NSA debate pits far left, right against the middle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revelations of massive government collections of Americans’ phone and email records have reinvigorated an odd-couple political alliance of the far left and right. A number of Democratic civil liberties activists and libertarian-leaning Republicans say the…

Attention turns to vote-counting on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Backers of far-reaching immigration legislation are turning their attention to courting support and counting votes after the Senate pushed the contentious bill over early procedural hurdles. Two votes to place the bill formally before the…

Lawmakers concerned over US surveillance programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are voicing their confusion and concern, and some are calling for an end to sweeping surveillance programs by U.S. spy agencies after receiving an unusual briefing on the government’s yearslong collection of phone records…

Priest, ex-teacher get prison in Philly abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Roman Catholic priest to six to 12 years in prison and a former teacher to eight to 16 years in a sex-abuse case that brought dow……

Unusually massive line of storms aim at Midwest

WASHINGTON (AP) — Meteorologists are warning that a gigantic line of powerful thunderstorms is likely to threaten one in five Americans. The storm system packing tree-toppling winds is forecast to rumble Wednesday from Iowa to Maryland. The continuous…

Syrian extremist rebels raid Shiite village

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian rebels have attacked a village in the country’s east, killing dozens of Shiites there, mostly pro-government fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 60 died in Hatla village…

Ohio panel OKs new rules for exotic animals

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New guidelines regulating exotic animals in Ohio will require owners to meet new caging, safety and caretaking standards. The new rules were rev……

Ohio panel OKs proposed deer hunting rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative panel has signed off on new deer hunting regulations that cut the number of animals that hunters could kill statewide. The rul……

Drug plea delayed for Philadelphia abortion doctor

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal drug plea has been postponed for a Philadelphia abortion provider already serving life in the deaths of three babies. Defense lawyer Jac……

Feds: Bulger at center of murder, mayhem in Boston

BOSTON (AP) — As the highly anticipated trial of reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger gets under way, jurors will hear prosecutors and defense attorneys describe a man who has been a legendary figure in Boston for decades. The…

Defense hints at plea in Ohio kidnapping-rape case

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man accused of holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade was scheduled for his first court appearance Wednesday to answer to hundreds of charges, including rape and kidnapping. Ariel…

Defense hints at no trial in Ohio kidnap-rape case

CLEVELAND (AP) — The defense for a man accused of holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade is hinting a trial can be avoided with a plea if he esc……

NY hearing on reporter’s sources in Colo. shooting

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for a New York City-based reporter who’s being asked to name her sources in a story on the Colorado theater shooting are asking an appellate court to quash a subpoena that requires her…

Protecting NYC: mayor’s plan, successor’s question

NEW YORK (AP) — A $20 billion plan to gird New York with levees, flood gates and other defenses is a bold stroke from a mayor who saw the city through Superstorm Sandy and has championed preparedness for…

Greek gov’t in deep crisis over state broadcaster

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Journalists fired from Greece’s state TV and radio have refused to leave the broadcaster’s headquarters, continuing Internet programming, as the country’s conservative-led government faced political crisis a year after taking office. State TV and…

NJ town to vote on boardwalk ban on saggy pants

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Leaders of a New Jersey shore town are looking to butt in on how people dress when they stroll the boardwalk, because they believe most visitors don’t want to see people’s rear ends hanging…

Crews suspend search for missing Ohio swimmer

CINCINNATI (AP) — Water rescue crews have suspended their search for a swimmer missing in the Little Miami River near Mariemont, east of downtown Cincinnati. Mariemo……

Baby Bounce: Royal infant may help UK economy

LONDON (AP) — British officials are hoping that the impending royal birth will produce a bouncing baby buoy for the economy. With the Duchess of Cambridge due to give birth to an heir to the throne next month,…

Limits on Palestinians living with Israeli spouses

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israeli Arabs search for a spouse, they don’t just worry about looks, job prospects or future in-laws. They must think about whether their partner will be allowed to live with them. The problem is…

Crackdown filling NKorean prisons with defectors

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s prison population has swelled in recent years with those caught fleeing the country under a crackdown on defections by young leader Kim Jong Un, according to defectors living in South Korea…