BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — Senior U.S. intelligence officials say that Russia was responsible for “creating the conditions” that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offer no evidence of direct Russian government involvement. By Ken Dilanian. AP Photos.
When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week’s downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine. AP Photos.
FIGHTING FOR ISRAEL
The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the world who have volunteered to fight for Israel. By Julie Watson. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats prepare to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama’s emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to any money. The developments pointed to a hardening stalemate over the crisis in South Texas with lawmakers preparing to leave Washington for their annual summer recess at the end of next week. AP Photo.
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WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department says it arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000, part of the Obama administration’s efforts to discourage and disrupt the flood of tens of thousands of people crossing the border illegally.
CARACAS, Venezuela — The government has claimed a dozen plots to kill or overthrow President Nicolas Maduro in 15 months, but there hasn’t been a single attempt. Venezuelan leaders are accusing an ever-widening circle of figures of plotting against the government, generally without providing any proof. By Hannah Dreier. AP Photos.
CARACAS, Venezuela — The beginning of the end comes for the world’s tallest slum as officials start evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Tower of David. By Hannah Dreier. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — Working to stem the fraying of ties with a key European ally, President Barack Obama dispatches his chief of staff to Berlin, a diplomatic gesture reflecting Germany’s growing indignation about allegations of American spying on its soil.
ATLANTA — Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia’s U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a nationally significant general election matchup against Democrat Michelle Nunn. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama’s health care law is snared in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue.
There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug works now shows that it does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses. AP Photo.
OLYMPIA, Washington — Firefighters made progress Tuesday in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history under control, with wetter weather bringing some relief but also raising concerns about flash flooding. AP Photos.
HAVANA — Chinese President Xi Jinping lauds Cuba’s economic reforms during a visit to the communist-run island, saying they could lead to greater commercial ties between the nations. By Andrea Rodriguez. AP Photo.
TUCSON, Arizona — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed an Arizona execution to go forward amid a closely watched constitutional fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs in the U.S. AP Photo.
ARGENTINA-LAST POLAR BEAR
MENDOZA, Argentina — Argentina’s last captive polar bear will remain in the country despite a petition by more than half a million people asking that he be moved to Canada. By Pablo Astie and Almudena Calatrava. AP Photos.
CHICAGO VIOLENCE-CLEAN SLATE
CHICAGO — Chicago lawmakers, desperate to curb the gun violence wracking their city, are leading the way toward a counterintuitive idea: fighting crime by making it easier for young people to wipe away minor arrest records. The goal is to give tens of thousands of teens a better chance to find work or get into college, rather than letting a minor episode with police possibly doom them to a life on the gang-dominated streets of some of the city’s most troubled neighborhoods. AP Photos.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s “circus wars” are heating up, with a growing movement to ban circus animals meeting rising anger from circus workers. Both sides are claiming violence and illegal acts by the other. By Mark Stevenson. AP Photos.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE-MYSTERY FLAGS
NEW YORK — Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge’s two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags with bleached-white ones.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
NEW YORK — Solid earnings for a range of big companies helped nudge the stock market higher on Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen.
REDMOND, Washington — Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units — Nokia phones and Bing search — would become profitable in 2016. AP Photo.
REDMOND, Washington — Microsoft Corp. reports fourth-quarter earnings that took a hit from the Nokia devices business that it bought in April, but the company says growth in Internet-based computing services to businesses boosted results. AP Photo.
PHILADELPHIA — Comcast’s second-quarter net income rose 15 percent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace and video subscriber losses moderated.
RICHMOND, Virginia— Marlboro maker Altria Group posted flat second-quarter earnings Tuesday as higher prices helped to offset decline in the number of cigarettes it sold. AP Photo.
DETROIT — Companies that insure Detroit bonds and stand to lose millions repeat a pledge to aggressively challenge the city’s bankruptcy plan, a day after retirees endorsed pension cuts and qualified for a bailout led by the state.
NEW YORK — A federal judge orders around-the-clock negotiations aimed at averting a second debt default by Argentina in 13 years, saying a default would hurt “real people.”
CONTRARIAN CASE-NEXT RECESSION
NEW YORK — Just as the U.S. economy is strengthening, other countries are threatening to drag it down. Employers in the U.S. are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the late 1990s and the economy finally looks ready to expand at a healthy rate. But sluggish growth in France, Italy, Russia, Brazil and China suggests that the old truism, “When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold,” may need to be flipped. Maybe the rest of the world will sneeze this time, and the U.S. will get sick. That’s the view of David A. Levy, who oversees the Levy Forecast, a newsletter analyzing the economy that his family started in 1949 and one with an enviable record. By Business Writer Bernard Condon. AP Photos.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled. “I always thought: ‘He could be making a film right now. He’s as lucid as could be. Here’s the great Frank Capra not doing it,’” Eastwood recalled of the famed director, who died in 1991 at 94, three decades after his last film. “I always thought, ‘I wonder why that is?’” Eastwood, who at 84 just released the musical “Jersey Boys” and wrapped shooting on the Navy SEAL drama “American Sniper,” isn’t the only filmmaker blowing past conventional retirement age. This Friday, Woody Allen, 78, will, like clockwork, release his latest, the French Riviera romantic comedy “Magic in the Moonlight.” He’s also already on to the next one, shooting in Rhode Island this summer. AP Photos.
NEW YORK — Six seconds isn’t a long time, but Vine superstar Shawn Mendes made the time count when posting cover songs on the social media platform. The teen singer says he would pick the hits he would cover — and the sections of the tracks — and post them on Vine to showcase his talents and grab positive attention. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu.
LOS ANGELES — Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X. 20th Century Fox has created an “X-Men”-themed virtual reality stunt especially for the pop-culture convention, which kicks off Thursday in San Diego. The interactive digital experience utilizes the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, which is not yet available to consumers, to simulate the fictional Cerebro technology used to track down mutants by the character portrayed by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy in the “X-Men” films. AP Photos.