BC-AP Americas Digest
NEW YORK — Peter Matthiessen, a rich man’s son who rejected a life of ease in favor of physical and spiritual challenges and produced such acclaimed works as “The Snow Leopard” and “At Play in the Fields of the Lord,” has died. He was 86. AP Photos.
MET OPERA-DOUBLE DEBUT
NEW YORK — Soprano Kristine Opolais has made Metropolitan Opera history, becoming the first singer in its 131 years to debut in two major company roles within 24 hours. AP Photos.
PANAMA CITY — Counting down his final weeks in office, Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli on Saturday inaugurated the most-emblematic project of a five-year term marked by fast economic growth and more than a hint of hubris — Central America’s first subway system. By Juan Zamorano. SENT at 790 words. AP Photos.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR-NAZI SAVIOR
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — Students at a U.S. university are working on a daunting assignment: Who was the suspected Nazi who protected a Jewish family 75 years ago from violence and warned them to flee Austria just before World War II broke out? AP Photos.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Nobody stands between Luis Solis and the presidency of Costa Rica. The center-leftist’s only rival in Sunday’s runoff dropped out of the race last month, leaving Solis one chief remaining challenge: getting enough Costa Ricans to the polls to give him a respectable vote total. By Javier Cordoba. SENT at 500 words. AP Photos.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A group of influential Jamaicans gather to launch an association of supposed future marijuana cultivators as momentum builds toward loosening laws prohibiting pot on the Caribbean island. By David McFadden. SENT at 500 words.
HEROIN ACROSS AMERICA
UNDATED — Heroin is spreading its misery across America. And communities everywhere are paying. AP Photos.
PHOENIX — Immigration advocates and supporters rally Saturday in cities across the U.S. in a renewed effort to push President Barack Obama to put a freeze on deportations. AP Photos.
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-VICTIM
CARLISLE, Massachusetts — The year since Jeff Bauman was rushed in a wheelchair from the Boston Marathon, his legs ravaged, has been marked by pain but also by triumph: He’s learned to walk on new prosthetic legs, he’s gotten engaged and he’s an expectant father. AP Photos.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
NEW YORK — South African trumpeter and vocalist Hugh Masekela celebrates his 75th birthday with a little help from some old friends — Paul Simon and Harry Belafonte — in the city where he began what turned out to be a 30-year exile from his homeland.