BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — American embassies, military units and other U.S. interests are bracing for possible security threats related to Tuesday’s planned release of a report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques, the White House says. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. AP Photo.
NEW YORK — Britain’s Prince William sits down with President Barack Obama in Washington and unveils an effort to curtail illegal wildlife trading, while his wife, Kate, makes an impression of a down-to-earth duchess on preschoolers and prominent British expats in New York. By Verena Dobnik and Jennifer Peltz. AP Photos. AP Video.
With: ROYALS-US VISIT-WORLD BANK.
RACIAL PROFILING GUIDELINES
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration issues guidelines that ban federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race plays in policing. By Eric Tucker. AP Photo.
CLEVELAND POLICE SHOOT BOY
CLEVELAND — The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot by a Cleveland policeman says she wants him convicted for killing her son, who was carrying a pellet gun that police say looked real. By Mark Gillispie. AP Photos. AP Video.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — In schools across this Central American capital, “hallway” is not just a word for corridor but slang for a gantlet of gangsters who hit up instructors for money. If they don’t pay, they don’t teach. Gangs control most schools, where a lot of students — and their parents — are gangsters. By Alberto Arce. AP Photos.
HOT CELL DEATH
NEW YORK — A New York City jail guard is arrested and charged in connection with the death of a mentally ill inmate who roasted to death in his stifling jail cell. By Jake Pearson. AP Photos.
With: NYC JAIL GUARD-TRIAL.
HOUSTON — NASA is hoping some earthbound technology can help make it easier to pinpoint problems with spacesuits. The space agency reached out to Houston Methodist Hospital to help with its efforts after an Italian astronaut nearly drowned in his helmet during a spacewalk in 2013 when debris clogged a pump mechanism inside the spacesuit. The hospital is using advanced imaging technology that could help NASA in the future identify problems with spacesuits. By Juan A. Lozano. AP Photos. AP Video.
CLIMATE-EXPORTING US POLLUTION
GARDI SUGDUP, Panama — Heat-trapping pollution released into the atmosphere from rising exports of U.S. gasoline and diesel dwarfs cuts made in fuel efficiency standards and other efforts to address global warming in the U.S., an Associated Press investigation finds. By Dina Cappiello. AP Photos. AP Interactive.
With: PERU-CLIMATE TALKS.
GAITHERSBURG, Maryland— A small, private jet slams into a house, killing a woman and her two young sons inside the home and three people on the aircraft, authorities say. By Ben Nuckols and Amanda Lee Myers. AP Photos.
RICHMOND, Virginia — The University of Virginia refuses to reinstate activities at social organizations that were suspended after a Rolling Stone article alleged a woman was gang raped at a fraternity house, despite the magazine acknowledging mistakes in its reporting, and officials say that the story and debate has led it to create a group to explore its policies and campus culture. By Larry O’Dell.
SPARK OF LIFE
WASHINGTON — Scientists in a lab used a powerful laser to re-create what might have been the original spark of life on Earth. Researchers zapped clay and a chemical soup with the laser to simulate the energy of a speeding asteroid smashing into the planet. They ended up creating what can be considered crucial pieces of the building blocks of life. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. AP Photo.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Six detainees freed after more than 12 years at Guantanamo Bay are in seclusion at a hospital, speaking to family by phone, getting medical check-ups and preparing for a gradual introduction to their new lives in Uruguay. By Leonardo Haberkorn and Ben Fox. AP Photos. AP Video.
WASHINGTON — More women are learning their breasts are so dense that it’s more difficult for mammograms to spot cancer. But new research suggests automatically giving them an extra test isn’t necessarily the solution. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. AP Photo.
BRAZIL-ANTI-CORRUPTION OFFICIAL RESIGNS
RIO DE JANEIRO — The head of the Brazilian federal government’s anti-corruption agency announces his resignation, amid an ongoing corruption scandal at Brazil’s largest company, state-run oil giant Petrobras
HAVANA — A new wave of Cuban comedians is drawing big broadcast audiences and huge live crowds, using biting humor to take on corruption, shortages, government inefficiency and other everyday problems in a country where the government tolerates little dissent. By Anne-Marie Garcia. AP Photos.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to “Pong” and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, has died. He was 92.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
TOUGHER BANK RULES
WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are proposing that the eight biggest U.S. banks be required to further increase the amount of capital they set aside to cushion against unexpected losses. The Federal Reserve governors are expected to vote at a meeting Tuesday to advance the so-called “capital surcharges.” By Marcy Gordon.
NEW YORK — Hold the pickles, onions and special sauce. The Big Mac is becoming a victim of finicky tastes. As sales continue to slide in the U.S., McDonald’s plans to expand a test that lets people build their own burgers by tapping on a touchscreen to pick the bread, cheese and toppings they want. The company says it will bring the option to 2,000 of its more than 14,000 U.S. locations next year. By Larry Neumeister. AP Photos.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the southern U.S. By Erik Schelzig. AP Photo.
SUPREME COURT-GULF OIL SPILL-SETTLEMENT
NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Supreme Court is leaving in place BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. By Janet McConnaughey.
NEW YORK — A banner year for mergers and acquisitions will be followed by more deals next year as executives grow more confident in the strength of the U.S. economy, according to the consultancy firm EY. By Markets Writer Steve Rothwell. AP Photo.
NEW YORK — Bernard Madoff’s ex-director of operations for investments is sentenced to 10 years in prison by a judge who cited the fraud’s “smoldering ruins” as she kicked off an eight-day stretch during which she will announce the punishments of four other former Madoff workers. By Larry Neumeister. AP Photos.
APPLE iPOD TRIAL
OAKLAND, California — In an unusual legal twist, a federal judge decides that a billion-dollar, class-action lawsuit over Apple’s iPods should continue, even though she also disqualified the last remaining plaintiff named in a case that has been on trial since last week. By Technology Writer Brandon Bailey.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
NEW YORK — Chris Rock discusses his film “Top Five,” finally channeling his voice as a comedian into a film, President Barack Obama, “black fame” and why calling him a role model is racist. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. AP Photos.
LOS ANGELES — Based on the movies set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the coming year of cinema is about comedians and coming of age. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. AP Photo.
NEW YORK — The American Film Institute names the coming-of-age tale “Boyhood,” the sci-fi epic “Interstellar” and the civil-rights drama “Selma” among its top movies of the year. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. AP Photos.
THEATER-THE TEMPTATIONS-THE FOUR TOPS
NEW YORK — When they’re offstage, the Motown iconic groups The Temptations and The Four Tops have nothing but love for each other. It’s a different story when the microphones are turned on. The two groups will be renewing their rivalry on Broadway this winter for a seven-concert stand. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photos.
NEW YORK — The biblical film “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has come under fire for white actors being cast in the main roles as Egyptians. But director Ridley Scott has a message for those trying to boycott the movie: “I say, ‘Get a life.’” By John Carucci. AP Photos.