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BC-AP Americas Digest

October 7, 2014



WASHINGTON — Raising fresh concern around the world, a nurse in Spain became the first person known to catch Ebola outside the outbreak zone in West Africa. In the U.S., President Barack Obama said the government was considering ordering more careful screening of airline passengers arriving from the region. By Connie Cass and Lauran Neergaard. AP Photos. AP Video.



OMAHA, Nebraska — An American video journalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia steps off a jet under his own power on his way to a Nebraska hospital where he will be treated for the disease in a specialized containment unit. By Josh Funk. AP Photos. AP Video.



NEW YORK — Public hospitals in New York City are concerned enough about Ebola that they’ve secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how good the triage staff is at identifying and isolating possible cases. A small hospital in the Ohio countryside has hung up signs, imploring patients to let nurses know immediately if they have traveled recently to West Africa. And across the U.S., one of the nation’s largest ambulance companies has put together step-by-step instructions on how to wrap the interior of a rig with plastic sheeting while transporting a patient. Ebola has yet to infect a single person on U.S. soil — the one confirmed case here involves a man who contracted the virus overseas. But health care providers are worried enough that they are taking a wide variety of precautions. By David B. Caruso. AP Photos .


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court unexpectedly clears the way for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States and may have signaled that it’s only a matter of time before same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states. By Mark Sherman. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — It took just a few words for the Supreme Court to deal with the question of whether gay marriage is legal. For Republicans thinking about running for the White House in 2016, it won’t be that easy. The court’s decision to reject appeals from five states that sought to prohibit same-sex marriage reignited a debate inside the party between pragmatic Republican officials eager to avoid a fight over a divisive social issue and religious conservatives, a vocal minority that vowed to redouble its efforts and punish those unwilling to join them. By Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas. AP Photo.


IGUALA, Mexico — Mexico sent federal agents to take over security in troubled southern Guerrero state city after the discovery of a mass grave and charges that local police conspired with a criminal gang to kill and disappear students. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden’s biggest mistake in accusing U.S. allies of supporting extremists in Syria may be that he said publicly what Obama administration officials have long preferred to say only privately. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. AP Photo.


SAO PAULO — Aecio Neves’ surprisingly strong showing in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election has turned the nation’s politics on its head and put him within striking distance of incumbent Dilma Rousseff, but the former governor still faces a heavy task if he is to unseat her. By Adriana Gomez Licon. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — An al-Qaida cell in Syria that was targeted in American military airstrikes last month could still be working on a plan to attack the United States or its allies and is “looking to do it very, very soon,” the head of the FBI says. AP Photo.


KODIAK, Alaska — The wars in the Middle East, immigration and the economy are dominating the national discourse heading into the November congressional elections. But the Democratic Party’s hopes of maintaining control of the Senate may hinge on issues like genetically modified salmon or fishing quotas.That’s because those issues are crucial to voters in Alaska, one of a handful of states with fiercely contested Senate races. By Nicholas Riccardi. AP Photos.


CHICAGO — A 19-year-old American left a letter expressing disgust with Western society before trying to board an international flight in Chicago, the first step in his plan to sneak into Syria to join the Islamic State group, according to a federal criminal complaint. By Michael Tarm. AP Photos.


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Political rivals for New Mexico governor face off in a Spanish-language debate, a rare event that nonetheless marks an emerging trend as Republicans and Democrats around the U.S. court Hispanic voters. By Russell Contreras. AP Photos.



WASHINGTON — A year after prodding financial regulators to act more swiftly to rein in Wall Street, President Barack Obama on Monday claimed progress in toughening banking rules but urged bank overseers to consider additional ways to prevent the kind of risk-taking that precipitated the 2008 financial crisis. By Jim Kuhnhenn. AP Photos.


SAN FRANCISCO — Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren’t just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley’s balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete with mobile-focused players like Apple and Google as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around “cloud computing.” By Michael Liedtke. AP Photo.


SAN FRANCISCO — Personal computer sales have been in a slump for years, as customers flock to increasingly powerful smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Now Hewlett-Packard, the Silicon Valley stalwart that was once the world’s biggest seller of personal computers, is splitting off its PC and printing businesses. It’s the latest shakeup in a tech industry that’s being reshaped by the mobile revolution. By Technology Writer Brandon Bailey.



WASHINGTON — The 2008 government bailout of American International Group Inc. was specifically designed to punish the insurance giant, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in U.S. court Monday. AP Photo.


DETROIT — The U.S. government’s auto safety regulator has opened an investigation into complaints that the power-assisted steering can suddenly fail on three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. AP Photo.


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— Argentina’s former Economy Minister Domingo Cavallo was absolved by a local court in a case over the 2001 debt swap ahead of the country’s worst economic crisis. By Debora Rey. AP Photos.


TORONTO — Canadian newspaper publisher Postmedia Network Canada Corp. announced Monday that it is buying 175 newspapers and publications in a major consolidation of print media in Canada. By Rob Gillies.



NEW YORK — Actress Marian Seldes, the Tony Award-winning star of “A Delicate Balance” who was a teacher of Kevin Kline and Robin Williams, a muse to playwright Edward Albee and a Guinness Book of World Records holder for most consecutive performances, dies at age 86. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photos.


NEW YORK — Geoffrey Holder, a Tony Award-winning director, actor, painter, dancer and choreographer who during an eclectic show business career led the groundbreaking show “The Wiz” to Broadway, pitched 7-Up on TV and played a scary villain in a James Bond film, has died. He was 84. By Mark Kennedy. AP Photos.


BEVERLY HILLS, California — When Grant Gustin found out he got the role of a lifetime, the lead of The CW series “The Flash” (Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT) as Barry Allen, a young man who gets struck by lightning and becomes the fastest person alive, his wait to begin shooting was anything but quick. It was a good nine months before he would suit up and head to set. By Alicia Rancilio. AP Photos. AP Video.



MIAMI BEACH, Florida — I like to think of myself as relatively quick-witted, but I started having serious doubts about my cleverness as I stood handcuffed to my new Russian friend, trying get out of a prison cell. It wasn’t a real prison cell, which is why I wasn’t having a panic attack. But the handcuffs were real, and being chained to another person while searching a small room for keys and clues as a clock ticked down became frustrating pretty quickly. By David Fischer. AP Photos.

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