BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — Accusing China of vast business spying, the United States charges five military officials with hacking into U.S. companies to steal vital trade secrets in a case intensifying already-ising tensions between the international economic giants. By Eric Tuckers. AP Photos. AP Video.
UNITED STATES-CHINA-TROUBLED TIES
The indictment of five Chinese military officials on cyber espionage charges will intensify friction between Beijing and Washington that has only been growing as China gets bolder in asserting its territorial claims in disputed seas in East Asia. That doesn’t mean there will be a fracture in the U.S.-China relationship, which remains vital for both of the world powers but it raises major doubts about the ability of U.S. and China to manage their differences. By Matthew Pennington.
NEW YORK — More than a half million computers in more than 100 countries were infected by sophisticated malware that lets cybercriminals take over a computer and hijack its webcam, authorities say as charges are announced against more than 100 people worldwide. By Larry Neumeister and Toby Sterling.
WASHINGTON — European bank Credit Suisse AG pleads guilty to helping wealthy Americans avoid paying taxes through secret offshore accounts and agreed to pay about $2.6 billion. The Justice Department says it is the largest penalty imposed in any criminal tax case. Credit Suisee is the largest bank to plead guilty in more than 20 years. By Eric Tucker and Marcy Gordon. AP Photos.
Republicans around the country are pleading with voters to turn out in high-profile races on the busiest primary day of the year that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama’s tenure. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — A top White House official has assured the deans of prominent U.S. public health schools that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs as cover for spying operations. The agency used the ruse in targeting Osama bin Laden before the U.S. raid that killed him in 2011. By Stephen Braun.
PORTLAND, Oregon — A federal judge strikes down a voter-approved ban on gay marriage in the northwestern state of Oregon, saying it is unconstitutional, marking the 13th consecutive legal victory for gay marriage advocates since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned part of a federal band.
LA MIRA, Mexico — A new police force made up of former vigilantes fighting a drug cartel in violence-plagued western Mexico already has some of the same problems suffered by the local law enforcement agencies it is replacing: minimal background checks and haphazard training. By Alberto Arce. AP Photos.
With: MEXICO-VIGILANTE SHOOTING, MEXICO-VIOLENCE.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama held a little-noticed meeting in March with executives of a Belgian aerospace company while in Brussels to meet European leaders. It was barely a footnote in a trip dominated by tensions with Russia over Ukraine. By Jim Kuhnhenn. AP Photo.
NEW YORK — An Egyptian Islamic preacher whose fiery sermons before and after 9/11 attracted extremists to his London mosque is convicted in a trial that a prosecutor says should provide justice for the victims of a kidnapping in Yemen more than a decade ago. By Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays.
HAVANA — A group of former high-ranking U.S. officials, business executives and academics call for President Barack Obama to loosen the five-decade embargo on Cuba to stimulate the flow of capital and expertise to the island’s nascent class of independent entrepreneurs. By Michael Weissenstein.
GEORGIA DEATH PENALTY
ATLANTA — Georgia’s law that keeps secret the source of its execution drug is constitutional, the state’s highest court ruled Monday, though two justices worried that confidentiality could lead to botched executions like the one in Oklahoma last month. By Kate Brumback.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Scientists in Argentina have uncovered what could be the largest dinosaur yet discovered — a long-necked titanosaur as tall as a six-story building, whose thigh bone alone dwarfs a fully grown man. By Michael Warren. AP Photos.
With: MEXICO-FIRST AMERICANS.
SANTIAGO, Chile — President Michelle Bachelet announces the first stage of her promised education overhaul, proposing an end to state subsidies to for-profit schools as a first step toward eventual free university education in Chile. By Luis Andres Henao. AP Photo.
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Prince Charles commends Canada’s contribution to the Allied victory in World War II as he and his wife Camilla are greeted by hundreds of people in Halifax on the first full day of a short visit to the former British colony. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down prices. At issue is a fungus called coffee rust that has caused more than $1 billion in damage across Latin American region. The fungus is especially deadly to Arabica coffee, the bean that makes up most high-end, specialty coffees. By Mary Clare Jalonick. AP Photo.
BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombian authorities say aggravated manslaughter charges will be filed against a bus driver over the deaths of 32 children from a fire in the overcrowded vehicle bringing them home from Sunday school. By Libardo Cardona and Cesar Garcia. AP Photos.
SAO PAULO — FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke arrives in Brazil to oversee the final preparations for the World Cup, saying he expects “busy days ahead” to make sure everything is ready in time. By Tales Azzoni. AP Photos.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
Stocks finish slightly higher on Monday, adding to the small gains the market carved out at the end of last week. By Business Writer Alex Veiga.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — AT&T says it views its planned $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV as a way to help redefine the video entertainment industry, giving it opportunities to bundle services and tap into growing Latin American markets. By Business Writer Ryan Nakashima. AP Photos.
With: AT&T-DIRECTV-Q & A.
While the U.S. economy has improved since the Great Recession ended five years ago, part-time and “contract” workers are filling many of the new jobs. Contract workers made up less than half of one percent of all U.S. employment in the 1980s but now account for 2.3 percent. Economists predict contract workers will play a larger role in the years ahead. By Tom Raum. AP Photo.
NEW YORK — The board of directors of British drug maker AstraZeneca on Monday rejected the raised $119 billion takeover offer from U.S. drugmaker Pfizer. By Business Writer Linda A. Johnson.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
NEW YORK — One day into the annual week where television’s biggest networks reveal their future programming plans and it was clear what the buzzword was going to be: Eventize. No matter whether it’s a word or not, broadcasters talked frequently about their desire to create big events that viewers need to watch immediately for fear of being left out of the cultural conversation. By Television Writer David Bauder. AP Photo.
FALMOUTH, Massachusetts — Gordon Willis, one of Hollywood’s most celebrated and influential cinematographers, nicknamed “The Prince of Darkness” for his subtle but indelible touch on such definitive 1970s releases as “The Godfather,” ″Annie Hall” and “All the President’s Men,” has died. He was 82.
ARLINGTON, Virginia — Arlington National Cemetery’s hallowed ground honors American soldiers from many different wars. But as Arlington marks its 150th anniversary this year with tours and events, historians note that its roots are firmly planted in the Civil War. By Matthew Barakat. AP Photos.