AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government reopened its doors Thursday after Congress passed legislation to end a government shutdown and — just in the nick of time — avert a U.S. debt default in a bipartisan deal that left Republicans little to show for the epic political drama that threatened to rattle the world economy.
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UN-SECURITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly elects five new members to the Security Council on Thursday and the winners are virtually certain because there are no contested races — Nigeria, Chad, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania and Chile. By Edith M. Lederer. Eds: General Assembly meets at 10 a.m. EDT to vote.
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government’s targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.
WASHINGTON — Cambodia’s opposition leader says international donors should not do “business as usual” with the aid-dependent government of long-time ruler Hun Sen unless he agrees to an independent probe into July’s disputed election. By Matthew Pennington.
JAMAICA-ERASING THE DONS
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Black-clad police with submachine guns entered the slum of narrow alleys lined with wooden shacks and crumbling buildings. They were looking for fugitives, drugs and guns, but they had an additional target this time — murals celebrating leaders of Jamaica’s violent underworld. With rollers and paint, the officers erased the images of the “dons” who have long been hailed as Robin Hoods by the poor. By David McFadden.
PROVO, Utah — A Utah doctor accused of convincing his wife to get a facelift and then killing her with the drugs to help her recovery goes on trial six years after her death. Prosecutors say he wanted to continue an affair with a woman named Gypsy. By Paul Foy.
NEW JERSEY — The high-profile mayor of New Jersey’s largest city won a special election to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after defeating a conservative Republican who is a former small-town mayor. By Angela Delli Santi and Samantha Henry.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
CANADA-EU FREE TRADE
TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper plans to travel to Brussels on Thursday to conclude a free trade deal with the European Union. An EU official said the European Union and Canada hope to conclude the free trade deal in the “coming days.” By Rob Gillies.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haiti’s garment factories are unsafe for their workers, often lacking marked fire exits, safe drinking water and sufficient toilets, a labor group says. By Trenton Daniel.
TIPPING POINT-TASTE OF CHANGE
MIAMI — Salsa overtaking ketchup as America’s No. 1 condiment was just the start. These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously “American,” most people don’t even consider them ethnic. As immigrant and minority populations rewrite American demographics, the nation’s collective menu is reflecting this flux. By Suzette LaBoy and J.M. Hirsch.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Oh, the glories of Rio that await spectators and athletes at the 2016 Olympics: those beaches, that music, the dramatic mountains. And then there are a few thousand alligator-like creatures slithering through sewage-like lagoons. By Jenny Barchfield.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s top chef is a man with a mission. Alex Atala is out to transform the lackluster image of Brazilian cuisine both at home and abroad so the South American giant will be as celebrated for its home-grown delicacies as it is for soccer players, models and music. By Jenny Barchfield.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:
MARCOS STAFFER-ART CONSPIRACY
NEW YORK — A debt-ridden onetime aide to Imelda Marcos wrongly sold a hidden treasure: a $32 million Monet painting the former Philippine first lady had acquired and her country wants back, prosecutors say as the ex-assistant’s conspiracy trial opened. By Jennifer Peltz.
MEXICO CITY — A team of Trique Indian boys sweeps through a youth basketball tournament despite their generally short stature and the fact that most play barefoot, earning acclaim in Mexico and abroad. By E. Eduardo Castillo.