BC-AP Americas Digest
Jun. 10, 2014
POLICE SHOT-LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS — A husband and wife who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Las Vegas harbored anti-government beliefs and left a swastika and a "Don't tread on me" flag on the body of one of the two police officers they killed, authorities say. By Michelle Rindels and Justin Pritchard. AP Photos. AP Video.
WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton says in an interview that she feels emboldened to run for president because of Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. By Ken Thomas. AP Photos.
TRACY MORGAN ACCIDENT
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey — A truck driver accused of triggering a highway crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian hadn't slept for more than 24 hours before the accident, authorities say as Morgan recovers in a hospital. By David
TIRED TRUCK DRIVERS
WASHINGTON — A New Jersey highway crash that severely injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian is drawing attention to the dangers of tired truckers just as the industry and its allies in Congress are poised to roll back safety rules on drivers' work schedules. The proposed change would effectively let drivers put in as many as 82 hours a week behind the wheel. The change was recently added to a transportation spending bill in the Senate. The trucking industry has been sparring with safety advocates and unions over driver hours for two decades. Nearly 4,000 people die in large truck crashes each year and driver fatigue is a leading factor, according to the government. By Joan Lowy. With AP Photos..
WASHINGTON — The CIA is cracking down on workplace harassment, but some employees don't think the agency is doing enough. An internal CIA document obtained by The Associated Press says 15 CIA employees were found to have committed sexual, racial or other harassment last year. That included a supervisor who was removed from the job after engaging in "bullying, hostile behavior," and one operative who was sent home from an overseas post for inappropriately touching female colleagues. CIA managers sent those details in a memo to the entire workforce a few weeks ago, trying to show the agency is enforcing its zero-tolerance policy toward harassment. But the announcement sparked heated commentary in postings on the CIA's internal networks about whether those steps are enough. By Ken Delanian.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. maintains its support for continued Pakistani counterterror strikes, despite a new Pakistani Taliban threat to launch more attacks like its deadly weekend airport assault if Islamabad does not agree to a permanent cease-fire. By National Security Writer Lara Jakes. AP Photo.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Southern Baptists elected their first African-American president two years ago in a move widely seen as a watershed for efforts to broaden the appeal of the nation's largest Protestant denomination beyond its traditional white Southern base. Two years later, as the Southern Baptist Convention meets in Baltimore to choose the Rev. Fred Luter Jr.'s successor, top candidates include the Korean-American pastor who leads the largest Southern Baptist church in Maryland, and the white pastor of an Arkansas megachurch. By Travis Loller. AP Photos.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina's vice president spends more than nine hours in a judge's chambers answering questions in a criminal corruption investigation that has challenged the decade-old government like never before. By Michael Warren. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — More than 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting for 90 days or more for medical appointments, the Veterans Affairs Department says in a wide-ranging audit released Monday. An additional 64,000 who enrolled for VA health care over the past decade have never been seen by a doctor, according to the audit. By Matthew Daly. AP Photo.
WASHINGTON — After years of delays, four former guards from the security firm Blackwater Worldwide are facing trial in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others in bloodshed that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe. By Pete Yost. AP Photos.
SMYRNA, Georgia — Black Republicans who are recruiting voters and candidates say there are plenty of black conservatives out there. They just don't want to be identified publicly as conservative or Republican. That's just one of numerous challenges Republican face in an effort to recruit African-American voters in pivotal states, a priority for a heavily white party staring with uncertainty at an America that is fast becoming more brown. By Jesse J. Holland.
TALLAHASSEE, Florida — When Rick Scott made his maverick push for Florida governor four years ago, the Republican took a hard line against illegal immigration that he used to assail his main Republican rival for the job. But with a likely tight re-election campaign looming, the incumbent is making a concentrated push to win over Hispanic voters. By Gary FIneout.
CUBA-SCHOOL CHEATING SCANDAL
HAVANA — Eight people are under arrest in connection with a scandal involving the illicit sale of university entrance exams, Cuban authorities say after thousands of high school students are forced to retake the test. By Peter Orsi. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee will investigate the Obama administration's swap of an American prisoner held for five years for five Taliban leaders that caused a political firestorm over the lack of congressional notification and fears the high-level Taliban could return to the Afghanistan battlefield.
WASHINGTON — In one of the most ambitious attempts yet to thwart Alzheimer's disease, a major study got underway Monday to see if an experimental drug can protect healthy seniors whose brains harbor silent signs that they're at risk. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. AP Photos.
NABE ECONOMY SURVEY
WASHINGTON — U.S. economic growth should accelerate in the second quarter and remain healthy for the rest of this year, according to a forecast by a group of U.S. business economists. Still, growth for the full year will likely come in lower than they previously estimated. By Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate has been on a slow downward trajectory since the Great Recession ended nearly five years ago. While the overall jobless level has dropped to non-recession levels, the number of working-age people with jobs has remained flat, and the biggest reason why could be long-term unemployed workers giving up on finding jobs. By Tom Raum. AP Photo.
TRENTON, New Jersey — Merck & Co. will spend about $3.85 billion for Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc., a small company developing hepatitis C medicines that, together with Merck's experimental drugs, could produce lucrative combo therapies that quickly cure most patients with the blood-borne virus afflicting tens of millions. By Business Writer Linda A. Johnson.
DEARBORN, Michigan — While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials. Automakers have been experimenting for decades with lightweighting, as the practice is known, but the effort is gaining urgency with the adoption of tougher fuel efficiency standards. To meet the U.S. government's goal of nearly doubling average fuel economy to 45 mpg (19 kpl) by 2025, cars need to lose some serious pounds. By Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
LOS ANGELES — Even Psy is over "Gangnam Style."The ubiquitous 2012 hit is one Psy knows he probably will never top, and that makes creating new music quite a challenge. By Nicole Evatt. AP Photo.
NEW YORK — Hugh Jackman hopping his way into the theater, Neil Patrick Harris licking the eyeglasses of Samuel L. Jackson. A little history, and a slew of genuinely heartfelt speeches. The Tonys are often the most entertaining awards show of the year, and this year, again, they didn't disappoint. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. AP Photos. AP Video.
SAO PAULO — Before they can see their teams battle on the fields, soccer fans arriving in Brazil for the World Cup will first have to fight their way past airport scaffolding, terminal flooding and two-hour taxi lines. Brazil says its airports are ready, but passengers may find themselves in for a rough landing. By Adriana Gomez Licon and Jenny Barchfield. AP Photos.
SAO PAULO — A paralyzing subway strike has been suspended, though union officials warn that if their demands for higher pay aren't met they will call workers off the job again Thursday — the day Sao Paulo hosts the opening match of the World Cup. By Adriana Gomez Licon. AP Photos. AP Video.
WCUP-FIELDS EVERYWHERE-PHOTO ESSAY
RIO DE JANEIRO — Soccer fields are everywhere in Rio. Whether professional-grade expanses of grass or improvised rectangles of dirt and rocks, they're found in high-rent neighborhoods and tucked into "favela" hillside slums. With photo essay by Felipe Dana.
WCUP-TALE OF TWO CUPS
RIO DE JANEIRO — It's the tale of two World Cups. One will be played on the field. The other will be in the streets of a moody nation not yet convinced that hosting the event was worth the price paid. By Bradley Brooks. AP Photos