BC-AP Americas Digest
PRIVATE POLICING-VIGILANTE JUSTICE
CAJAMARCA, Peru — Bands of citizen vigilantes have sprung up in Latin America over the past decade in response to an eroding criminal justice system and corruption-marred, ineffective police forces unable to offer even the most basic protections. By Frank Bajak.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president announces a nationwide anti-crime plan that would allow Congress to dissolve local governments infiltrated by drug gangs and give state authorities control over often-corrupt municipal police. By Mark Stevenson and Jose Antonio Rivera.
FERGUSON, Missouri — Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause to observe the Thanksgiving holiday, gathering for church services and turkey giveaways in marked contrast to the previous days’ outrage over the grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown. By Jim Suhr and Tom Foreman Jr.
UNDATED — Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine were on the menu as friends and families gathered across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. The holiday, when American families gather to give thanks and share turkey feasts, is commonly traced to a 1621 feast by colonists and Native Americans.
NASSAU, Bahamas — After years of escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric, the Bahamas is actively making life harder for tens of thousands of people living in the island chain without legal authorization, a group overwhelmingly made up of Haitians. By Ava Turnquest and Ben Fox.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff names a former treasury secretary with a reputation as a fiscal conservative as finance minister in a move widely seen as charting a new course for Brazil’s flagging economy and soothing jittery financial markets. By Jenny Barchfield.
CARACAS, Venezuela — The government says at least 13 prisoners died of drug overdoses after inmates stormed a prison infirmary during protests demanding better living conditions. Activists question the official version and say the toll could be far higher. By Jorge Rueda and Joshua Goodman. AP Photos.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina’s tax agency charges HSBC bank with helping more than 4,000 Argentines evade taxes by placing their money in secret Swiss accounts.
LOS ANGELES — A U.S. firm that helps connect more than 700 companies with customers through social media says a Syrian group hacked the company’s web address to upload a message to other websites. By Alex Veiga.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
FRIDA KAHLO-BOTANICAL GARDEN
NEW YORK — Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s native garden and studio will be reimagined at the New York Botanical Garden in the spring. The garden will use flowers and plants native to Mexico in the exhibition “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life,” which will open May 16 and run through Nov. 1.
SAO PAULO —Brazilian great Pele says he is not seriously ill, easing fears that his health had deteriorated while being treated for a urinary tract infection. By Tales Azzoni.