BC-AP Americas Digest
CULIACAN, Mexico — As Mexican troops forced their way into Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s main hideout in Culiacan, the country’s most powerful drug lord fled through an escape hatch beneath a bathtub. The marines gave chase but lost him in a maze of tunnels. Two officials describe the manhunt aided by U.S. authorities that led to Guzman’s capture a few days later in a condominium in Mazatlan, a beach resort town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. By Alicia A. Caldwell and Adriana Gomez Licon. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — After 13 years on the run, narrow escapes from the military, law enforcement and rivals, drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is back in Mexican custody. Now starts what is likely to be a lengthy and complicated legal process to decide which country gets to try him first. By Alicia A. Caldwell. AP Photos.
GAY BASKETBALL PLAYER
LOS ANGELES — Jason Collins has become the first openly gay active player in the National Basketball Association, breaking ground in major professional U.S. team sports as the country’s growing acceptance of gay rights continues. AP Photos. AP Video.
CARACAS, Venezuela — One of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s most outspoken critics has become the latest rally cry for opposition protesters after engaging in an armed standoff with security forces. By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez. AP Photos.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s salamander-like axolotl apparently hasn’t disappeared from its only known natural habitat in Mexico City’s few remaining lakes, say researchers who have sighted, but not caught, two of the slippery little creatures during a second effort to find them. By Teresa de Miguel. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — Business economists are almost equally divided over whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will pare back bond purchases at the current pace through year’s end or take a small break to let the economy recover further.