BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — Nations spying on each other’s leaders is a two-way street and a longtime practice in the intelligence world, according to the U.S. intelligence chief. But a surveillance sweep on phone records overseas that has prompted an anti-American backlash was carried out by European governments, not the U.S., another intelligence official says. By Lara Jakes and Julie Pace.
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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are preparing to grill President Barack Obama’s top health official over problems with the rollout of the government’s health care website. A growing number of Republicans in Congress are calling for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to step down or be fired because of problems consumers are having signing up for insurance coverage on the government’s new website. By Stephen Ohlemacher and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar.
WASHINGTON — Renewed questions about the economy’s health and uncertainty surrounding the government’s budget fight will likely lead the Federal Reserve on Wednesday to maintain the pace of the stimulus it’s supplying to the economy. By Martin Crutsinger.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina’s highest court rules the government has a responsibility to prevent media companies from growing so large they dominate public discourse, upholding a law that could demolish the nation’s largest media group, a leading foe of the president. By Michael Warren.
MEXICO CITY — Industry groups say President Enrique Pena Nieto’s proposed tax reform moving through congress could strangle one of Mexico’s economic success stories, the border factories known as maquiladoras. By Mark Stevenson.
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to condemn the U.S. commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba for the 22nd year in a row. By Peter James Spielmann.
UNITED NATIONS-NKOREA-HUMAN RIGHTS
WASHINGTON — U.N. investigators probing possible crimes against humanity in North Korea hold two days of public hearings in Washington starting Wednesday, the latest leg in their globe-trotting effort to gather evidence about a secretive country that won’t let them in. By Matthew Pennington.
HAITIAN PRIME MINISTER-LAWSUIT
MIAMI — Haiti’s prime minister reaches a settlement in his defamation case against a Haitian-American journalist, and attorneys for both sides claim victory. By Jennifer Kay.
GUATEMALA-FOLK SAINT-PHOTO GALLERY
SAN ANDRES XECUL, Guatemala — The Mayan followers of the folk saint Maximon believe he likes to smoke and drink and have plenty of available cash. Every year on Oct. 28, they flock to his shrine and hold a big party with plenty of alcohol and fireworks. With photo gallery by Moises Castillo.
THE EXORCIST-ST. LOUIS
ST. LOUIS — Just in time for Halloween, Jesuit scholars are joining a whole new generation of horror buffs in St. Louis to recount the supernatural incident that inspired one of the most terrifying films in movie history. Saint Louis University hosted a panel discussion Tuesday about the monthlong 1949 demon-purging ritual at the school’s former Alexian Brothers Hospital. The treatment of an unidentified suburban Washington, D.C., boy formed the basis for William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel, “The Exorcist,” and the film of the same name two years later. By Alan Scher Zagier.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
NEW YORK — Investors drive the Dow Jones industrial average to an all-time high on expectations that the Federal Reserve will keep its economic stimulus program in place. By Steve Rothwell.
HAVANA — Up a chipped stairway, a narrow door opens into an air-conditioned apartment boasting leather armchairs, a full bar and $100,000 of high-tech entertainment gear, including 3D projector and video game consoles. Cubans have opened dozens of video parlors over the last year, seizing on legal ambiguities to create a private business unforeseen by recent openings in the communist economy. By Michael Weissenstein.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
LOS ANGELES — Troubled singer Chris Brown is heading to rehab. A representative for the R&B star announces that Brown has decided to go to rehabilitation facility a day after he was released from jail following his arrest for allegedly punching another man in Washington, D.C. By Anthony McCartney.
UNDATED — Some questions remain unanswered for what may seem lifetimes. In “The Sandman Overture” Neil Gaiman hopes to answer at least one that has puzzled fans for more than two decades: How could he have been captured so easily to begin with? By Matt Moore. UPCOMING: 580 words by 1:20 a.m.