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BC-AP Americas Digest

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REAL ESTATE HEIR-UNSOLVED MURDER

HOUSTON -- Authorities carry away two boxes after searching the Houston home of real estate millionaire Robert Durst following his weekend arrest in New Orleans on a murder warrant. Durst, 71, is charged with murder in a Los Angeles killing 15 years ago, and has been suspected -- but never charged -- in the disappearance of his first wife in New York. In 2003, he was acquitted of murder in a dismemberment death in Texas. By Juan A. Lozano. AP Photos.

REAL ESTATE HEIR-ENTERTAINMENT VS JUSTICE

NEW YORK -- It was a filmmaker, not police, who uncovered a crucial piece of evidence in the murder case against Manhattan real estate millionaire Robert Durst. The sensational small-screen moments created by HBO's "The Jinx" confronted documentarian Andrew Jarecki with an ethical question that is likely to come up again, given the popularity of true-crime TV: Should a television sleuth's priority lie in making good entertainment or in seeing that justice is served? By Television Writer David Bauder. AP Photos.

With: REAL ESTATE HEIR-THINGS TO KNOW.

CONGRESS-BUDGET

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, bolstered by upbeat economic news, is trying to exploit recent Republican stumbles and infighting to claim the upper hand in a largely symbolic budget fight currently unfolding in Congress.

WHITE HOUSE-CYANIDE

WASHINGTON -- An envelope addressed to the White House has tentatively tested positive for cyanide after two rounds of analysis, the Secret Service says. Additional testing will be necessary to confirm the finding. By Darlene Superville. AP Photo.

AIR FORCE VETERAN-TERROR ARREST

NEW YORK -- A U.S. Air Force veteran and airplane mechanic plotted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and was arrested on terrorism charges, federal prosecutors say. By Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz.

MISSOURI EXECUTION

BONNE TERRE, Missouri -- Missouri's oldest death row inmate is executed for the 1996 shooting death of a sheriff's deputy, after the U.S. Supreme Court and the governor declined to spare the 74-year-old whose attorneys said he had a diminished mental capacity because of a sawmill accident decades ago. By Jim Suhr. AP Photo.

With: OKLAHOMA EXECUTION-INVESTIGATION.

PRESBYTERIANS- GAY MARRIAGE

NEW YORK -- The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approves redefining marriage in the church constitution to include a "commitment between two people," becoming the largest U.S. Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage as Christian and allow same-sex weddings in every congregation. By Religion Writer Rachel Zoll. AP Photo.

LAWMAKER-RESIGNATION

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. congressman who redecorated his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey" says he is resigning his seat in the House of Representatives amid questions about his spending.

CUBA-US

HAVANA -- A third round of talks over the restoration of full diplomatic relations ends with little comment by Cuban and U.S. officials, then hours later Cuban President Raul Castro delivers a tough criticism at Washington for levying a new round of sanctions on Venezuela. By Michael Weissenstein. AP Photos.

VENEZUELA-US TENSIONS

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Leftist allies of Venezuela rally behind embattled President Nicolas Maduro in his faceoff with the U.S. government, which he is accusing of trying to oust his socialist administration. By Fabiola Sanchez. AP Photos.

SECRET SERVICE

WASHINGTON -- The new head of the U.S. Secret Service admits to Congress that he didn't learn until days later that two senior agents were supposedly drunk when they drove into a barrier at the White House -- and only then from an anonymous email. By Alicia A. Caldwell. AP Photos.

ART HEIST MYSTERY-25 YEAR

BOSTON -- Law enforcement and museum officials remain optimistic 25 years after infamous theft of 13 works of art from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. By Mark Pratt. AP Photos.

ST PATRICK'S DAY-WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON -- Donning green in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama promotes U.S.-Irish ties on St. Patrick's Day as proof of America's immigrant-friendly tradition. He and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny urge Congress to follow Obama's lead on immigration. By Josh Lederman and Darlene Superville. AP Photos. AP Video.

CANADA-OIL TRAIN STANDARDS

TORONTO -- Canada needs to implement tougher standards for oil trains earlier than a 2025 target, the transportation safety board said Tuesday. By Rob Gillies.

