BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sternly calls on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. AP Photos.
UN-UNITED NATIONS-UKRAINE PLANE
UNITED NATIONS (— The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution demanding international access to the site of the plane downed over eastern Ukraine and an end to military activities around the area, following intense pressure on a reluctant Russia to support the measure.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama callsfor the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.
With: US-ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-AMERICANS KILLED.
IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-NATIONAL GUARD
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he says are criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally. By Christopher Sherman and Will Weissert. AP Photos.
With: OBAMA-IMMIGRATION-OVERLOAD; IMMIGRATION-OVERLOAD-Q&A.
IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-2008 LAW
WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S. That was the genesis of a law six years ago that is now at the center of an immigration crisis at the nation’s Southern border. More than 57,000 youths, mostly from Central America, have crossed into the U.S. illegally since October. Fewer than 2,000 of them have been sent back. Immigration advocates and many Democrats insist on preserving what they describe as important protections in the 2008 law. But most Republicans and a few Democrats want to change the law to address circumstances far different from six years ago, when no more than 8,000 kids arrived at the border each year without their parents. AP Photos.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Clean streets lined with neat rows of palm trees and wide expanses of grass and sleek new government buildings. That’s the vision of downtown Port-au-Prince that officials hope will replace what was lost when the 2010 earthquake left the capital largely in ruins. By David McFadden. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama orders employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the U.S. government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.” By Nedra Pickler.
MEXICO CITY — The owner of a group home raided last week is mentally unfit to face allegations that she frequently hit children living in the shelter, Mexico’s top federal prosecutor says. By E. Eduardo Castillo. AP Photo.
CONGRESS-TO DO LIST
WASHINGTON — A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: a major overhaul of the nation’s immigration system, reform the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffen background checks on gun buyers. Now it’s time to see whether it can just do the basics. With just two weeks before lawmakers’ August break, progress is decidedly mixed on several must-pass items due to Capitol Hill partisanship heightened by midterm elections and the Obama administration’s conflicting signals to Congress.
PHOENIX — A federal appeals court rules that Arizona cannot execute a death row inmate without providing detailed information about the drugs intended for his lethal injection, a decision that prompted state officials to say they will take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. By Astrid Galvan and Jim Salter. AP Photos.
BALTIMORE — A “rogue” gynecologist’s secret use of tiny cameras to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients’ sex organs has led to a $190 million settlement with some 8,000 women and girls, lawyers say. By Juliet Linderman. AP Photos.
FRUITLAND PARK, Florida — Residents of this small town have been stunned by an investigative report linking two city police officers with the Ku Klux Klan, the secret hate society that once was violently active in the area. By Mike Schneider. AP Photos.
BOSTON — A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room three days after the attack.
WASHINGTON — The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That’s after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month’s average global temperature was 61.2 degrees (16.2 Celsius), which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. It beat 2010′s old record by one-twentieth of a degree. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein.
WASHINGTON — Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.
NEW YORK — The stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil.
NEW YORK — Stocks are pricier, tensions between Russia and the West are mounting, and Israel has rolled into Gaza to stop a deadly air war. And yet investors shrug it all off and keep pushing the market higher. Just last week, stocks managed to extend their five-year bull run, despite the Federal Reserve saying that valuations in parts of the market were “substantially stretched,” and after a passenger jet was shot down over Ukraine, raising geopolitical tensions across Europe and the U.S. But optimism about the U.S. economy and company earnings are outweighing those concerns. In fact, since 2011, pullbacks have been rare and relatively small, and none have become severe enough to qualify as a correction, Wall Street parlance for a fall of 10 percent or more. Every time the market has started to tumble, investors step in and buy stocks. And that’s driven up the S&P 500 almost 80 percent over that time, pushing it to a series of all-time highs. By Steve Rothwell. 900 words. Photos
DETROIT — Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.
SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix’s second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. AP Photo.
Botox maker Allergan will cut about 13 percent of its workforce as part of a push to become more efficient while it fights a hostile takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals. By Business Writer Tom Murphy.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
MUSIC-Q&A-WEIRD AL YANKOVIC
LOS ANGELES — Attention pop stars: If “Weird Al” Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you’re likely his next parody conquest.Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, “Mandatory Fun.” By Nicole Evatt. AP Photos. AP Video.
BEVERLY HILLS, California — The first trailer for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie will be released this week and the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, says he can’t wait for the finished product. By Alicia Rancilio. AP Photos.
NEW YORK — Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn “Little Big Man” and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89.
LOS ANGELES — When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky’s the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel’s dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. AP Photos.
MIAMI BEACH, Florida — Surf’s up next summer. From rash guards to zipper-brief bottoms, sporty-chic looks made waves on the runway in Miami Beach for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, which celebrated its 10th year with more than a dozen shows ending Monday. The shows previewed summer 2015 swimwear. By Suzette Laboy. AP Photos.
CHATHAM, Massachusetts — Its reputation as a man-eating predator aside, the great white shark is emerging as a boon for tourism on Cape Cod, the Massachusetts peninsula popular among beach combers. By Rodrique Ngowi. AP Photos. AP Video.
GO FOR THE FOOD-ANCHORAGE
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — There’s no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of them has consistently long lines.