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BC-AP Americas Digest

July 5, 2014

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WCUP-BRAZIL-FANS

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil explode into collective celebration after its soccer team wins a hard-fought World Cup quarterfinal match against Colombia, 2-1 — then mourns that an injury to star striker Neymar means he’s out of the tournament. By Jenny Barchfield and Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT at 500 words, photos.

INDEPENDENCE DAY

The United States marks 238 years as a nation as it celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, food and music. AP Photos.

OBAMA-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — Celebrating the ethnic diversity of America, President Barack Obama said more than two dozen foreign-born military members who became U.S. citizens at the White House on the Fourth of July are vivid reminders that welcoming immigrants “is central to our way of life.” AP Photos.

PERU-VAN DER SLOOT

LIMA, Peru — Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway, marries his pregnant Peruvian girlfriend in a ceremony at the maximum-security prison where he is serving 28 years for murdering a woman he met in a Lima casino. By Franklin Briceno. SENT at 300 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-FLASHPOINT

MURRIETA, California — Rumors had swirled among anti-immigration activists near a U.S. Border Patrol station in Southern California that the agency would try again to bus in some of the immigrants who have flooded across the U.S.-Mexico border. Soon, dueling anti- and pro-immigration rallies had assembled. AP Photos.

VENEZUELA-NEWSPAPER SALE

CARACAS, Venezuela — One of Venezuela’s oldest and most prestigious newspapers has been sold amid increasing government pressure on independent news media. By Fabiola Sanchez and Hannah Dreier. SENT at 650 words, photos.

GUATEMALA-GUERRILLA CONVICTED

GUATEMALA CITY — A Guatemalan court issues the first conviction against a leftist guerrilla commander for a massacre committed during the country’s 1960-1996 civil war. SENT at 400 words, photo.

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