BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorizes U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of “a steady, relentless effort” to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign of terror. By Julie Pace.
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WASHINGTON — By expanding his military campaign against the Islamic State group, President Barack Obama hopes to reverse the militants’ momentum in Iraq, squeeze their sanctuary in Syria and erode their recruiting appeal across the greater Mideast. Those are key steps toward Obama’s stated goal of eventually destroying the extremist group. By Robert Burns.
WASHINGTON — For a president criticized as overly cautious and reluctant to lead, Barack Obama is taking a huge risk. He is thrusting U.S. fighting forces into a growing military operation with clear dangers, unknown costs, an indefinite length and unpredictable consequences. By Julie Pace.
WASHINGTON — Five times, President Barack Obama has come before the American people to reckon with the legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the anniversary of that awful day. Each time, he has tailored his message to the moment, at different points stressing themes of service, resilience, tolerance, reconciliation. By Nancy Benac.
TORONTO — Rob Ford, the controversial mayor of Toronto who became an international celebrity last year after acknowledging using crack cocaine in a “drunken stupor,” is believed to have a tumor in his abdomen, health officials say. By Rob Gillies.
SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile seeks help from foreign security agencies in identifying those responsible for an explosion that injured 14 people at a subway station in the capital, while bomb scares and small blasts keep the country on edge. By Eva Vergara.
TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico — The seizure of 1,639 coca plants in southern Mexico marks the first known instance of the raw ingredient for cocaine being cultivated in the country, Mexican and U.N. officials say. By Manuel de la Cruz.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Kids streaking across a soccer field in the tropical heat promises to produce something more than buckets of sweat. Billed as Brazil’s first player-powered soccer pitch, a newly inaugurated field harnesses the kinetic energy of players’ movements to power the lights. By Jenny Barchfield.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A man convicted of gunning down his former common-law wife and her brother more than two decades ago in Houston was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday evening. By Michael Graczyk.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haiti has received a large shipment of treatment packets to help it deal with an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya amid a rainy season expected to result in a surge of new cases in the country, officials say.
MEXICO CITY — Water pollution disasters in Mexico have turned into political battles as officials struggle to blame each other for the problems. By Mark Stevenson.
NEW YORK — A judge tells lawyers he doesn’t think an effort by Argentina to pay some bondholders through a Citibank branch in the South American country will lead to a widespread effort to violate his orders. By Larry Neumeister.
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FRESNO, California — Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. By Scott Smith and Derrik J. Lang.
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to a National Football League executive five months ago, while Commissioner Roger Goodell has insisted the league didn’t see the violent images until this week. By Rob Maaddi.
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TORONTO — Mike Tyson directed an expletive-filled rant at a Canadian television anchor in a live interview after the host brought up the former heavyweight champion’s conviction for sexual assault. By Rob Gillies.