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AP Americas Digest

October 18, 2013

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BUDGET BATTLE-ANALYSIS

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama emerged far stronger than his Republican adversaries in Washington’s latest fiscal fight. He gave away virtually nothing and his hard-line tactics exposed deep divisions among Republicans and growing public frustration with the conservative party. By Julie Pace.

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OBAMA-SHRINKING AGENDA

WASHINGTON — Regrouping after a feud with Congress stalled his agenda, President Barack Obama is laying down a three-item to-do list for Congress that seems meager when compared with the bold, progressive agenda he envisioned at the start of his second term. By Josh Lederman and Jim Kuhnhenn.

BLACKWATER PROSECUTION

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has brought fresh charges against four former Blackwater Worldwide security contractors, resurrecting an internationally charged case over a deadly 2007 shooting on the streets of Baghdad. By Frederic J. Frommer and Eric Tucker.

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MARINE URINATION

QUANTICO, Virginia — A U.S. Marine Corps panel is recommending that an officer be forcibly discharged for failing to supervise a group of snipers who posed for a video while urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

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CHILE-GAY KILLINGS

SANTIAGO, Chile — Four Chilean men are convicted of first-degree murder for beating a gay man to death and carving swastikas into his body. By Luis Andres Henao.

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PUERTO RICO-SAVING TURTLES

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The world’s largest turtle species built a record number of nests along Puerto Rico’s lush coastline this year and 68,000 baby turtles have hatched, government officials say. By Danica Coto.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

CANADA-EU FREE TRADE

TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in Brussels to conclude a free trade deal with the European Union. Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty called it the most important trade agreement for Canada since the U.S. and Canada reached a free trade deal in 1987. By Rob Gillies.

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CUBA-SMALL BUSINESSES

HAVANA — Private small-business owners are up in arms about a new law banning the sale of imported clothing and other goods. Worried about losing their modest livelihoods and the money they invested setting up shop after Cuba allowed them to go into business three years ago, they’re headed for a showdown with the government if it follows through on plans to rein them in. By Anne-Marie Garcia. 925 words.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

BOOKS-MAILER AWARDS

NEW YORK — Her body weak, her voice rich and strong, Maya Angelou sang, lectured and reminisced as she accepted a lifetime achievement award from the Norman Mailer Center. The 85-year-old author, poet, dancer and actress was honored during a benefit gala at the New York Public Library. By Hillel Italie.

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