BC-AP News Digest 6:10 pm


Associated Press

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM

The world at 6:10 p.m. Times are EDT.

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— BREAKING BAD-FINALE — Story will move by 10:15 p.m.

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— MALI-EXPLOSION — Residents: Mali army exchanges gunfire with Tuareg separatist rebels in northern town of Kidal. SENT: 570 words.

— PASTOR KILLED — Sheriff's Office: La pastor shot twice: On gunman's entry and at close range, with pastor on floor. SENT: 200 words, photo.

— ASTRONAUT-STROKE — Astronaut Scott Carpenter, 2nd American to orbit Earth, recovering from stroke. SENT: 130 words.

TIGERS-MARLINS — Alvarez gets no-hitter while standing in on-deck circle, Marlins beat Tigers 1-0 in 9th. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

— CUBA-JESSE JACKSON — The Rev. Jesse Jackson to keep working for retrieval of US man captured by Colombian rebels. SENT: 540 words.

— MARCELLA HAZAN — Family: Marcella Hazan, influential Italian chef and cookbook author, dies at 89 at Fla. home. SENT: 120 words.

— MAYOR CANDIDATE DRINKS— Boston hotel nixes drinks named after mayoral hopefuls; 1 candidate is recovering alcoholic. SENT: 200 words.



WASHINGTON — The government is on the brink of a partial shutdown Tuesday as Republicans give no ground in their fight to undermine President Barack Obama's health law. The next step on Capitol Hill comes in the Democratic-controlled Senate, which is set to meet 10 hours before the midnight Monday deadline and plans to reject the House's gambit of attaching a one-year delay of key parts of the health law to an otherwise routine temporary government funding bill. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video, interactive.

— SHUTDOWNS THROUGH HISTORY — From Founding Fathers to Newt Gingrich, many characters in history of US federal shutdowns. SENT: 1,350 words, photos, video, interactive.

—BUDGET BATTLE-SHUTDOWN IMPACT — Travelers, homebuyers would be among the first to lose, effects would grow over time. SENT: 700 words.

—BUDGET BATTLE-WHAT'S NEXT — Next steps as Congress works through budget mess. SENT: 400 words, photos.


JERUSALEM — Mortified that the world may now go easy on Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking a perhaps unpopular message to the White House and UN: Do not be fooled by conciliatory gestures that are nothing more than a ruse to conceal the unabated march toward a nuclear bomb. Netanyahu will deliver some strong words of caution — and freshly gathered intelligence — aimed at maintaining tough economic sanctions and not allowing Iran to move any closer to becoming a nuclear threshold state. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

— ISRAEL-IRAN — Israel has arrested an Iranian-born Belgian citizen for allegedly spying on the Jewish state for Tehran. SENT: 500 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Always scrutinized, Iran now will be under even greater watch as the U.S. looks for signals the Islamic Republic's new president is serious and powerful enough to pursue detente with Washington and an end to the painful economic penalties imposed over its nuclear program. A News Analysis by Steven R. Hurst. SENT: 990 words, photos.

—UNITED STATES-IRAN — Iran's foreign minister says Tehran would open nuclear facilities to international inspectors as part of negotiations with U.S., and talks have supreme leader's backing. SENT: 600 words, photo.


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is the insurance industry's most powerful pitchman these days as he drums up interest in the health insurance markets opening for business Tuesday. Whatever the merits of his product, there are reasons for the buyer to beware of his rhetoric. The president is being a bit slippery on the costs of coverage, in particular. His opponents are taking their own liberties as they talk up the ills of what they deride as "Obamacare" and defend their approach to the budget impasse that could close parts of the government. On these points, caveat emptor. An assessment of the claims. By Calvin Woodward. SENT: 1,800 words, photos, video, audio.


The turbaned gunmen who infiltrated Nairobi's Westgate mall arrived with a set of religious trivia questions: As terrified civilians hid in toilet stalls, behind mannequins, in ventilation shafts and underneath food court tables, the assailants began a high-stakes game of 20 Questions to separate Muslims from those they consider infidels. Numerous survivors described how the attackers from al-Shabab, a Somali cell which recently joined al-Qaida, shot people who failed to provide the correct answers. Their chilling accounts, combined with internal al-Shabab documents discovered earlier this year by The Associated Press, mark the final notch in a transformation within the global terror network, which began to rethink its approach after its setbacks in Iraq. By Rukmini Callimachi. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.


