BC-AP Americas Digest
Apr. 03, 2014
FORT HOOD, Texas — A soldier opens fire on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack, authorities say. By Will Weissert and Paul J. Weber.
WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee's expected vote to approve declassifying part of a secret report on Bush-era interrogations of terrorism suspects puts the onus on the CIA and a reluctant White House to speed the release of one of the most definitive accounts about the government's actions after the 9/11 attacks. By Bradley Klapper and Stephen Braun. Eds: Committee scheduled to meet at 2:30 p.m. EDT.
SUPREME COURT-CAMPAIGN FINANCE
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations is likely to benefit both Republicans and Democrats and their candidates for Congress, who are now able to seek donations from deep-pocketed contributors able to give more without running afoul of the law.
IQUIQUE, Chile — Hard-won expertise and a big dose of luck helped Chile escape its latest magnitude-8.2 earthquake with surprisingly little damage and death. By Luis Hidalgo and Luis Andres Henao.
MEXICO CITY — A local political chief from Mexico's ruling party is denying local press reports that his office hired women to have sex with him by placing them on party payrolls as secretaries or receptionists. By Mark Stevenson.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haiti's prime minister uses Twitter to announce he has replaced about half of the 22-member Cabinet, marking the third major government shake-up in less than two years. By Trenton Daniel.
SAO PAULO — Fifteen Brazilian police officers are found guilty of killing four inmates during a 1992 riot at Sao Paulo's Carandiru prison. Each is sentenced to 48 years in prison, although no one can serve more than 30 years under Brazilian law. By Stan Lehman.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on deciding whether to approve a fast-growing salmon that would be the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption. During that time, opponents of the technology have taken advantage of increasing consumer concern about genetically modified foods and urged several major retailers not to sell it. By Mary Claire Jalonick.
TORONTO — What could be controversial about the city of Toronto congratulating Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes? Ask Rob Ford. The Toronto mayor.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
WASHINGTON — U.S. senators accuse General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths, and press CEO Mary Barra to commit to punishing anyone involved. By Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher.
YAHOO INTERNET SECURITY
SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo has added more layers of security in its effort to shield people's online lives from government spying and other snooping. By Michael Liedtke.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
LOS ANGELES — An artist is making it difficult to believe there's actually a copy of Justin Bieber's latest album for sale in Los Angeles. Paz Dylan, a 25-year-old electronic musician and artist known only as Paz, says he planted 5,000 copies of an album that appears to be Bieber's "Believe" but actually contains a copy of Dylan's own CD. By Derrik J. Lang.