New York schools open 1 week after Hurricane Sandy


New York City schools opened a week after Hurricane Sandy killed 40 people in the Big Apple, while further stretches of the subway were rolling again and electricity was restored to most homes.

Nonetheless, 65 of the more than 1,100 public schools in the city have not been able to resume classes due to hurricane damage or because they are still being used as shelters and for storing aid supplies to help those most affected by the storm.

The subway reopened more of its rail network on Monday, though 4 out of its 23 lines are still out of commission.

Electricity has gradually been coming back on, and Monday morning the number of customers without service dropped below 100,000, compared with the 660,000 who suffered power outages when the storm blew in.




Spain denies G-20 pressure to ask for a bailout


Spain's economy minister said here that the other nations in the G-20 are not pressing Madrid to request a financial rescue package from the European Union.

"No pressure of any kind, and there has not been any and the government could not accept that," said Luis de Guindos at a press conference coinciding with the meeting of the G-20 finance officials in Mexico City.

His government feels that "the fundamental issue is to dissipate the doubts about the future of the euro," the minister said, adding that Spain has practically concluded its financing needs for this year and is in a "rather comfortable situation of liquidity."




9 Murders over the weekend in Puerto Rico


The Puerto Rican police said that nine people were slain over the weekend.

The most recent homicide was that of Jose Velazquez Rodriguez, 46, who was found dead Sunday morning at his home in the central town of Cayey.

Police said in a communique that the body of Velazquez Rodriguez was found lying on its back in a bed at home, with blood on the pillow and the floor.

Another of the nine murders was that of Deshane del Valle Mendez, 18, who died after being shot in the head by her brother Justin as they were playing with a handgun.




4 Journalists die when their car plunges into river in central Peru


Four journalists on the way to cover a story in central Peru died when the car they were traveling in plunged into the Tarma River.

The accident occurred on Monday morning near the Carpapata area, when the group was traveling from Lima to the city of Chanchamayo, in Junin province, police said.




Vicente Fernandez does not have cancer, biopsy shows


Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez does not have cancer, according to the results of the biopsy performed on the lump removed last week from his liver, sources close to the artist told Efe.

The ranchera music idol was operated on last week to remove the lump that doctors had detected on his liver several days earlier, an operation that forced him to cancel all his performances for the remainder of the year.

The sources told Efe that the 72-year-old artist is resting at a Houston hospital and is awaiting new tests that may explain the origin of the lump.




Spaniards join informal NY marathon


A group of runners from the southern Spanish city of Seville were among the thousands who turned out for an informal race in Central Park after the official New York Marathon was canceled due to the damage from Hurricane Sandy.

"It was a marvelous experience," Rafael Vega, the runner who led the group, who were running to collect funds for children with cancer, told Efe.

Thousands of people who had come to New York from all over the world for the official marathon decided to run through Central Park, where the race was to have been held originally.




Bus-truck crash kills 6 in Chile


Six people - five adults and a minor - were killed when a Peruvian bus collided with a truck on a highway in northern Chile, police said.

The accident occurred around 7:00 a.m. at kilometer 1,405 of Route 5 North, near the mining camp of Mantos Blancos.

The bus, which had Peruvian tags and belonged to the Ormeño Internacional company, was on the Buenos Aires-Santiago-Lima route when it crashed head-on with the truck, which was hauling salt to the port of Mejillones.