BC-AP Americas Digest
SEPT 11 MUSEUM
NEW YORK — President Barack Obama and Sept. 11 survivors, rescuers and victims’ relatives are expected to mark the opening of the 9/11 museum, where the story of the terror attacks is told on a scale as big as the twin towers’ columns and as intimate as victims’ last voicemails. By Jennifer Peltz.
AP Photos, video. Eds: Ceremony scheduled to start at 10 a.m. EST. With AP Photos, video.
CARACAS, Venezusela — Venezuelan security forces arrest scores of people during a sweep of a busy Caracas avenue as protests against the government step up even as a rift opens within the opposition over whether to back U.S. sanctions. By Joshua Goodman.
WIKILEAKS MANNING GENDER TREATMENT
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is trying to transfer convicted national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison where she can get treatment for a gender-identity condition. But her lawyer said that a move from a military prison would make Manning choose between the treatment and her safety. By Pauline Jelinek and Lolita C. Baldor.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Congress, ignoring dire new warnings about climate change, continues to shy away from legislation that might mitigate the effects of global warming, leaving President Barack Obama with limited tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are partly responsible for melting glaciers and rising sea levels. By Steven R. Hurst.
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — The Arkansas Supreme Court refuses to put on hold a ruling that overturned the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, but the short-lived ability for same-sex couples to wed in the state still came to a halt amid confusion about what comes next. By Christina Huynh.
LIMA, Peru — The leader of Peru’s main indigenous group and 52 others went on trial in the killing of a dozen police officers after security forces fired on protesters opposed to plans to open the Amazon to widespread logging and oil drilling. By Franklin Briceno.
GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala’s Congress approves a non-binding resolution that denies there was any attempt to commit genocide during the bloody 36-year civil war, while calling for “national reconciliation” in the Central American country. By Sonia Perez D.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
POLSON, Montana — A Montana jury has ordered Hyundai to pay $240 million in punitive damages after finding that a manufacturing defect in a Hyundai vehicle caused a crash that killed two cousins in July 2011.
TORONTO — Pipeline companies will be liable for all costs and damages from a spill, regardless of fault or negligence under a new law, the Canadian government announces as it appears set to approve a controversial pipeline. By Rob Gillies.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
STOCKHOLM — Malik Bendjelloul, the Swedish director of the acclaimed “Searching for Sugar Man” documentary, was widely known for his enthusiasm, kindness and high spirits — so the news that he had taken his own life shocked colleagues around the world. By Malin Rising.
PANAMA CITY — It was billed as a battle royal between Latin America’s top two spin doctors. In one corner, the campaign guru to such towering leftist leaders as Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. In the other, a strategist lsikened to Karl Rove who is credited with helping return the Institutional Revolutionary Party to power in Mexico after a 12-year-absence. So how did these high-paid rainmakers get trounced in Panama’s presidential race by a candidate advised by an unknown American strategist who barely speaks Spanish? Old fashioned perseverance may have made the difference. By Joshua Goodman and Juan Zamorano.