BC-AP Americas Digest
NEW YORK (AP) — Emergency workers find two bodies in the mass of rubble left behind when three apartment buildings collapsed during an apparent gas explosion and fire in lower Manhattan, police say. By Meghan Barr.
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits. By Ken Dilanian. AP Photos.
CANADA-PLANE LEAVES RUNWAY
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — An Air Canada plane makes a hard landing short of the runway at the Halifax airport during a snowstorm, crashing into a bank of antennas and shearing off its main landing gear, nose cone, and an engine as it skids on its belly. Officials say there are no fatalities and only minor injuries. AP Photos.
SAO PAULO — A quirky 19-year-old YouTube personality and a former investment banker are the unexpected leaders behind recent mass protests calling for an end to corruption and President Dilma Rousseff’s ouster. The AP looks at where they want to take the movement they sparked. By Adriana Gomez. Photos.
WASHINGTON — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina says she is more than 90 percent likely to seek the Republican presidential nomination. AP Photos.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s governor defends the new state law that’s garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and says it wasn’t a mistake to have enacted it. AP Photos.
BLACK GIRLS ROCK
NEWARK, New Jersey — First Lady Michelle Obama celebrates the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. By Nekesa Mumbi Moody. AP Photos.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Taylor Swift wins artist of the year and song of the year at the I Heartradio awards for “Shake It Off,” and even assists Madonna by strumming her guitar onstage as while the pop icon sings a new song. By Mesfin Fekadu. AP Photos.
TV-KIDS CHOICE AWARDS
LOS ANGELES — The traditional green slime flowed at the Kids’ Choice Awards, but it was Angelina Jolie’s message of empowerment for youngsters that stuck. Jolie, who has sought to inspire women with public candor about her own health, said that “different is good” as she accepted the favorite villain award Saturday for her movie role as the title character in “Maleficent.” By Lynn Elber. AP Photos.
NEW YORK — Gene Saks, a prolific actor-director who teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on hit Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as “The Odd Couple” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” has died at 93. By Mark Kennedy. AP Photos.
STELLAR AWARDS-DESTINY’S CHILD
LAS VEGAS — A reunited Destiny’s Child takes the stage at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards on Saturday as singer Erica Campbell took home six awards, including the night’s top honor. AP Photos.