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BC-AP Americas Digest

June 2, 2014

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OBAMA-GLOBAL WARMING

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 25 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history. By Dina Cappiello. AP Photos.

PLANE FIRE

BEDFORD, Massachusetts — The co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, Lewis Katz, is killed along with six other people in a fiery plane crash in Massachusetts, just days after reaching a deal that many hoped would end months of infighting at the newspaper and help restore it to its former glory. By Maryclaire Dale and Rodrique Ngowi. AP Photos.

With: OBIT-KATZ

MISSING RAINIER CLIMBERS

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Washington — Rescuers likely know the final resting place of six climbers who set out last week to attempt one of the most technical and physically grueling routes to the peak of Mount Rainier in Washington state. But the danger of recovering the bodies of the two guides and four climbers from their last known location is too great, park officials say. By Rachel La Corte and Phuong Le. AP Photos.

TERROR NETWORK

WASHINGTON — Al-Qaida has decentralized, yet it’s unclear whether the terrorist network is weaker and less likely to launch a Sept. 11-style attack against the United States, as President Barack Obama says, or remains potent despite the deaths of several leaders. By Deb Riechmann. AP Photos.

CAPTURED SOLDIER

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five years a captive from the Afghanistan war, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in American hands, freed for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees in a swap stirring a sharp debate in Washington over whether the U.S. should have negotiated with the Taliban over a prisoner exchange. By Lolita C. Baldor and Calvin Woodward.

With CAPTURED SOLDIER-FAMILY

SALVADOR-PRESIDENT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — A onetime rural schoolteacher who became a rebel commander during El Salvador’s long civil war is sworn in as president, the first former guerrilla to lead the Central American nation. By Marcos Aleman. AP Photos.

PROSTATE CANCER

CHICAGO — A study shows that a cheap, decades-old chemotherapy drug extended life by more than a year when added to standard hormone therapy for men with prostate cancer that has spread. It’s one of the biggest improvements in survival ever seen in an advanced cancer in adults. By Marilynn Marchione.

MEXICO-CHRUCH ABUSE

MEXICO CITY — Nineteen people have filed a criminal complaint alleging they were sexually abused by a now-suspended Mexican priest, and allege his archdiocese covered up the allegations for years. By Maria Verza.

UNDERSEA LAB-COUSTEAU

ISLAMORADA, Florida — Like viewers worldwide, Fabien Cousteau was entranced by his famous grandfather’s films about marine life and human exploration underwater. Now he’s adding to his family’s sea stories with a 31-day underwater expedition in the Florida Keys. By Jennifer Kay. AP Photos.

NASA-MARS TEST

LOS ANGELES — The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as NASA prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet. By Alicia Chang. AP Photos.

BRAZIL-MANAGING MANAUS

MANAUS, Brazil — Death by giant snakes, malarial mosquitoes or drug-addled thieves: If the blood-soaked headlines in British tabloids are to be believed, that’s what awaits soccer fans travelling to the most exotic of Brazil’s World Cup host cities, the Amazonian metropolis of Manaus. Yet, despite Manaus’ location in the heart of the rainforest, the ills most likely to affect the 52,000 or so foreigners expected for the tournament are disappointingly mundane. They’re far more likely to spend hours in bumper-to-bumper gridlock than ever cross paths with a python. By Jenny Barchfield.

BUSINESS:

BUFFETT LUNCH

OMAHA, Nebraska — Before billionaire businessman Warren Buffett started auctioning off private lunches to benefit the Glide Foundation, he was skeptical of the San Francisco charity where his first wife was volunteering. But once Susie Buffett, who died in 2004, showed Warren the work Glide does for the poor and homeless, he was sold on the organization — so much so that he’s raised nearly $16 million for the charity since 2000. By Josh Funk. AP Photos.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

OBIT-ANN B DAVIS

Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country’s favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of “The Brady Bunch,” dies at 88. By Lynn Elber. AP Photos.

BIEBER-RACIST JOKE-APOLOGY

NEW YORK — Justin Bieber is apologizing after a years-old video surfaced showing the then-teenager telling a racist joke with the N-word. AP Photos.

MILEY CYRUS BURGLARIZED

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police are searching for a pair of burglars they say broke into Miley Cyrus’ San Fernando Valley home and got away with jewelry and a luxury car. AP Photos.

JAMAICA-LITERARY CARIBBEAN

TREASURE BEACH, Jamaica — Best-selling authors take to a seaside stage, bottles of Red Stripe beer in hand. Budding writers line up to read their works to a big, appreciative audience. Book-loving islanders and tourists mingle with literary luminaries as the sun sets over the Caribbean. It’s the Calabash International Literary Festival — Jamaica’s spirited take on the world of literary gatherings, and it’s getting bigger at each staging. By David McFadden. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SPORTS:

WCUP-SAO PAULO STADIUM

SAO PAULO — A smaller-than-capacity crowd and a few setbacks mark the final test event at the unfinished stadium set to host the World Cup opener in less than two weeks. By Tales Azzoni. AP Photos.

With: WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN-PHOTO GALLERY.

COLOMBIA-SHEEP SOCCER

NOBSA, Colombia — It was a not so baaad performance for Colombia’s wooly warriors. To celebrate the country’s return to the World Cup after a 16-year absence, artisans in the high Andean town of Nobsa put on what they bill as the first soccer match played by sheep. By Cesar Garcia. AP Photos.

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