BC-AP News Digest 6 pm


Associated Press

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

The world at 6 p.m. Times are EDT.

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— BABY IN STROLLER SLAIN — Ga. teen convicted of killing baby in stroller sentenced to life in prison without parole. SENT: 200 words. Will be updated.

— GIRL SUICIDE-BULLYING — Sheriff says a 12-year-old Fla. girl committed suicide after she was bullied online; charges possible. SENT: 300 words.

— NJ BOARDWALK FIRE — A raging fire that apparently started in a New Jersey ice cream shop is threatening businesses along a boardwalk that was damaged in Superstorm Sandy. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated with 400 words by 6:30.

— BUDGET BATTLE — GOP leaders confounded on stopgap spending bill over conservative assault on 'Obamacare.' SENT: 960 words, photos.

— MICHELLE OBAMA — First lady wants people to 'drink up,' as in more plain, old-fashioned, calorie-free water. SENT: 720 words, photos.

— PRIEST CHARGED-SENTENCE — Mo. priest sentenced to 50 years for producing, trying to produce child pornography. SENT: 280 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7:15.





GENEVA — Striking a tough tone, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened swiftly convened talks with Russia on Syria's chemical weapons by bluntly rejecting a Syrian pledge to begin a "standard process" by turning over information rather than weapons — and nothing immediately. That won't do, Kerry declared at an opening news conference, a stone-faced Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at his side. "The words of the Syrian regime in our judgment are simply not enough." By Matthew Lee and Nancy Benac. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video, audio, interactive.

— SYRIA — Syrian President Bashar Assad publicly agrees to a Russian plan to secure and destroy his chemical weapons, but says the proposal would work only if the U.S. halts threats of threats of military action. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

— OBAMA-SYRIA MISCALCULATIONS — Obama allies say he misread public's mood, Congress' willingness in push for strike at Syria. SENT: 800 words, photo.

— UNITED STATES-PUTIN — Obama administration, House speaker push back on Putin's op-ed on Syria. SENT: 460 words.

— SYRIA-MILITARY COSTS — US spending roughly $27 million a week to keep extra ships on Syria watch. SENT: 130 words

— LEBANON-SYRIAN REFUGEES-PHOTO GALLERY — In Lebanon, long days for Syrian refugees waiting for raging civil war to end. SENT: 250 words, photos.


WASHINGTON —The slowly recovering U.S. job market has helped women rebound faster than men: They've now regained all the jobs they lost to the Great Recession. Men are still 2.1 million jobs short. And the gender gap is expected to persist until the job market is much healthier. To understand why, consider the kinds of jobs that are, and aren't, being added. By Paul Wiseman and Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 731 words, photo, graphic.


NEW YORK — Twitter is going public. The short messaging service says it has filed confidential documents for an initial public offering of stock.But the documents are sealed, as Twitter is taking advantage of federal legislation passed last year that allows companies with less than $1 billion in revenue in its last fiscal year to avoid submitting public IPO documents. By Technology Writers Barbara Ortutay And Michael Liedtke. SENT: 220 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7:30.


MOGADISHU, Somalia — An American who became one of Somalia's most visible Islamic rebels and was on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list was killed by rivals in the extremist group al-Shabab, militants said. The killing of Omar Hammami, a native of Daphne, Alabama, may discourage other would-be jihadis from the U.S. and elsewhere from traveling to Somalia, terrorism experts said. Hammami, who was known as Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, or "the American," was killed in an ambush in southern Somalia following months on the run after falling out with al-Shabab's top leader, militants said. By Jason Straziuso. SENT: 900 words, photos, interactive.


LYONS, Colo. — Heavy rains sent walls of water crashing down mountainsides in Colorado, cutting off remote towns, forcing the state's largest university to close and leaving at least three people dead across a rugged landscape that included areas blackened by recent wildfires. A warm, moist storm system has been dropping rain on the region for much of the week. Up to 8 inches fell in an area spanning from the Wyoming border south to the foothills west of Denver. Flooding extended all along the Front Range mountains, including the cities of Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Aurora and Boulder. By P. Solomon Banda. Sent: 800 words, photos, videos.


— COLORADO FLOODING THE LATEST — The latest news from the scene of the flooding. SENT: 650 words, photos.


TEHRAN, Iran — For 15 years, Iranian presidents have been drawn to the U.N.'s global stage to mold their image and press their message. Reformist Mohammad Khatami made his debut before the world body's annual General Assembly in 1998, declaring himself a "man from the East" seeking dialogue with the West. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went in the other direction, jabbing at Washington and its allies, and leaving a trail of jaw-dropping comments such as telling a Columbia University forum in 2007 that Iran has no gays. By Nasser Karimi and Brian Murphy. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


LOS ANGLES — NASA's Voyager I probe has left the solar system, boldly going where no machine has gone before. Thirty-six years after it rocketed away from Earth, the plutonium-powered spacecraft has escaped the sun's influence and is now cruising 11 1/2 billion miles away in interstellar space, or the vast, cold emptiness between the stars, NASA said. By Alicia Chang. SENT: 700 words, photos.



