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Task Force Urges Limit on NSA Snooping

Posted: 12/18/2013 - A presidential advisory panel is recommending stripping the National Security Agency of its ability to store Americans' telephone records and requiring a court to sign off on individual searches of phone and Internet data.

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Congress Passes Bipartisan Budget Agreement

Posted: 12/18/2013 - Congress is sending President Barack Obama bipartisan legislation scaling back across-the-board spending cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system.

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Lucky Lotto Tickets Sold in Atlanta & San Jose

Updated: 12/18/2013 - Two winning tickets were sold in the $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, and the other more than 2,000 miles away in California.

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Markets Await Fed Announcement

Posted: 12/18/2013 - Ben Bernanke is scheduled to give his final quarterly news conference as Federal Reserve chairman today, and investors are waiting to see whether he will announce a slowing of the Fed's bond purchases.

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Senate Poised for Budget Passage

Updated: 12/18/2013 - The Senate is expected today to approve a two-year budget agreement designed to halt the repeated cycle of shutdown crises.

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Six Americans Killed in Afghanistan Crash

Posted: 12/17/2013 - It's not clear what caused today's crash of a U.S. Army helicopter in southern Afghanistan that left six American service members dead. Another person on board was injured, but survived.

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NASA Orders Urgent Spacewalk Repairs at Station

Posted: 12/17/2013 - NASA has ordered up a series of urgent spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station, a massive repair job that could stretch to Christmas Day.

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Budget Bill Moves Toward Final Passage in Senate

Posted: 12/17/2013 - With the help of 12 Republicans, Senate Democrats have moved forward with a bipartisan budget bill aimed at easing some of the painful budget cuts hitting the Pentagon and domestic agencies. A final vote is expected no later than tomorrow.

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Jury to Weigh Ex-BP Engineer's Case for 2nd day

Posted: 12/17/2013 - A jury will return to a New Orleans courthouse for a second day of deliberations in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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US: Snowden Should Return to US, Face Charges

Posted: 12/16/2013 - The White House says a National Security Agency official who suggested the U.S. consider granting Edward Snowden amnesty was expressing his personal opinion.

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Country Singer Ray Price Dead at 87

Posted: 12/16/2013 - Ray Price, a towering traditional country singer who was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, has died. He was 87.

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NC GOP asks Lawmaker to Apologize for Nazi Tweet

Posted: 12/16/2013 - The North Carolina Republican Party chairman says GOP state Sen. Bob Rucho should apologize for a Twitter comment in which he compared the Affordable Care Act with Nazis and terrorists.

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All-clear Given at 4 Evacuated Harvard Buildings

Posted: 12/16/2013 - Harvard University has reopened all four buildings that were evacuated after police received an unconfirmed report that explosives may have been placed inside.

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US Judge: NSA Program is Likely Unconstitutional

Updated: 12/16/2013 - In a ruling with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records likely violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on unreasonable search. The ruling, filled with blistering criticism of the Obama administration's arguments, is the first of its kind on the controversial program.

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