BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama sets up another clash with Republicans by sending Congress a $4 trillion budget that seeks to raise taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations and increase domestic spending. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. AP Photos.
With: BUDGET SPENDING; BUDGET-IMMIGRATION.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is reconsidering his opposition to giving Ukraine defensive weapons and other lethal aid to help its struggling military repel Russian-backed rebels, a possible escalation that has had strong support from many in his national security team. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — The president’s nominee to be the next Pentagon chief, Ashton Carter, says he would consider changing the current plans for withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year if security conditions worsen. By Lolita C. Baldor. AP Photo.
WASHINGTON — Fraught relations between the United States and Venezuela turn openly hostile as the U.S. slapped new visa restrictions on Venezuelan officials and their families and Venezuela’s president accused Vice President Joe Biden of plotting to overthrow him. By Josh Lederman.
TORONTO — Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird will be announcing his resignation from the Cabinet on Tuesday, a senior government official says. By Rob Gillies. AP Photo.
TORONTO — Canada’s foreign minister says the release of Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy from a prison in Egypt is “imminent.” Fahmy, a dual Egyptian-Canadian citizen, has relinquished his Egyptian citizenship as prerequisite to his deportation. By Rob Gillies. Has moved.
SIERRA MADRE DEL SUR, Mexico — Red and purple poppy flowers and fat, opium-filled bulbs nestle in the highest, most inaccessible creek banks and gorges of the pine-clad Filo Mayor mountains — the source of black-tar opium that has caused a wave of addiction and overdose tragedies in the U.S. By Mark Stevenson. AP Photos.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico has made a priority of passing laws against forced disappearances and perfecting a database to track missing people, the country’s permanent representative to the U.N. in Geneva says. By Christopher Sherman. AP Photo.
BOSTON — Boston scrambles to dig out from the second major winter storm in a week and delaysa celebratory Super Bowl parade, and forecasters from Philadelphia to Portland, Maine, warn that “flash freezing” could make roads dangerously slippery. By Philip Marcelo and Denise Lavoie. AP Photos. AP Video.
LOS ANGELES — Former hip-hop music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight is charged with murder and attempted murder after he struck two men with his pickup truck last week. Prosecutors allege that Knight intended to run down a friend and another man after an argument on a movie set. One of the men was killed. By Tami Abdollah. AP Photos.
CAMBRIDGE, England — Likely Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie says parents ought to have some “some measure of choice” on whether to vaccinate their children, a position his office later tries to clarify amid an ongoing outbreak of measles in the U.S. The New Jersey governor believes there is “no question” children should be vaccinated, his office says. By Jill Colvin. AP Photos.
WHITNEY HOUSTON’S DAUGHTER
ROSWELL, Georgia — The parallels are haunting: Bobbi Kristina Brown and her mother, Whitney Houston, were both found face-down in bathtubs as the music industry prepared for the Grammy Awards. By Kate Brumback and Tamara Lush. AP Photos. AP Video.
MIAMI — More than six years after a highly connected financier pleaded guilty to sex charges, new allegations by four women that he offered them up as teenage playthings to Prince Andrew, one of America’s most prominent attorneys, and other powerful men have reignited a case rife with tawdry claims about the sexual appetites of the super-rich. By Curt Anderson. AP Photo.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia— A couple from British Columbia who styled themselves as the sole members of “al-Qaida Canada” built pressure-cooker bombs and planted them on the grounds of the provincial legislature hours before Canada Day festivities, a prosecutor says.
ASUNCION, Paraguay — Residents of a poor community in northern Paraguay will not accept free beef from a well-known businessman who is being pressured by a guerrilla group to donate food to several neighborhoods, says an official who met with them. By Pedro Servin. AP Photo.
SALEM, Oregon — Oregon strippers are banding together in search of better working conditions by working with a team of seasoned lobbyists to take the fight to the state Legislature. By Jonathan J. Cooper. AP Photos.
