Brazil lower house OKs impeaching president, sends to Senate
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted late Sunday to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, delivering a major blow to a long-embattled leader who repeatedly argued that the push against her was a “coup.”
Rousseff is accused of using accounting tricks in managing the federal budget to maintain spending and shore up support. She has said previous presidents used similar maneuvers and stressed that she has not been charged with any crimes or implicated in any corruption scandals.
However, she failed to secure the support she needed, and more than the necessary two-thirds of lawmakers in the Chamber of Deputies voted to oust her.
“What an honor destiny has reserved for me!” shouted Bruno Araujo, a member of Socialist Democratic Party, upon making the decisive “yes” vote. Both cheers and boos erupted as Araujo waved his arm in the air.
With at least 342 of 513 deputies voting in favor, the measure passed. Several lawmakers had yet to vote, so the final tally could be an even wider victory for the opposition.
Aid begins to flow in after earthquake kills 246 in Ecuador
PEDERNALES, Ecuador (AP) — Aid began to flow in Sunday to areas devastated by Ecuador’s strongest earthquake in decades and the death toll continued to rise as people left homeless hunkered down for another night outside in the dark.
Officials said the quake killed at least 246 people and injured more than 2,500 along Ecuador’s coast. Vice President Jorge Glas said the toll was likely to rise because a large number of people remained unaccounted for, though he declined to say how many.
Much damage was reported in the cities of Manta, Portoviejo and Guayaquil, which are all several hundred kilometers (miles) from the epicenter of the quake that struck shortly after nightfall Saturday.
But the loss of life seemed to be far worse in isolated, smaller towns closed to the center of the earthquake.
In Pedernales, a town of 40,000 near the epicenter, soldiers put up a field hospital in a stadium where hundreds of people prepared to sleep outside for a second straight night. Downed power cables snaked across the streets with no prospect of electricity being restored soon, making it unsafe for many to return to their homes.
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1. MAGNITUDE-7.8 EARTHQUAKE KILLS HUNDREDS IN ECUADOR
The quake — the strongest to hit the country in decades — is centered on fishing ports and tourist beaches along the Pacific Coast.
2. WHERE TRUMP HAS SURPRISINGLY WIDE FOLLOWING
Staten Island, New York’s self-proclaimed “forgotten borough,” is a hidden bastion of Republicanism in one of the nation’s most liberal cities.
Trump’s rants risk annoying those who may decide nomination
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump’s relentless assault on the rules that govern how Republicans choose their nominee is coming far too late to change what even defenders acknowledge is a complicated selection system.
He seems to know it, too.
Instead, his railing against a “rigged” process appears aimed at amplifying his central message to an angry electorate: America is a mess, and only Trump can clean it up.
In the Wall Street Journal Friday, he equated the party’s nomination procedures with the “unfair trade, immigration and economic policies that have also been rigged against Americans.”
He added, “Let me ask America a question: How has the ‘system’ been working out for you and your family?
Oil meeting in Qatar collapses without freeze as Iran absent
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A meeting of oil-rich countries in Qatar that had been expected to boost crude prices by freezing production fell apart Sunday as Iran stayed home and vowed to increase its output despite threats by Saudi Arabia.
Oil prices, which hit a 12-year low in January by dipping under $30 a barrel, had risen above $40 in recent days, buoyed by the bullish talks surrounding the Doha summit.
But instead of a quick approval of a production freeze, the meeting of 18 oil-producing nations saw hours of debate and resembled the dysfunction of an unsuccessful meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in December that sent oil prices tumbling.
The fact that producers couldn’t agree to a freeze, let alone a production cut, likely means oil prices will drop again as markets open Monday.
“Prices will trade lower. Maybe sharply lower,” said Robert Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho Securities USA, noting the failure to reach agreement in Doha.
Calls for more aid for Japan quake zone; 42 dead, 10 missing
MINAMIASO, Japan (AP) — The U.S. military prepared to join relief efforts Monday in disaster-stricken areas of southern Japan as authorities struggled to feed and care for tens of thousands of people who sought shelter after two powerful earthquakes that killed at least 42 people.
