BC-AP Americas Digest
OBAMA-IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS
WASHINGTON — After securing a surprisingly broad and detailed framework agreement with Iran, President Barack Obama must now subject his signature foreign policy pursuit to the gauntlet of partisan American politics. By Julie Pace.
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NEW YORK — Two women — including one who was “obsessed with pressure cookers” — were arrested on charges they plotted to wage violent jihad by building a homemade bomb and using it for a Boston Marathon-type attack. By Tom Hays.
UNITED NATIONS — Organizers of the effort called WomenCrossDMZ.org have said they hope for 30 women to cross from North Korea to South Korea on May 24, which is International Women’s Day for Disarmament. By Cara Anna.
HUGO CHAVEZ OIL BELT, Venezuela — A mountain of toxic soot towers over the flat, sunbaked scrubland of eastern Venezuela — a potent symbol of the waste and unfulfilled promise of an oil industry more vital than ever to Venezuela’s economic health. By Joshua Goodman.
MEXICO CITY — Somebody is systematically poisoning the dogs of Hermosillo, an industrial city in northern Mexico, and not just strays: At least 64 dogs, all with owners, have died of a similar poison since mid-March. By Alberto Arce.
BRAZIL-DRY SAO PAULO
SAO PAULO — Brazil’s biggest city has recorded its rainiest March since 2008, but the worst drought in more than 80 years has left reservoir levels critically low and water experts fear strict water rationing may still loom for Sao Paulo as it enters the April-September dry season. By Stan Lehman.
MEXICO CITY — A Mexican official’s use of a government helicopter for personal transportation sparks calls for his resignation and an investigation of possible abuse of office. By E. Eduardo Castillo.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
NEW YORK — A jury in Georgia has awarded $150 million to the family of a 4-year-old boy killed when a Jeep Grand Cherokee exploded into flames three years ago after being rear-ended. The jury said Chrysler, the maker of Jeeps, must pay nearly the full amount. By Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
NEW YORK — Hey, Hugh. You’re not the only chef on Broadway. Hugh Jackman, who this season famously gutted and prepared a raw fish with fennel and lemon onstage in “The River,” suddenly has competition for top theater culinary honors from Carey Mulligan. By Mark Kennedy.
RIO 2016-CONSTRUCTION FIRMS
RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro’s mayor dismisses reports that layoffs of construction workers at one of the main 2016 Olympic sites could result in potentially damaging delays. By Jenny Barchfield.