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BC-AP Americas Digest

September 15, 2014

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ISLAMIC STATE-UNITED STATES

WASHINGTON — The White House says it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it’s too early to identify them. By Charles Babington and Lara Jakes.

US-ISLAMIC-STATE-FUNDING

WASHINGTON — Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts. By Ken Dilanian. AP Photos.

HILLARY CLINTON-IOWA

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implores Democrats to choose shared economic opportunity over “the guardians of gridlock” in an high-profile appearance driving speculation about another White House bid in 2016 into overdrive. By Ken Thomas. AP Photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Residents and tourists bed down in shelters and hotel conference rooms as powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile bears down for an overnight arrival on the southern Baja California peninsula, home to megaresorts, fishing villages and low-lying neighborhoods of flimsy homes. By Ignacio Martinez de Jesus and Alba Mora Roca. AP Photos.

POLICE RAID-GIRL KILLED

DETROIT — A member of an elite Detroit police unit is set to stand trial again for killing a 7-year-old girl during a 2010 raid on her house that was captured on video by a reality TV crew. By Ed White. AP Photos.

VENEZUELA-IMPLANT SHORTAGE

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a new cultural cornerstone: the boob job. Beauty-obsessed Venezuelans face a lack of brand-name breast implants, the country’s Society of Plastic Surgeons says. Women are so desperate they are turning to Chinese-made devices that are cheaper but have less rigorous quality standards. By Hannah Dreier. AP Photos.

ELECTRICAL SKIN SHOCKS-SCHOOL

CANTON, Massachusetts — A private facility outside Boston that takes on some of the hardest-to-treat cases autism and other developmental or intellectual disabilities is embroiled in a major debate: Should it use electrical skin shocks to try to keep patients from harming themselves or others? By Jennifer C. Kerr and Lauran Neergaard. AP Photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

OAKHURST, California (AP) — Two out-of-control wildfires in California forced hundreds of residents to flee from their homes on Sunday. One fire near a lakeside resort town has destroyed several structures, authorities said. AP Photos.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

MISS AMERICA

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — The Miss America pageant will present an upbeat view of the struggling seaside gambling resort where it began in 1921 when it crowns its next winner during a nationally televised finale. By Wayne Parry. AP Photos.

PEOPLE-KENDRICK LAMAR

ATLANTA — Kendrick Lamar appreciated Taylor Swift for paying homage to his music in a recent interview. Lamar was grateful to hear about Swift knowing the words to his lyrics and putting her in a great mood. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. AP Photos.

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