BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — The Israeli prime minister’s upcoming speech to Congress without President Barack Obama’s blessing has angered Democratic lawmakers, but they see little remedy except to hope for minimal damage to their party and to U.S.-Israel relations. By Charles Babington.
ISLAMIC STATE-MISSOURI CHARGES
ST. LOUIS — Six Bosnian immigrants have been accused of sending money and equipment to terrorists oversees, including fighters with the Islamic State group and al-Qaida in Iraq, the U.S. attorney’s office announces.
RIGHT TO DIE-COLORADO
DENVER — Dozens of people with serious illnesses and others who have seen relatives suffer packed a Colorado legislative hearing Friday to testify on a proposal that would give dying patients the option to seek help ending their lives. By Ivan Moreno.
WASHINGTON — As the U.S. economy has steadily recovered from the Great Recession, the critical missing piece has been a painful lack of pay raises for many Americans. Their pain may be easing. A jobs report signals that raises have finally begun to flow through the economy. By Josh Boak.
ACAPULCO, Mexico — Sixty rotting bodies have been found at a shuttered crematorium near Acapulco after neighbors complained to authorities about a foul smell coming from the building, officials said. By Jose Antonio Rivera.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A prosecutor whose mysterious death has rocked Argentina’s government confided to an opposition congresswoman that he believed his case against President Cristina Fernandez was going to cost him his position, the lawmaker said. By Almudena Calatrava.
SAO PAULO — Petrobras’ board of directors named a new chief executive, choosing the head of the nation’s Banco do Brasil to take charge of the state-run oil company following a shake-up over a massive kickback scheme. By Brad Brooks.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
RIO DE JANEIRO — Federal police went after ex-billionaire Eike Batista, seizing a Lamborghini and six other cars, additional assets and $32,500 (90,000 reals) in cash from the homes of Brazil’s once-richest man.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers and farm businesses in 20 states have now filed more than 360 lawsuits against agricultural chemicals-maker Syngenta, and hundreds more may be coming as a federal judge organizes the complex case so they can move forward. By David Pitt.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:
NAACP IMAGE AWARDS
LOS ANGELES — The civil rights drama “Selma” won top honors at the NAACP Image Awards in a ceremony that took sharp notice of snubs of African-American artists and their work by the Oscars. By Lynn Elber.