Mangled facts, secrecy brew confusion about NSA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wondering what the U.S. government might know about your phone calls and online life? And whether all of this really helps find terrorists? Good luck finding solid answers. Americans trying to wrap their minds around…

European growth still on US agenda, not as loudly

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after President Barack Obama made an emphatic pitch to Europe’s economic powers to focus more on economic growth than austerity, much of the eurozone remains mired in or near recession. Obama’s appeals have…

Text: US statement on Syria-chemical weapons

Text of a statement by Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes on the use of chemical weapons in Syria: At the president’s direction, the United States government has been closely monitoring the potential use of chemical weapons within…

Turkish PM urges protesters to leave Gezi Park

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s biggest anti-government protests in decades are set to enter a pivotal stage after the government promised to suspend redevelopment of an Istanbul square that has sparked two-weeks of demonstrations. It was not clear…

Obama steps up military aid to Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize lethal aid to Syrian rebels marks a deepening of U.S. involvement in the two-year civil war. But U.S. officials are still grappling with what type of weaponry to send…

Judge to rule on issue holding up Fort Hood trial

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military judge Friday was to address the latest snag holding up the trial of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage: his former defense attorneys’ objections to helping…

UN chief concerned over Israeli settlements

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say vandals have torched two vehicles in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem in what appears to be an attack by Jewish extremists. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the words “price tag” were found…

Ohio pain management clinic doctor pleads guilty

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Ohio medical clinic doctor has pleaded guilty to illegal possession of painkillers. James Lassiter was one of six doctors accused in a feder……

Judge to rule on issue holding up Fort Hood trial

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military judge was to address the latest snag holding up the trial in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage: the former defense attorneys’ objections to helping the suspect as he represents himself…

Quotations of the day

“There are many actions that the United States can take to increase our humanitarian assistance to refugee populations and opposition groups short of injecting more weapons into the conflict.” — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., expressing concerns about the…

2 die as Philippine ferry sinks, but 54 rescued

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rescuers plucked most of about 60 passengers and crew from Philippine waters where their ferry sank early Friday, killing two people. The inter-island ferry left Pio Duran port in Albay province and sank three…

Filmmaker takes center stage in surveillance story

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laura Poitras’ skill and boldness as a documentary filmmaker have gained her Oscar and Emmy nominations, Sundance Film Festival honors and a public TV showcase, even if her work fell short of making a…

Sex offender hearing for Ohio football players

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge is ready to classify as sex offenders two Ohio high school football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl last year. The hearing by Judge Thomas Lipps Friday in Steubennville is a…
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Teen Named Sex Offender

Under the Tier II classification, Trent Mays must register with the sheriff's office every 180 days for the next 20 years.…

APNewsBreak: NY Air Guard unit being investigated

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The officer who handled sexual assault claims for a New York Air National Guard airlift wing says the unit has promoted abusers instead of punishing them. Retired Lt. Col. Sharon Dwyer Stepp’s claims are…

APNewsBreak: NSA leaker Snowden not welcome in UK

BANGKOK (AP) — The British government has issued an alert to airlines around the world, urging them not to allow former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden to board flights to the United Kingdom. The alert, dated Monday on…

Witnesses in Bulger trial lay out gang’s tactics

BOSTON (AP) — Two bookmakers are expected to testify in court about how James “Whitey” Bulger allegedly forced them to pay him so they could stay in business. The bookies are slated to take the witness stand Friday…

Moment of silence marks 6 months since Newtown

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Six months after the Newtown school shooting, the tragedy will be marked with a moment of silence, the reading of thousands of names of gun violence victims and calls around the country to pass…