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BC-AP Americas Digest

January 27, 2015

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ARGENTINA-PROSECUTOR KILLED

BUENOS AIRES — President Cristina Fernandez calls on Congress to dissolve Argentina’s intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusations that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center. By Peter Prengaman.

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WINTER WEATHER

NEW YORK — Streets across the Northeast were nearly empty early Tuesday after cities from Boston to New York and Philadelphia shut down amid a monster storm expected to unload up to 3 feet (90 centimeters) of snow on a densely populated region of more than 35 million people.

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OBAMA-SAUDI ARABIA

NEW DELHI — President Barack Obama will lead a delegation of lawmakers, senior U.S. officials and two former secretaries of state to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay respects to the royal family following King Abdullah’s death. By Julie Pace.

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BENGHAZI INVESTIGATION

WASHINGTON — A special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, began last year with promises of bipartisanship and cooperation. Eight months later, the panel has devolved into finger pointing and accusations of political grandstanding and power plays. By Matthew Daly. Eds: Panel hearing starts at 10:30 a.m. eastern (1530 GMT).

CANADA ISLAMIC STATE

TORONTO — Canadian government officials insist that special forces troops in northern Iraq are not involved in a combat mission, even though the commandos have engaged in two more firefights there with Islamic State group militants. By Rob Gillies.

CUBA-FIDEL CASTRO

HAVANA, Cuba — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro ends his long silence over his country’s decision to restore diplomatic ties with the United States, writing that he backs the negotiations even though he distrusts politics in Washington. By Andrea Rodriguez.

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MEXICO-FRANCE-FLORENCE CASSEZ

MEXICO CITY — A Frenchwoman who became a cause celebre in her country after she was jailed for kidnapping in Mexico is suing a former Mexican president, other ex-officials and a major TV network, her lawyer says. By Peter Orsi.

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BUSINESS:

EARNS-MICROSOFT

SAN FRANCISCO — Big jumps in sales of its Surface tablets, cloud computing software and Lumia smartphones drove Microsoft’s quarterly revenue above expectations, as CEO Satya Nadella continues to steer toward the mobile gadget market and shift Microsoft away from its traditional focus on the PC. By Brandon Bailey.

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USAID-CONTRACTOR SUSPENDED

WASHINGTON — The main U.S. foreign assistance agency suspends awards to a non-governmental organization that has received more than $1 billion for its work in Afghanistan and Iraq the past nine years. By Deb Riechmann.

ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT:

COLOMBIA-MISS UNIVERSE

BOGOTA, Colombia — Carnival has come a few weeks early to the Caribbean city of Barranquilla where residents took to the streets to show their hometown pride after local beauty queen Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe.

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FILM-SUNDANCE-SCIENTOLOGY-FIRST LOOK

PARK CITY, Utah — “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house — not with a star-studded red carpet, but with police protection. By Sandy Cohen.

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SPORTS:

AUTO RACER SLAYINGS

LOS ANGELES — An appeals court upholds convictions in the murders of auto racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife. A three-judge panel on the 2nd District Court of Appeal unanimously rejected Michael Goodwin’s numerous claims of prejudicial errors in his 2007 trial. By Brian Melley.

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