BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — An ambitious goal to boost global growth by $2 trillion in the next five years is within reach, finance officials of the world’s major economies believe, despite a variety of threats, including rising political tensions over Russia’s actions in Ukraine. By Harry Dunphy and Martin Crutsinger.
OBAMA CIVIL RIGHTS
NEW YORK — President Barack Obama says the Republican Party is threatening voting rights in America more than at any point since the passage of a historic 1965 law expanding rights at the ballot box to millions of black Americans and other minorities.
WASHINGTON — Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run President Barack Obama’s much maligned health care overhaul, would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington’s toughest jobs, even though she has little direct experience in the health care industry. By Josh Lederman.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua — A magnitude-6.6 earthquake shakes Nicaragua, sending people running frightened into the streets less than 24 hours after a magnitude-6.1 quake rattled the Central American country. By Alberto Arce and Luis Manuel Galeano.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Residents of an upscale neighborhood in Nicaragua’s capital say someone is killing pet dogs with arrows, several inside their own yards. Some suspect it may be a sick sport because the arrows appear to come from a relatively expensive crossbow. In a country long accustomed to misery among strays, the death of cherished house dogs has caused an uproar. By Luis Galeano.
STABBING DEATH-STILETTO HEEL
HOUSTON — A woman is sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face and head. By Juan A. Lozano.
PUERTO RICO-CHURCH ABUSE
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Apostolic Delegation of Puerto Rico announces that the Vatican found no basis for sexual abuse accusations made against a well-known bishop in the U.S. territory. By Danica Coto.
TECH IN TURMOIL
SAN FRANCISCO — The stock market’s laws of gravity are ravaging its highest fliers. Just look at the list of technology trailblazers whose values have plummeted from record highs during the past few weeks. Investors have re-focused on safer sectors such as utilities, health care and consumer staples instead of companies that promise potential growth from online services that are building huge audiences. By Michael Liedtke and Barbara Ortutay.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:
TORONTO — Jesse Winchester, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez has died of cancer. He was 69.