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BC-AP Americas Digest

BC-AP Americas Digest

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NSA SURVEILLANCE

WASHINGTON -- The sweep and scope of National Security Agency snooping abroad forced President Barack Obama once again to hear complaints from a U.S. ally angry about the surveillance net that has sparked an international debate over the limits of American spying. By Deb Riechmann and Kimberly Dozier. AP Photos.

MEXICO-NSA-SURVEILLANCE

GENEVA -- President Barack Obama has promised an investigation into spying the U.S. reportedly did on Mexico's presidential email system, Mexico's top diplomat says. The White House says Mexico's concerns will be addressed as part of a broader look at U.S. intelligence gathering. By John Heilprin. AP Photo.

UNITED STATES-DRONES

WASHINGTON -- The United States on Tuesday defended drone strikes targeting al-Qaida operatives and others it deems enemies, rejecting reports by two human-rights groups questioning the legality of strikes they asserted have killed or wounded scores of civilians in Yemen and Pakistan. By Intelligence Writer Kimberly Dozier.

US-PAKISTAN

WASHINGTON -- In the rocky relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan, the mere fact that President Barack Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are sitting down together at the White House is seen as a sign of progress. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. AP Photo.

AP EXCLUSIVE-NUCLEAR MISSTEPS

WASHINGTON -- Twice this year alone, Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have left open a blast door that is intended to help keep intruders out of their underground command posts, Air Force officials tell The Associated Press. One officer acknowledged leaving the door open other times as well, uncaught. It's another sign of trouble in the nation's nuclear arsenal, already hit with a failed safety inspection and several firings. By AP National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

With: NUCLEAR MISSTEPS-GLANCE.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-NEVADA

SPARKS, Nevada -- Students cowered in fear and pleaded for their lives as a 12-year-old boy went on a schoolyard rampage with a handgun he brought from home, waving the weapon at frightened classmates and shooting a math teacher in the chest on a basketball court. By Scott Sonner and Michelle Rindels.

ARGENTINA-AGROCHEMICALS

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Monsanto Co. is calling for more controls on agrochemicals, including its Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers, in response to an Associated Press report about concerns that illegal pesticide applications are harming human health in Argentina. By Michael Warren. AP Photos.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-OBAMA'S ALLIES

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is appealing to its allies in Congress, on Wall Street and across the country to stick with President Barack Obama's health care law even as embarrassing problems with the flagship website continue to mount. By Josh Lederman.

CHRISTIE-GAY MARRIAGE POLITICS

WASHINGTON -- Gov. Chris Christie, the popular, outspoken Republican governor of a heavily Democratic state, is making a delicate bid to cast himself as a leader of a more inclusive Republican Party as he seeks re-election and ponders a White House run. AP Photos.

REPUBLICANS

This fall's races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey offer a revealing window into the fight for the future of the Republican Party.

UNITED STATES-EGYPT

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's first package of post-coup economic aid to Egypt is hitting a roadblock in Congress, where a key Republican senator is holding up the transfer of $60 million to a program to spur private investment in Egypt's flailing economy, according to U.S. officials and congressional aides. By Bradley Klepper.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-STRIPPING CITIZENSHIP

LOS JOVILLOS, Dominican Republic -- In a house without running water, Abelinda Yisten Debel studies for a high school graduation exam she may not be allowed to take. The 19-year-old also may not be able to marry, get a formal job or be treated at a public hospital. She's one of an estimated 200,000 people born in the Dominican Republic who may be stripped of citizenship by a court decision. By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez and Ben Fox. 870 words, photos.

TERROR DEFENDANT

NEW YORK -- An alleged al-Qaida member accused in a pair of 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in east Africa maintains his innocence and was shaken by the experience of being snatched off the streets of Libya and interrogated for a week aboard an American warship, his new lawyer says.

HEPATITIS DRUG-FDA

WASHINGTON -- Doctors may soon have two new drug options to treat patients with hepatitis C, just as the liver-destroying virus becomes a major public health issue for millions of Americans reaching retirement age. By Matthew Perrone.

TROPICAL WEATHER

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- A greatly weakened Hurricane Raymond stays out to sea, but its rains still cause flooding on Mexico's Pacific coast and authorities evacuate a mountain village threatened by potential mudslides from two soaked hills. By Jose Antonio Rivera. AP Photos.

IMMIGRATION CHARGE-ISRAEL-BOMBING

CHICAGO -- An Arab-American community activist from the Chicago suburbs is arrested on immigration charges for allegedly lying about her conviction for a deadly bombing more than 40 years ago in Israel. By Michael Tarm. AP Photos.

CUBA-DUAL CURRENCY

HAVANA -- Cuba's government announces it will take the first small, symbolic step toward eliminating a two-currency system that has become an uncomfortable manifestation of economic inequality on the island. By Anne-Marie Garcia. AP Photos.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING

BOSTON -- Slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was named as a participant in an earlier triple homicide by a man who was subsequently shot to death while being questioned by authorities, according to a filing made by federal prosecutors in the case against his brother, surviving bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. AP Photo.

