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BC-AP Americas Digest

March 10, 2015

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CONGRESS-IRAN

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers warn the leaders of Iran that any nuclear deal they reach with President Barack Obama could expire the day he leaves office. The White House denounces the Republicans’ latest effort to undercut the international negotiations as a “rush to war.” By Bradley Klapper and Deb Riechmann. AP Photos. AP Video.

UNITED STATES-UKRAINE

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama agreed last month not to send lethal defensive aid to Ukraine, a top German diplomat says, as lawmakers from both parties continue to press the president to shore up Ukraine’s beleaguered military in its fight against Russian-backed separatists. By Josh Lederman. AP Photos. AP Video.

UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama slaps sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials, accusing them of perpetrating human rights violations and public corruption in the socialist-governed South American nation. By Julie Pace and Joshua Goodman. AP Photos.

ARGENTINA-HELICOPTERS CRASH

LA RIOJA, Argentina— Two helicopters carrying passengers filming a popular European reality show crash in a remote area of northwest Argentina, killing eight French citizens and two Argentines, authorities say. AP Photos.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-CLINTON

NEW YORK — Hillary Rodham Clinton ignores the growing controversy around her use of a private email account while at the U.S. State Department, even as a second Democratic senator urges her to address the issue. By Jill Colvin and Ken Thomas. AP Photos.

With: CLINTON EMAILS-OBAMA.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-POLLS-PAY NO ATTENTION

WASHINGTON — The first votes of the 2016 presidential campaign are roughly a year away, and 21 months before Election Day, but there are plenty of polls asking about the few dozen folks who are all but certain to seek the White House. Still, none of them has the ability to predict who among them might emerge to replace President Barack Obama. By Emily Swanson. AP Photos.

UNITED NATIONS-WOMAN IN CHARGE

UNITED NATIONS — As the race for a new U.N. secretary-general begins, two new campaigns have begun to make sure that a woman is named to the top U.N. post for the first time. By Cara Anna. 870 words by 3 a.m. AP Photos.

SECRET SERVICE DRONES

WASHINGTON — Mysterious, middle-of-the-night drone flights by the U.S. Secret Service during the next several weeks over parts of Washington — usually off-limits as a strict no-fly zone — are part of secret government testing intended to find ways to interfere with rogue drones or knock them out of the sky, The Associated Press has learned. By Alicia A. Caldwell and Josh Lederman. AP Photos..

OVERSEEING-INTELLIGENCE

WASHINGTON — The Senate report on the CIA’s post-Sept. 11 interrogations shows how a rigorous examination of a secret agency can expose misconduct, incompetence and bureaucratic spin, even to those who question the investigation’s assertion that torture did not work. By Intelligence Writer Ken Dilanian.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING

BOSTON — A woman testifying from a wheelchair in the Boston Marathon bombing trial recalls shielding her husband from the sight of his mangled leg, being pushed to the ground by a bystander frantically trying to extinguish the flames on her body and coming to grips with becoming a double amputee. By Legal Affairs Writer Denise Lavoie. AP Photos.

CHIMP ATTACK-MILITARY

The U.S. military paid for a chimpanzee attack victim’s full face transplant in 2011 and is underwriting her follow-up treatment, in the hope that some of the things it learns can help young, seriously disfigured soldiers returning from war. AP Photos. AP Video.UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 a.m., photos, video.

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POLL-GUN-OWNERSHIP

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who live in a household with at least one gun is lower than it’s ever been, according to a major American trend survey that finds the decline in gun ownership is paralleled by a reduction in the number of Americans who hunt. By Emily Swanson. AP Photos.

KILLINGS-BY-POLICE-MADISON

MADISON, Wisconsin — An unarmed black man fatally shot by a white Wisconsin police officer tended to be an impulsive risk-taker and faced a choice between a middle-class lifestyle and the gang world, according to court documents. By Todd Richmond. AP Photos. AP Video.

With: KILLINGS BY POLICE-FERGUSON.

IMPLICIT BIASES-POLICING

LOS ANGELES — When law enforcement officers from around the U.S. visit the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles for training these days, they are faced with a choice between entering a door marked “prejudiced” and another marked “unprejudiced.” While most officers pick the “prejudiced” door, some don’t and quickly discover that the “unprejudiced” door is locked — a not-so-subtle reminder that no one is unbiased. By Tami Abdollah. AP Photos.

MEXICO-VIOLENCE-OPIUM CITY

IGUALA, Mexico — In the city where the mayor, police and members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel allegedly collaborated to “disappear” 43 students from a rural teacher’s college, nothing has changed. Iguala continues to be an important hub for Mexico’s lucrative opium trade. By Christopher Sherman. Photos.

