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BC-AP Americas Digest

October 29, 2014



CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — An unmanned commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station explodes moments after liftoff, with debris falling in flames over the launch site. No injuries are reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA’s commercial spaceflight effort. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. AP Photos.


ATLANTA — A nurse who fueled Ebola fears by flying to Cleveland after being infected by her dying patient is released from a hospital isolation unit, where doctors defended her as a courageous front-line caregiver. By Ray Henry. AP Photos. AP Video.



WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama says that the United States can’t be seen as shying away from battle against Ebola and must support health care workers who are returning from the front lines in Africa. By Josh Lederman. AP Photos.


MILWAUKEE — Hoping to help Democrats score a big coup on what could be an otherwise dismal Election Day, President Barack Obama campaigns for the defeat of Wisconsin’s high-profile Republican governor, long seen as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — Four years after she was shot in the head and went on to inspire millions with her recovery, former U.S. congresswoman Gabby Giffords is as committed as ever to pushing for tighter gun-control laws. But in the final days of this year’s midterm election campaign, few candidates are willing to rally to her cause. There’s little to suggest those elected next week will pursue the changes she seeks in U.S. gun laws. By Steve Peoples.


WASHINGTON — Al-Qaida is using U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade Islamic State group, saying the two should stop feuding and join forces to attack Western targets — a reunification that intelligence analysts say would allow al-Qaida to capitalize on the younger group’s ruthless advance across the region. By Deb Reichmann and Bassem Mroue. AP Photo.


DENVER— One of three girls who authorities say tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria was confused about what her role would be if she had actually made it there, the girl’s father says. By Sadie Gurman and Ivan Moreno.


PAHOA, Hawaii — After weeks of slow, stop-and-go movement, a river of asphalt-black lava was less than the length of a football field from homes in a Big Island community.


COCULA, Mexico — Forensic experts comb a gully in southern Mexico for the remains of 43 missing students, as frustration mounts among relatives of both the disappeared and the detained for the lack of answers more than a month into the investigation. By Mark Stevenson and Jacobo G. Garcia. AP Photos. AP Video.


WASHINGTON — North Korea has built a new testing facility that is probably intended to research how to launch ballistic missiles from submarines or ships, according to a U.S. research institute. By Matthew Pennington. AP Photo.


CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s socialist government recalls for consultations its ambassador to Spain to protest Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s call to free a jailed opposition activist who led anti-government protests earlier this year. By Jorge Rueda. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — Indonesia’s army allegedly committed abuses when it was commanded by the retired general newly appointed as defense minister but he was not personally implicated, a U.S. official says. By Matthew Pennington.


ST. LOUIS — The U.S. Supreme Court late Tuesday halted the execution of a Missouri man who killed a woman and her two children, citing concerns that his legal counsel was ineffective. By Jim Salter. AP Photo.



HAMILTON, Ontario — Prime Minister Stephen Harper offers emotional praise at the funeral of a soldier shot dead by a gunman who then stormed Canada’s seat of government last week. AP Photos. AP Video.


HAVANA — Cuba is shrinking, with a fertility rate that’s dropped dangerously below the two babies per woman needed to keep the population stable. Economically struggling couples are having fewer babies, and the emigration of young men and women makes the problem worse, with 100,000 fewer Cubans being born on this island of 11 million each year than during the relatively prosperous 1970s. So the government has gone on the offensive, launching campaigns against abortion, which is legal and free here, and dedicating increasing resources to pre-natal care and fertility treatments for couples unable to have children. By Andrea Rodriguez. AP Photos.


MIAMI — For eight days, they had no food or water. Joel Moreno and the 12 other men with whom he’d fled Cuba were so close to the U.S. at one point they could see the lights off the coast of Florida. Then a strong wave overturned their raft, throwing all their supplies into the ocean. They drank sea water and vomited. They told stories. They thought about their children. After a week, Moreno, 39, decided they had no option left but to try and swim to shore. He broke apart what was left of the raft, giving each man a piece to cling to, and they separated into the night. By Christine Armario. AP Photo.


SACRAMENTO, California — Prosecutors file murder charges against two Utah residents in the slayings of two California sheriff’s deputies during a shooting rampage that also left a motorist and third deputy wounded. By Don Thompson. AP Photos.


BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friend was convicted Tuesday of lying to federal agents during the investigation into the deadly 2013 attack. Robel Phillipos, 21, was convicted of two counts for lying about being in Tsarnaev’s dorm room while two other friends removed a backpack containing fireworks and other potential evidence three days after the bombing while authorities were looking for the suspected bombers. He looked straight ahead impassively as the guilty verdicts were read. By Legal Affairs Writer Denise Lavoie. AP Photos. AP Video.


