BC-AP Americas Digest
BC-AP Americas Digest
Apr. 18, 2014
MEXICO CITY — Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast. One of the most revered and influential writers of his generation, he brought Latin America's charm and maddening contradictions to life in the minds of millions and became the best-known practitioner of "magical realism," a blending of fantastic elements into portrayals of daily life that made the extraordinary seem almost routine. By E. Eduardo Castillo and Frank Bajak.
AP photos, video.
MEXICO CITY — His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality. By E. Eduardo Castillo.
AP Photo, video.
WITH: GARCIA MARQUEZ-REACTION; GARCIA MARQUEZ-WORKS; GARCIA MARQUEZ-EXCERPTS.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — The commercial SpaceX company will try again to launch a load of supplies to the International Space Station after a month of delays. In the meantime, astronauts prepare for an urgent spacewalk to replace a broken backup computer unit. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. Eds: 3:25 p.m. launch.
WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims. By Alicia A. Caldwell.
NEW YORK — An Egyptian imam who led a London mosque more than a dozen years ago was portrayed in opening statements at his terrorism trial as an enthusiastic supporter of al-Qaida by a prosecutor and as a reasonable man who helped authorities in England keep people calm by his defense attorney. By Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays.
NEW YORK — A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever, a prosecutor said. By Larry Neumeister.
GUANTANAMO-SEPT 11 TRIAL
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Don Arias stormed out of the meeting with the defense lawyers at this U.S. Navy base after less than 15 minutes. He was soon followed by three others who also lost family members in the 9/11 terror attack. They had agreed to meet with lawyers appointed to defend five men charged in the attack. It was an effort at outreach the attorneys hoped would give an understanding of their difficult role. Instead, it stoked the anger of people who have watched with frustration as legal delays mount in the case. By Ben Fox.
TORONTO — Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledges "rocky moments over the past year" but vowed to fight harder than ever to win re-election at a rally he dubbed the official launch of his campaign.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
NEW YORK — A federal judge declined to toss out decade-old lawsuits that accuse IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. of supporting apartheid by letting their subsidiaries sell computers and cars to the South African government.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
MUSIC-BILL CLINTON RAIN FOREST
NEW YORK — During the 25th Annual Rain Forest concert at Carnegie Hall, Chairwoman Trudie Styler introduced a man that recently found out he was going to be a grandfather, and out came former President Bill Clinton. Clinton praised the Rain Forest Foundation and thanked Sting, Styler, and others for their efforts. BY John Carucci.
WASHINGTON — A man accusing singer Chris Brown and his bodyguard of punching him in the face is trying to "get rich" as a result of a bloody nose, a lawyer for the bodyguard said. Bernard Grimm made that statement in a courtroom in Washington during the start of a trial for his client, bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, who is charged with misdemeanor assault. By Jessica Gresko.