BC-AP News Digest 2 pm

Published: May 13, 2014

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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

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NEW AND DEVELOPING

–TV STATION CRASH-MARYLAND — Baltimore County police say a vehicle has rammed a television station and there may be an armed person inside the building.

– OBAMA-MEDAL OF Honour — White House ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m.

– PRIMARY RDP — West Virginia polls close at 7:30 p.m.; Nebraska polls at 9 p.m.

TOP STORIES

UKRAINE

Kyiv, Ukraine — An insurgent ambush kills six soldiers in eastern Ukraine even as a possible path toward peace emerges: A German-backed plan to decentralize the government and disarm the insurgents. Ukraine’s leadership is wary and Washington is skeptical, but analysts say Vladimir Putin is more likely to accept a deal that doesn’t come from Washington. By Nataliya Vasilyeva and Julie Pace. SENT: 840 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words with new approach by 6 p.m.

–UKRAINE-ROAD MAP-GLANCE — A potential peace deal has emerged for Ukraine after months of political chaos, deadly violence, economic volatility and the worst crisis between Russia and the West in a generation. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m., photos.

EUROPEAN COURT-GOOGLE

AMSTERDAM — In a landmark ruling that could rock the Internet search-engine industry, Europe’s highest court says people are entitled to some control over what pops up when their name is Googled. The court says Google and its competitors must listen and sometimes comply when individuals ask that links to articles and websites about themselves be removed from search results. By Toby Sterling. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 900 words with new approach by 4 p.m.

TURKEY-MINING ACCIDENT

ANKARA, Turkey — An explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey traps up to 300 workers underground, and one miner is confirmed dead. Rescue teams from neighbouring regions are sent to the scene. SENT: 220 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m., graphic.

NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS

ABUJA, Nigeria — U.S. reconnaissance aircraft fly over Nigeria in the search for 276 schoolgirls whose abduction a month ago may compel Nigeria’s government to negotiate with a violent Islamic group. A Nigerian official says “all options are open” to free the girls, with the Boko Haram militants offering to swap the girls for jailed comrades. By Bashir Adigun. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.

IRAQ

BAGHDAD — Militants unleash a wave of car bombings in Iraq, killing at least 34 people and sending thick, black smoke into the Baghdad skies in a show of force meant to intimidate the majority Shiites as they marked what is meant to be a joyous holiday for their sect. The attacks come nearly two weeks after Iraqis cast ballots in the country’s first parliamentary election since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2001. By Sameer N. Yacoub. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

– AP VIDEO BAGHDAD BLASTS KILL DOZENS — A wave of car bombings in mainly Shiite areas of Baghdad killed 28 people.

MINE ACCIDENT-WEST VIRGINIA

WHARTON, W.Va. — Two miners killed in an underground coal mine worked for a company that had so many safety problems federal officials deemed it a “pattern violator,” a rare designation reserved for the industry’s worst offenders. Brody Mine No. 1 was one of only three mines last year to earn the label, which regulators have put greater emphasis on since the 2010 Upper Big Branch explosion killed 29 miners about 10 miles away. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 600 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos.

UNITED NATIONS-SYRIA-BRAHIMI

UNITED NATIONS — Lakhdar Brahimi resigns as the top international envoy for Syria after a nearly two-year struggle that failed to bring peace to the war-ravaged country. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blames the parties but especially the government, the deeply divided U.N. Security Council, and influential countries for the failure to reach a peace deal. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

INTERNATIONAL

ISRAEL-OLMERT

TEL AVIV — An Israeli court sentences former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to six years in prison for his role in a bribery scandal, capping the stunning downfall of a politician who just a few years ago hobnobbed at the White House and claimed to be close to reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

SOUTH SUDAN-DESPERATE SCENES

LEER, South Sudan — Bodies stuffed in wells. Houses burned down. Children playing on military hardware. And infants showing the skeletal outlines of severe hunger. These are scenes from a remote part of South Sudan where Doctors Without Borders has begun feeding malnourished children despite repeated violence. The U.N. secretary-general warns if fighting continues, half of South Sudan’s 12 million people will be displaced, starving or dead by year’s end. By Josphat Kasire. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.

