BC-AP News Digest 7 am

Photo -   New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas announces the issuance of an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Akien Scott in the Mother's Day shootings during a news conference in front of police headquarters in New Orleans, Monday, May 13, 2013. Scott's photo is on the front of the podium. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas announces the issuance of an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Akien Scott in the Mother's Day shootings during a news conference in front of police headquarters in New Orleans, Monday, May 13, 2013. Scott's photo is on the front of the podium. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
News,Science and Technology

The world at 7 a.m. Times EDT.

At the Nerve Center, news producers Barbara Whitaker and Karen Mahabir can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). For photos, Susan E. Plageman Jackson (ext. 1900). For graphics and interactives, Nathan Griffiths (ext. 7636). Expanded AP Content can be obtained from . For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact customersupport(at) or call 877-836-9477.


— SYRIA — Damascus wants details about U.S.-Russian initiative before deciding whether to attend talks.

— DRUNKEN DRIVING-ZERO DEATHS — Hearing begins 9:30 a.m.

— IMMIGRATION — Legal immigration is focus as Senate panel considers proposed changes to landmark bill; hearing begins 10 a.m.

— FARM BILL — Farm bills considered this week will cut spending while still growing farm programs; Senate hearing begins 10 a.m.

— KOBE BRYANT-LAWSUIT — Lawyers in federal court in New Jersey battle between Kobe Bryant and auction house; arguments begin at 11 a.m.

— PRINCE HARRY — Prince visits hard-hit Sandy towns in New Jersey; promotes British tourism and meets youth baseball players in New York; events begin midmorning.

— OLYMPIC WRESTLING-UNITY — Teams scheduled to appear in New York's Grand Central Station by late morning.

— OJ SIMPSON — Trial resumes; time uncertain.

— GAY MARRIAGE-MINNESOTA — Gov. Mark Dayton to sign bill at 5 p.m.



WASHINGTON — Congress was not told tea party groups were being inappropriately targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, even after acting agency Chief Steven Miller had been briefed on the matter. The IRS said that Miller was first informed more than a year ago that applications for the tax-exempt status by tea party groups were inappropriately singled out for extra scrutiny. House and Senate committees have both started investigations into the matter. By Stephen Ohlemacher.

AP photos, video.


LOS ANGELES — Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. The 37-year-old Oscar-winning actress writes in an op-ed story for The New York Times that she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother die in her 50s of the disease. "I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity," Jolie writes.

AP photos.

— JOLIE MASTECTOMIES Q&A — Angelina Jolie announced that she had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had a gene that significantly raised her risk of breast cancer. A crash course in the procedure Jolie and why. By Medial Writer Maria Cheng. AP photo.

— BREAST CANCER SURGERY — New options for breast cancer surgery treat women faster, gentler and preserve more tissue. AP video.


WASHINGTON — The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news. By Mark Sherman.

AP photos.


WASHINGTON — It's the not-so-green secret of the nation's wind-energy boom: Spinning turbines are killing thousands of federally protected birds, including eagles, each year. Each death is a federal crime. And the Obama administration has prosecuted oil and power companies for such deaths. But the administration has not prosecuted a single wind farm. Instead, an Associated Press investigation has found that it shields the industry from liability and helps keep the scope of the deaths secret. By Dina Cappiello.

AP photos, video.


NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans police search for a 19-year-old man they believe shot and wounded 20 people during a Mother's Day parade, after several witnesses identified him as the gunman on grainy surveillance video. Superintendent Ronal Serpas says that officers are looking for Akein Scott of New Orleans and they released a picture of him. Police say the teenager has a record of narcotics offenses. By Chevel Johnson.

AP photos, videos.


LONDON — Is it a boy? A girl? As the due date for Prince William and the former Kate Middleton's first child nears, observers are also asking: Where will the royal baby spend its first few months? The world won't know the gender of the baby until it's born in July. In addition, a major relocation from Wales to London and then from one palace apartment to another will complicate things for the parents-to-be, despite the royal couple's wealth and prestige. By Sylvia Hui.

AP photos.



WASHINGTON — A Guantanamo Bay detainee says he feels abandoned by President Barack Obama and the world after more than 10 years at the U.S. prison. Musa'ab Omar Al Madhwani made that statement in a federal court declaration about a month before Obama renewed his vow to close Guantanamo. Al Madhwani personifies the political thicket that Obama faces. Al Madhwani is from Yemen, and the administration has banned the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to that country because of security concerns. By Fred Frommer.

