Report of rampant airport security failures not a first
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Think you're safe on a plane? Federal undercover investigators who sneaked prohibited items with alarming ease past Homeland Security Department airport screeners have also smuggled simulated bombs and weapons aboard planes during tests as far back as September 2002, U.S. audits show.
Congress sends NSA phone-records bill to president
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National Security Agency's disputed bulk phone-records collection program and replacing it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies' hands.
That's not mistletoe ... North Pole won't block pot salesNORTH POLE, Alaska (AP) ? North Pole residents can put marijuana on their Christmas list next year.
ACLU: Squalid conditions at troubled Baltimore jail
BALTIMORE (AP) ? Moldy showers and cells are infested with mice and cockroaches, toilets are broken for days and medical care is poor or nonexistent at a notoriously troubled Baltimore city jail, the ACLU and Public Justice Center said in court documents filed Tuesday.
Activists: Decline of elephants in Tanzania is catastrophicNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) ? The sharp decline of the elephant population in Tanzania, most likely due to poaching, is catastrophic, a wildlife conservation group said Tuesday.
AP Source: Panthers-Newton 5-year deal worth $103.8 millionCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) ? Quarterback Cam Newton has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers and a person close to the negotiations says the deal is worth $103.8 million.
US Congress curbs NSA surveillance, sends bill to Obama
The US Senate passed landmark legislation Tuesday that ends the government's bulk telephone data dragnet, reining in the most controversial surveillance program since the 9/11 attacks of 2001. The House of Representatives has already passed the measure, which also reauthorizes key national security programs that had lapsed early this week. With the Senate rejecting Republican attempts to modify the bill through three amendments, it now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.
Clint Eastwood to make biopic of pilot 'Sully' Sullenberger
Blatter says he will resign as FIFA president
Sponsors say Blatter resignation one step in FIFA reform
NEW YORK (AP) ? Adidas, Coca-Cola and other top sponsors called the resignation of FIFA's president a welcome change, but said soccer's governing body still must work to regain fans' trust following a corruption scandal.