WATERBURY, Conn. — Abused in life and death, an enslaved man known as Mr. Fortune will be honored with an elaborate funeral more than 200 years after he died in Connecticut. Fortune's remains will lie in state in the Capitol rotunda in Hartford on Thursday before taken by state police escort to Waterbury for a memorial service at the church where he was baptized and burial in a cemetery filled with prominent residents. Plans call for bagpipers and the singing of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." By John Christoffersen. SENT: 620 words, photos.


MIAMI — Dear seniors, your Medicare benefits aren't changing under the Affordable Care Act. That's the message federal health officials are trying to get out to elderly consumers confused by overlapping enrollment periods for Medicare and "Obamacare." Medicare beneficiaries don't have to do anything differently and will continue to go to Medicare.gov to sign up for plans. But advocates say many have been confused by a massive media blitz directing consumers to new online insurance exchanges set up as part of the federal health law. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 950 words, photos, interactive.



ABU DIS, West Bank — The words rang hopeful and historic. Israel and the PLO agreed "it is time to put an end to decades of confrontation and conflict" and reach a "just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement." Twenty years after the two sides signed the accord on the White House lawn, the words that launched Israeli-Palestinian talks on dividing the Holy Land into two states ring hollow to many on both sides. Negotiators say mistakes they made then cause damage to this day. By Karin Laub. SENT: 1,200 words by 2:30 p.m., photos.


SOFIA, Bulgaria — The defector from communist Bulgaria was jabbed in the thigh with a poisoned umbrella tip in one of the most sensational assassinations of the Cold War. Thirty-five years later, no one has been convicted of Georgi Markov's murder. Further dimming hopes the killing will be solved, Bulgaria's chief prosecutor announces the inquiry has been closed. By Veleselin Toshkov. SENT: 550 words, photos.



BEIJING —The iPhone's magic as China's must-have smartphone is eroding. Last year, eager buyers in Beijing waited overnight in freezing weather to buy the iPhone 4S. Just 18 months later, many Chinese gadget lovers responded with a shrug this week when Apple Inc. unveiled two new versions of the iPhone 5. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 910 words, photo.


SAN FRANCISCO — One of the biggest challenges facing Brian McAndrews, the new CEO of Internet radio giant Pandora, is resetting the royalty rate the company pays to record labels. The companies begin negotiations before a federal board in January and both sides are already digging their heels in. By Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.



WASHINGTON — For Carlos Santana, music has always been a calling. He idolized his mariachi musician father as a boy in their remote Mexican hometown and grew up with the Woodstock generation after immigrating to San Francisco. Now the immigrant turned music legend will join the luminaries receiving this year's highest national honors for influencing American culture through the arts. Santana is among five who will receive the Kennedy Center Honors this year. By Brett Zongker. SENT: 900 words, photos.



Part five-star hotel, part Palm Springs fitness club, part Apple Store. Call them football palaces, and no college program can call itself big-time without one that will leave recruits wide-eyed. The AP presents a photo gallery of five of the nation's most lavish facilities. SENT: 150 words.


10 THINGS TO SEE — This week's collection of top photos includes a visual memorial for the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, hikers on the summit of Mount Fuji in Japan and Syrian boys washing up in a Lebanese refugee camp. AP Photos NC101-110.


— SHORTEST WOMAN — Guinness World Records promotes new edition with NYC visit of shortest woman, 2 feet tall. SENT: 116 words, photos.

— MEDIA SHIELD LAW — Senate panel approves measure defining a journalist, OKs media shield legislation. SENT: 980 words.

— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Fire officials say a Northern California fire was much more destructive than originally thought, burning 68 homes and more than 100 outbuildings. A body was also found. SENT: 500 words.

— CLUSTER BALLOON FLIGHT — Hundreds of helium-filled balloons being used in attempt to cross Atlantic Ocean. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— BOSTON MARATHON-WIDOW — In-laws of dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect testify before federal grand jury. SENT: 800 words.

— TSA SCREENER THREAT — A website linked to an arrested airport security screener predicts that America will be "reduced to nothing" by events greater than the 9/11 attacks. Officials are trying to determine if the statement was a threat. Sent: 550 words, photos.

— OBIT-TAYLOR — Robert Taylor, creator of Softsoap, the liquid that displaced bar soap in millions of American homes, dies at 77.. SENT: 580 words, photo.

— MOTHER'S SCATHING OBITUARY: Children write a scathing obituary for their late mother in the Reno paper, saying she spent a "lifetime torturing" them. SENT: 550 words.

— IG-NOBELS — Nobel laureates announce the winners of the Ig Nobel awards, which honor weird and humorous scientific discoveries. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7:30 p.m., photos.