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BC-AP Americas Digest

September 21, 2014

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WHITE HOUSE INTRUDER

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man with a knife who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended, officials say. By Josh Lederman. AP Photos.

UNITED NATIONS-CLIMATE SUMMIT

WASHINGTON — New York City will be full of planet-saving pomp this coming week, but short on action to rescue the world. More than 120 world leaders convene for a U.N. summit aimed at galvanizing political will for a new global climate treaty by the end of 2015. By Dina Cappiello. AP Photos.

CHICAGO ARCHBISHOP

Pope Francis’ appointment of a bishop who has long staked out a firm position in the middle of the road as the next archbishop of Chicago sends a strong signal about the direction that the pontiff is taking the church. By Rachel Zoll. AP Photos.

OBAMA-EXPANDING WAR

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s military campaign against Islamic State group extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three months ago. By Julie Pace.

VENEZUELA-FREED OPPONENT

CARACAS, Venezuela — A former Caracas police chief whose decade-long imprisonment had rallied Venezuela’s opposition has been released from jail on humanitarian grounds to continue serving a 30-year sentence at home. By Jorge Rueda. AP Photos.

SPACE STATION

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — NASA is sending a 3-D printer to the International Space Station in hopes that astronauts will be able to one day fix their spacecraft by cranking out spare parts on the spot. By Marcia Dunn. AP Photos.

STATUE OF LIBERTY-SHIP AGROUND

NEW YORK — A 120-foot(26-meter)-tall schooner runs aground and got stuck in shallow waters near the Statue of Liberty, officials say.

TROPICAL WEATHER

MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Polo churns south of the Baja California Peninsula, whipping up waves and swirling more rain onto residents still recovering from Hurricane Odile. AP Photos.

HIGH LINE-LAST STRETCH

NEW YORK — The last stretch of New York’s High Line park opens, completing one of the nation’s most distinctive urban transformations: abandoned elevated rails that have been turned into a linear oasis of flowers, grasses and trees. By Verena Dobnik. AP Photos.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

OCULUS

LOS ANGELES — Oculus has unveiled a new prototype of its virtual reality headset. However, the VR company still isn’t ready to release a consumer edition. By Derrik J. Lang. AP Photos.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

TV-CRAIG FERGUSON

LOS ANGELES — Craig Ferguson approached his first TV game show host’s job with a subversive attitude. Then came the simple matter of his wardrobe for “Celebrity Name Game.” ″I thought, ‘I’m not going to wear a suit. I’m going to break that rule,’” the Scottish-born Ferguson said. Wrong decision, he quickly realized, after taping the first few episodes of the syndicated daytime show debuting Monday. By Lynn Elber. AP Photos.

IHEARTRADIO FESTIVAL

LAS VEGAS — Taylor Swift doesn’t divulge any more new secrets about her forthcoming album when she took the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, and parade of chart-toppers follows her in the nearly five-hour program, including Coldplay, Usher, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande. By Michelle Rindels. AP Photos.

OBIT-POLLY BERGEN

NEW YORK — Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original “Cape Fear” and the first woman president in “Kisses for My President,” has died at 84. By Jake Pearson. AP Photos.

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