BC-AP News Digest 6:15 pm


Associated Press

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM

The world at 6:15 p.m. Times EDT.

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— ENRON-SKILLING — Ex-Enron CEO Skilling gets 10 years cut from sentence as part of court-ordered reduction, deal.

— CANADA-ALBERTA FLOODING — Flooding forces evacuation of downtown Calgary, forces 75,000 from homes.

— SLAVE LABOR-CHARGES — Video showing mother smacking daughter emerges in Ohio slave labor case against 4 defendants.

— LAKE POWELL ACCIDENT — Mother dead, daughter among 2 missing after motorboat overturns in Lake Powell.

— SUPERMOON — It's that time of the year: Supermoon shines brightly this weekend. AP photo NY389.

— NASCAR-LEFFLER KILLED — NJ police: Mechanical problem to blame in dirt-track crash that killed NASCAR driver Leffler.

— AP VIDEO — China TV shows men catching girl from 5-story fall: http://apne.ws/11SNOPT .



BRASILIA, Brazil — More than a week of massive, violent protests across Brazil invites only stoic silence from President Dilma Rousseff, even after she calls an emergency meeting Friday with a top Cabinet member in response to the growing unrest. Trying to decipher the president's reaction to the unrest has become a national guessing game, especially after some 1 million anti-government demonstrators took to the streets the night before. Only on Friday night does the government confirm that Rousseff will address the nation a few hours later, but through a prerecorded message. By Marco Sibaja, Bradley Brooks and Jenny Barchfield.

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NEW YORK — Time out, investors. It's really not so bad. Sure, the stock market has fallen by almost 5 percent since May 22, when the Federal Reserve first said it could reduce its economic stimulus in its next few meetings. But market tumbles are normal, even in bull runs like the one that's still going strong. In fact, the Standard & Poor's 500 index has fallen harder and longer many times since the current stock surge began in March 2009. By Business Writer Steve Rothwell.

— WALL STREET — Stocks recover after a 2-day plunge caused by anxiety over the prospect of a Fed pullback.


HAILEY, Idaho — The yellow ribbons, now tattered and faded, can be seen long before State Highway 75 spills into Hailey, Idaho — home to America's only prisoner of war in its conflict with Afghanistan. The ribbons may be the most visible sign that the people of Hailey haven't forgotten the Army sergeant who, four years ago June 30, disappeared from his base in southeastern Afghanistan and was taken captive by the Taliban. The Afghan war, and certainly this young POW, may have long faded from the minds of most Americans. But for this community in the shadow of Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains, Bowe Bergdahl and his family's fight to free him are, as one resident put it, "omnipresent." By John Miller.

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WASHINGTON — The Syrian rebels' record in handling tens of millions of dollars in U.S. aid so far suggests major challenges ahead for any delivery of American weapons and ammunition. Food, medicine and other life-saving supplies regularly run into long delays because of bickering among rebel factions, U.S. officials say. By Bradley Klapper.

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— SYRIA — Syrian rebels confirm they received new, effective weapons from friendly countries.

— LEBANON — Rocket strikes valley near Lebanese capital, raising fears Syria-related violence is spreading.


DHAKA, Bangladesh — The walls of the cavernous AKH clothing factory are covered in red arrows. They point to the three wide emergency staircases with evacuation plans posted on every floor. They point to the fire extinguishers attached to the walls and pillars throughout the factory. They point to the medical kits located near designated workers with "First Aid" stitched onto their shirts. It is the type of factory garment manufacturers hope will persuade Western brands to keep making clothes in Bangladesh despite a recent factory fire and a building collapse that killed more than 1,200 people. By Ravi Nessman.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Food Network says it's dumping Paula Deen, barely an hour after the celebrity cook posts a videotaped apology online begs forgiveness from fans and critics troubled by her admission to having used racial slurs in the past. By Russ Bynum.

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WASHINGTON — As the FBI grapples with scrutiny over government surveillance, President Obama wants to turn the agency over to James Comey, a top Bush administration lawyer best known for defiantly refusing to go along with White House demands in 2004 on warrantless wiretapping. By Nedra Pickler

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WASHINGTON —The government is moving toward easing restrictions on airline passengers using cellphones and other devices to listen to music, play games, read books, watch movies and work during takeoff and landing. The Federal Aviation Administration says it's extending a deadline for a special committee to make recommendations on changes until September. By Joan Lowy.

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — When Republican governors in November gathered in Las Vegas to discuss how to recover from their latest electoral drubbing, the popular GOP governor of Nevada wasn't there. Instead, Brian Sandoval was in Washington, D.C., meeting with Obama administration officials to seal the deal that made him the first Republican governor to expand Medicaid as part of the president's health care initiative. With all the hand-wringing about the future of the GOP, the party has an often-overlooked strength: Popular governors like Sandoval who run most of the states in the nation, testing new policies, winning credit for the economic recovery and building records and expertise for possible runs at national office. By Sandra Chereb and Nicholas Riccardi.

