BC-AP Americas Digest
Jan. 27, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas — A brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman's body is removed from life support, as the hospital keeping her on machines against her family's wishes accedes to a judge's ruling that it was misapplying state law. AP Photos. By Nomaan Merchant. AP Photos.
COLUMBIA, Maryland (AP) — The gunman who shot two people to death at a Maryland mall had no criminal record, police say, but little else is known about the 19 year old and whether he knew his victims before he killed them. By Ben Nuckols. AP Photos.
L'ISLE-VERTE, Quebec (AP) — The owner of a Quebec seniors' residence that burned to the ground offers his condolences to the families of the 32 people feared dead as search crews had trouble recovering any more bodies in the ice-covered rubble due to the frigid temperatures and swirling snow. Officials have so far have recovered 10 bodies from the massive fire. AP Photos.
ALTOONA, Pennsylvania (AP) — A college student from Russia has been arrested and charged with building a suspected bomb in his bedroom at an apartment near Penn State's satellite campus in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
CHICAGO (AP) — An unusual weather pattern driving bitterly cold air from the Arctic Circle south across a huge swath of the U.S. Midwest is expected to send temperatures plummeting from Minneapolis to Louisville, Kentucky, the latest punch from a winter that is in some areas shaping up as one of the coldest on record. By Don Babwin. AP Photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Never again, officials vowed a year ago, would Brazil see a horror like the nightclub fire that killed 242 young men and women, all suffocated by toxic smoke that filled a windowless bunker of a building with no emergency exits. Yet as Brazil marks the anniversary Monday of the deadly blaze at the Kiss nightclub, almost nothing concrete has been done at any level of government to improve fire safety. By Bradley Brooks and Marco Sibaja. AP Photos.
MEXICO CITY — Jose Emilio Pacheco, widely regarded as one of Mexico's foremost poets and short story writers, dies at age 74, the country's National Council for Culture and the Arts announces. By Michael Weissenstein. AP Photos.
CARIBBEAN-CRUISE SHIP OUTBREAK
KINGSTON, Jamaica — U.S. health officials board a cruise ship docked in the U.S. Virgin Islands to investigate an illness outbreak that has stricken at least 300 people with gastrointestinal symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea. By David McFadden. AP Photos.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina's economy minister is backtracking on details of the government's recent announcements over the easing of currency controls.
HAVANA — Leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean are arriving in Cuba for a summit of a fledgling regional bloc that was conceived as a force for integration and a counterbalance to their most powerful neighbor, the United States. By Andrea Rodriguez. AP Photos.
LA PAZ, Bolivia — Believers light his cigarette and leave tiny objects to the statue of the chubby little man with a big mustache. He's Ekeko, the deity of abundance and prosperity who embodies their dreams, hopes and faith. With photo gallery by Juan Karita.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Daft Punk won record of the year at the awards show, beating hits like "Blurred Lines" and "Royals." The song features Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. Daft Punk, who wear helmets in public, also picked up honors for best dance/electronica album for "Random Access Memories" and pop duo/group performance. By Mesfin Fekadu. AP Photos.
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (AP) — Patrick Dempsey's acting and racing careers will be intermingled for the foreseeable future.
Dempsey, a driver/owner racing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance event this weekend, confirmed Saturday night that he has signed a two-year contract extension to continue with the popular television series "Grey's Anatomy." The show has not officially been picked up beyond its 10th season, but Dempsey's deal provides a strong indication that it will be back.
BIG BOY LOCOMOTIVE
POMONA, California (AP) — An enormous steam locomotive that has been entertaining train enthusiasts at a California museum for years began a trek of more than 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) on Sunday with the ultimate goal of putting the engine back on the nation's rails. AP Photos.