BC-AP News Digest 2 pm

Published: April 22, 2014

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The world at 2 p.m. Times are EDT.

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DEVELOPING

– PAUL-2016 — Rand Paul sits down with David Axelrod for a Q & A at University of Chicago, sure to prompt some lively discussion, if not sparks. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Education forum underway, Q&A with Paul begins at 5 p.m. 700 words by 6 p.m., photos.

–OBAMA — Tours town in Washington at 4:30 p.m., makes remarks at 6:50 p.m. EDT.

–SENATE-NORTH CAROLINA — Debate begins at 7 p.m.

TOP STORIES

RUSSIA-PUTIN-ANALYSIS

MOSCOW — Since he took over Crimea, Russian President Vladimir Putin has seen his popularity soar and his opposition fall silent. So when the U.S. vice-president tells Russia to defuse tensions in Ukraine, Putin has few reasons to listen. In recent weeks, an emboldened Putin has moved to silence the news media and — on Tuesday — threaten his most vocal critic with jail. By Lynn Berry. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

SUPREME COURT-TV ON THE INTERNET

WASHINGTON — Grappling with the changing world of technology, the Supreme Court worries whether it can protect television broadcasters’ copyrights without threatening the burgeoning field of cloud computing. Broadcasters say Internet startup Aereo Inc. is essentially stealing their programming to distribute to its online customers. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 580 words, photo. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3:30 p.m., photo

SUPREME COURT-AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

WASHINGTON — In a blow to affirmative action, the Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. In a 6-2 ruling, the court says voters had the right to change the state constitution to prohibit public colleges from considering race, although one justice passionately accuses the court of failing to confront racial inequality. The decision bolsters voter-approved initiatives banning affirmative action in other states. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos.

SKOREA-SHIP SINKING-EMBATTLED CREW

MOKPO, South Korea — As a South Korean ferry sank, crew members gave their lifejackets to passengers. One refused to leave until she shepherded students off the boat, and was later found dead. Others worked from rescue boats to break windows with hammers and pull people trapped in cabins to safety. By Gillian Wong and Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 950 words, photos.

– TOP VIDEO — 0422dv–skorea–ferry–wrap — Outside a district court in Mokpo, South Korea, the Chief Mate of the Sewol ferry that sank last week said that crew members were given the order to leave the ship after the passengers, when the ship had tilted to almost 90 degrees.

– SKOREA-SHIP SINKING — For a moment there is silence in the tent where bodies from the ferry disaster are brought for identification. Then the anguished cries begin. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

– SKOREA-SHIP SINKING-PROFILES — A bicycle, never ridden. A lipstick prank pulled off by old friends. Mother-daughter conversations that now burn in the memory, laden with regret. Among the 302 people dead or missing in last week’s South Korean ferry disaster, there are a multitude of stories. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

SOUTH SUDAN-VIOLENCE

NAIROBI, Kenya — The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn’t safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. Then gunmen opened fire on everyone, even the young and the old. The U.N. says hundreds of civilians were killed in the massacre last week, a tragic reflection of longstanding ethnic hostilities in the world’s newest country. By Jason Straziuso. SENT: 820 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3 p.m.

– TOP PHOTO — LON813 — In this image taken from video dead bodies lie on the road near Bentiu South Sudan on Sunday April 20, 2014.

NEPAL-EVEREST AVALANCHE

Kathmandu, Nepal — Most Sherpa guides have decided to leave Mount Everest, a guide says, confirming a walkout certain to disrupt a climbing season already marked by grief over the lives lost in an avalanche last week — the deadliest disaster ever on the world’s highest peak. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.

– NEPAL-EVEREST’S ICEFALL — On Everest, everybody knows that the Khumbu Icefall is dangerous. It is a river of ice, a half mile of constantly shifting glacier punctuated by deep crevasses and overhanging immensities of ice that can be as large as 10-story buildings. Crossing it can take 12 hours. SENT: 890 words, photos.

MORE ON UKRAINE

UKRAINE-TWO MAYORS

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — The southeastern city of Slovyansk had two mayors: the elected mayor, Nelya Sherpa, who disappeared after speaking out against Russian support for the armed men now controlling city hall, and the self-appointed Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the head of a textile plant who has taken charge and appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to send in “peacekeeping” troops. By Yuras Karmanau. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, by 4 p.m.

– UKRAINE — Hours after U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden leaves Kyiv, Ukraine’s acting president is ordering security forces to resume operations in the country’s east, and the Defence Ministry says a military aircraft was struck by gunfire in the region. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

– RUSSIA-OPPOSITION LEADER — In a move that was also warning shot at all those who dare to challenge President Putin, a Moscow justice of the peace fines Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for slandering a lawmaker and left the door open to locking up the Kremlin’s most vocal critic in prison for years. SENT: 680 words, photos.

WASHINGTON & POLITICS

SUPREME COURT-POLITICAL SPEECH

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices voice serious doubts about whether an Ohio law that bars false statements about candidates in political campaigns is constitutional. By Sam Hananel. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3:30 p.m., photo.

– OBAMA — En route to Asia, Obama visits Washington state to survey damage from the mudslide that killed dozens in Oso. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: Developing from afternoon tour, evening remarks. 600 words by 6 p.m., 700 words by 8 p.m., photos.

– SENATE-NORTH CAROLINA –House Speaker Thom Tillis and other GOP Senate hopefuls debate for the first time in the race to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan, one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m. EDT, with updates from debate; 650 words by 9 p.m., photos.

