BC-AP Americas Digest
Oct. 21, 2014
ATLANTA — Federal health officials issue new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients. Officials have been scrambling to come up with new advice since two Dallas nurses became infected while caring for the first person diagnosed with the virus in the United States. By Mike Stobbe and Emily Schmall. AP Photos. AP Video.
With: EBOLA-GEAR; EMORY-EBOLA PATIENT.
WASHINGTON — People who shared an apartment with the first U.S. Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies. So why do some people escape Ebola, and not others? By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is back in the coalition-building business — this time to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa after rallying dozens of nations to join the fight against Islamic State militants. Obama is working the phones with world leaders, appealing to them via videoconference and publicly jawboning with one clear message: Stopping the deadly virus at its source is the single best way to prevent the outbreak from spreading. And that requires an infusion of additional money and resources to the hard-hit countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. By Darlene Superville.
WASHINGTON — Americans have a dismal view of Congress, yet Republicans are widely expected to keep and possibly increase their majority in the House of Representatives in next month's elections. That's not just a reflection of President Barack Obama's own diminishing popularity. It's largely the result of a shrewd Republican strategy that has tilted the electoral playing field in the party's favor. By Stephen Ohlemacher.
CHICAGO — Across the country, far more Americans say they disapprove of the president than approve. He's so politically toxic that Democratic candidates in tough races are practically begging Obama to stay away. But this is Chicago, where support for the town's favorite son still runs high. Just ask the throngs of Chicagoans who craned their necks and shouted cheers in Obama's direction during his brief trip home. By Josh Lederman. AP Photos.
OBIT-OSCAR DE LA RENTA
NEW YORK — Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82. By Shelley Acoca. AP Photos.
MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government announces rewards of 1.5 million pesos ($111,000) for information on 43 students from a rural teachers' college who have been missing since Sept. 26. By Maria Verza. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, U.S. meteorologists say. That's because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. AP Photos.
PANAMA CITY — A Supreme Court justice linked to former President Ricardo Martinelli is suspended over corruption charges. By Juan Zamorano.
MIDTERM ELECTIONS-MINIMUM WAGE
CHICAGO — As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour. First, though, they are out to help themselves. Looking to motivate younger people, minorities and others in their base to go to the polls on Nov. 4, the party has put questions on the ballot in five states asking voters whether the minimum wage should be increased. By Sara Burnett. AP Photos.
GARY, Indiana — Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found over the weekend say they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has indicated there could be more victims going back 20 years. By Tom Coyne and Michael Tarm. AP Photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — A new poll shows Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff gaining ground over her rival in a tight re-election race, though the contest remains in a technical tie. AP Photos.
MONTREAL — A man who was shot and killed by police after he struck two members of the Canadian military with his car Monday in a city near Montreal had become influenced by radical Islam, an official familiar with the case says.
FAIRFAX, Virginia — The suspect in the disappearance of a British-born University of Virginia student is charged with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington, D.C., in 2005. By Matthew Barakat. AP Photos. AP Video.
CUBA-YOUNG WRESTLERS-PHOTO GALLERY
HAVANA — In cities across Cuba, dozens of children are learning to the art of wrestling — one of the most loved sports on the island. They're working out in the places where Cuban champions and Olympic medalists started their dreams. With photo gallery by Ramon Espinosa.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
NEW YORK — IBM disappoints investors, reporting weak revenue growth again and a big charge to shed its costly chipmaking division as the tech giant tries to steer its business toward cloud computing and social-mobile services. Shares fell more than 7 percent as investors sold off sharply and the stock dragged the Dow 30 into the red. By Business Writer Michelle Chapman.
WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months. A quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics found that only 24 percent of companies increased wages and salaries in the July-September quarter. That's down from 43 percent in the April-June quarter and the first drop after three straight increases. By Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber.
NORTH CHICAGO, Illinois — AbbVie is walking away from its proposed $55 billion takeover bid of Shire and has agreed to pay the rival drugmaker a $1.64 billion breakup fee.
AIR BAG RECALL
DETROIT — The U.S. government issues an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. AP Photo.
NEW YORK — Ikea, whose stadium-sized furniture stores draw shoppers from miles around, is going where its shopper are: online. The CEO of Ikea Group, the world's largest furniture chain, is pushing for sales growth, while making its ready-to-assemble furniture more accessible to customers increasingly looking for more convenience. The move comes as Ikea, which operates 315 stores in 27 countries, has been slow to respond to the changing shopping habits of shoppers who are increasingly researching and buying on their smartphones or tablets. By Retail Writer Anne D'Innocenzio.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:
NEW YORK — Politicians including former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani join a crowd of demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera as part of an ongoing protest over an opera focused on the death of a Jewish man that critics say glorifies his Palestinian killers. By Verena Dobnik. AP Photos.
BOISE, Idaho — An actor best known for his role in the television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is apologizing for actions that led to his arrest in a hotel lobby in Idaho. Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander Harris on the hit show that ran from 1997 to 2003, says on Facebook that he erred by mixing prescribed pain medication and alcohol. AP Photo.
NEW YORK — The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren't over for NBC News' chief medical editor. By Television Writer David Bauder. AP Photo.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG-BRADLEY COLLECTION
NEW YORK — Louis Armstrong sometimes referred to Jack Bradley as his "white son," inviting him to private rehearsals, recording sessions, his dressing room and his home. Bradley had unrestricted access to his hero for 12 years, documenting his life through thousands of photographs and collecting personal items ranging from handkerchiefs to sound recordings. A fraction of the monumental collection is on view in a new exhibition opening Tuesday at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. By Ula Ilnytzky. AP Photos.
TRAVEL-NEW YORKER IN BRAZIL
NEW YORK — New Yorker Seth Kugel is getting a lot of attention in Brazil as the star of a new YouTube series educating Brazilian tourists about New York City. The "Amigo Gringo" videos offer a humorous mirror back on New York culture, showcasing everything from how to ride the subway to how to order a bagel. By Travel Editor Beth J. Harpaz. AP Photos.