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BC-AP Americas Digest

October 8, 2014

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UNITED STATES-IRAN

WASHINGTON — With a late-November deadline approaching, America’s top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks with an eye on his adversary and another on developments at home as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic republic cannot become a nuclear state. The prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate means Secretary of State John Kerry will be on a tight leash. By Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee.

MEXICO-VIOLENCE

IGUALA, Mexico —On the day 43 students disappeared in this southern Mexican town, the mayor’s wife was giving a speech to local dignitaries on family social services. In any other town, it could have been a normal scene. But tough-looking civilians guarded Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa, a woman with alleged family ties to organized crime. Into this combustible mix came the students from a radical rural teacher’s college that had defied drug cartel extortion in the past. Many never made it back home. By Mark Stevenson.

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CANADA-IRAQ

TORONTO — Following a request from the U.S., Canada’s Parliament has voted to authorize airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party has a majority of seats in Parliament so the vote was all but assured. The motion passed Tuesday 157-134. By Rob Gillies.

NOBEL PHYSICS HOLONYAK

URBANA, Illinois — For years many of Nick Holonyak Jr.’s colleagues have said he deserved the Nobel Prize for his invention of the first light-emitting diode, the tiny red light that made fiber-optics networks, DVDs and a range of other technologies possible. By David Mercer.

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CHILE-GOLDCORP-MINE HALTED

SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile’s Supreme court suspends the development of the El Morro mine owned by Canada’s Goldcorp after siding with indigenous groups that oppose it on environmental grounds.

MED-LIFE EXPECTANCY

NEW YORK — Americans are living longer than ever before, according to a new government report filled mostly with good news. U.S. life expectancy inched up again and death rates fell. By Mike Stobbe.

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BUSINESS:

AIG LAWSUIT

WASHINGTON — Timothy Geithner, a key player in the U.S. government’s 2008 bailout of American International Group Inc., is due back in court Wednesday in a trial of a lawsuit filed by the insurance giant’s former CEO over the handling of the rescue. By Marcy Gordon.

HELICOPTER DEAL PROBE

WASHINGTON — The Army has awarded $80 million in helicopter contracts to Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton even as the Justice Department is investigating whether she played by the rules to win earlier military work. By Richard Lardner.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

BRAZIL-TRASH MOVIE

RIO DE JANEIRO — Stephen Daldry’s latest film may be the anti-picture postcard vision of Rio de Janeiro, exposing the dark underbelly of police violence and crushing poverty, but the Oscar-nominated British director still managed to maintain his rosy vision of the city. By Jenny Barchfield.

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TV-CNN ROWE

NEW YORK — Mike Rowe never expected his new travelogue series, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” to land on CNN. Yet when you think about it, Rowe fits what has become the network’s mold for nonfiction entertainment programming: well-known personalities making series related to the work they are best known for, with a twist or two. Rowe and Lisa Ling recently joined Anthony Bourdain and John Walsh with new entries. By David Bauder.

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