UN-SAUDI ARABIA-COUNCIL

UNITED NATIONS -- Saudi Arabia's U.N. ambassador lashes out at the Security Council and indicates that his country is standing by its decision to reject the seat it was elected to on the U.N.'s most powerful body. By Edith M. Lederer.

With: UN-SYRIA-PEACE CONFERENCE.

PASTOR DETAINED-IRAN

LA PUENTE, California -- An activist preacher detained in Iran after staging a protest outside a prison will be sent back to the United States, his daughter says. By Raquel Maria Dillon. AP Photo.

SEX OFFENDER-CANADA

SEATTLE -- A violent sex offender who recently fled Canada is now suspected of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in Seattle just days after arriving in the city, police say. By Mike Baker and Rob Gillies. AP Photo.

CARIBBEAN-GAY RIGHTS

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Gay rights activists blast the United Nations for organizing a book launch in Trinidad to talk about HIV and human rights in the Caribbean, noting the island bars entry to homosexuals. By Danica Coto.

GUYANA-AMERINDIANS

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana's Amerindian community has signed a $10 million deal with the government to help secure land titles, but concerns remain about how the boundaries are being drawn in the South American country. By Bert Wilkinson.

PRISON-MISTAKEN RELEASE

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- At least seven inmates in Florida have used forged documents in attempts to escape from prison, including two killers who were mistakenly freed because of the paperwork, authorities say.

SPONGEBOB GRAVESTONE REMOVED

CINCINNATI -- The family of a slain Iraqi war veteran wants her towering SpongeBob SquarePants headstone returned to her final resting place while the cemetery officials that removed it say they won't allow a return of the cartoon character, leaving both sides at an apparent impasse that may have to be decided in court. By Amanda Lee Myers. AP Photo.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

ECONOMY-FAILURE TO ACCELERATE

WASHINGTON -- The uncertainty and weakness that hung over the U.S. job market in September before the government shut down aren't going away. Just 148,000 jobs were added last month, though they were enough to lower unemployment to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent in August. Employers will likely remain slow to hire as long as the economy struggles to accelerate, consumers limit their spending and Congress keeps putting off a final solution to a budget fight that will surface again early next year. By Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber. AP Photo.

WALL STREET

NEW YORK -- The prospect of more economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a fourth consecutive record close Tuesday. By Markets Writer Steve Rothwell.

APPLE-EVENT

SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple Inc. is refreshing its iPad lineup in hopes of reclaiming lost ground in the tablet market and slashing the prices of its Mac computers to intensify the pressure on the beleaguered makers of PCs running Microsoft's Windows. By Michael Liedtke and Barbara Ortutay. AP Photos.

NOKIA-NEW DEVICES

NEW YORK -- Nokia is expanding its lineup of Windows phones and introducing its first tablet computer, all sporting the powerful camera technology found in its flagship Lumia 1020 smartphone. The struggling cellphone maker is turning to the camera to differentiate its phones from rivals. By Anick Jesdanun.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

NEW YORK -- What will U.S. audiences make of "Blue is the Warmest Color," which took Cannes by storm? The film, a three-hour exploration of a lesbian romance, has stunningly long and explicit sex scenes and an NC-17 rating. An Idaho theater has banned it. One of its stars has said she felt like a prostitute while making it, prompting the annoyed director to suggest the film maybe shouldn't be released at all. All of which obscures the fact that reviews have been rapturous. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. AP Photos.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR CONCERT

BOSTON -- A 90-year-old Holocaust survivor makes his orchestral debut with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma to benefit a foundation dedicated to preserving the work of artists and musicians killed by the Nazis. By Rodrique Ngowi and Steven Senne. AP Photos.

PEOPLE-KARDASHIAN-WEST

NEW YORK -- Marriage is coming after the baby carriage for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Kardashian's publicist, Ina Treciokas, confirmed Tuesday that the couple are engaged. By Mesfin Fekadu. AP Photos. AP Video.

TV-COMBS' REVOLT

NEW YORK -- Sean Combs' new Revolt channel has brought a new outlet for music to television. Revolt launched with a nod to big dreams and Diddy's musical past, along with some glitches that marred its online debut. By AP Television Writer David Bauder. AP Photos.

HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS GALA

BEVERLY HILLS, California -- With talk of televising the Hollywood Film Awards Gala next year, stars at Monday's ceremony enjoyed what could be their last unedited award show. Julia Roberts accepted her supporting actress award barefoot and multiple stars, including Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Jack Black and Jane Fonda spouted expletives freely. By Jessica Herndon. AP Photos.

MUSIC-WYNTON MARSALIS

NEW YORK -- Wynton Marsalis has taken his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra all the way to China and Russia, but the trumpeter says its current "Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour" is the most challenging in the band's 25-year history. By Charles J. Gans. AP Photos.


Updated : 2021-03-05 03:06 GMT+08:00