BC-AP Americas Digest
Nov. 20, 2013
WASHINGTON — JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $13 billion in a landmark settlement and acknowledged that it misled investors about the quality of risky mortgage-backed securities ahead of the 2008 financial crisis. By Pete Yost and Marcy Gordon. AP Photos.
TORONTO — Toronto's scandal-plagued mayor says he's smoked crack "maybe once" and said the city council has no business stripping him of his powers, implying in a television interview Tuesday that many councilors are guilty of similar behavior. By Rob Gillis. AP Photos.
TORONTO — While the spotlight shines brightly on Toronto's embattled and erratic mayor, Rob Ford's wife and two children have remained almost invisible — save for one widely known embarrassing incident. Little is known about his family, although it is clear that his wife craves her privacy. By David Crary and Rob Gillies. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama personally appeals to senators to delay seeking additional sanctions on Iran while the U.S. and world powers negotiate a nuclear deal with Tehran. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community's top lawyer defends the surveillance violations by staff of the National Security Agency by comparing programs that collect mass amounts of information on Americans to problems with the troubled health care website. By Eileen Sullivan and Kimberly Dozier. AP Photo.
RIO 2016-DIRTY OLYMPICS
RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro's endless beaches and lush tropical forest are a photographer's dream. But zoom in on the likes of once-pristine Guanabara Bay, and the picture is of household trash and raw sewage. Unless Brazil makes headway in cleaning up, experts warn the 2016 Olympics could pose health risks to athletes and mar what officials hope will be a showcase event for Rio. By Jenny Barchfield. AP Photos.
GETTYSBURG, Pennsylvania — On the Civil War battlefield where President Abraham Lincoln gave a speech that symbolized his presidency and the sacrifices made by Union and Confederate forces, thousands gather to ponder what the Gettysburg Address has meant to the nation. By Matt Rourke and Mark Scolforo. AP Photos.
With: GETTYSBURG ADDRESS-TEXT.
ALBUQUERQUE ABORTION BAN
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Abortion rights groups are claiming victory in a closely watched, first-of-its-kind referendum on a proposal to ban late-term abortions in New Mexico's largest city. By Jeri Clausing. AP Photos.
SUPREME COURT-TEXAS ABORTION
WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Supreme Court allows Texas to continue enforcing abortion restrictions that opponents say have led more than a third of the state's clinics to stop providing abortions. By Mark Sherman. AP Photos.
CHENEY FAMILY-GAY MARRIAGE
WASHINGTON — A dispute over gay marriage between former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's daughters is shining a bright light on the Republican Party's broader dilemma with the emotional issue. AP Photos.
NEW YORK — A review commissioned by Barneys New York found the luxury store does not have a written or unwritten policy to profile customers based on race and didn't initiate any police action against two black customers who said they were wrongly accused of credit card fraud, complaints that ignited a furor. By Colleen Long.
PUERTO RICO-BIOLUMINESCENT BAY
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A glowing lagoon off Puerto Rico's northeast coast that is highly popular with tourists has gone nearly dark and biologists on are trying to find out why. By Danica Coto. AP Photo.
WASHINGTON —With medals and gravesite visit, Obama to honor JFK before 50th anniversary of assassination.
With: JFK QUOTES.
SANFORD, Florida — Prosecutors say that a former neighborhood watchman acquitted in the high-profile killing of an unarmed black U.S. teen tried to choke his girlfriend and left her fearing for her life. By Mike Schneider. AP Photos.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — The son of a state senator in the U.S. stabbed his father in the head and chest Tuesday before apparently killing himself with a gun, according to initial reports from police. By Steve Szkotak and Larry O'Dell. AP Photos. AP Video.
SPRING CITY, Pennsylvania — A United Methodist minister convicted of breaking church law by officiating at the same-sex wedding of his son in the U.S. says he is unrepentant, declaring he has been called by God to be an advocate for the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. By Michael Rubinkam. AP Photos.
MEXICO CITY — Cases of violence and inmates controlling Mexican prisons are on the rise, symptoms of the corruption and lack of resources that plague the country's corrections system, the National Human Rights Commission says. By E. Eduardo Castillo.
OAXACA, Mexico — Members of the newest police force in the colonial city of Oaxaca can't hear or speak. A group of officers called the Angels of Silence operates the city's surveillance cameras to look for crimes being committed on its streets. By Jose Maria Alvarez.
UNITED NATIONS — The General Assembly's human rights committee demands that Syria's government immediately allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to areas throughout the country that need it most and stop hampering distribution with "bureaucratic impediments and other obstacles." By Peter James Spielmann.
With: UN-IRAN-HUMAN RIGHTS; UN-NORTH KOREA-HUMAN RIGHTS; UN-MYANMAR.
CARACAS, Venezuela — The Venezuelan congress grants President Nicolas Maduro emergency decree powers that will strengthen the embattled leader's hand as he goes after businesses the government accuses of sabotaging Latin America's biggest oil economy. By Jorge Rueda. AP Photos.
