BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama unveils a $4 trillion spending plan Monday, a budget that calls for huge spending on infrastructure funded by a one-time tax on profits U.S. companies have amassed overseas. The business-friendly Republican-controlled Congress is all but certain to say no.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the U.S. is doing everything in its power to rescue a 26-year-old woman held by the Islamic State, speaking in a wide-ranging interview also covering politics and a measles outbreak.
AVIATION SAFETY SUMMIT
WASHINGTON — Government and aviation industry officials from dozens of countries are meeting in Montreal this week to try to find consensus on how to keep from losing airliners like the one that vanished in Asia and another shot down in Eastern Europe.
BRAZIL-ANGRY BEAUTY CONTESTANT
RIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian beauty pageant took a bizarre turn when the first runner-up snatched the crown off the winner of the Miss Amazonas contest, refusing to accept her loss. By Adriana Gomez Licon.
QUITO, Ecuador — President Rafael Correa, showing little tolerance for online humor and “memes” poking fun at him, creates a website and Twitter account to organize social media counterattacks, calling on supporters to inundate the “defamers” with digital bombs. Critics call it yet another government attempt to censor free speech. By Gonzalo Solano. 650 words.
UNITED STATES-SRI LANKA
WASHINGTON — The surprise defeat of Sri Lanka’s authoritarian leader and the new government’s early steps to end repression have stirred U.S. hopes that the South Asian island nation can revive ties with Washington and distance itself to some degree from China.
MEXICO CITY — Each year, Catholic faithful in Mexico honor the story of the infant Christ being presented before the temple in Jerusalem by adorning a figure of baby Jesus in fine clothing and praying for blessings throughout the year. By Eduardo Verdugo. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — The challenge ahead for Hillary Rodham Clinton is one faced by few White House hopefuls: running a primary campaign in which she faces little competition, if any at all.
IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-COURT CANCELLATIONS
SAN ANTONIO — Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by the government that it may be 2019 or later before their futures are resolved.
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING
BOSTON — The best chance to save the life of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might be to put his dead brother on trial.
LOS ANGELES — Asians have been slower to sign up for President Barack Obama’s reprieve for young immigrants in the country illegally, and community advocates are ramping up efforts to reach thousands more who are eligible for his expanded immigration plan.