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BC-AP Americas Digest

February 6, 2015

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CONGRESS-NATIONAL SECURITY

WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress will face some resistance in a vote to authorize President Barack Obama’s war against Islamic State militants despite international outrage over video of militants beheading their captives and burning one alive. By Andrew Taylor and Nedra Pickler.

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UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA-HUMAN RIGHTS

UNITED NATIONS — A North Korean defector whose memoir describes his meeting with Kim Jong Il says the world’s intense focus on the regime’s human rights record fails to see the full scope of its inhumanity to its people. By Cara Anna.

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EMBASSY BOMBINGS-BARY

NEW YORK — An Egyptian lawyer who admits spreading terrorist threats after the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies should be sentenced to the maximum 25 years in prison under a plea deal he reached last year, government lawyers say while his lawyers have urged a judge to take into account his repudiation of violence. By Larry Neumeister.

ARGENTINA-PROSECUTOR KILLED

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The spy novel-like drama that has gripped Argentina since the mysterious death of President Cristina Fernandez’s nemesis takes a critical twist as investigators call one of the country’s most enigmatic spy chiefs to testify before them. By Peter Prengaman.

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With: ARGENTINA-PRESIDENT’S TWEETS.

CONGRESS-SHIPBUILDERS

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain, who seems to revel in the occasional lonely crusade, is now taking on America’s maritime industry and the longstanding law barring foreign-built ships from transporting goods within the United States. By Kevin Freking.

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PUERTO RICO-LURING INVESTORS

PALMAS DEL MAR, Puerto Rico — Several hundred wealthy U.S. citizens have taken up residence in Puerto Rico, lured by incentives that allow them to pay minimal taxes on investment income in what critics say is a misguided effort to reverse a decade of economic decline. By Danica Coto.

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CHINA-LATIN AMERICA’S LENDER

BEIJING — China becomes a frequent destination for Latin America’s presidents, especially populist ones who have spent freely over the past decade but are now grappling with falling prices of oil and other commodities their economies sell. By Jack Chang.

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BRAZIL-PETROBRAS

SAO PAULO — A warrant compelling the treasurer of Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party to testify is among the latest 62 arrest, search and other legal orders that police issue in the investigation into a mammoth kickback scheme at the state-run oil company Petrobras.

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VATICAN-US-MEXICO BORDER

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has decried the “inhuman” conditions facing migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and has encouraged communities there not to judge people by stereotypes but welcome migrants and work to end discrimination. By Nicole Winfield.

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BUSINESS & FINANCE:

RADIOSHACK-BANKRUPTCY

NEW YORK — A diminished RadioShack will live on, but its future may lie with Sprint. Struggling consumer electronics chain RadioShack, founded nearly a century ago, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. By Anne D’Innocenzio and Michelle Chapman.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

SONY HACK-AMY PASCAL OUT

LOS ANGELES — Amy Pascal will step down as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and head of the film studio, nearly three months after a massive hack hit the company and revealed embarrassing emails.

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ART-CORCORAN COLLECTION

WASHINGTON — Thousands of prized artworks from one of the nation’s oldest, now shuttered art museums have been selected for an unprecedented acquisition by the National Gallery of Art, representing a “transformative” infusion of art on the National Mall. By Brett Zongker.

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