BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — The Afghan election crisis and unraveling of Iraq have lawmakers and regional allies thinking President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016. By Deb Riechmann.
UNITED STATES-UKRAINE PLANE
WASHINGTON — The United States has begung building a case linking pro-Russian separatists to the downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine as a somber President Barack Obama declared the deaths of those on board, including at least one American, an “outrage of unspeakable proportions.” By Julie Pace.
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — A flight carrying 59 women and children arrives in Honduras from New Mexico, the second group of migrants from the Central American country to be deported from the United States this week. By Sonia Perez D.
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WASHINGTON — The flood of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents has slowed down in recent weeks, two senior Obama administration officials said. By Alicia A. Caldwell.
MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors say their investigation into the shooting deaths of 22 suspected criminals at a warehouse last month has found that none of the people were shot at close range. By Mark Stevenson.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
GENERAL MOTORS-WRONGFUL DEATH
DETROIT — A federal judge in Atlanta has sent an important wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors back to a Georgia court. Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. ruled that a county judge should handle the case filed by the family of Brooke Melton. GM had moved the case to the federal court system. By Tom Krisher.
ZAMORA, Mexico — For more than six decades, poor Mexican parents struggling to raise their children sent them to a walled group home run by a woman who gained a reputation as a secular saint. Rosa del Carmen Verduzco raised thousands of children in her home called The Great Family. Then, last year, parents began complaining they weren’t allowed to visit their children. Residents spoke of Dickensian horrors — including rapes, beatings and children held against their will. This week, armed officers raided the trash-strewn home and arrested nine caretakers, including the 79-year-old woman known as Mama Rosa. The revelations have spawned disgust and horror but also, in equal measure, a rush to Mama Rosa’s defense. By Olga Rodriguez.