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Americas News Agenda for January 15


Duty Editor: Jim Mannion

Tel: +1 202 414 0541

What's happening in the Americas on Wednesday:

+ US Congress debates spending bill

+ Obama highlights economy in speech

WASHINGTON: The House of Representatives takes up the 2014 US spending bill. 1700 GMT (US-CONGRESS-BUDGET-ECONOMY)

RALEIGH, North Carolina: President Barack Obama goes to North Carolina to talk about the US economy. 1800 GMT. Picture (US-POLITICS-ECONOMY)


DETROIT, Michigan: The Detroit auto show continues. Picture. Video (US-AUTO-SHOW)

NUEVA ITALIA, Mexico: Mexico's military and federal police enforce security in the western state of Michoacan, a troubled region where authorities are trying to prevent more conflict by disarming vigilantes who have battled the Knights Templar drug cartel for the past year. Expect coverage. (MEXICO-CRIME-DRUGS-MICHOACAN)

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court takes up abortion, focusing on a case involving the rights of anti-abortion activists to stage demonstrations outside clinics. 1500 GMT. Expect coverage. (US-COURT-ABORTION)

-- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) holds a conference call on 2013 climate highlights. 1800 GMT. Expect coverage. (CLIMATE-US)

-- The Federal Reserve releases its Beige Book report, a collection of anecdotal nationwide information on current US economic conditions. 1900 GMT. Expect coverage. (US-ECONOMY-BANK-GROWTH-REPORT)

-- The US Department of Labor reports data on producer prices in December. 1530 GMT. Expect coverage. (US-ECONOMY-INFLATION-WHOLESALE)

-- IMF chief Christine Lagarde talks about the global economy at the National Press Club. 1800 GMT. Expect coverage. File picture (IMF-ECONOMY-FINANCE)

-- A US Senate committee holds a hearing on the situation in Ukraine, with the participation of senior State Department officials. 1900 GMT. Coverage on merit (US-UKRAINE-UNREST-POLITICS)