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 Freelance video journalist James Parkinson, 44, and freelance photographer Jess Hurd, 41, react during an interview at their home in east London  Friday, Nov. 21 2014. The pair are among six British journalists who are suing London’s Metropolitan Police and Britain’s Home Office over police surveillance of journalists’ movements. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)

UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show

Friday, November 21, 2014

LONDON — Freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation this year to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail. Twelve pages of police intelligence logs noted which protests he covered, who he spoke to and what he wore — all the way … 0

Kids give first lady sarcastic ‘thanks’ on Twitter

Friday, November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama just in time for the holiday — with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about unappealing school lunches. Along with photos of unsavory-looking school meals, the hashtag (hash)ThanksMichelleObama was among the top trends on Twitter within the United States for a time on … 0

Republicans look for an immigration response

Friday, November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their remedy was far from clear. Republicans weighed filing a lawsuit. Or trying to block funding … 0

Before Snowden, a debate inside NSA

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence … 0

Study: Banking industry culture fosters cheating

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — The banking industry seems to bring out dishonesty in people, a new study suggests. A team of Swiss economists tested the honesty of bank employees in a lab game that would pay off in cash if they cheated. When workers at an unnamed bank were asked … 0

Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado and sister found dead

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A top criminal law enforcement official in Honduras on Wednesday confirmed the discovery of the bodies of Miss Honduras 2014 and her sister near the spa where they disappeared six days ago. Leandro Osorio, who heads the National … 0

Tensions flare after UN action

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea threatened Thursday to bolster its war capability and conduct a fourth nuclear test to cope with what it calls U.S. hostility that led to the approval of a landmark U.N. resolution on … 0

Snowstorm pummels New York state

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Several feet of lake-effect snow paralyzed the Buffalo area Tuesday, forcing state troopers on snowmobiles to deliver blankets to stranded motorists on the New York State Thruway on a wintry day when temperatures fell to … 0

Heating costs rising as cold grips nation

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NEW YORK — The cold is back, and with it, rising heating bills. This winter was expected to bring much lower bills than last year because it wasn’t supposed to be so darn cold. Homeowners could go a … 0

Israel vows harsh response to synagogue attack

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel vowed harsh retaliation Tuesday for a Palestinian attack that killed five people and left blood-smeared prayer books and shawls on the floor of a synagogue in Jerusalem — an assault that sharply escalated already-high tensions … 0

‘No’ on Keystone pipeline

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night aimed at forcing completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue swiftly after taking two-house control … 0

Senate blocks bill to curb NSA phone snooping

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama’s primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance. The 58-42 vote was two short of the 60 needed to proceed … 0

FCC chair wants phone fee hike to expand Internet access

Monday, November 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. should spend $1.5 billion more a year to make sure every child has access to high-speed Internet connections at school, the head of the Federal Communications Commission said Monday in a proposal endorsed by … 0