BC-AP Americas Digest
MEXICO CITY — Cartel kingpin Nazario Moreno Gonzalez had two lives. One ended in late 2010 when the leader of a vicious drug gang ruling Michoacan state was supposedly killed by federal police. The second ended just after his 44th birthday, when he died in a shootout with troops early Sunday. The federal government has something it was missing the first time — Moreno’s body. By Adriana Gomez Licon and Katherine Corcoran. AP Photo.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will meet this week with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the White House says, in a prominent show of U.S. support for Ukraine’s fledgling new government.
EYES ON SPIES
WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence officials are planning a sweeping system of electronic monitoring that would tap into government, financial and other databases to scan the behavior of many of the 5 million federal employees with secret clearances, current and former officials tell The Associated Press.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — A presidential runoff election that had been expected to provide an easy victory for a former Marxist guerrilla proves too close to call as the vote count shows a strong showing by the conservative former mayor of El Salvador’s capital. By Marcos Aleman. AP Photos.
CARACAS, Venezuela — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden calls Venezuela’s situation alarming, suggesting its government is using “armed vigilantes” against peaceful protesters and accusing it of “concocting false and outlandish conspiracy theories” about the United States. By Frank Bajak. AP Photos.
BORDER TOURISM-SPRING BREAK
MATAMOROS, Mexico — The sidewalks are empty on Alvaro Obregon Avenue. Restaurants and souvenir shops lining the once popular thoroughfare are gutted and shuttered. The spring breakers who flooded over from the nearby Texas resorts are gone, driven off by the drug war. By Olga R. Rodriguez. AP Photos.
Haiti’s new Roman Catholic cardinal celebrated his first Mass on Sunday, telling an audience of several thousand people there is a need to show compassion for others. By Trenton Daniel. AP Photos.
JONATHAN DEMME’S ART
After spending three decades amassing “outsider” art from Haiti and other Caribbean countries as well as the U.S., South America and Africa, movie director Jonathan Demme is looking to “streamline and simplify” his life by selling 90 percent of his well-regarded collection. By Michael Rubinkam. AP Photos.
PUBLIC TRANSIT TRIPS
LOS ANGELES — Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time in half a century.