CUBA-FLOWER VENDOR-PHOTO ESSAY
SAN ANTONIO DE LOS BANOS, Cuba — Yaima Gonzalez Matos lost her job at a state-owned enterprise three years ago. So she joined the ranks of Cuba’s small class of entrepreneurs and became a wholesaler in the island’s private flower business. With photo essay by Ramon Espinoza.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
GM-IGNITION SWITCH DEATHS
DETROIT — The families of 51 people who died in crashes caused by faulty ignition switches in small General Motors cars will get payments from a company fund, but others will have to wait months for decisions on thousands of new claims. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. AP Photos.
With: JEEP-AIR BAG RECALL.
EXXON’S BAD TIMING
NEW YORK — Exxon Mobil has been working for years on a fleet of enormous new oil and gas projects in places such as Abu Dhabi, Russia, Papua New Guinea, and the Gulf of Mexico designed to turn around what has been a consistent and alarming slide in oil and gas production. A record eight of these mega-projects came on-line last year, Exxon says — just as oil prices were falling by more than half. By Business Writer Jonathan Fahey. AP Photo.
With: EARNS-EXXON MOBIL.
NEW YORK — Apple is planning another large bond sale at a time when investors are paying near record premiums for high-quality bonds. By Business Writer Ken Sweet.
With: APPLE-ARIZONA FACTORY.
TECH BALANCING ACT
SAN FRANCISCO — Technology’s big-spending trio of Google, Facebook, and Amazon.com appear to be tightening their belts — at least a notch — in a concession to cost-conscious investors and a strong dollar that’s taking a big bite out of their revenue. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — US factories expanded last month at the slowest pace in a year, as orders, production, and hiring all declined. The figures suggested manufacturing may not add much to growth in the first few months of 2015. By Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber. AP Photo.
With: CONSTRUCTION SPENDING; CONSUMER SPENDING.
TROUBLES IN BOOMTOWN
WATFORD CITY, North Dakota — High crude prices catapulted North Dakota into the top tier of the global oil market and doubled or tripled the size of once-sleepy towns that suddenly had to accommodate a small army of petroleum workers. But now that those prices have tumbled, the shifting oil market threatens to put the industry and local governments on a collision course. Farming and ranching communities that committed to building homes, roads and schools for the swelling population are worried about how they will pay for those improvements as oil-related tax revenue evaporates. By Matthew Brown. AP Photos. AP Video.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
BEVERLY HILLS, California — Awards season is a stressful endeavor for even the most seasoned actor or actress, but at the Oscar nominee luncheon everyone is still a winner. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. AP Photos.
VALENTINE’S DAY-Q&A-500 DATES
NEW YORK — There’s much to hate about the process of online dating, says humorist Mark Miller, but he refuses to despair. He chronicles his dating life in a new book, “500 Dates,” out this week. By Leanne Italie. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — Julianne Moore’s performance as a vibrant woman fading into the darkness of Alzheimer’s is raising awareness of a disease too often suffered in isolation. By Lauran Neergaard. AP Photos.
NEW YORK — Common says despite winning a Golden Globe and earning an Oscar nomination, he’s still looking forward to the upcoming Grammy Awards. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu.
SAN FRANCISCO — Robin Williams’ children and wife have gone to court in a fight over the late comedian’s estate. By Sudhin Thanawala. AP Photo.
SEATTLE — The creators of a new traveling exhibit on the costumes of Star Wars are hoping to gather geeks, fashionistas and movie fans together to discuss how clothing helps set the scene. By Donna Gordon Blankinship. AP Photos.
REBORN BROOKLYN THEATER
NEW YORK — A Brooklyn theater that was one of the “four wonders” of America’s newly hatched movie culture is back decades after it was shuttered, a crumbling relic of a glorious era. Some of the biggest names in entertainment once ushered at Kings Theatre in the Flatbush neighborhood, including Barbra Streisand, Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler. On Tuesday, with chandeliers sparkling again amid the latest sound and lighting technology, the 3,000-seat theater will reopen with a show featuring Diana Ross. By Verena Dobnik. AP Photos. AP Video..