BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — The Iranian president, his car making its way to the airport through New York’s dense traffic, gets in touch with the White House Situation Room. President Barack Obama, at his desk in the Oval Office, gets on the phone. Fifteen minutes later, the two say goodbye in each other’s language. And with that, a generation-long rift between the U.S. and Iran is that much closer to being bridged. By Josh Lederman and Nedra Pickler.
UNITED NATIONS — A meeting of the Pakistani and Indian prime ministers in New York this weekend is a fresh chance for one leader to push for peace on the subcontinent — and likely the last chance for the other. By Matthew Pennington.
WASHINGTON — Divided Republicans are convening the House this weekend in hopes of preventing a federal government shutdown but remain under pressure from the party’s conservative wing to battle on and try to derail all or part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. By Andrew Taylor.
WASHINGTON — Starting on Tuesday, an estimated 50 million Americans who don’t have health insurance can start signing up for coverage as the core of President Barack Obama’s overhaul takes hold. Subsidies will be available to help those with lower-incomes pay for insurance. And on Jan. 1, people will no longer be denied coverage because of previous illnesses. Yet Americans are hardly celebrating. By Steven R. Hurst.
HAVANA — The Rev. Jesse Jackson traveled to Cuba for talks with the island’s religious leaders and said he hopes to visit Alan Gross, a U.S. government subcontractor serving a 15-year sentence in the Caribbean nation. By Peter Orsi.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-STRIPPING CITIZENSHIP
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Experts warn that a Dominican court decision to strip citizenship from children of Haitian migrants could cause a human rights crisis, potentially leaving tens of thousands of people stateless, facing mass deportation and discrimination. By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez and Danica Coto.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
TORONTO — BlackBerry says it is committed to completing a series of major changes quickly after posting a nearly billion-dollar loss and a 45 percent drop in revenue for the second quarter. By Rob Gillies.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:
GAYS IN HOLLYWOOD
LOS ANGELES — A new study suggests the proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors from experiencing discrimination in Hollywood.