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BC-AP Americas Digest

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MALAYSIA PLANE-SATELLITE MESSAGES

WASHINGTON -- A Malaysia Airlines plane was sending signals to a satellite for four hours after the aircraft went missing, an indication that it was still flying, says a U.S. official briefed on the search for the plane. By Joan Lowy.

-- MALAYSIA PLANE-ARMCHAIR SLEUTHS

NEW YORK -- There aren't supposed to be any mysteries in the Digital Age. The answers to most questions, it seems, can be found using Google or Twitter. So, maybe that's why the world is captivated by the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and why it has created a legion of armchair sleuths, spouting theories in some cases so strange they belong in science-fiction films. By Scott Mayerowitz. AP Photos.

-- MALAYSIA PLANE-ENGINES

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. official says there were no data transmitted on the status of a missing Malaysia Airlines jet's engines after contact was lost with the plane. By Joan Lowy.

UNITED STATES-UKRAINE

WASHINGTON -- In a last-minute bid to stave off a new chapter in the East-West crisis over Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry warns Russia that it faces immediate and "very serious" sanctions if it annexes Ukraine's strategic Crimea region. By Matthew Lee and Lara Jakes. AP Photos.

-- US-CONGRESS-UKRAINE

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's promised $1 billion loan guarantee to the new Ukraine government will not be approved by Congress for weeks, with funds hung up in a disagreement among some Republicans over a part of the bill that would expand International Monetary Fund lending capacity. By Steven R. Hurst.

-- UNITED NATIONS-UKRAINE

UNITED NATIONS -- Ukraine's prime minister told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that Russia had carried out a "military aggression" in Crimea, and dramatically switched from English to Russian to ask Russia whether it wants war. By Edith M. Lederer and Peter James Spielmann. AP Photos.

NYC EXPLOSION

NEW YORK -- Rescue workers using dogs and thermal-detection gear search the rubble for victims of a gas explosion that killed at least seven people, while New York City investigators try to find the leak and determine whether it had anything to do with aging gas and water mains, some dating to the 19th century. By Verena Dobnik. AP Photos.

KEYSTONE PIPELINE-DEMOCRATS

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's former national security adviser says that Obama should approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message that "international bullies" can't use energy security as a weapon. By Matthew Daly. AP Photos.

SALVADOR-ELECTIONS

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- El Salvador's electoral court declares leftist candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren the winner of the tight presidential election, making him the first former rebel commander to win the presidency of a nation where 76,000 died in a civil war. By Marcos Aleman. AP Photos.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING

BOSTON -- A congressional panel has canceled plans to meet with Boston marathon bombing victims and local emergency responders in Massachusetts. By Steve Peoples.

VENEZUELA-UNREST

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announces that six people have been arrested as the National Guard searches the central city of Valencia for those responsible for violence that left three dead. By Fabiola Sanchez. AP Photos.

-- UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA

WASHINGTON -- U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation requiring President Barack Obama to start imposing sanctions on Venezuelan officials. By Bradley Klapper.

VATICAN-POPE

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Marking his first anniversary as pontiff, Pope Francis defends "slum priests" from the accusation their advocacy for the downtrodden reflects a different, leftist church that is remote from conservative Vatican values. By Debora Rey. AP Photos.

NUCLEAR MISSTEPS

WASHINGTON -- Failings exposed last spring at a U.S. nuclear missile base, reflecting what one officer called "rot" in the ranks, were worse than originally reported, according to Air Force documents obtained by The Associated Press. By Robert Burns. AP Photos.

GAY MARRIAGE-FLORIDA

MIAMI BEACH, Florida -- Eight gay couples and a top civil rights group have sued the state of Florida, arguing it is discriminating against the couples by not recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal. By Curt Anderson. AP Photos.

UNITED NATIONS-SYRIA

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N-Arab League mediator for Syria warned Thursday that if the Syrian government goes ahead with presidential elections, the opposition will probably refuse to participate in a new round of peace talks. By Edith M. Lederer and Peter James Spielmann.

UNITED NATIONS-MYANMAR-PEACEKEEPING

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Human Rights Watch criticized the United Nations Thursday for raising the possibility of Myanmar contributing U.N. peacekeepers, describing the nation's military as among the most abusive in the world. By Matthew Pennington.

GUATEMALA-GUERRILLA TRIAL

EL AGUACATE, Guatemala -- A quarter century after suspected rebels killed 22 residents of El Aguacate for purportedly collaborating with the army in Guatemala's civil war, a former guerrilla goes on trial for the massacre. By Sonia Perez D. AP Photos.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

ZUCKERBERG-OBAMA

NEW YORK -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he's called President Barack Obama to express his frustration over what he says is long-lasting damage caused by the U.S. government's surveillance programs.

WEALTH GAP-FISCAL POLICY

WASHINGTON -- The International Monetary Fund warns that wide income inequality can slow economic growth and is proposing ways to reduce it. By Christopher S. Rugaber.

GULF OIL SPILL-GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

WASHINGTON -- BP, the oil company behind the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, can once again perform work for the federal government. By Dina Cappiello.

GOOGLE-SEARCH MAKEOVER

SAN FRANCISCO -- Web surfing through the Internet's main gateway now looks slightly different on personal computers, thanks to a few cosmetic changes to Google's search engine this week. By Michael Liedtke.

MCDONALD'S-LAWSUITS

NEW YORK -- Several lawsuits filed against McDonald's on behalf of workers this week say the fast-food chain engages in a variety of practices to avoid paying employees what they're owed. By Candice Choi. AP Photos.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

TV-LOUIE RETURNS

NEW YORK -- "Louie" is headed back to the air. The FX network says the hit comedy is returning for its fourth season in May after a hiatus of 19 months.

JAMAICA-RAPPER'S TRIAL

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Popular Jamaican dancehall reggae star Vybz Kartel and three co-defendants are convicted of murder in a high-profile trial under heavy security in this Caribbean country's supreme court. By David McFadden.

THEATER-CYNTHIA NIXON

NEW YORK -- Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon is ready for another shot of "The Real Thing." Roundabout Theatre Company says that Nixon, who starred in the Tom Stoppard play when it first came to Broadway in 1984, will come back this fall in a revival with Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal. By Mark Kennedy. AP Photos.

SPORTS:

WCUP-PREPARATIONS

SAO PAULO -- Organizers of the World Cup are in a race to get ready, and the biggest challenge with three months to go is to install all the temporary structures needed to host matches in Brazil's 12 host cities, FIFA's secretary general says. By Tales Azzoni. AP Photo.


Updated : 2021-04-22 22:10 GMT+08:00