Leahy, NSA clash over number of thwarted plots

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy and the Obama administration are clashing over how many terrorist plots might have been thwarted through the secret collection of Americans’ phone records since 2006. In today’s Senate Judiciary…

New US Treasury securities on sale in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says it expects to start offering investors a new Treasury security with variable interest rates in January. It will be the first new Treasury security in 15 years. Treasury officials said they…

Berkus joins team for fantasy dog parks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Interior designer Nate Berkus has been adding fantasy to homes for 16 years, inspiring people with just the right creative touch. But he’s been a dog-lover even longer, and he’s turning his design expertise…

NY boat victims’ parents doubt booze caused crash

PIERMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The stepfather of a bride-to-be killed in a boating accident on New York’s Hudson River says no one aboard saw the construction barge before crashing into it. Walter Kosik tells The Journal News (http://lohud.us/1ckOoOe…

NSA phone spying document declassified

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is declassifying documents about its telephone spying program to try to tamp down congressional opposition to domestic surveillance. The documents will provide little solace, however, to Americans hoping to understand the legal…

Better US economic growth, earnings drive stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Steady growth in the U.S. economy and higher company earnings are pushing the stock market higher in early trading. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 45 points, or 0.3 percent, to 15,566 after…

A look at Zimbabwe’s elections

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s July 31 elections pit the determination of Robert Mugabe to extend his 33 year rule of the southern African country against the challenge from former trade union leader Morgan Tsvangirai. It is the…

NSA phone spying document declassified

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is declassifying documents about its telephone spying program to try to tamp down congressional opposition to domestic surveillance. The documents will provide little solace, however, to Americans hoping to understand the legal…

Officers struggle to subdue man at Ore. City Hall

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Police in Beaverton, Ore., say they used a stun gun seven times on an 18-year-old man accused of grabbing a sergeant’s gun inside City Hall and firing a shot, but eventually more officers were…

Police: Pa. dentist prescribed drugs to friends

TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. (AP) — Police say a northeastern Pennsylvania dentist is facing charges after she inappropriately prescribed painkillers to family and friends. C……

Jihadis threaten Tunisia’s Arab Spring transition

KASSERINE, Tunisia (AP) — Assassins mounted on Vespas gun down two secular politicians. Roadside bombs cripple soldiers in the mountains. An ambush this week leaves eight soldiers dead — five with slit throats. Among the countries of the…

Denver hotel offers pop-up inflatable room

DENVER (AP) — For a limited time, a Denver hotel is offering a package with a one-night stay in a pop-up, inflatable room that rises 22 feet in the air, thanks to a scissor lift on top of…

Microsoft Office comes to Android, but not tablets

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is bringing a pared-down version of its Office software to Android phones, but it won’t work on Android tablets just as it doesn’t on iPads. The software will be available starting Wednesday. It…

American killed in Thailand over singing dispute

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand say an American tourist who insisted on singing with the band in a bar has been killed by one of the musicians. Police Lt. Col. Jongrak Pimthong says 51-year-old Bobby Ray Carter…

Rowling accepts donation for identity revelation

LONDON (AP) — Author J.K. Rowling accepted an apology and a charitable donation Wednesday from a law firm which revealed she wrote a crime novel under a pseudonym. The “Harry Potter” author was exposed by a newspaper earlier…

Buddy Guy pushing for blues on popular radio

ATLANTA (AP) — Buddy Guy knows that blues music isn’t the taste of today’s youth, but the Chicago guitar legend wants to show directors at radio stations and aspiring musicians that the classic sound is still alive with…

Archbishops in Slovenia resign over finances

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia’s top Catholic Church dignitaries resigned on Wednesday in the wake of financial problems involving one of the dioceses in the country. Apostolic Nuncio Juliusz Janusz said Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of…

NSA chief talks at hackers’ conference in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The head of the U.S. National Security Agency isn’t expected to budge from the position that his mission is to stop terrorists and that his agency’s surveillance program is critical when he addresses a…

ADP: Private employers add 200,000 jobs this month

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey shows U.S. businesses created a healthy 200,000 jobs this month. The payroll company ADP says companies hired in July at the fastest pace since December. And it revised up its estimate of…