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Surveillance, crackdown causes sources to clam up

Monday, July 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — Recent revelations of the U.S. government’s pervasive surveillance program and its crackdown on leaks are making it increasingly difficult for American journalists and lawyers to do their jobs, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report released Monday. It’s becoming impossible to ensure privacy for sources and clients by protecting their information, the report found. Government officials not only are … 0

Israeli PM warns of prolonged Gaza war

Monday, July 28, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel’s prime minister warned Monday that the country faced a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as the military urged residents in parts of the embattled territory to evacuate ahead of what appeared to be a broadening of the three-week war. “What is coming will be … 0

Jail time for play time?

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out? Harrell’s answer to that question got her arrested. She … 0

Towering worry

Friday, July 25, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea — For the developers of the world’s sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time. Plans for … 0

Police still investigating after burglar killed

Friday, July 25, 2014

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Prosecutors Friday were waiting for the results of a police investigation into the killing of a burglar by an 80-year-old California homeowner who says he shot the woman in the back as she fled … 0

Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades

Friday, July 25, 2014

MIAMI — A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop the blight from spreading. Then there’s a bigger problem — the … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, July 25, 2014

Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. — Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons. Authorities say the 3-year-old boy who … 0

Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

Thursday, July 24, 2014

ST. LOUIS — The nation’s third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said Thursday. Death-penalty opponents say an Arizona inmate who gasped for breath … 0

Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers. “I don’t care … 0

Challenges, drug shortages, mark US executions

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The prolonged execution in Arizona looked troubling, but was it unconstitutional? The U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the use of lethal injection six years ago, has held that “an isolated mishap” during an execution does not violate the … 0

Was inmate in pain?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FLORENCE, Ariz. — The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor’s office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes. They discussed … 0

War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

Thursday, July 24, 2014

HELENA, Mont. — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master’s degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him … 0

School in Gaza hit

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the … 0