EUROPEAN BLUES

BATH, England — In a pub in a genteel corner of England, the rest of Europe feels far away. Which is just how Nigel Farage likes it. Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, sips his impeccably English pint of beer with the smile of a man on track to win the biggest share of British votes in elections for the European Parliament — a parliament Farage wants to abolish, along with the 28-nation EU bloc. Increasing numbers of voters agree with him — both in Britain and across the continent. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

WASHINGTON

OBAMA-MEDAL OF Honour

WASHINGTON — The ambush began as Army Sgt. Kyle White and his platoon made their way along a narrow mountainside trail in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province. Knocked unconscious by a Taliban-fired rocket propelled grenade, White recovered and, reeling from concussions and shrapnel in his face, saved the life of a buddy and helped secure the evacuation of other wounded Americans. White becomes only the seventh living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. SENT: 360 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4:30 p.m.

CONGRESS-TAX BREAKS

WASHINGTON — A bill to renew more than 50 expired tax breaks for businesses and individuals clears a key hurdle in the Senate. Some provisions benefit millions of taxpayers, such as a sales tax deduction for people who live in states without an income tax and a business tax credit for investing in research and development. Others are tailored to narrow interests — film producers, NASCAR race track owners and manufacturers of electric motorcycles. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

– TAX BREAKS-LIST — Key tax breaks in the bill. UPCOMING: 200 words by 3 p.m.

– IRS-TAX CREDITS — The IRS paid at least $13 billion in tax credits that are supposed to help low-income families to people who did not deserve them in 2013, according the agency’s inspector general. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

PRIMARY RDP

WASHINGTON — The tea party challenges the Republican establishment in a Nebraska Senate primary showdown that’s suddenly more compelling with a surging third candidate. West Virginia is poised to make history by nominating two women for the Senate seat always held by men and for three decades by a Rockefeller. SENT: 750 words; UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., updates after polls close, 850 words by 9 p.m., photos.

NATIONAL

BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT’S FRIENDS

BOSTON — Three college friends of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect will be tried separately, but those trials do not need to be moved out of Massachusetts, a federal judge rules. Two of the men are accused of taking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s laptop and a backpack containing fireworks from his dorm room after last year’s deadly bombings; a third friend is charged with lying to investigators. By Paige Sutherland. SENT: 400 words, photos.

NYPD INTELLIGENCE

NEW YORK — The New York Police Department, despite disbanding a unit that once tracked the everyday lives of Muslims, has taken a tough stance in a heated legal battle over its continuing use of Muslim informants in investigations of terror threats. Says one civil rights lawyer: “Those who had looked to Mayor de Blasio for real meaningful changes in policing and relationships with Muslims are disappointed.” SENT: 600 words, photos.

TEXAS EXECUTION

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A convicted murderer set for execution in Texas has his hopes pinned on two appeals, including one challenging the state’s plan to use a drug for which it will not reveal the source — as was the case with drugs used in a botched Oklahoma execution. Robert James Campbell, set to die for killing a 20-year-old Houston bank teller, would be the first U.S. inmate put to death since Clayton Lockett’s vein collapsed during his lethal injection, prompting Oklahoma prison officials to halt the procedure. Lockett later died of a heart attack. Oklahoma authorities have suggested the trouble started with Lockett’s vein rather than the drugs, but Campbell’s attorneys are among several arguing the incident demands greater execution drug transparency. By Michael Graczyk. SENT: 560 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

BUSINESS

GENERAL MOTORS-RECALL-AIR BAGS

Here’s an unsettling fact about cars equipped with air bags: they might not deploy when drivers — or regulators — expect them to. In looking at crashes involving older General Motors small cars where 13 people were killed, safety regulators were surprised to find that the cars’ air bags failed to work after the ignition switch unexpectedly moved out of the run position and the engine stalled. As safety officials scramble to learn how automakers program the air bags to act in various situations, drivers would be wise not to assume the bags will work anytime their car is involved in an accident. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 920 words, photos.

