BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — Republicans who failed to defund President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul by shutting down the government had their first chance in Congress to question widespread problems with the website where Americans are meant to sign up for health insurance. Contractors said the crippled site wasn’t fully tested until the last couple of weeks before the system’s Oct. 1 launch.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has made a plea for Republican cooperation on immigration, seeking common ground by year’s end in the aftermath of the divisive partial government shutdown. Yet prospects for success this year remain a long shot even as a handful of House Republican lawmakers push for more limited measures. By Jim Kuhnhenn and Donna Cassata.
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CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — An explosion inside a candy factory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez has left one person dead and at least 40 injured, Mexican authorities say. By Ricardo Chavez.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Opposition figure Andre Michel charges that Haitian authorities held him overnight after a traffic stop to punish him for his political activities. By Trenton Daniel.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
WASHINGTON — Airbus, headquartered in France, is pitching its value to the U.S. economy as it takes its battle for dominance in the global airplane market onto rival Boeing’s home turf. By Joan Lowy.
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LOS ANGELES — Microsoft posts quarterly revenue and earnings that easily top Wall Street forecasts, marking a healthy start to a companywide overhaul it announced in July that should help the software giant transform into a devices and services company. By Ryan Nakashima.
CANADA-LOBLAW BANGLADESH COLLAPSE
TORONTO — Canadian grocery giant Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it will provide long-term financial assistance to the surviving victims and families affected by a deadly factory collapse in Bangladesh.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:
MEXICO CITY — He’s the man of the hour, in both the U.S. and Mexico. Comedian Eugenio Derbez took Hollywood by storm with his movie “Instructions Not Included,” which has become the highest grossing Spanish-language film in the U.S. With a career spanning three decades, Derbez is a living legend for Mexicans as well as the generations of Latinos who left in masses searching for employment in the U.S.
WHITE SUPREMACIST KILLED
SANTA ANA, California — The blond boy was 10 when he put a gun to the head of his sleeping neo-Nazi father and pulled the trigger. It was over in an instant for Jeff Hall, but sorting out the fate of his troubled son has been a 2½-year journey that approaches its final stage Friday in a hearing to determine where he’ll spend his teens and, possibly, his early adult years. By Amy Taxin and Gillian Flaccus.