EBOLA-AMERICAN PATIENT

NEW YORK -- Four more American aid workers arrived back in the United States on Tuesday from West Africa to be monitored for Ebola, health officials say. The latest arrivals bring to 15 the number of aid workers who have returned from Sierra Leone since Friday. None of them have been diagnosed with Ebola, but they will be isolated and monitored during the next three weeks for signs of the disease. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. AP Photo.

LINCOLN'S ASSASSINATION-ARTIFACT

WASHINGTON -- Beyond his famous words, the tangible artifacts President Abraham Lincoln left behind after his assassination were scattered for decades, kept in family collections and by the government and museums from Washington to Chicago. Now for the first time since April 1865, curators have brought together most of the artifacts from the night the 16th president was shot at Ford's Theatre just blocks from the White House. A new exhibition, "Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination" at the theater's campus will give an unprecedented look at Lincoln's death 150 years later. By Brett Zongker. AP Photos.

MEXICO-BAJA TOURISM-PHOTO GALLERY

GUERRERO NEGRO, Mexico -- Far from the resorts of Los Cabos, in a part of the Baja California peninsula seen by few tourists, desert plants look like they were drawn by Dr. Seuss, peninsular pronghorns roam and grey whales mate and calve on the coast. By Dario Lopez-Mills. AP Photos.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

FEDERAL RESERVE

WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve officials are about to address a question investors have been mulling for weeks: Do they remain "patient" about raising interest rates? By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. AP Photo.

NET NEUTRALITY

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans accuse independent U.S. regulators of bowing to White House pressure on "net neutrality," citing thousands of emails and other documents that show close coordination between the Federal Communications Commission and senior aides to President Barack Obama. By Anne Flaherty. AP Photos.

ARGENTINA-DEBT STANDOFF

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Citibank says it is getting out of the business of making bond payments for Argentina, the latest fallout from a bitter court fight between the South American country and a group of bondholders in the U.S. By Peter Prengaman. AP Photos.

With: ARGENTINA-IRAN NEGOTIATIONS.

PUERTO RICO-ECONOMY

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's government says it has sold $246 million in bond anticipation notes to refinance part of its short-term debt and help generate more money for the financially strapped island. By Danica Coto.

SOFTWARE CAFE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Silicon Valley has no shortage of coffee shops where sleep-starved programmers and eager entrepreneurs sit hunched over laptop computers and talk about ideas for launching the next Google or Facebook. Now a giant tech company is opening its own cafe for the same clientele. German software maker SAP is hoping to draw a walk-in crowd of techies -- and perhaps raise its own Silicon Valley profile -- by selling high-end coffee with a side of free Wi-Fi and programming advice. It's opening a cafe this week inside a former cinema in downtown Palo Alto. By Technology Writer Brandon Bailey. AP Photos.

DEMENTIA-VENTURE FUND

TRENTON, New Jersey -- Major drugmakers, the British government and a top Alzheimer's research charity are pooling more than $100 million to create a global fund to accelerate efforts to find a treatment or even a cure for the mind-robbing disease within a decade.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

THE SOUND OF MUSIC ANNIVERSARY

NEW YORK -- The hills are alive with the sound of a big, lucrative anniversary. The 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and its star Julie Andrews can't quite believe it. By Entertainment Writers Mark Kennedy and Sandy Cohen. AP Photos.

With: FILM-SOUND OF MUSIC-KIDS NOW; THE SOUND OF MUSIC-OTHER MARIAS; PEOPLE-CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER.

FILM-INSURGENT

LOS ANGELES -- On the surface, "Insurgent," with its dystopian setting and teenage heroine, might just seem like another by-the-numbers young adult tale. Look a little closer and it's clear that this second installment isn't merely capitalizing on a popular genre, but, with its half dozen female leads and supporting characters, actually represents a subtle subversion of what audiences have been taught action films should be. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. AP Photos.

With: FILM-INSURGENT-KATE WINSLET; FILM REVIEW-INSURGENT.

GAMES-KENDALL AND KYLIE JENNER

BEVERLY HILLS, California -- Glu Mobile is keeping up with the Kardashians. The mobile video game developer responsible for the popular "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" game announced plans Tuesday to create a game starring Kardashian half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang.

THEATER-GEORGE C WOLFE

NEW YORK -- Tony Award-winner George C. Wolfe explains why the 1921 Broadway show 'Shuffle Along' sparked his creativity and a new musical for next spring. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photo.


Updated : 2021-09-20 20:02 GMT+08:00