BC-AP Americas Digest
MONTREAL — The Liberal Party wins Quebec’s legislative elections, in a crushing defeat for the main separatist party and major setback for the cause of independence in the French-speaking province. By Sean Farrell and Rob Gillies. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — Reports of multibillion-dollar oil talks between Iran and Russia are emerging as the latest obstacle to a comprehensive pact eliminating the threat of an Iranian nuclear arsenal. The Obama administration is weighing potentially deal-breaking sanctions if a contract is completed. By Bradley Klapper.
SECRET CUBAN TWITTER-HEARINGS
WASHINGTON — The administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development begins a series of appearances before lawmakers who are asking questions about his agency’s secret “Cuban Twitter,” a social media network built to stir unrest in the communist island. By Desmond Butler and Jack Gillum. AP Photo.
FORT HOOD, Texas — The rampage at Fort Hood that left three dead and 16 wounded last week was related to the shooter’s request for leave from the Texas Army post, military investigators says. By Paul J. Weber.
WASHINGTON — Leading Democrats sharply criticize a former CIA chief on Monday for suggesting that a Senate panel’s disputed torture report was motivated by the “emotional feeling” of the senator who chairs the committee, not by a desire for objectivity.
WASHINGTON Secretary of State John Kerry agrees to meet with top diplomats from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in a new push to calm tensions in eastern Ukraine, as the White House threatened further sanctions if Moscow intervenes. By Josh Lederman and Lara Jakes. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate passes legislation to renew a program of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired last December, but the bill faces an uphill climb in the House of Representatives, where majority Republicans are generally opposed. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — The Senate approves a bill that would bar a former hostage-taker tapped to be Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States. By Donna Cassata.
UNITED STATES-NKOREA-NUCLEAR REACTOR
WASHINGTON — North Korea may have temporarily shut down a plutonium reactor earlier this year as it wrestled with water supply problems that could threaten the safety of its nuclear complex, a U.S. research institute says. By Matthew Pennington.
UNITED STATES-VIETNAM DISSIDENT
WASHINGTON — A prominent Vietnamese dissident whose father was an associate of the nation’s founding president Ho Chi Minh arrived in the U.S. Monday after being released from prison by Vietnam, the State Department says.
MEXICO CITY — A series of clashes among criminal gangs killed 20 people during a single day of violence in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas on the border with Texas, local authorities reported.
WASHINGTON — A growing share of Americans got health insurance as sign-up season for President Barack Obama’s health care law neared its end last month, a major survey has found. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Many of the camps for Haitians displaced by the 2010 earthquake are growing again, even as the overall population of people displaced by the disaster continues to fall, according to a study. By Trenton Daniel. AP Photo.
SAN DIEGO — Nearly 80 U.S. sailors are seeking $1 billion from the Tokyo utility that operates the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, alleging the company lied about the high level of radiation in the area where they were carrying out a humanitarian mission after a tsunami that touched off a nuclear crisis three years ago.
TORONTO — A man accused of attacking a Chinese student in her Toronto apartment as her ex-boyfriend watched via webcam from China was convicted Monday of first-degree murder. By Rob Gillies. AP Photo.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — The government of El Salvador said Monday that the truce between the country’s main Mara street gangs hasn’t worked, and that killings and attacks against police have risen again.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Board of Education is mulling adding a Mexican-American course as an official high school elective, a move proponents say is essential to understanding a state that was once part of Mexico and where Hispanics make up a majority of the public school population today. Critics, however, dismiss the proposal as an attempt to inject progressive politics into the classroom. By Will Weissert. AP Photos.
OCEAN BABY RESCUE
SAN DIEGO — A 1-year-old girl who fell ill during her family’s sailing voyage and was rescued 900 miles (1,450 kilometers) from the Mexican coast has been responding well to medication after showing salmonella-like symptoms, her aunt said Monday as she waited for a Navy warship carrying the family to arrive to San Diego. By Julie Watson. AP Photos. AP Video.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rains across the U.S. Southeast on Monday and caused flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue dozens of people from their homes and cars. By Jay Reeves. AP Photos.
FAKE HIRST PAINTINGS
NEW YORK — A Miami pastor knowingly peddled phony examples of some of British art star Damien Hirst’s signature themes, prosecutors said in summing up his trial Monday, but the defense claims he was just an art-market novice who couldn’t read red flags about the pieces’ authenticity. By Jennifer Peltz.
