Archives: Nation

  • Mangled facts, secrecy brew confusion about NSA

    Updated: Fri, Jun 14, 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wondering what the U.S. government might know about your phone calls and online life? And whether all of this really helps find terrorists? Good luck finding solid answers. Americans trying to wrap their minds around two giant surveillance programs are confronted with a...

  • Obama steps up military aid to Syrian rebels

    Updated: Fri, Jun 14, 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision to authorize lethal aid to Syrian rebels marks a deepening of U.S. involvement in the two-year civil war. But U.S. officials are still grappling with what type and how much weaponry to send the opposition forces and how to ensure it stays out...

  • AP NewsAlert

    Updated: 24 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US factory output up just 0.1 pct. in May after 2 months of declines, signaling more weakness.

  • House considers jail term for military sex assault

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is heading toward passage of a sweeping defense bill that reflects the outrage among lawmakers over the growing number of sexual assaults in the military. The legislation is expected to be completed Friday and includes a measure requiring a mandatory minimum...

  • Government has history of secrecy, spying, leaks

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It isn't the first time that the federal government has been caught spying on Americans or that classified government information has been leaked to the news media or otherwise widely distributed. The Vietnam War and civil-rights protest movements of the 1960s and 1970s...

  • Obama to step up military support of Syrian rebels

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has authorized sending weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time, U.S. officials said Thursday, after the White House disclosed that the United States has conclusive evidence President Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons against opposition...

  • Massive storm system hitting Mid-Atlantic

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive storm system that started in the Upper Midwest brought soaking rains and heavy winds to the Mid-Atlantic Thursday, causing widespread power outages, flash flooding and extensive flight delays, but largely failing to live up to its fierce billing. The severe weather...

  • Myanmar ruling party: Suu Kyi coalition possible

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of Myanmar's pro-military party said Thursday he is not ruling out a coalition government with the opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi after crucial elections in 2015 if it's in the national interest. In the past two weeks, both lower house speaker Shwe Mann and...

  • House OKs 2-year sentence for military sex assault

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Angered by the epidemic of sexual assault in the military, the House on Thursday endorsed a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for a member of the armed services convicted of rape or sexual assault in a military court. By voice vote, the House approved the...

  • Obama urges ban on workplace bias against gays

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday marked Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month by calling on Congress to pass legislation banning workplace discrimination against gays, lesbians and others. "I want to sign that bill," he said. Obama said such bias is wrong and...