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BC-AP Americas Digest

November 20, 2014

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OBAMA-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — In a move that could provoke one the most intense partisan confrontations of his presidency, President Barack Obama will sidestep Congress and unveil administrative actions on immigration Thursday, measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people illegally in the U.S. Eds: Obama to speak at 8 p.m. EST.

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NSA SURVEILLANCE

WASHINGTON — Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn’t providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say. By Ken Dilanian.

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BILL COSBY

NEW YORK — NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of “The Cosby Show,” moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the once-beloved comic had sexually assaulted her. By David Bauder.

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HONDURAS-BEAUTY QUEEN

SANTA BARBARA, Honduras — Tears and anger pour out for the dark-haired beauty who was to have flown to London on Wednesday to represent Honduras at the Miss World pageant, only to be found shot to death with her sister on a remote river bank. By Alberto Arce.

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WINTRY WEATHER

BUFFALO, New York — Residents of the New York state city of Buffalo dig out from a massive snowstorm blamed for seven deaths, even as another headed their way, threatening to break snowfall records. By Carolyn Thompson.

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VENEZUELA-SURVIVING SHORTAGES

CARACAS, Venezuela — Cloth diapers, baking soda to make deodorant and vinegar to mop the floor. It’s not the shopping list of an eco-friendly hipster; it’s how an increasing number of resourceful Venezuelans are making do in a time of severe shortages. By Hannah Dreier.

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With: UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA, VENEZUELA-DECREE POWERS.

COLOMBIA-CAPTURED GENERAL

BOGOTA, Colombia — The general whose capture by rebels has put Colombia’s peace talks on hold is one of the country’s foremost counterinsurgency strategists who once received his colonel’s insignia from the hands of U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus. By Joshua Goodman.

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MEXICO-PRESIDENT’S HOUSE

MEXICO CITY — There was no conflict of interest in the purchase of a multimillion-dollar mansion registered to a company that has received public works contracts, President Enrique Pena Nieto’s spokesman says.

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CUBA-EBOLA

HAVANA — A member of the 165-member medical team Cuba sent to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone caught the disease when he rushed to help a patient who was falling over, his brother tells The Associated Press. By Anne-Marie Garcia and Michael Weissenstein.

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BUSINESS & FINANCE:

BRAZIL-PETROBRAS

SAO PAULO — A federal judge has released 11 of the 24 people arrested in the corruption scandal engulfing Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras pending the trial in the case. By Stan Lehman.

REVEL SALE

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — A Toronto-based company abandoned its plan to buy the former Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, dealing another blow to a city reeling from a string of casino closures and the disappearance of thousands of jobs. By Wayne Parry.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

NEW YORK — Phil Klay’s “Redeployment,” a debut collection of searching, satiric and often agonized stories by an Iraq war veteran, has won the National Book Award for fiction. Klay was chosen over such high-profile finalists as Marilynne Robinson’s “Lila” and Emily St. John Mandel’s “Station Eleven.” By Hillel Italie.

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