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BC-AP Americas Digest

June 26, 2014

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OBAMA-CLIMATE CHANGE

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama claims progress in his second-term drive to combat climate change but says more must be done to address a generational problem. He appeals for patience and perseverance from environmental activists. By Josh Lederman.

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IRAQ INTELLIGENCE GAP

WASHINGTON — When John Maguire was a CIA officer in Beirut in the late 1980s during that country’s bloody civil war, he spent weeks living in safe houses far from the U.S. Embassy, dodging militants who wanted to kidnap and kill Americans. By Ken Dilanian.

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UNITED STATES-UNUSUAL ALLIES-ANALYSIS

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has found itself in a foreign policy and national security pickle of rare complexity with the apparent entry of Syria into the Iraq conflict on the side of the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad as well as active Iranian military support for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. By Matthew Lee.

CHINESE TYCOON-HOMELESS FEAST

NEW YORK — A Chinese tycoon’s effort to treat hundreds of homeless New Yorkers to a fancy lunch in Central Park fell apart, with people booing, yelling and cursing when they found out he wasn’t giving them cash. By Verena Dobnik.

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CUBA-IMPRISONED AMERICAN

HAVANA — The wife of Alan Gross, a U.S. government development subcontractor serving a 15-year prison sentence in Cuba, says she fears for his life even more after he received the demoralizing news of his mother’s death from cancer. By Peter Orsi.

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BOLIVIA-LEFTIST CLOCK

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivia’s leftist government is turning back the clock. Or, more precisely, turning it backward. The government this week flipped the clock atop Congress so the hands now turn to the left, a direction known elsewhere as counterclockwise. By Carlos Valdez.

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ARGENTINA-DEBT

UNITED NATIONS — Argentina is willing to negotiate to avoid a catastrophic default but is waiting for a U.S. judge to approve the country’s request for more time to pay $1.5 billion in bad debts, Argentina’s economy minister says. By Alexandra Olson.

IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — A year after the U.S. Senate passed a sweeping immigration bill, a leading backer in the House declares that legislative efforts on the issue are dead. By Erica Werner.

PUERTO RICO-DEBT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s governor submits a last-minute bill that would let utilities and other public corporations restructure debt, hoping to prevent a collapse of services as the U.S. territory struggles to emerge from a nearly eight-year recession and to appease bondholders. By Danica Coto.

BUSINESS:

AG-BARCLAYS SUIT

NEW YORK — British banking and financial services firm Barclays PLC misled large institutional investors and other clients by falsely telling them it was taking measures to protect them from predatory high-frequency traders, New York’s attorney general said. By Tom Hays.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

OBIT-ELI WALLACH

NEW YORK — As a masterful character actor and early product of postwar, Method-style theater, Eli Wallach wore countless faces, disappearing into them all. But he was always propelled — in acting and in life — by a mischievousness and an abiding playfulness that made him a tireless performer, an enduring family man and, of course, one immortal scoundrel. By Jake Coyle.

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SPORTS:

WORLD CUP-ZINZINNATI

CINCINNATI — There’s eager anticipation — along with some divided loyalties — for German-American fans who had been rooting for both teams until their pivotal World Cup clash. Organizers expect thousands to show up Thursday at Cincinnati’s Fountain Square, where the huge Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is held, for a watch party when the U.S. soccer team plays Germany. Other cities with big German-American populations, including Chicago, the Twin Cities and Milwaukee, are making similar plans. By Dan Sewell.

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WCUP-DISTANT DREAMS

RIO DE JANEIRO — Big league soccer is a distant dream that dazzles boys across soccer-obsessed Brazil. As the World Cup dominates Brazil’s attention, the dream tantalizes more than ever. For Andre Rodrigues de Principe, it fuels his daily life even though, at 14, his chance at stardom already may have burned out. By Joshua Goodman.

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WCUP-FIFA-SUAREZ

RIO DE JANEIRO — As the world judges Uruguay’s Luis Suarez for biting a player in the World Cup, his teammates, coaches and fans in his soccer-crazy country defend the star, blaming the foreign media, his Italian opponents and uneven treatment. By Graham Dunbar. AP Photos.

With: WCUP-BRAZIL BEAT, WCUP-VIOLENCE.

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