BC-AP Americas Digest
NYPD OFFICERS SHOT
NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of police officers from across the U.S. pack a church and spill onto streets to honor a slain New York officer as a devoted family man, aspiring chaplain and hero, though an air of unrest surrounding his ambush shooting was not completely pushed aside. By Jonathan Lemire and Mike Balsamo. AP Photos.
HAVANA (AP) — The gleaming U.S. Interests Section suddenly is poised to become an even more important presence in Cuba as the two countries negotiate the first phase of their historic detente — transforming the complex into a full embassy that would reflect the Obama administration’s hopes of new influence on the communist island. By Peter Orsi. AP Photos.
ISLAMIC CENTER VANDALISM
FRESNO, California (AP) — A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of vandalizing the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno on Christmas day, causing investigators at first to suspect a hate crime, police say. By Scott Smith. AP Photos.
HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will remain in a Houston hospital through the weekend after experiencing shortness of breath earlier this week.
REVAMPING DEATH PENALTY
McALESTER, Oklahoma — The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April and other troubling ones this year in Ohio and Arizona gave capital punishment opponents a flicker of hope that areas of the U.S. that most enthusiastically support the death penalty might have a change of heart. They didn’t. By Sean Murphy. AP Photos.
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (AP) — A city once infamous for the smoke-belching foundries that blanketed its buildings and streets with a heavy layer of soot is turning to lightning-fast Internet speeds to try to transform itself into a vibrant tech hub. By Erik Schelzig. AP Photos.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s Pohlad family has acquired majority ownership of Polaroid in a $70 million deal.