AP Explains: Standoff, dying economy drive Venezuelan crisis

 

Venezuela is being wracked by an increasingly belligerent standoff between the government and opposition, while many Venezuelans are becoming fed up with a floundering economy marked by long lines for food and the world's highest inflation. President Nicolas Maduro has declared a state of emergency to let him deal with the economy by decree, but the opposition is vowing to push ahead with its campaign to force a recall referendum seeking his ouster.

  • Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF

Feds give scathing review of California border town's police

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department issued a scathing review Wednesday of a small town's police practices in a big drug and immigrant smuggling corridor on California's border with Mexico, finding a lack of basic controls and oversight of criminal investigations, unstable leadership and other red flags.

  • Written by ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press

NATO formally invites Montenegro as 29th member

BRUSSELS (AP) — Over Russia's angry objections, NATO agreed Thursday to expand for only the seventh time in its history, inviting the Balkan nation of Montenegro to become its 29th member.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

APNewsBreak: Victims demand whereabouts of theater shooter

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Several victims of the Colorado theater shooting have filed complaints alleging the state corrections department violated their rights by refusing to reveal where the gunman is serving his life sentence, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • Written by SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press