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Patriot Act renewal splits GOP presidential hopefuls

Fri, 2015-05-08 14:46

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican senators eyeing the presidency split over the renewal of the Patriot Act surveillance law, with civil libertarians at odds with traditional defense hawks who back tough spying powers in the fight against terrorism.

The political divide will be on stark display this month as Congress debates ...

Court: Border search of businessman's laptop 'unreasonable'

Fri, 2015-05-08 14:44

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal court has ruled that the government's search of a traveling businessman's laptop at the California border was unreasonable and violated his privacy.

In an opinion posted Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson suppressed evidence obtained from the computer of South Korean businessman Jae ...

DA refuses to grant temporary visas to Latino crime victims

Fri, 2015-05-08 14:09

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) - Gaston County's district attorney is coming under criticism for refusing to grant temporary visas for Latino crime victims who are targeted by other Latinos.

The Charlotte Observer reported ( District Attorney Locke Bell is refusing to let crime victims receive visas as called for in the ...

Democrats file motion to oust NY Senate leader after arrest

Fri, 2015-05-08 13:53

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers in New York will try again to oust state Senate Leader Dean Skelos following his arrest on federal corruption charges.

A spokesman for the Senate's Democratic minority said Friday that a motion has been filed to force a vote on removing Skelos, a Long ...

Lindsey Graham: As president, 'I would veto any bill' without path to citizenship

Fri, 2015-05-08 13:42

Likely Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham predicted Thursday that the GOP will lose the 2016 presidential election unless they win over Hispanic voters by supporting a "long, hard path to citizenship."

"If I were president of the United States, I would veto any bill that did not have a ...

Capitol Hill Buzz: Utah's Lee fundraises off NSA spying

Fri, 2015-05-08 13:04

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Mike Lee is raising money off his opposition to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.

And he's hoping the NSA will spy on him and find out all about it.

The Utah Republican, who is up for re-election next year, is asking supporters to donate to ...

5 things to know about the NSA court ruling

Fri, 2015-05-08 12:48

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has declared illegal the National Security Agency program that collects data on the landline telephone records of nearly every American. The ruling Thursday, the first of its kind by an appeals court, comes as Congress considers whether to continue, end or overhaul the ...

5 percent of Medicaid enrollees accounted for half of program's spending: Gov't study

Fri, 2015-05-08 12:00

A small-but-expensive fraction of Medicaid recipients accounted for nearly half of all spending for the program each year from 2009 to 2011, according to a new government report that studied people who do not also receive Medicare.

"Studies on healthcare spending generally find that a small percentage of individuals account ...

Folk singer behind popularity of 'We Shall Overcome' dies

Fri, 2015-05-08 11:56

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Guy Carawan, a folk singer and social-justice advocate credited with turning the African-American spiritual "We Shall Overcome" into a unifying anthem of the 1960s civil rights movement, has died at 87.

For years, Carawan was a leader of the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee. ...

Activists protest outside Nike campus as Obama speaks inside

Fri, 2015-05-08 11:49

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) - Activists opposed to President Barack Obama's push for a trans-Pacific trade deal protested outside Nike headquarters as the president was inside giving a speech.

The Oregonian reports more than 50 protesters from various groups gathered outside the Nike campus Friday morning.

They used loudspeakers to ...

David Axelrod pockets nearly $500K for advice given to trounced Labour Party

Fri, 2015-05-08 11:10

The British Labour party took a drubbing in Britain's parliamentary elections, but President Obama's former top aide David Axelrod still pocketed a large sum of money.

Mr. Axelrod, who was described during the campaign as "a huge asset" by Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, made nearly $500,000, the Daily Mail ...

At Nike headquarters, Obama says 'just do it' on free trade

Fri, 2015-05-08 10:33

Pitching a free-trade deal with Asia at the headquarters of Nike, President Obama said Friday that Democrats who oppose the agreement are "just wrong."

"On this issue, on trade, I actually think some of my dearest friends are wrong," Mr. Obama said. "They're just wrong. On every progressive issue, they're ...

Writers, 'Wire' creator to discuss HBO civil rights series

Fri, 2015-05-08 10:10

BALTIMORE (AP) - The creator of TV's "The Wire" is joining historian Taylor Branch and other writers in Baltimore to discuss their upcoming HBO miniseries chronicling the civil rights movement.

The Friday evening panel is part of the Maryland Film Festival. The discussion comes as Baltimore has been facing its ...

Sabotage conviction overturned against nun, fellow activists for nuclear facility break-in

Fri, 2015-05-08 09:25

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Sabotage conviction overturned against nun, fellow activists for nuclear facility break-in.

Appeals court rejects Rangel's bid to overturn censure

Fri, 2015-05-08 09:11

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court says congressman Charles Rangel can't legally challenge his 2010 censure for financial wrongdoing.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that House disciplinary proceedings fall outside the jurisdiction of the courts. A federal district judge had thrown ...

Ben Carson: Minimum wage should 'probably' be higher

Fri, 2015-05-08 08:47

Retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson says the minimum wage should "probably" be higher than it is now - a view that differs sharply from many people in the Republican party.

"In several states you can get as much or more on government assistance as you can ...

Obama congratulates David Cameron on U.K. election win

Fri, 2015-05-08 08:08

After a resounding election win for British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative party, President Obama on Friday offered congratulations and vowed the U.S. and the U.K. will remain key partners on a host of global issues.

Mr. Cameron's party captured at least 324 seats to the Labour Party's ...

Charles Rangel's bid to overturn censure tossed by court

Fri, 2015-05-08 07:58

A federal appeals court rejected Rep. Charles B. Rangel's effort to overturn his 2010 censure by his House colleagues, saying Friday that they don't have the power to get involved in a congressional dispute.

Mr. Rangel had said the censure was marred by secret communications among the staff investigators who ...

Oil, gas pipeline information could become secret under bill

Fri, 2015-05-08 07:46

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A bill introduced in the Michigan legislature seeks to keep information secret about oil and gas pipelines, high-powered electrical lines and other key energy infrastructure.

The bill from Republican state Rep. Kurt Heise of Plymouth would exempt from disclosure under the state's Freedom of Information Act ...

IRS unable to make sure people comply with Obamacare penalty: Treasury IG

Fri, 2015-05-08 07:37

The IRS cannot be sure that Americans who lacked health insurance last year have complied with Obamacare's "individual mandate" penalty this tax season, according to an inspector general report Friday that pointed to a decision to delay proof-of-coverage forms from insurers and employers until 2016.

Agency managers told ...

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