– CUBAN TWITTER-ROOTS OF HOPE — Leaders of prominent Cuban-American non-profit provided support for US-backed ‘Cuban Twitter.’ SENT: 1250 words. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos.

BUSINESS

ECONOMY-COLLEGE GRADUATES

WASHINGTON — With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads — a bit. But finding work — especially a dream job — remains tough for those just graduating. Many are settling for jobs outside their fields of study or for less pay than they’d expected or hoped for. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: 660 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3:30 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL

SYRIA-HOMS LAST STAND

BEIRUT — Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as government forces launch their harshest assault yet to expel them from the central city, once known as the capital of the revolution. The fight for Homs underscores the determination of President Bashar Assad’s forces to rout rebel ahead of presidential elections in June. By Diaa Hadid. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

– SYRIA-CHEMICAL WEAPONS — Chemical weapons watchdog says Syria has surrendered 86 per cent of its weapons stockpile. SENT: 130 words.

POLAND-FADING JOHN PAUL

WADOWICE, Poland — His death triggered a massive outpouring of grief in Poland. His beatification, an explosion of pride and jubilation. But days before John Paul II is to be declared a saint, many of his countrymen are greeting the landmark with little more than a shrug. By Monika Scislowska. SENT: 700 words, photos

NATIONAL

BABY LOBSTER DECLINE

PORTLAND, Maine — The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine is steadily declining, possibly due to warmer ocean temperatures, pollution, changes in predation and availability of food and atmospheric conditions, scientists say — a development that could mean the end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England’s lobster fishery. The downward trend has lobstermen, retailers, state officials and ocean scientists concerned that the impact could soon be felt on the dinner table. By Patrick Whittle. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2 p.m., photos.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT-WISCONSIN

RACINE, Wis. — Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings this spring when public tours begin at an industrial tower with a tree-like design. The building with its cantilevered structure opened in 1950 as a research centre for home products giant SC Johnson, and within eight years, scientists working there had developed Raid, Off, Glade and Pledge. By M.L. Johnson. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.

ENTERTANMENT

FILM-SUMMER PREVIEW

NEW YORK — Like jumbo jets on the runway, Hollywood’s summer movies are lined up, ready for takeoff. They’re hoping for only minor turbulence. But if the movie business had a “fasten your seat belt” light, it was certainly flashing last summer, when numerous high-profile releases flopped. But summer — that annual rite of superheroes, sequels and spectacle — is when Hollywood bets big. That’s no different this year, with the upcoming releases of big-budget films like “Godzilla,” “Maleficient,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 1050 words by 3 p.m., photos.

–SUMMER PREVIEW-THE ROOKIE: Chris Pratt on landing the lead in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m., photos.

–SUMMER PREVIEW-THE VETERAN: Michael Bay on rebooting “Transformers.” UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m., photos.

BOLLYWOOD OSCARS-WHY TAMPA

TAMPA — Macau, Singapore, London.Tampa? The International Indian Film Academy is holding its annual awards ceremony in Tampa. It’s the first time the IIFA has held its awards in the United States. IIFA organizers say Tampa was chosen because city and tourism leaders were aggressive in courting the multi-day event. There was also another reason: the Indian film industry wants to expand its reach into the U.S. Indian films — and not just the song-and-dance extravaganzas — are wildly popular worldwide. According to the IIFA, about 1,700 Indian films were made in 2012, while about 400 were made in Hollywood. But the average, non-Indian American knows little about Indian films, outside of “Slumdog Millionaire.” Tourism leaders in Tampa are thrilled — they’re hoping this draws more Indian tourists to the area. Some 30,000 people are expected to come to the area for the event. By Tamara Lush. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

TV-BLACK BOX

NEW YORK — ABC’s brainy new medical drama “Black Box” dares viewers to imagine for themselves the cost-benefit ratio of addiction, and does it never taking a firm stand. It does so in the person of Dr. Catherine Black, known as “the Marco Polo of the Brain,” who helps patients navigate a range of neurological disorders. She also secretly wrestles with one of her own: She’s bipolar. A look at this show, and an interview with Kelly Reilly, who stars as Dr. Black. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. UPCOMING: 850 words by 10 a.m., photos.

ALSO GETTING ATTENTION

– NYC CARRIAGE HORSES — Whoa there: NYC mayor’s plan to ban carriage horse stalls amid fierce opposition. SENT: 585 words, photos.

– D-DAY DISASTER — Submarine company says it has recorded detailed images of World War II wrecks off England. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 p.m., photos.

– E-CIGARETTE-HOSPITAL FIRE — New York hospital bans electronic cigarettes after patient on oxygen is burned in fire. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3:30 p.m.

– NAVAJO JUNK FOOD TAX — Navajo leaders try to pass a tax on junk food and eliminate it on fruits and vegetables as they battle health problems among tribal members. Will be updated with plans for vote. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m.

– ARCHAEOLOGY DRONES — Researchers equipped a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to discover ceremonial pits and other features from an ancient New Mexico civilization. The discovery could help archaeologists shed light on mysteries long buried by eroding desert landscapes, from the American Southwest to the Middle East. SENT: 800 words, photos.

– SPAIN-PUEBLO-NAME CHANGE — The tiny Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudios, whose second name means “Kill Jews,” will hold a referendum next month to decide if it should change its name. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m.

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