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BOSTON — Massachusetts Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez's credentials would seem to fit the gold standard for the new breed of mass-appeal Republican that the GOP called for in an exhaustive post-election autopsy. Yet the national party and its allies have been reluctant to rally behind Gomez, raising questions about the GOP's commitment to candidates who might help improve its standing among women and minorities. By Steve Peoples.

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NEW ORLEANS — For months, BP has complained that a Louisiana attorney who is administering its settlement with tens of thousands of Gulf Coast businesses and residents has made decisions that expose the company to what could be billions of dollars in fictitious claims arising from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Now the court-appointed administrator himself is investigating allegations that could provide the London-based oil giant with fodder for its argument that it hasn't gotten a fair shake from the claims processing team. By Mike Kunzelman.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Imagine the scenario: A federal agent attempts to arrest someone for illegally selling a machine gun. Instead, the federal agent is arrested — charged in a state court with the crime of enforcing federal gun laws. Farfetched? Not as much as you might think. The scenario would become conceivable if legislation passed by Missouri's Legislature is signed into law by the governor. The Missouri legislation is perhaps the most extreme example of a states' rights movement that has been spreading across the nation. By David A. Lieb.

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The commander of the Confederate army marched to the front of the makeshift classroom in jeans and a dress blue shirt to deliver battle plans to his top lieutenants, complete with a PowerPoint presentation and laser pointer. Gen. Robert E. Lee would have been proud, if not perplexed, in seeing how Brian Gesuero took charge of the preparations for re-creating the Battle of Gettysburg. This year's commemoration has even more significance, given that it's the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and Gettysburg will be the pinnacle of the re-enactment careers of thousands of Civil War buffs. By Genaro C. Armas.

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CAIRO — Tens of thousands of Islamists supporting Egypt's president stage a show of force ahead of massive protests later this month by the opposition, chanting "Islamic revolution" and warning of a new and bloody bout of turmoil. Adding to the combustible mix, the U.S. ambassador in Egypt gets drawn into Egypt's treacherous politics when comments interpreted as critical of the opposition spark outrage, with one activist telling the diplomat to "shut up and mind your own business." By Hamza Hendawi and Maggie Michael.

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— EGYPT-JON STEWART — U.S. satirist appears on talk show with Bassem Youssef, known as Egypt's Jon Stewart.



MIAMI — Only five teams in the last four decades have won back-to-back NBA titles. The Miami Heat are the latest entry. It's their league now after four appearances in the title series in the last eight years, three crowns overall and now these last two. Maybe Pat Riley was onto something when he said he wanted a Miami dynasty. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds.

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LE BOURGET, France — Why does it seem like there haven't there been any major changes to airline travel in decades? For all the technological might on display at the Paris Air Show, it still takes seven hours to get from New York to Paris, and planes look the same way — inside and out — as they have for years. Experts say radical changes take enormous investment and much of the money has dried up during the global economic slowdown. But they also point to "behind the paint," where major changes in materials and fuel-efficiency are happening — and will eventually lead to the changes we can actually see. By Sarah DiLorenzo and Lori Hinnant.

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— AIR SHOW-WHAT'S COOL — Jet-lag cures? Solar-powered drones? Here's a look at some innovations from this week's Paris Air Show. AP photos.


— IMMIGRATION — Supporters of Senate immigration bill voice confidence of passage as GOP backing grows.

— JAMES GANDOLFINI-ITALY — Family spokesman says autopsy confirms actor died of a heart attack, funeral planned for NY.

— PEOPLE-KIM KARDASHIAN — Kardashian, West name baby girl North.

— LAW FIRM SHOOTING-NC — Police: 4 people shot at NC law firm, Wal-Mart lot before suspect wounded by officers, caught.

— PAKISTAN — Militants attack Shiite Muslim mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing 15 people.

— IRAN-NUCLEAR — Iran's president-elect believes it's possible to strike a deal that would let the Islamic republic keep enriching uranium while assuring the West it won't produce a nuclear weapon.

— OBAMA-NSA SURVEILLANCE — Obama meets — in private — with a board charged with reviewing anti-terrorism programs to ensure privacy concerns are taken into account.

— HERNANDEZ-POLICE — Family looks for answers in death of man found near house of Patriots player Hernandez.

— AIRPLANES-NEAR-MISS — FAA investigating close call by 2 jets over New York City.

— GAP ORDER MIXUP — Mass. man orders tie and pocket square from Banana Republic, gets employee SS numbers, W2s.

— HANFORD CLEANUP — U.S. Energy Department says underground tank might be leaking nuclear waste into the soil at contaminated Washington site. AP photos.

— EGYPT-JON STEWART — Jon Stewart takes the guest's seat on Egypt's top satirical show.

— JACKSON-AEG SUIT — Expert tells jury that Michael Jackson was totally sleep-deprived by the time of his death.