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Cruise line ends stop in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — A cruise line says it is canceling stops in the Mexican port of Puerto Vallarta later this year to protect its passengers from violence.

A spokeswoman for Princess Cruises, a brand of Carnival Corp., says the company has dropped three calls in November and December.

Karen Candy said in an e-mail statement to The Associated Press on Thursday that the ships will now have longer stops in Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas.

She said the line is worried about security in Puerto Vallarta's surrounding areas.

Bombings in Iraq kill one American, 23 Iraqis

BAGHDAD — Bombs killed an American finance expert and at least 23 Iraqis Thursday in one of the worst sieges of violence the Iraqi capital has seen in months.

Stephen Everhart, an international development and finance expert under contract to the U.S. Agency for International Development, was killed when a roadside bomb hit the convoy in which he was traveling, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. Three people were wounded, including at least one American, they said.

The 23 Iraqis died in a series of explosions that struck Shiite neighborhoods in south Baghdad, police said. At least 120 people were wounded in those attacks.

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