Correction: Oldest woman story

AP News
Posted: Dec 07, 2009 1:27 PM

In a Nov. 19 story about the death of a 119-year-old woman, The Associated Press, relying on information from a Mexican official, erroneously reported the reason that the Guinness Book of World Records did not verify a claim she was the world's oldest person.

The official said local authorities could not raise enough money for a Guinness Book of World Records judge to travel to Mexico to verify the woman's age. Guinness, which did not respond to an AP query at the time, said later that it does not require a visit by a judge to check such claims. Guinness said the woman's case was not accepted because Mexican officials did not provide an original birth certificate or other required documents to prove she was born in 1890.