WASHINGTON — Ten world-class soloists put prized Stradivarius violins and new, cheaper instruments to a blind scientific test to determine which has the better sound. The results may seem off-key to musicians and collectors: The new violins won handily. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. AP Photos.
NEW YORK — For investors, a volatile stock market passed a worrisome milestone on Monday. The U.S. stock market logged its longest losing streak in two months, and extended a sell-off that began last week. By Markets Writer Steve Rothwell. AP Photos.
MICROSOFT-THE END OF XP
NEW YORK — Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and with an estimated 30 percent of businesses and consumers still using the 12-year-old operating system, the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger. By Technology Writer Bree Fowler. AP Photos.
With: DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TIPS-WINDOWS XP-GLANCE.
US STEEL-ICY SHUTDOWN
INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews kept up their battle to clear pathways for vessels hauling vital raw materials on the ice-clogged Great Lakes, where a shipping logjam forced a weeklong shutdown of the nation’s largest steel factory. By John Flesher and Charles D. Wilson. AP Photos.
For years, Canadians would cross the border to the U.S. to shop at Target. Exporting its cheap chic there seemed like a no-brainer. But a year after opening more than 100 stores north of the border, Target has found business isn’t so easy. Shelves are hard to keep stocked. Shoppers complain the prices are higher than at U.S. stores. Sales have been weak, and the retailer lost nearly a billion dollars in Canada for the year. By Anne D’Innocenzio and Charmaine Noronha. AP Photos.
ANAHEIM, California — Mallinckrodt is buying California-based Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. for a combination of stock and cash valued at about $5.6 billion that will help to further diversify the Irish company’s business.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
LOS ANGELES — Mickey Rooney, the diminutive, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, has died at age 93. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney. AP Photos.
With: OBIT-MICKEY ROONEY-ROLES.
WASHINGTON — Singer Chris Brown’s assault case is going forward after a judge in Washington on Monday rejected a request to dismiss it. By Jessica Gresko. AP Photo.
ST. LOUIS — At 88, blues guitarist B.B. King is a living legend and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Slowed by age and infirmity, including diabetes, King continues to tour, with sometimes painful results.
LOS ANGELES — There’s so much noise during an episode of “The Price Is Right” that producers of the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful,” taping nearby, need to be aware of the game show’s schedule so the rowdiness doesn’t disrupt the filming of a love scene. Host Drew Carey has made the show his own as it aired its 8,000th episode on Monday. By Television Writer David Bauder. AP photos.
THEATER’S POWER COUPLE
NEW YORK — She’s the darling of Broadway. He’s the champion of cutting-edge theater in New York. Her Tony Award-winning musicals — like the revivals of “Pippin” and “Porgy and Bess” — soar with emotion and splendor. His are likely to involve a cocktail, a mask or a half-dressed dwarf. Talk about drama in a relationship: Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner are celebrating their 19-year marriage this year, he winking on the outside of conventional theater, and she fighting for change from within. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photo.
NOT THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
DENVER — The Grand Theater in the southeastern Colorado town of Rocky Ford is the only cinema showing 3-D movies in the 150 miles between Pueblo and Kansas — thanks to volunteer fundraising that allowed it to buy an $84,000 state-of-the-art projector to show digital films. That may have turned out well, but the ending isn’t so happy for countless small, independent theaters that have fed dreams and anchored main streets in small towns across America. By Donna Bryson. AP Photos.
AURORA, Illinois — Just out of Cook County Jail after being arrested with 15 bags of heroin, Cody Lewis had $11 in his pocket. Almost immediately, he spent $10 on yet another bag of smack, making the buy on the Chicago streets last May as he headed to a police station to retrieve his cell phone. He shot up in a grocery store parking lot, then continued on his way. By then, Lewis was a $100-a-day addict. Heroin was no longer fun. He needed it to get rid of the sweats and the shakes, the body cramps, the aches in his bones. “I had to use,” he says, “to feel normal, like a regular person.” Sitting in a coffee shop near his house in Aurora, an hour west of Chicago, Lewis speaks openly about his struggles, eager to offer an unvarnished account of the pain he caused himself and his family. By National Writer Sharon Cohen. AP Photos.