LAZARO CARDENAS, Mexico (AP) — Forget crystal meth. The pseudo-religious Knights Templar drug cartel in western Mexico has diversified to the point that drug trafficking doesn't even rank among its top sources of income.
Boxer Malik Scott will be remembered for the paper bag he wore over his head last week reading "Get Ya Popcorn Ready!" at his weigh-in in Puerto Rico, not for his defeat by WBC Continental Americas heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. In politics, Michelle Bachelet was sworn in as Chile's president for a second time, while in El Salvador supporters of the losing presidential candidate demanded a recount of the vote. Argentine slum dwellers gathered to hear an interview with Pope Francis played on the first anniversary of his election, while pilgrims in Mexico made their annual trek up the Popocatepetl volcano to offer food, music, dance and fireworks in asking that they be spared a major eruption. Brazil's federal police paraded white elephants symbolizing public waste and threatened to go on strike at this summer's World Cup if their pay isn't increased. In Peru, a snack vendor tried to attract customers with a tongue-in-cheek costume and performance on the beach. Anti-government street protests continued in Venezuela, with demonstrators complaining about violent crime, high inflation and shortages of flour, cooking oil and other basic goods.
NEW YORK (AP) — St. Patrick's Day festivities were in full swing Sunday with the usual merriment of bagpipes and beer, but political tensions lingered in the northeastern U.S., where city leaders will be conspicuously absent from parades over gay rights issues.