BC-AP Americas Digest
Aug. 11, 2014
KOCHS EN ESPANOL
SAN ANTONIO — Looking to make inroads with the rising voting bloc of Hispanics who typically shun Republicans, conservative activists are offering English classes, health checkups and courses to help Spanish speakers earn high school diplomas. Picking up part of the tab: billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. The rich brothers are working to patch a gaping hole in the Republican coalition that could spell a generation of irrelevance if Republicans cannot build credibility with Hispanic voters. By Will Weissert and Philip Elliott.
WASHINGTON — The United States said it "fully supports" Iraq's new president, just hours after embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused him of violating the constitution. By Philip Elliott.
FERGUSON, Missouri — A few thousand people cram a suburban St. Louis street at a vigil for an unarmed black man shot and killed by a police officer, while afterward several car windows are smashed and stores are looted as people carry away armloads of goods. By Jim Salter.
NEW ORLEANS SHOOTING
NEW ORLEANS — A shooting in a New Orleans neighborhood that has struggled with crime since being ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 left two people dead and five others wounded, including a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, police said.
HIGHWAY PATROL-WOMAN PUNCHED
LOS ANGELES — Marlene Pinnock said she thought she was going to die as a California Highway Patrol officer straddled her, repeatedly punching her head, on the side of a Los Angeles freeway. By Tami Abdollah.
CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti — Gunmen attack Haiti's main prison from within and without, freeing an undetermined number of inmates, including a member of a prominent family who faces kidnapping charges.
MEXICO CITY — About 10 million gallons (40,000 cubic meters) of contaminated wastewater have spilled into rivers from a mine in northern Mexico, and federal officials say they are restricting water supply to cities and towns in the country's north, including the Sonora state capital of Hermosillo.
NEW YORK — The group of oil and gas pipeline and storage companies controlled by Kinder Morgan but traded separately will combine and become the 4th biggest U.S. energy company by market value. By Jonathan Fahey.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:
TEEN CHOICE AWARDS
LOS ANGELES — Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort of "The Fault in Our Stars" rode a victorious wave at the Teen Choice Awards. The actors were honored with several prizes at the fan-favorite extravaganza, including choice drama movie actor and breakout movie star for Elgort and choice drama and action movie actress for "Divergent" star Woodley. By Derrik J. Lang.
CANANDAIGUA, New York — The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.'s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track. By John Wawrow and Dan Gelston.
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