– GENERAL MOTORS-RECALL-AIR BAGS-GLANCE — Some important facts about air bags. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2:30 p.m.

SPORTS

SORRY NOT SORRY

NEW YORK — In a botched non-apology apology, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling only dug himself in deeper after slamming ex-NBA star Magic Johnson when he was supposed to be atoning for his own behaviour. He’s not the first celebrity figure to stumble through a planned mea culpa — many others have failed to simply say “I’m sorry” to a skeptical public. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

ENTERTAINMENT

TV-BARBARA WALTERS

NEW YORK — When Barbara Walters came on the scene, John Kennedy was in the White House, a motorist could fill ‘er up for three bucks and no one had heard of the Beatles. On Friday, capping a spectacular half-century run she began as the so-called “Today” Girl on NBC, Walters, 84, will exit ABC’s “The View.” In an interview, she discusses her career and looks ahead to her imminent retirement — and sleeping late. SENT: 680 words, photos.

ALSO GETTING ATTENTION

– HILLARY CLINTON — The White House and an adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton are criticizing Republican strategist Karl Rove for suggesting that the former secretary of state’s health — she sustained a fall in 2012 — will be relevant if she runs for president again. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photo.

– ABORTION RESTRICTIONS ARIZONA — Lawyers for the state of Arizona go the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to fight for the nation’s strictest restrictions on the use of abortion drugs. SENT: 330 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 3 p.m.

– ARLINGTON CEMETERY-ANNIVERSARY — Descendants of the first soldier buried at Arlington National Cemetery participate in a ceremony commemorating the intermen’s 150th anniversary. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos by 3 p.m.

– SUSPICIOUS LETTERS — A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials is sentenced. Developing from court proceedings. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

–IMMIGRATION — Immigrant youth activists call for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other top Democrats to pressure President Barack Obama to halt deportations entirely, highlighting a growing split between those demanding immediate action by the White House and others who want to give the GOP-led House more time to act. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m., photo, video

–RUBIO — Possible GOP presidential contender Marco Rubio proposes higher retirement age for younger workers, opening federal retirement accounts to all Americans. SENT: 650 words, photos.

–UNITED STATES-INDIA-REPAIRING RELATIONS — U.S. looks to repair ties with India, but has an uneasy relationship with the man expected to become prime minister. SENT: 940 words, photos.

– CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS — Longtime spokesman says New Jersey Gov. Christie was unaware of traffic jam scheme. SENT: 620 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.

– SPRING ART AUCTIONS — Francis Bacon work could bring $80M at auction; Warhol, Basquiat among other big-ticket items. SENT: 470 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from 7 p.m. auction, then 400 words by 9 p.m.

– NEWARK MAYOR — Voters in Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, choosing successor to former Mayor Cory Booker. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Polls close at 8 p.m.; 300 words after winner is called, photos.

– YALE-LEAVING TO SING — Yale basketball player leaving the team for a year to tour as a Whiffenpoof singer. SENT: 500 words, photo.

– SHOTS FIRED-HOME — Authorities: Domestic dispute led to shooting death of New Hampshire cop by gunman who later died in house fire. SENT: 530 words, photos.

– NYC TERROR LAWYERS — Scorn, icy stares are part of the job for lawyers who represent despised terrorism suspects. SENT: 670 words, photos.

– SWITZERLAND-OBIT GIGER — Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic “Alien,” has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall. SENT: 540 words.

– BRITAIN-DEFACED ROTHKO — London’s Tate Modern puts Mark Rothko’s mural “Black on Maroon” back on display, more than a year and a half after it was defaced with black ink by a vandal — and after a successful restoration. SENT: 470 words, photos.

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