BC-AP Americas Digest
BC-AP Americas Digest
Jul. 31, 2014
WASHINGTON — Contending that President Barack Obama exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health care law, a sharply divided U.S. House of Representatives approved a Republican plan to file an election-season lawsuit against him.
WASHINGTON — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document. By Ken Dilanian and Eileen Sullivan.
LOS ANGELES — The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many U.S. cities face with water lines installed generations ago. By Brian Melley and Michael R. Blood.
CARACAS, Venezuela — Amid escalating tensions with Venezuela, the U.S. State Department announces a travel ban for officials of the socialist government it said committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on opposition protests. By Hannah Dreier and Bradley Klapper.
MEXICO CITY — California Gov. Jerry Brown wraps up a three-day visit to Mexico, saying he will work with the U.S. government upon his return home to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis. By Olga R. Rodriguez.
SANTA MARIA NEBAJ, Guatemala — The remains of 31 Ixil Mayans killed more than three decades ago during the height of Guatemala's civil war are laid to rest in the country's western highlands amid the sounds of a violin and wafts of incense. By Sonia Perez D.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year. By Martin Crutsinger.
NEW YORK — Talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years end with bitter recriminations as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as "vultures." By Claudia Torrens.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
UNDATED — Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors that included D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles, has died at age 90. By Hillel Italie.