U.S. NSA Surveillance
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U.S. NSA Surveillance

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate appeared headed for early Saturday morning votes on whether to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, raising the possibility of a halt to that collection program and two less controversial surveillance techniques designed to track spies and terrorists. With the House already gone for a … Continue reading

California Oil Spill
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California Oil Spill

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the coast of California is thinner than a coat of paint and it’s becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said Friday as more dead animals were discovered on the Santa Barbara coast. The combination of sunlight and waves helped evaporate and dissolve some of … Continue reading

10’s a crowd? GOP prepares for double digits on debate stage
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10’s a crowd? GOP prepares for double digits on debate stage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first Republican presidential debate will feature no fewer than 10 candidates. That’s according to guidelines released Wednesday by debate hosts Fox News and Facebook, which offer the first clues as to how the GOP will handle its largest presidential class in recent memory. Party officials have been working privately in recent … Continue reading

Clinton’s Benghazi emails show correspondence with adviser
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Clinton’s Benghazi emails show correspondence with adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) — A batch of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state show her corresponding with a longtime adviser about the Libyan rebellion against Moammar Gadhafi and the Benghazi attack. The set of messages, which were published Thursday by The New York Times, focus on the 2012 attacks on the … Continue reading

2016 prospect Rand Paul in new book: GOP willing to change
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2016 prospect Rand Paul in new book: GOP willing to change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul reaches out in his most direct way yet to African-Americans in a new book that highlights his libertarian policies on government surveillance, the economy and criminal justice reform. “My party has let the bond it once enjoyed with minorities fray to the point that it is near … Continue reading

Clinton Small Business
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Clinton Small Business

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton sharply criticized Republican efforts to revamp a 2010 financial regulation law Tuesday, calling it a “cynical attempt to game the system for those at the top.” But she continued to sidestep questions about her views on an Asia-Pacific trade pact that has divided fellow Democrats. She noted … Continue reading

Rand Paul threatens filibuster to block anti-terrorism act
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Rand Paul threatens filibuster to block anti-terrorism act

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is vowing to “everything possible” to terminate the terrorism-era Patriot Act, but the Republican presidential hopeful concedes that it may not be enough. Paul on Monday lashed out at the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American citizen phone records in the name of preventing acts of terrorism. … Continue reading

Violence in South Sudan
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Violence in South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. children’s agency says dozens of children have been killed, at least 12 raped and others abducted and recruited in a series of attacks in South Sudan’s Unity state over a two-week period. UNICEF said in a statement Monday that witnesses believe the attacks were carried out by armed groups … Continue reading

Russell Brand steps into UK election with Miliband interview
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Russell Brand steps into UK election with Miliband interview

LONDON (AP) — Russell Brand doesn’t vote, but his interview with opposition leader Ed Miliband has enlivened a staid, stage-managed British election campaign. The bawdy comedian turned anti-capitalist campaigner conducted the interview at his London loft and released an edited version Wednesday on his YouTube channel, which has more than 1 million subscribers. In the … Continue reading

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to run for president
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to run for president

  MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Sanders, an independent who describes himself as a “democratic socialist,” will follow a statement with a major campaign kickoff in his home state in several … Continue reading

Loretta Lynch sworn in as new US attorney general
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Loretta Lynch sworn in as new US attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Speaking before family members, Justice Department lawyers and supporters, Lynch said her confirmation as attorney general showed that “we can do anything” and pledged that the agency … Continue reading

Pakistan expresses shock over deaths of US, Italian hostage
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Pakistan expresses shock over deaths of US, Italian hostage

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has expressed “shock and sorrow” over the inadvertent deaths of an American and an Italian hostage held by al-Qaida in a U.S. drone strike in January near the Afghan border. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended Pakistan’s condolences in a statement Friday, saying the deaths of hostages Warren Weinstein and Giovanni … Continue reading