Ten people remained missing, and rescuers were redoubling search efforts on the southern island of Kyushu, where many areas were cut off by landslides and road and bridge damage. Forecasts for heavy rains, which would make land and collapsed buildings even more unstable, added to the urgency of the searches.
Toyota Motor Corp. said it would shut down most of its vehicle production in Japan over the course of this week because of parts shortages stemming from the earthquakes. Nissan Motor Co. also halted production at some facilities.
With 180,000 people seeking shelter, some evacuees said that food distribution was a meager two rice balls for dinner.
“We are doing our best,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers when challenged by the opposition over the government’s handling of the relief effort. “We are striving to improve living conditions for the people who have sought refuge.”
More than 5M tax returns expected Monday as deadline nears
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of taxpayers face a midnight deadline Monday to file their tax returns, while millions of others will ask for more time —a six-month extension. There was a three-day delay beyond the traditional April 15 deadline because Friday was a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.
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THANK YOU, EMANCIPATION DAY
The traditional April 15 filing deadline was extended because of Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the nation’s capital. The holiday commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862. The act freed more than 3,000 enslaved people in the district and compensated their owners.
AP PHOTOS: Ecuador’s biggest quake in decades kills over 240
PEDERNALES, Ecuador (AP) — Parts of Ecuador have been devastated by the country’s strongest earthquake in decades, as the death toll continues to rise and people left homeless prepare for a second night outside in complete darkness.
Officials say the quake that hit Saturday night killed more than 240 people and injured more than 2,500 along Ecuador’s coast.
Much damage has been reported in the cities of Manta, Portoviejo and Guayaquil, though loss of life is worse in smaller towns closer to the epicenter.
In Pedernales, a town of 40,000, soldiers put up a field hospital in a stadium where hundreds of people prepared to sleep outside for a second straight night.
President Rafael Correa, who cut short a trip to Rome and rushed home to oversee relief efforts, declared a national emergency.
‘Jungle Book’ roars with $103.6 million debut
NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co.’s “The Jungle Book” opened with $103.6 million in North America, making it one of the biggest April debuts ever at the box office and continuing the studio’s streak of unearthing live-action riches buried in its animated classics.
Jon Favreau’s update of Disney’s 1967 animated version of Rudyard Kipling’s book tells the tale of Mowgli with computer-generated imagery and big-screen bombast. A sizable 42 percent of the film’s domestic sales came from 3-D and premium-format screens.
“The Jungle Book” is just the latest of Disney’s string of live-action remakes of classic cartoons (“Cinderella,” ”Alice in Wonderland,” ”Maleficent”), most of which have fared well at the box office. More plundering of the Disney library is in the works: “Cruella De Ville” and “Peter Pan” are in development; “Beauty and the Beast” is scheduled for next March.
“There’s some consistency that’s happened here in the last few years as we’ve really made this a priority and a strategy from a company perspective,” said Disney distribution head Dave Hollis, who credited production president Sean Bailey with overseeing the live-action adaptations. “He’s been able to do it in a way that really makes them contemporary and, certainly in this case, fully utilizes available technology.
“We’ve got a lot more of these stories to tell.”
Marathon bombing survivor will run using prosthetic leg
BOSTON (AP) — Adrianne Haslet heard all the talk about taking back Boylston Street in the years after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Her mind was 26.2 miles away, instead.
After losing her left leg in the 2013 finish-line explosions, Haslet decided that she would return to the course — this time as a runner. When the race leaves Hopkinton on Monday, Haslet will be one of 31 members of the One Fund community — survivors of the attacks, their families and supporters— in the field.
“A lot of people think about the finish line,” she said. “I think about the start line.”
More than 30,000 runners are scheduled to head to Hopkinton for the 120th edition of the race this Patriots’ Day. Among them are Haslet and Patrick Downes, a Boston College graduate who had his left leg amputated after the bombings.
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