deaths in Venezuela unrest hit 103 as polarizing vote nears

CARACAS, Venezuela — Days before a polarizing vote to start rewriting its constitution, Venezuela is convulsing to a rhythm of daytime strikes and nocturnal clashes. Five deaths reported from violence in the 24 hours through late Thursday drove the death toll from nearly four months of unrest above 100. Most of the dead in anti-government …

Gjelina chef Travis Lett talks farm to table, staying local and spending $5 on scones

LOS ANGELES—Even Travis Lett’s beloved BLT wasn’t immune to the chef’s unwavering support of local and seasonal foods. If the tomatoes had to come from far away, the sandwich had to go away. And so it is at Gjelina, Lett’s Venice, California, hotspot restaurant where even much-loved menu items are sacrificed if even a single …

Police investigating Ariana Grande’s donut-licking video

Police said Wednesday they were investigating video that appears to show Ariana Grande licking doughnuts at a shop in Southern California. Earlier, Grande apologized for saying “I hate America” in the same video. Police in Lake Elsinore, where the doughnut shop is located, said they and Riverside County public health officials were investigating the leaked …

Study: College completion gap between rich, poor widens

LOS ANGELES — The gap in bachelor-degree attainment between the nation’s richest and poorest students by age 24 has doubled during the last four decades, according to a report released Tuesday. The percent of students from the lowest-income families – those making $34,160 a year or less – earning a bachelor’s degree has inched up …

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