BC-AP Americas Digest
WASHINGTON — The beheading of an American journalist in Syria, for all its horror, appears unlikely to change lawmakers’ minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It’s equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach. By Bradley Klapper.
ST. LOUIS — Attorney General Eric Holder sought to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into the shooting death of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race. By Alan Scher Zagier.
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JOURNALIST SLAIN-FAILED RESCUE MISSION
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say. By Julie Pace.
RIO DE JANEIRO — A newly strengthened domestic workers law extends some of Brazil’s generous labor protections to the more than 6 million maids, nannies, eldercare givers, gardeners and caretakers who work in privates homes — many toiling long hours for little or, in some cases, no pay. By Jenny Barchfield.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister says as he defends a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month. By Almudena Calatrava.
MEXICO-EMBASSY VEHICLE SHOOTING
MEXICO CITY — Fourteen former federal police officers have gone on trial on charges of using excessive force in a 2012 shooting attack that wounded two CIA agents, Mexico’s national security commissioner announces. By E. Eduardo Castillo.
CARACAS, Venezuela — Come to Venezuela and you might get a longer trip than you bargained for. The U.S. Embassy urges Americans to be careful when traveling to Venezuela because of the steep drop in airline service to the South American country. By Hannah Dreier and Jorge Rueda.
BANK OF AMERICA SETTLEMENT
WASHINGTON — Bank of America’s purchase of Countrywide Financial has cost it tens of billions of dollars over the past six years. An expected $17 billion settlement with the Justice Department will increase that toll, but not by a full $17 billion. By Jeff Horwitz and Michael Vertanen.
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LOS ANGELES — A photographer sues Justin Bieber and one of his bodyguards for assault and infliction of emotional distress over an altercation on Hawaiian beach last year.