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AP Americas Digest



WASHINGTON -- The U.S. faces massive overcrowding in its prisons, and the Obama administration is calling for major changes to the nation's criminal justice system that would cut back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes.


NEW YORK -- The nation's largest police department illegally and systematically singled out large numbers of blacks and Hispanics under its stop-and-frisk policy, a federal judge rules while appointing an independent monitor to oversee major changes, including body cameras on some officers. By Colleen Long. AP Photos. AP Video.


BOSTON -- James "Whitey" Bulger, the feared Boston mob boss who became one of the most-wanted fugitives in the U.S., is convicted in a string of 11 killings and other gangland crimes, many of them committed while he was said to be an FBI informant. By Jay Lindsay and Denise Lavoie. AP Photos. AP Video.



FORT MEADE, Maryland -- Lawyers for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning open their case in the sentencing phase of his trial by attacking commanders' decisions to send the young intelligence analyst to Iraq and let him keep his top-secret security clearance despite emotional outbursts and concerns about his mental health. By David Dishneau. AP Photo.


WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden is keeping his name at the top of likely Democratic contenders for the 2016 presidential election -- even while the prime spot seems to have been claimed by former Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton. AP Photo.


BOGOTA, Colombia -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defends National Security Agency surveillance programs and downplays their impact on U.S. efforts to deepen relations with two key allies in Latin America. By Deb Riechmann. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON -- No one said political change is easy, but opponents of the government's surveillance program have their work cut out for them. While Americans are increasingly skeptical of broad spying tactics, voters angered by the disclosures of Edward Snowden are struggling to generate the kind of broader populist movement seen in 2006 when Democrats rallied anti-war voters or in 2009 when the tea party movement galvanized conservatives. By Anne Flaherty. AP Photo.

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WASHINGTON -- Cambodia has suspended international military cooperation programs with the United States and others following that country's recent, disputed election, the State Department says. By Matthew Pennington.


FORT HOOD, Texas -- The trial of a U.S. Army psychiatrist resumes after more than 40 witnesses described how he carried out a shooting massacre that left 13 dead at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. By Nomaan Merchant and Paul J. Weber.


LIMA, Peru -- The bodies of two men slain by security forces are flown to Lima for DNA tests that authorities believe will show they were two of the Shining Path rebels' four leaders as officials claimed a major blow to the cocaine-funded insurgency. By Frank Bajak.


SAN DIEGO -- A close family friend suspected of abducting a 16-year old girl after killing her mother and younger brother fired his rifle at FBI agents before they killed him deep in the Idaho wilderness, authorities say. By Todd Dvorak and Elliot Spagat. AP Photos. AP Video.


UNITED NATIONS -- International migration is becoming a key issue in the lives of young people with the latest preliminary data revealing that nearly 35 million migrants are under the age of 20, the United Nations said Monday. By Edith M. Lederer.


MANCHESTER, New Hampshire -- An Israeli-born software engineer who shot his 9-year-old son to death before killing himself in the U.S. was upset over custody arrangements and had warned his wife that he would kill either her or himself and the boy, court documents say. AP Photo.


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- By any measure, this country's streets are a mess: Motorcycles buzz in swarms against traffic and cars weave onto sidewalks. This produces a wave of accidents that's made the Dominican Republic the world's deadliest place for drivers. Many blame the rising number of motorcycles, but others say it's driver attitudes that need to change. By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez. AP Photos.


NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- A Tennessee judge's decision to change a baby's first name from Messiah to Martin is drawing strong reactions from people who believe the judge overstepped her powers and those who think parents' creativity should have some limits. By Travis Loller. AP Photo.


CLERMONT, Florida -- A sinkhole swallows part of a Florida resort villa near Disney World, starting with a loud rumble that broke windows and forced the frantic evacuation of frightened vacationers awakened from their rooms. By Alma Rodriguez. AP Photos. AP Video.


CONCORD, New Hampshire -- A traveling hospital technician accused of infecting dozens of patients with hepatitis C through tainted needles told investigators he had been stealing drugs for more than a decade and was "killing a lot of people," according to a plea agreement that would send him to prison for 30 to 40 years.


CHICAGO -- The biggest study of its kind suggests autism might be linked with inducing and speeding up labor, preliminary findings that need investigating since labor is induced in increasing numbers of U.S. women, the authors and other autism experts say.



NEW YORK -- The London whale isn't the only thing weighing on JPMorgan Chase these days. In fact, the nation's largest bank has a long list of legal challenges beyond the $6 billion trading loss with the memorable nickname. It faces a swirl of investigations and lawsuits, among them accusations that it is too quick to sue credit card customers over late payments and that it should have caught on to Bernie Madoff's giant Ponzi scheme. By Christina Rexrode and Marcy Gordon.


TORONTO -- BlackBerry will consider selling itself after the long-awaited debut of its new phones failed to turn around the struggling smartphone maker. By Rob Gillies. AP Photos.


WALTHAM, Massachusetts -- A new bid to buy a legendary piano maker could be music to the ears of its shareholders. Steinway Musical Instruments Inc. said Monday that an investment firm has offered to pay $38 per share, or about $477 million, for the company. That tops an earlier bid of $438 million, from Kohlberg & Co.


MEXICO CITY -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is making the most daring gamble yet of his 8-month-old presidency with a proposal to lift a decades-old ban on private companies investing in the state-run oil industry, a cornerstone of Mexico's national pride that's seen production plummet in recent decades. By Mark Stevenson. AP Photos.


CHICAGO -- How to sell a Lincoln automobile in 2013: Make the dealership smell like luxury. And lay out some wine and cheese. After decades of selling hulking Town Cars to retirees, Ford Motor Co. wants the Lincoln brand to appeal to younger, more discerning buyers. Lincoln unveiled the sleek MKZ sedan this spring, and six more models will follow. It purged underperforming dealerships and is prodding the rest to make expensive updates. By AP Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin.



NEW YORK -- Historical perspective in the movies has often been seen through white eyes: civil rights era tales with white protagonists reacting to a changing world. The viewpoint of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," though, is refreshingly colorful. By Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle. AP Photos.




MEMPHIS, Tennessee -- The road to Graceland is not a pretty sight. At least not yet. Elvis Presley Boulevard leads hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to Graceland, the late rock 'n' roll icon's Memphis mansion, and to the exhibits across the street. Tourists exit off Interstate 55 and cruise through a mile's worth of empty businesses, vacant lots, crooked utility poles, crumbling sidewalks, poor lighting and drab landscaping. By Adrian Sainz. AP Photos.

Updated : 2021-05-09 07:55 GMT+08:00