BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — The CIA’s drone program in Pakistan, once the mainstay of President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism effort, is winding down: There hasn’t been a drone strike in Pakistan since last Christmas.
WEST POINT, New York — President Barack Obama declares that the United States remains the only nation with the capacity to lead on the world stage but argued it would be a mistake to channel that power into unrestrained military adventures. By Julie Pace and Jim Kuhnhenn.
NEW YORK — Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on the printed page, the stage, screen and the inaugural dais, has died, her son said. She was 86. By Hillel Italie.
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry called National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden a fugitive and challenged him to “man up and come back to the United States.” Snowden says in an interview that he would like to go home.
UNITED STATES-ASIA PIVOT
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama laid out a sweeping vision for U.S. foreign policy but made no mention of what has been a signature tune of his administration’s diplomacy: the “pivot” to Asia. By Matthew Pennington.
PERU-MINING GHOST TOWN-PHOTO ESSAY
HUEPETUHE, Peru — This half-century-old Amazon boomtown has gone bust. The brothels are all but idle and so are most of the gas stations. The mayor says 22,000 people have left since Peru halted fuel shipments in April then sent troops to destroy machinery used in gold mining it deemed illegal. By Rodrigo Abd.
BOGOTA, Colombia — Venezuela alleges the U.S. ambassador to Colombia has plotted to destabilize President Nicolas Maduro’s rule, making the claim just before the U.S. House approves a measure calling for sanctions on officials in the South American nation over human rights abuses. By Joshua Goodman.
BRAZIL-DRY SAO PAULO
SAO PAULO — As if Brazil didn’t have enough to deal with as the World Cup approaches, the worst drought in more than 80 years is hitting the country’s largest city just as it prepares for the tens of thousands of foreigners expected at the tournament opener. By Adriana Gomez Licon.
SANTIAGO, Chile — Barrick Gold says it has reached a deal to work with indigenous communities on exploring the possibility of restarting construction on the Pascua-Lama mine high in the Andes, a project that the indigenous group has opposed. By Luis Andres Henao.
CUPERTINO, California — Apple is buying more flair, swagger and song-picking savvy with its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist founded by rapper Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, one of the first recording executives to roll with the hip-hop culture. BY Michael Liedtke and Ryan Nakashima.
APPLE-BEATS-TECH MEETS FASHION — Beats Electronics’ colorful, oversized headphones serve as a fashion accessory to cool kids riding the New York City subway, but as tech companies such as Apple, Samsung and others are discovering, wearable gadgets like smartwatches and Google Glass still have a long way to go to become trendy, must-have consumer items. By Barbara Ortutay. AP Photos.
LOS ANGELES — Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that could operate without a person at the wheel. BY Justin Pritchard.
HAVANA — The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce toured an auto repair cooperative and talked with newly minted private entrepreneurs Wednesday as part of the first American trade mission of its kind to Cuba in 15 years. By Peter Orsi.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
WASHINGTON — Maya Angelou made an impact on American culture that transcended her soaring poetry and searing memoirs. She was the nation’s wise woman, a poet to presidents, an unapologetic conscience who became such a touchstone that grief over her loss poured from political leaders, celebrities and ordinary people in generous doses. “Above all, she was a storyteller - and her greatest stories were true,” President Barack Obama says.
By Jesse J. Holland.
TAMPA, Florida — Malcolm Glazer, the self-made billionaire who led the takeover of English football’s Manchester United and owned the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has died. He was 85.
SANTIAGO, Chile — The Chilean miners who survived trapped underground longer than anyone else before have a message for their country’s World Cup team: Don’t fear the “group of death.” By Luis Andres Henao.