CAIRO — A brutal crackdown on Islamists after a military coup that ousted Egypt's first democratically elected president is posing a dilemma for the country's intellectual elite, which championed greater freedoms during a popular revolt two years ago but now seems largely acquiescent in the wave of arrests and raids targeting the Muslim Brotherhood. The reason: a widespread bitterness over Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi's year in power, further stoked now by a media campaign depicting the clampdown as a fight against terrorism. By Kim Gamel. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — A man named Ravil catapults onto the dance floor and starts stomping out the lezginka, the arrogant rooster strut of the Chechen national dance. Ravil's spontaneous performance is made even more unusual by the fact he's in one of the two gay clubs in Sochi, the southern Russian town that will host the Winter Olympics amid Vladimir Putin's harsh crackdown on gays. The morality campaign — centered on a law banning homosexual "propaganda" — has threatened to overshadow the games as it provokes an international outcry. Paradoxically, however, Sochi is a far cry from the conservative lifestyle that the president is trying to promote. By Laura Mills. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.



NEWTOWN, Conn. — A few nights after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, David Posey heard a strange noise and went upstairs to check on his son. The little boy, who had just seen his teacher and a first-grade classmate gunned down, was pounding on the floor. "I know where the bad guy is," the child told his father, indicating down below, in hell. "I'm beating him up." Hundreds of children survived the shooting, but the horrors have been especially difficult for the dozen 6- and 7-year-olds who witnessed it. Nightmares are persistent, and any reminder of the attack — a fire alarm, a clap of thunder, even the sound of an intercom — can stir panic. By John Christoffersen. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.



POTISKUM, Nigeria — Suspected Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in dormitories and torching classrooms, the school's provost said. It was the latest violence in northeastern Nigeria's ongoing Islamic uprising. As many as 50 students may have been killed in the assault that began at about 1 a.m. Sunday in rural Gujba, Provost Molima Idi Mato of Yobe State College of Agriculture, told The Associated Press. By Adamu Adamu and Michelle Faul. SENT: 960 words, photos.


NAIROBI, Kenya — Karen Wambui walked slowly through the Nairobi city morgue's turquoise and yellow iron gates, still trying to process what she had seen inside. She had just confirmed that the last body still there from the Westgate Mall attack nearly a week earlier was that of her son, Calan Munyaka. The 27-year-old was one of 37 victims of the al-Shabab terrorist assault whose body was brought to the single-story main morgue building off a major road in the Kenyan capital, where a crucifix is nailed above the wooden entrance doors and the smell of the dead drifts out the open windows. By David Rising. SENT: 860 words, photos.


THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Chemical weapons inspectors who will oversee Syria's destruction of its chemical weapons said Sunday their first priority is to help the country scrap its ability to manufacture such arms by a Nov. 1 deadline. The inspectors said that may include smashing mixing equipment with sledgehammers, blowing up delivery missiles, driving tanks over empty shells or filling them with concrete, and running machines without lubricant so they seize up and become inoperable. By Toby Sterling. SENT: 700 words.

— SYRIA — President Bashar Assad says Damascus will comply with UN resolution on chemical weapons. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— SYRIA-RUINS-PHOTO ESSAY — Some families are finding shelter amid a cluster of lichen-covered ancient ruins outside Kafer Rouma, a village in northern Syria that has come under shelling by President Bashar Assad's forces during the country's civil war. SENT: 400 words, photos.


ATHENS, Greece — A Greek lawmaker sought by police surrenders, bringing to six the number of legislators from the extreme-right Golden Dawn party now in custody and accused of being members of a criminal organization with intent to commit crimes. The government crackdown on the fiercely anti-immigrant party marks the first time since 1974 that sitting members of a Greek Parliament have been arrested. By Demetris Nellas. SENT: 580 words, photos.


HARARE, Zimbabwe — A century-old thorn tree with an umbrella-shaped canopy offers shade to players on the 13th hole of Zimbabwe's oldest surviving golf course. The indigenous tree is going to stay, but "foreign" trees — firs, pines and eucalyptus — that were planted by early white settlers to remind them of their distant origins are now being rooted out. This has nothing to do with the politics of President Robert Mugabe, whose government has nationalized thousands of white-owned farms under a black empowerment program meant to reverse the entitlements of the white-led rule of the past. It is a conservation and course management program that will change the landscape of the Royal Harare Golf Club. By Gillian Gotora. SENT: 800 words, photos.



WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department wanted to help lower levels of childhood obesity, so it set new rules for the federally subsidized school lunch program in public schools. Make the meals more nutritious and favorites healthier — pizza with low-fat cheese and wheat crust, for example. Schools that failed to follow the rules would become ineligible for federal dollars for the free and low-cost meals served to poor students. A look at how schools are doing a year into rules that some officials contend are difficult and expensive to follow, some conservatives bemoan as food policing and some kids say have meant less tastier chow. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 700 words, photos.