AP photos.


WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is poised to trim the number of civilian furlough days from 14 to 11 or fewer as it tries to find ways to deal with mandatory spending cuts, and is likely to let the military services expand the types of workers that will be exempt from the unpaid day off requirements, military officials say. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to announce a decision on the hotly contested issue as early as Tuesday. By Lolita C. Baldor.



DHAKA, Bangladesh — Thousands of mourners gather at the wreckage of a Bangladeshi garment factory building to offer prayers for the souls of the 1,127 people who died in the structure's collapse last month, the worst tragedy in the history of the global garment industry. By Farid Hossain.

AP photos.


TOKYO — An outspoken nationalist mayor said the Japanese military's forced prostitution of Asian women before and during World War II was necessary to "maintain discipline" in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers who risked their lives in battle. By Malcolm Foster.

AP photos.


MOSCOW — A Soyuz space capsule with a three-man crew returning from a five-month mission to the International Space Station lands safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan. Rescue teams moved quickly to help the crew in their bulky spacesuits exit out of the capsule, charred by the fiery re-entry through the atmosphere. They were then put into reclining chairs to start adjusting to the Earth's gravity after 146 days in space. By Vladimir Isachenkov.

AP photos, videos.



ST. PAUL, Minn. — With marriages to be available for Minnesota's gay couples starting Aug. 1, Duluth residents Gary Anderson and Gary Boelhower are getting ready to do something that seemed impossible when they started dating three years ago: plan a wedding. "The plan is to do it in August, definitely," Boelhower said shortly after Minnesota's Legislature took its final vote in favor of legalizing gay marriage. By Patrick Condon.

AP photos.


BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho agricultural company is seeking government approval for genetically-modified potatoes that are resistant to bruising and have less of a naturally-occurring chemical that's been linked to cancer. J.R. Simplot argues the biotech tubers will help farmers boost harvests with a potato that won't require warnings in California that their fries or chips cause cancer. Monsanto Co. shelved the first genetically modified potato 12 years ago after consumers shunned it. But Simplot says the timing is right to give what they call Innate potatoes another try. By John Miller.

AP photos, video.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Scientists who track the nation's volcanoes are working with diminishing resources as ongoing federal budget cuts force them to forgo maintenance of aging seismic equipment, shutting down some stations in Alaska altogether. Alaska is home to 52 historically active volcanoes including one that almost brought down a wide-body jet in 1989 before development of a vast tracking network. That monitoring system has regressed over the past few years because of shrinking finances further squeezed by across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration. By Rachel D'oro.

AP photos.

— ALASKA VOLCANOES — Second Alaska volcano is heating up, with seismic action signaling possible eruption, scientists say.



NEW YORK — The country's four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T's "It Can Wait" slogan to blanket TV and radio this summer. By Technology Writer Peter Svensson.

AP photo.



For one day this week, the U.S., Russia and Iran will be allied in a common cause — Olympic wrestling. The three powerhouse nations of the sport will hold an exhibition in Grand Central on Wednesday, stressing their joint objection to the sport being dumped from the Olympic roster. By Sports Writer Luke Meredith.

AP photos.


— MYANMAR-CYCLONE — Boats carrying more than 100 Rohingya Muslims capsize off Myanmar; 42 known survivors. AP graphic.

— PHILIPPINES-DEATH MARCH — Filipino director's new look at Bataan Death March makes entry at Cannes Film Festival. AP photos, video.

— OBIT-JOYCE BROTHERS — Popular psychologist, columnist and TV personality Joyce Brothers dead at 85. AP photos.

— ABORTION CLINIC DEATHS — A doctor who considered himself a pioneer is convicted of murdering three babies in Philadelphia after they were born alive. AP photos

— VERMONT-AID-IN-DYING — Vermont poised to join three other states allowing lethal drugs for terminally ill patients. AP photo.

— MICHAEL JACKSON-DOCTOR — Court urged to reject appeal by Michael Jackson's doctor, who argues court erred during trial. AP Photo NY108.

— COP IN A TREE — NYPD officer trying to help cat in tree gets stuck, needs fire department to get him down.

— NAVY-UNMANNED AIRCRAFT — Navy to attempt launching unmanned aircraft from deck of aircraft carrier for first time. AP photos.



View article comments Leave a comment