ST. LOUIS — A federal judge grants a delay of execution to a white supremacist serial killer just hours before his scheduled death, citing concerns over a new execution method. By Jim Salter. AP Photos.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina's feared commerce secretary quits a day after a Cabinet reshuffle gave others more power in the inner circle of President Cristina Fernandez. By Michael Warren. AP Photo.
NYC SMOKING AGE
NEW YORK — New York City's mayor signs legislation banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21, making New York the first large city or state in the U.S. to prohibit sales to young adults. By David B. Caruso.
MACY'S PARADE-FLOAT FLAPS
NEW YORK — Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is awash in animal-related protests over its floats, with controversies involving the unlikely pairing of rocker Joan Jett and Shamu the killer whale. Activists plan to line the route of next week's parade to protest a SeaWorld float over accusations in a new documentary that the theme parks treat whales badly. And ranchers succeeded in getting Jett pulled off the South Dakota tourism float after they questioned why the vegetarian and animal-rights ally was representing their beef-loving state. The float flaps threaten to shake Macy's traditional position of staying out of politics and soaring silently above the fray, like the massive balloons the parade is famous for. By Verena Dobnik. AP Photos.
NEW YORK — Two fossilized dinosaur skeletons, nicknamed the "Montana Dueling Dinosaurs" because they appear forever locked in mortal combat, failed to sell Tuesday at a New York City auction. By Ula Ilnytzky and Deepti Hajela. AP Photos. AP Video.
DALLAS — Today's kids can't keep up with their parents. An analysis of studies on millions of children around the world finds they don't run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. AP Photo.
NEW YORK — Disappointing earnings news helped push the stock market lower on Tuesday. By Markets Writer Ken Sweet. AP Photos.
NEW YORK — A surging stock market usually comes with a boom in corporate deal-making. But deals are lagging this year, even as the market notches a series of record highs and is headed for its best year in a decade. By Markets Writer Steve Rothwell. AP Photo.
LOS ANGELES — Microsoft chairman Bill Gates chokes up while reading from prepared remarks during Steve Ballmer's final shareholders meeting as chief executive. The co-founder of the software giant says progress is being made to find Ballmer's replacement and he thankshim for serving as CEO for the last 13 years. Only Gates and Ballmer have led Microsoft Corp. since its founding in 1975. By Business Writer Ryan Nakashima.
WASHINGTON — Johnson & Johnson says it will pay $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by hip replacement patients who accuse the company of selling faulty implants that led to injuries and additional surgeries. By Matthew Perrone and John Seewer.
DETROIT — The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog is investigating whether Tesla's Model S electric car is vulnerable to fires because roadway debris can pierce the car's underbody and battery. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher.
GLOBAL DRUG FORECAST
WASHINGTON — Growth in global prescription drug spending will slow to the lowest rate in decades as low-cost generic drugs continue replacing former blockbusters in the U.S. and Europe, where governments face new pressure to reduce health care spending, according to a new forecast.
SMARTPHONE KILL SWITCH
SAN FRANCISCO — Samsung Electronics, the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer, has proposed installing a built-in anti-theft measure known as a "kill switch" that would render stolen or lost phones inoperable, but the biggest U.S. carriers have rejected the idea, according to San Francisco's top prosecutor. By Terry Collins.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-XBOX ONE
What is the Xbox One? If you're a video-game aficionado, you know the answer: It's Microsoft's latest game console, and it arrives in North America and Europe on Friday. To gamers, Xbox means cutting-edge adventures such as "Halo" and "Gears of War," and well as the brand that brought online competition to the masses through Xbox Live. By Lou Kesten.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
NEW YORK — One of the lead producers of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" says moving the show to Las Vegas makes sense because Sin City has always been a better fit for the splashy musical than the Great White Way. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photo.
THEATER-RADIO CITY SANTA
NEW YORK — Forget the cookies and milk this Christmas. What Santa really wants is water — and lots of it, says Charles Edward Hall, who has for 27 years donned a sweat-creating fat suit and heavy fur coat to play Mr. Claus in the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular." By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photos.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico's president has denied a tweet by Justin Bieber saying the singer met with the president and his family prior to a show — adding another sour note in Bieber's controversy-filled Latin American tour. AP Photos.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee — The money-making enterprise called Elvis Presley has been sold. Authentic Brands Group said Tuesday it has bought Elvis Presley's intellectual property from CORE Media Group and is partnering with the founder of another company to operate the Graceland tourist attraction. Bu Adrian Sainz. AP Photo.
RISE OF THE SELFIE
NEW YORK — In these hyper-connected, over-shared times dwell two kinds of people: those preoccupied with taking and uploading photos of themselves and those who have never heard of the selfie. By Leanne Italie. AP Photos.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado — If you've walked into a ski lodge the past few years, likely as not you've seen tables filled with gray-haired skiers wearing sweaters so old they're back in style. That's because the number of skiers on the far side of 50 — some on the very far side — has been creeping up each year, according to the National Ski Areas Association. By Karne Schwartz. AP Photos.
With: TRAVEL SKI-COMFORT FOOD.