RALEIGH, N.C. - While many states in the Northeast, Midwest and West have launched aggressive advertising campaigns ahead of the Oct. 1 start of signups for the new federal health care exchanges, there is a noticeable lack of information coming from many Southern states, where GOP politicians remain steadfastly against anything to do with the Affordable Care Act. Some are not just ignoring the exchanges, but going out of their way to continue to bash the health care overhaul and make its implementation more difficult. In North Carolina, the governor and the head of the state's department of health and human services plan a press conference this week to talk about how they think the law will negatively impact the state's economy. In Florida, the Department of Health recently banned "navigators" from conducting outreach on department property. By Emery Dalesio. SENT: 1,220 words.


PHOENIX — From the triple-digit temperatures the day before to the gusty winds that kicked up in a matter of hours, nearly every detail of what led to the June deaths of 19 firefighters battling an Arizona blaze has been painstakingly spelled out by investigators. Even though they say proper procedure was followed, the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and others wasted no time in asking that lessons be learned from the deaths. The challenge now, experts say, is figuring out how to prevent another tragedy from happening as the threat of wildfire shows no sign of diminishing in the nation's overgrown, drought-stricken forests and foothills. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 600 words, photos.


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — One of the biggest obstacles to space exploration is that you need to bring everything with you: tools, equipment, spare parts, satellites. NASA is working with a Silicon Valley company to make specialized 3D printers that would allow astronauts to produce the things they need on-demand when they're in space, allowing them to travel farther from the Earth. In June, Mountain View-based Made In Space successfully tested its machine in a zero-gravity environment at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. It's now working with NASA on plans to send its 3D printer on its first space mission -- to the International Space Center -- next year. By Martha Mendoza. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.


NEW ORLEANS — Top kill. Junk shot. Cofferdam. Top hat. Capping stack. Those terms — obscure industry jargon before BP's massive 2010 oil spill — became familiar buzzwords as the company scrambled to find a way to plug its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. More than three years later, the methods that BP employed during its 86-day struggle to stop the gusher will be the focus of a trial resuming Monday in the high-stakes litigation spawned by the nation's worst offshore oil spill. BP insists it was properly prepared to respond to the disaster, but plaintiffs' attorneys will argue the oil company could have capped the well much sooner if it hadn't ignored decades of warnings about the risks of a deep-water blowout. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


NEW YORK — With an assist from Michelle Obama, the Girl Scouts of the USA is launching an unorthodox recruitment campaign this week aimed at reversing a long-running decline in participation by girls and adult volunteers. The first lady, whose daughter Sasha joined a Washington troop, says leaders can "show girls that anything is possible." The upbeat campaign follows a trying stretch for the Girl Scouts, with difficulties including a deficit-strapped pension plan, rifts over the direction of Girl Scout programming, and revenue shortfalls that prompted staff cuts. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 900 words, photos.



NEW YORK — After five seasons, AMC's drama series "Breaking Bad" goes for broke with its finale. What will be the fate of teacher-turned-drug-lord Walter White? Television Writer Frazier Moore. UPCOMING: 600 words by 10:15 p.m., photos.

— BREAKING-BAD-PHOTO-GALLERY — A look back at 5 seasons of 'Breaking Bad,' a show that kept its audience hooked. SENT: 80 words, photos.


NEW YORK - The supply is running low and you know there won't be more. "Breaking Bad" stands to leave its fans reeling. With the end imminent, who can say what fate awaits this chemistry-teacher-cancer-victim-turned-drug-lord in the finale. One thing's for sure: It will be beautiful. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


— HOMELESS VETERANS — Homeless veterans and other chronically homeless people are being helped by Atlanta, a city that for years has struggled to keep people off the streets. The city is well on its way to meeting its goal of finding homes for 800 people this year, with already more than 700 in homes. SENT: 880 words, photos.

— SPACE STATION — NASA's newest delivery service pulled up at the International Space Station on Sunday after a week's delay, bringing more than a half-ton of meals and special treats to the astronauts who assisted in the high-flying feat. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— BOX OFFICE — 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2' tops weekend box office with estimated $35 million. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— HAGEL — Pentagon chief Hagel is in South Korea to discuss whether to extend America's wartime control over the South's armed forces, 60 years after a truce ended the Korean War. SENT: 600 words.

— IRAQ — A suicide bomber blows himself up inside a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad, the deadliest in a series of attacks that kill more than 30 people. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— SUDAN — Sudan halts largest daily newspaper from printing, extends schools closure. SENT: 500 words.

— USC-KIFFIN FIRED — USC fires coach Lane Kiffin; team lost 7 of last 11, including both Pac-12 games this season. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.