BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — A married couple with a taste for exotic travel set out for Central Asia in the summer of 2012, moving as tourists through a region not normally visited by Westerners. An Oct. 8, 2012, message was the last anyone heard from the Canadian man or his pregnant wife, Caitlan Coleman. Now there’s a new wrinkle in the story. By Eric Tucker.
AP Photos, video.
HAILEY, Idaho — There will be no hero’s welcome for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in his hometown, no fanfare of parades, music or picnics in the park. A planned celebration for the end of June marking his return after five years of Taliban captivity in Afghanistan has been scrapped, largely due to security concerns as his release has touched off a nationwide debate. By Brian Skoloff and Rahim Faiez.
AP Photos, video.
MONCTON, New Brunswick — Three police officers are shot dead and two others injured in a rare case of gun violence in the east coast Canadian province of New Brunswick, officials say.
WASHINGTON — The tea party wing of the Republican Party has a chance to regain some of its luster when a challenger from the conservative, anti-tax faction faces a veteran Republican incumbent in a U.S. Senate primary runoff in Mississippi.
GENERAL MOTORS-RECALL INVESTIGATION
DETROIT — Along rows of cubicles at the General Motors Technical Center in suburban Warren, engineers knew for years about faulty ignition switches in small cars. Safety officials in the same complex knew, too. So did the lawyers downtown. By Tom Krisher.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Blake Shelton learned a valuable lesson at the CMT Music Awards: Don’t bet against Blake Shelton. “The Voice” star bet against himself in the male video category, wagering that Luke Bryan would win the category. Shelton won for “Doin’ What She Likes,” and now he’ll be doing what Bryan likes. By Chris Talbott.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling agrees to sign off on selling the team he’s owned for 33 years to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, bringing the possibility of a resolution to weeks of rumors, uncertainty and looming possibilities for legal action. By Tami Abdollah.
RIO DE JANEIRO — World Cup visitors, welcome to Brazil, land of soccer, sun and surprisingly sky-high prices. It’s not just hotels and flights that are wallet busters. It’s the $35 pepperoni pizza, the $10 cocktails and $17 cheeseburgers — standard prices around the country. By Luis Andres Henao.
AP Photos. With glance.
SAO PAULO — The remaining tickets for the most important World Cup matches sell out fast, disappointing hundreds of fans who waited in line across Brazil. By Tales Azzoni.
BRAZIL-THE REAL FOOTBALL
PRESIDENTE PRUDENTE, Brazil — Don’t be fooled by Pele’s fortunes, Neymar’s huge contract or Brazil’s powerful national team. Professional soccer in the World Cup host nation is struggling, with lower-division teams unable to play enough games, players forced to take multiple jobs and even top-tier teams competing in mostly empty stadiums. By Tales Azzoni.
JAMAICA-DEPORTED US VET
BOHEMIA, Jamaica — Howard Bailey joined the U.S. Navy straight out of high school in Brooklyn figuring he would see the world. He didn’t expect to end up back in his native Jamaica, raising pigs and barely getting by in the poor village of his childhood. The 43-year-old father of two was deported by the U.S. over an old marijuana-related drug charge — despite the four years he served in the Navy, including a few months on a supply ship during the first Gulf War. By David McFadden.