More than 8.5 million immigrants living in the United States were eligible for citizenship in 2012, yet fewer than 800,000 became citizens. Many of the holdouts have been in the country for decades, and whether they choose to naturalize ultimately determines just how much they can take part in the nation’s civic life. With roughly 11 million people living in the country illegally, a handful of legal immigrants explain their reticence to become full-fledged citizens. By Laura Wides-Munoz. AP Photos.



WASHINGTON — The global economy has stumbled, and financial markets have endured some stomach-churning moments. But that doesn’t mean the Federal Reserve plans any major policy shifts. Ending a two-day discussion Wednesday, the Fed is expected to announce the end of its monthly bond buying program. It’s also expected to signal that it remains in no hurry to raise its key short-term interest rate. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. AP Photo.


WASHINGTON — Is the U.S. economy accelerating — finally? If it is, which sorts of Americans stand to benefit most? And why is it doing better than other major economies? Such are the questions surrounding a report coming Thursday on economic expansion in the July-September quarter. It’s likely to be the fourth quarter in the past five in which annual growth reached at least 3 percent — a level that would be the envy of most other big economies. By Christopher Rugaber. AP Photos.


NEW YORK — Soaring inflation. A collapsing dollar. Bubbles in financial markets that would soon collapse. One presidential candidate even suggested that the Federal Reserve chairman should be roughed up. During the past five years, as the Fed has pumped ever-more money into the economy, critics warned that it would lead to all kinds of disasters. Yet the central bank kept extending its bond-buying program, known by the wonky name of quantitative easing, or QE. It was an unprecedented effort aimed at lowering borrowing costs, encouraging spending and reviving a dormant economy before it could slump back into recession. Now, $4 trillion later, QE is drawing to a close, and the question is: Did it work? Economists have quibbles, but many agree that the Fed accomplished the bulk of its goals. By Business Writer Matthew Craft. AP Photos.


DETROIT — General Motors is moving production of the Chevrolet Volt’s electric drive unit from Mexico to a Detroit-area factory as it updates the slow-selling car to increase its electric range and make it perform better. AP Photos.


NEW YORK — Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, helped by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming an increasingly large chunk of the social networking giant’s overall advertising business. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. AP Photo.


WASHINGTON — Orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. AP Photo.



DETROIT — Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The panels aren’t cheap, and neither are the cars. A Ford Fusion Energi plug-in sedan, for example, is $7,200 more than an equivalent gas-powered Fusion even after a $4,007 federal tax credit. By Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin.



LOS ANGELES — “Doctor Strange,” ″Black Panther,” ″Captain Marvel” and the “Inhumans” are joining the Marvel cinematic universe. The studio unveiled the titles and release dates of its upcoming superhero films through 2019 during a Tuesday event in Hollywood. The schedule includes a mix of sequels featuring familiar faces and originals focused on Marvel characters that have yet to be introduced on the big screen. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. AP Photo.


LOS ANGELES — Disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega’s lawsuit over his inclusion in a 2012 “Call of Duty” video game has been dismissed by a judge who determined the game’s use of his likeness is protected by the First Amendment. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney. AP Photos.


NEW YORK — She absolutely adores Tom Stoppard. He has never been much of a fan. She fell in love with the playwright’s words at 17. He once had a terrible audition for a Stoppard play. Yet fate has somehow put Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal into the same New York revival of Stoppard’s “The Real Thing” this month, both making their Broadway debuts playing lovers. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photos.


NEW YORK — Judgmental, autocratic and wholly self-made after moving on from small-town Poland to escape an arranged marriage, Helena Rubinstein built an empire on the notion that beauty is power. The Jewish Museum is celebrating the quirky powerhouse in a new exhibition spanning her rise to “Madame” in the cosmetics industry and the style in which she did it. By Leanne Italie. AP Photos.


NEW YORK — Jeff Flake and Martin Heinrich were willing to go to great lengths to prove that a Democratic and Republican U.S. senator could work together. Like halfway around the world. The freshman senators traveled to an uninhabited tropical island north of Australia this summer for a week documented by the Discovery Channel on a special that airs Wednesday night. By Television Writer David Bauder. AP Photo.


MIAMI — Alicia Silverstone may have made her acting mark as a “Clueless” valley girl, but these days she’d rather be known as someone so very clued in about diet and health. It was more than 16 years ago that Silverstone switched to a vegan diet, ditching animal products such as dairy and meat. Since then, she’s become an outspoken advocate for what she considers a cleaner, leaner and healthier way to eat, and written a book — “The Kind Diet” — so others can follow along. By Kelli Kennedy. AP Photos.

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