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BC-AP Americas Digest

September 30, 2014



WASHINGTON — The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect the president’s life. By Alicia A. Caldwell. AP Photo.


WASHINGTON — By President Barack Obama’s own admission, U.S. efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad have been pushed to the back burner by a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that could ultimately help him stay in power. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. AP Photo.


WASHINGTON — Once shunned by the United States, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi rides a wave of enthusiasm and popular support to the White House, where he is kicking off a two-day visit with President Barack Obama. The two leaders sought to put a brave face on the relationship despite widespread concerns that U.S.-Indian ties have frayed in recent years. By Josh Lederman and Darlene Superville. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Barack Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close the offshore prison for terrorism suspects. The slow pace is the result of the law that gives Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel — not the commander in chief — the final authority to transfer any of the 149 terror suspects being held at the U.S. prison in Cuba. By Nedra Pickler.


SAO PAULO — A minor character in Brazil’s election faces a firestorm of criticism from activists after saying during a presidential debate that the country needs to stand up against gay people who should receive psychological help far away from the general population. By Adriana Gomez Licon. AP Photos.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Alton Nolen told relatives after his release from prison on drug and assault charges last year that he wanted to focus on getting his life in order. But postings on the Facebook page of the 30-year-old Nolen, suspected of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food distribution center, suggest that shortly after his release in March 2013, he became more interested in spreading the message of his newfound Islamic faith. By Sean Murphy and Hannah Cushman. AP Photos.


FRANKFORD, Delaware — American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months. By Education Writer Kimberly Hefling. AP Photos.


ACAPULCO, Mexico — Authorities were searching for 57 students reported missing after weekend violence left at least six people dead and 25 wounded in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. By Jose Antonio Rivera Rosales. AP Photos.


MEXICO CITY — A U.N. special rapporteur for human rights calls for the Mexican government to conduct a thorough probe of an army killing of 22 suspected gang members as a possible case of “summary executions.”


WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has twice won elections he was supposed to lose. If Democrats avoid a bloodbath and maintain control of the Senate in November, much of the credit will go to the wily Nevada Democrat. By Erica Werner.


MONTREAL — A Canadian man accused of dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties around the country admitted to the killing but pleaded not guilty. His lawyer said he is schizophrenic and not criminally responsible in his opening remarks at the trial. By Benjamin Shingler. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. AP Photos.


MADRID — Those who love Antonio Rodriguez know him as “Father Tony,” the Roman Catholic priest who spent 15 years working in El Salvador’s roughest neighborhoods to get vulnerable young men out of the gangs. But others say he got too close to the violent groups and call him the “gangster priest.” The Spaniard, recently convicted of aiding the Salvadoran gangs, says in an interview with The Associated Press that he did so as an emissary of the Minister of Security and with full support of the new president. By Jorge Sainz and Alberto Arce. AP Photos..


RICHMOND, Virginia — A forensic clue uncovered in the investigation of a missing student has led investigators to believe they have “a significant break” in the unsolved death of another young woman who had vanished from the University of Virginia campus five years ago, police say, and perhaps an unsolved rape from years before. By Larry O’Dell. AP Photos.


HOUSTON — A jury sentences a Texas cancer researcher to 10 years in prison after she was convicted of poisoning her colleague, who was also her lover, by lacing his coffee with a sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze. By Juan A. Lozano. AP Photos.


MIAMI — At The Spot, customers can typically buy beer, listen to music and eat fried conch or chicken wings. “Teen nights” at the restaurant and lounge had recently been drawing large crowds, and there were scores of young people there about 1 a.m. Sunday when police said a shooting erupted, wounding 15, including an 11-year-old girl. By Kelli Kennedy. AP Photos.



NEW YORK — A judge, calling civil contempt a rarity, rules that Argentina was in contempt of court for its open defiance of his orders requiring that U.S. hedge funds holding Argentine bonds be paid the roughly $1.5 billion they are owed if the majority of the South American nation’s bondholders are paid interest on their bonds. By Larry Neumeister.


SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system. By Technology Writer Brandon Bailey. AP Photo.


DETROIT — At least 23 people have died and 16 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.


DETROIT — A U.S. safety agency is looking into a car owner’s allegations that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes, reviving a problem that appeared to be in the automaker’s past. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. AP Photo.


ATLANTA — As gaming consoles such as the Xbox and the PlayStation diversify into video, social media and other non-gaming apps, it seems only fair that streaming TV devices start nudging into gaming territory. Amazon’s Fire TV and the Roku 3 both offer a multitude of games, alongside apps to stream video on the big television screen from services such as Netflix and Hulu. The game offerings — some free, some for a fee — are a mixed bag thus far, ranging from solid to silly. By Ron Harris.



CHANHASSEN, Minnesota — Nightfall is fast approaching at Paisley Park. There are few lights on in the cavernous compound, and unseen doves (of course there would be doves) are cooing up a racket before twilight fades to darkness. But even their collective noise takes a back seat once Prince — sitting in the dimmest bit of light — goes to his Mac, cues up a track and hits play. By Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. AP Photos.



NEWARK, New Jersey — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they weren’t wearing seatbelts, the company says in a court filing. By David Porter. AP Photo.


LOS ANGELES — Former actress Amanda Bynes was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving while under the influence of a drug, authorities say. AP Photo.


NEW YORK — “Sleepy Hollow” was renewed after just three episodes last year, and star Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane, calls the new season “the tricky second album.” By Alicia Rancilio. AP Photos.


NEW YORK — The other day, Billy Hayes was rehearsing a scene from his one-man show when he was interrupted by the director. It was too static, worried Jeffrey Altshuler. There’s not enough activity. “You mean locked in one place and you can’t move?” cracked Hayes. “Yes, I know that feeling.” Hays certainly does: His long ordeal in a Turkish prison was turned into the film “Midnight Express,” forever scaring people crossing international borders. Hayes is 67 now, but hasn’t lost his sense of humor. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photos.

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