TEXAS EXECUTIONS-DRUGS

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Texas’ prison agency is scrambling to find a supplier to replenish its inventory of execution drugs, which will be used up if the state goes forward with two lethal injections scheduled for this week and next. By Michael Graczyk.

IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

NEW YORK — Immigration and Customs Enforcement says more of its officers are out on the streets, eating up resources, because cities and states have limited their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. By Claudia Torrens. AP Photos..

AMTRAK-TRUCK CRASH

RALEIGH, North Carolina — An Amtrak passenger train collides with a tractor-trailer that an eyewitness said was stuck on the tracks while trying to make a difficult left-hand turn. At least one of the train’s cars toppled and 40 people were injured. By Emery P. Dalesio and Martha Waggoner. AP Photos.

OKLAHOMA FRATERNITY-RACIST VIDEO

NORMAN, Oklahoma — The president of the University of Oklahoma strongly criticizes members of a fraternity who participated in a racist chant caught on video and orders that they vacate their house by Tuesday night. By Sean Murphy. AP Photos.

ARILINERS-BATTERY FIRES

WASHINGTON — Aircraft makers are urging a ban on bulk lithium battery shipments on passenger planes, calling the threat of fires “an unacceptable risk,” according to an industry position paper obtained by The Associated Press. By Joan Lowy.

BUTTOCKS ENHANCEMENT-DEATH

PHILADELPHIA — A former madam who bragged of doing black-market “body sculpting” on thousands of women is convicted of murder in the death of a dancer whose heart stopped after nearly half a gallon of silicone was injected into her buttocks. AP Photo.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

BULL MARKET-SIXTH ANNIVERSARY

NEW YORK — In 2009 the stock market was filled with panic. The housing market had collapsed. Lehman Brothers had gone under and General Motors was on the verge of bankruptcy reorganization. The U.S. was in a deep recession, and stocks had plunged 57 percent from their high in October 2007. Fast forward six years, and investors are enjoying one of the longest bull markets since the 1940s. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index has more than tripled since bottoming out at 676.53 on March 9, 2009. The bull has pushed through a U.S. debt crisis, an escalating conflict in the Middle East, renewed tensions with Russia over Ukraine and Europe’s stagnating economy. By Markets Writer Steve Rothwell. AP Photos. AP Video.

APPLE WATCH

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple wants to move the Internet from your pocket to your wrist. Time will tell if millions of consumers are willing to spend $350 on up — there’s an 18-karat gold version that starts at $10,000 — for a wearable device that still requires a wirelessly connected smartphone to deliver its most powerful features. By Technology Writer Brandon Bailey. AP Photos. AP Video.

With: APPLE EVENT-5 THINGS TO KNOW.

GENERAL MOTORS-STOCK BUYBACK

DETROIT — General Motors announced a $5 billion stock buyback as part of a plan to return more cash to investors. In return, an activist shareholder decided to drop a potentially divisive bid for a seat on the company’s board. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. AP Photo.

McDONALD’S-SALES

NEW YORK — McDonald’s says global sales declined again in February, including a 4 percent drop in the U.S. where it is fighting to reinvigorate its image. By Food Industry Writer Candice Choi. AP Photo.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

OBIT-SAM SIMON

Sam Simon, a co-creator of “The Simpsons” and animal-rights advocate who made a midlife career shift into philanthropy and channeled much of his personal fortune into social causes, has died. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. AP Photos.

SUGE KNIGHT

LOS ANGELES — Newly released video graphically depicts former rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight running over two men with his pickup truck but leaves questions about an attack that he says forced him to speed away from the deadly crash. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney. AP Photos.

THEATER-Q&A-NATHANIEL PARKER

NEW YORK — Nathaniel Parker, the Royal Shakespeare Company-trained former star of “The Inspector Lynley Mysteries,” has had a crash course in Tudor history to play Henry VIII in two plays adapted by Hilary Mantel’s books. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photos.

TV-CANCER FILM-JEONG

NEW YORK — Actor Ken Jeong says that much of the inspiration for his memorably angry Mr. Chow character in “The Hangover” movie was a reaction to his wife’s fight against breast cancer at the time. By Television Writer David Bauder. AP Photo.

PEOPLE-COSBY-VIDEO

NEW YORK — Bill Cosby has a new video message out. In the video released Monday, he doesn’t address assault allegations made against him, but instead promotes his upcoming Saturday show in Wheeling, West Virginia. AP Photo.

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