BC-AP Americas Digest
COLUMBIA, Maryland — A man carrying a shotgun opens fire at a busy shopping mall in suburban Baltimore, killing two employees of a skate shop and then himself as panicked shoppers ran for cover, police said. Five others were injured. By Eric Tucker. AP photos.
L’ISLE-VERTE, Quebec — Crews recover just two more bodies on the third day of an excruciating search through the charred remains of a Quebec retirement home, now covered in ice as thick as two feet. A total of 32 people are believed to have been killed in the massive fire, but just 10 bodies have been found. AP photos.
CALIFORNIA POLITICS-INDIAN INFLUENCE
SACRAMENTO, California — When Neel Kashkari announced he was running for governor last week, he became the latest Californian of Indian descent to step onto the political stage, the most recent example of a rising trend in one of America’s most ethnically diverse states. By Juliet Williams. AP photos.
WASHINGTON — In taking a deep look at trouble inside U.S. nuclear forces, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is not only searching for the root causes of recent Air Force missteps but also for ways to make the nuclear warrior’s job more attractive at a time when the military has turned its attention away from such weapons. By Robert Burns. AP photos.
US-STATE OF THE UNION
WASHINGTON —President Barack Obama will confront a politically divided Congress with a demand to expand economic mobility in the U.S., asserting in his State of the Union policy address Tuesday night that he will take action on his own if lawmakers fail to help shrink the income gap between the rich and the poor. By Julie Pace. AP Photos.
PRICE OF SAINTHOOD
LACKAWANNA, New York —The 25-year effort to elevate to sainthood a beloved New York priest known as the “Padre of the Poor” has so far cost upward of $100,000, and plans are in the works to raise hundreds of thousands more. such canonization expenses are not unusual in the Roman Catholic Church, experts say, and are gaining new attention in the “poor church for the poor” envisioned by Pope Francis. By Carolyn Thompson. AP photos.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The prolonged execution of an inmate in Ohio during which he repeatedly gasped and snorted amounted to cruel and unusual punishment which should not be allowed to happen again, the inmate’s family said in a federal lawsuit. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. AP photos.
LIMA, Peru — Peruvian prosecutors say they have dropped a criminal investigation against former President Alberto Fujimori and health ministers who served under him over a 1990s mass sterilization program under which thousands of women say they were forcibly sterilized. By Franklin Briceno. AP Photos.
BRAZIL-WORLD CUP PROTESTS
SAO PAULO — Waving flags, carrying banners and chanting “there will be no Cup” at least 1,000 demonstrators protest in Sao Paulo against the World Cup that Brazil will host later this year. SENT at 310 words. AP Photos.
BRAZIL-NEW DOLPHIN SPECIES
SAO PAULO — Scientists have made the first discovery in 100 years of a new river dolphin species in the waters of the Araguaia river in Brazil’s vast Amazon rainforest. By Stan Lehman. AP Photos.
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DIRECTORS GUILD AWARDS
LOS ANGELES — Tonight’s Directors Guild of America Awards could push “Gravity,” ″American Hustle” or “12 Years a Slave” into the Oscar forefront as the films have emerged in a close three-way tie over the past few weeks. By Jessica Herndon. AP Photos.
DOG SHOW-MIXED BREEDS
NEW YORK — When the foremost dog show in the U.S. added an event open to mixed breeds, owners cheered that everydogs were finally having their day. They see the Westminster Kennel Club’s new agility competition, which will allow mutts at the elite event next month for the first time since the 1800s, as a singular chance to showcase what unpedigreed dogs can do. By Jennifer Peltz. AP photos.