White House lawyer replacing retiring CIA deputy

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell is stepping down and being replaced by White House lawyer Avril Haines, the first woman to hold the post. When President Barack Obama named a successor to former CIA Director…

NSA leaker mysterious despite hours of interviews

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who told the world about the U.S. government’s gigantic data grab also talks a lot about himself. Mostly through his own words, a picture of Edward Snowden is emerging: fresh-faced computer whiz, high…

Massive storm system surges toward Mid-Atlantic

CHICAGO (AP) — A massive storm system originally forecast to affect one in five Americans from Iowa to Maryland surged Thursday toward the Mid-Atlantic after largely failing to live up to its billing in ferocity through the Upper…

FBI director defends surveillance programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Robert Mueller (MUHL’-ur) is nearing the end of his 12 years as head of the law enforcement agency that is conducting high-profile investigations of the Boston Marathon bombings, the attack in Benghazi that…

Launch of US-EU trade talks may be hitting snag

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the big goals of President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to Europe may be in jeopardy with French objections threatening to hold up the launch of negotiations on a sweeping U.S.-European Union free trade…

NSA head says spy programs thwarted terror attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of the National Security Agency is making a forceful defense of spy operations that have stirred fears of government snooping and violations of privacy rights. Army Gen. Keith Alexander tells a Senate committee…

Unpaid internships in jeopardy after court ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unpaid internships have long been a path of opportunity for students and recent graduates looking to get a foot in the door in the entertainment, publishing and other prominent industries. But those days of working…

Bulger trial featuring surveillance video, photos

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors at the racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger can expect to see more surveillance video of the mobster meeting with various organized crime figures. Testimony in Bulger’s trial began Wednesday with a retired state…

Privacy _ the online generation wants it

CHICAGO (AP) — Amid the debate over government surveillance, there’s been an assumption: Young people don’t care about privacy. Turns out, the generation that puts much of the “social” in social networking is much more complex when determining…

Stormy weather halts play during US Open 1st round

ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Under bright sunshine and a gentle breeze, Sergio Garcia signed autographs near the tee box at the 16th hole during his final practice round for the U.S. Open. He then sent his drive in…

Privacy _ the online generation wants it

CHICAGO (AP) — As the debate over government surveillance rages on, there’s an assumption that young people will be the least concerned about privacy. Turns out, many young people want to keep their personal information to themselves —…

Iran’s polls open in presidential vote

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A former Iranian president who was blocked from a comeback bid is urging voters not to boycott Friday’s election. Many reform-minded Iranians say they will snub the election over crackdowns by Iranian authorities and…

Ohio death penalty task force continues work

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state Supreme Court task force analyzing the effectiveness of Ohio’s capital punishment law has met again as it tries to conclude its wor……

Lawmaker accuses Google of dodging taxes

LONDON (AP) — A key British lawmaker accused search giant Google of dodging its taxes on Thursday, issuing a scathing report that accuses the U.S. Internet company of taking on highly contrived arrangements serving no purpose other than…

NYC debates crackdown on counterfeit luxury goods

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s one of the worst kept secrets in New York. Hidden around the city are counterfeit goods labeled “Prada” or “Louis Vuitton” or some other luxury brand. They’re sold for a pittance to bargain…

Girl who took on transplant rules gets new lungs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 10-year-old girl ailing with cystic fibrosis is recovering from a transplant of adult lungs made available to her by a judge’s controversial ruling that expanded her options for lifesaving surgery. Sharon Ruddock says her…

Girl who took on transplant rules gets new lungs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 10-year-old girl ailing with cystic fibrosis is recovering from a transplant of adult lungs made available to her by a judge’s controvers……

Playgrounds honoring Newtown victims take shape

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Six months after the school shooting in Newtown, 26 playgrounds are taking shape around the region, showcasing each of the victim’s likes and interests — everything from the moon to flamingos. The families of…