BC-AP Americas Digest
BIN LADEN SHOOTER
WASHINGTON — Some special operations service members and veterans are unhappy that one of their own has taken credit publicly for killing Osama bin Laden. Others say they have gotten used to the idea that their brethren might break the code of silence and seek to profit from their deeds. By Ken Dilanian.
WASHINGTON — In a rare outreach to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Barack Obama has written a letter about the fight against Islamic State militants, a common enemy in Syria and Iraq, according to diplomatic sources. By Matthew Lee and Julie Pace.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Republicans who swept midterm Congressional elections will soon find out if they can work together, and the first clues will come when the president breaks bread with leaders from both parties at the White House on Friday.
UNITED STATES-MYANMAR WRITERS
WASHINGTON — Myanmar’s transformation from pariah state to aspiring democracy has been kind to blogger Nay Phone Latt. He was freed from a 20-year prison term imposed for his coverage of anti-junta protests. But he has a sobering message for U.S. officials he’ll meet in Washington on Friday: While the nation’s media have more freedom than in decades, the powerful military is still “untouchable.” By Matthew Pennington.
BRAZIL-RUNNING OUT OF WATER
ITU, Brazil — It’s been nearly a month since Diomar Pereira has had running water at his home in this commuter city outside Sao Paulo that is at the epicenter of the worst drought to hit southeastern Brazil in more than eight decades. He’s just one of more than 10 million people who have suffered water cuts in the past six months in Sao Paulo state, Brazil’s most populous and the nation’s economic engine.By Adriana Gomez Licon.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Defense Department says it will obey a recommendation by the country’s National Human Rights Commission that the army investigate the panel’s findings that soldiers executed up to 15 criminal suspects in late June. By Mark Stevenson.
CARACAS, Venezuela — A Venezuelan official’s seemingly low-key visit to Brazil has drawn a rare rebuke from a staunch ally and prompted grumbling at home about privileges enjoyed by top government officers. By Hannah Dreier and Adriana Gomez Licon.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — President Jose Mujica says he has received a million-dollar offer to buy his blue 1987 Volkswagen Beetle, which has become a symbol of the Uruguayan leader’s austere lifestyle. By Leonardo Haberkorn.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Pope Francis has excommunicated a pedophile Argentine priest, a move applauded by advocates for victims of clerical abuse. By Almudena-Calatrava.
US DIPLOMAT PROBE
WASHINGTON — A former veteran U.S. diplomat and expert on Pakistan is the subject of a federal investigation and had her security clearance revoked last month, the State Department says. The department said it is cooperating with a law enforcement probe into Robin Raphel. By Matthew Lee.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
BANK OF AMERICA-LITIGATION CHARGE
NEW YORK — Bank of America Corp. says it is taking a $400 million charge in the third quarter to cover litigation costs related to a regulatory inquiry into the bank’s foreign exchange business. The move follows similar disclosures by JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Citigroup that signal banks in the U.S. and abroad are facing allegations that they manipulated foreign-exchange rates.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
MISSING MOVIE EXEC
LOS ANGELES — The remains of a 20th Century Fox executive who mysteriously disappeared more than two years ago were found in a desert area, and police say they believe they know what led to his killing. By Tami Abdollah.
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