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Lawmakers Disagree with Snowden's Declaration

Posted: 12/29/2013 - Members of Congress say they're not impressed with Edward Snowden's recent publicity blitz calling for an end to mass surveillance and declaring that he's already accomplished his mission.

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Report: NSA Intercepts Computer Deliveries

Posted: 12/29/2013 - A German magazine has lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacker unit, revealing how American spies intercepted computer deliveries, exploited hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijacked Microsoft's internal reporting system to spy on their targets.

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Despite files, Conn. school shooter remains enigma

Posted: 12/28/2013 - Connecticut state police have released of thousands of pages of interviews, photographs and writings about the man who gunned down 20 first-graders and six adults at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School last year.

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Federal Government Ends Extended Jobless Benefits

Updated: 12/28/2013 - The end of unemployment checks for more than a million jobless Americans has driven people to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions.

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Numbers Offer Complicated Story of Health Care Law

Posted: 12/28/2013 - The government churns out tons of numbers, but here's one you won't see: 0.0002. That's the percentage of estimated online visitors to healthcare.gov who actually signed up for coverage the first day.

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Targets in BP Settlement Inquiry Assail Findings

Updated: 12/28/2013 - Nearly six months after a federal judge appointed former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate alleged misconduct inside the settlement program for compensating victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill, the targets of his inquiry are questioning his independence and trying to rebut his findings.

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Police Release Documents on Newtown Massacre

Posted: 12/27/2013 - NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut have released thousands of pages of documents from the investigation into the school massacre in Newtown. They provide the most detailed picture yet of the rampage and of the 20-year-old gunman's fascination with guns and violence.

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NY Judge Rules NSA Phone Surveillance is Legal

Posted: 12/27/2013 - A federal judge on Friday found that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is legal and a valuable part of the nation's arsenal to counter the threat of terrorism and "only works because it collects everything."

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Police File to be Released on Newtown Shooting

Updated: 12/27/2013 - The planned release of thousands of pages of state police documents from the investigation into last year's Newtown school massacre could shed light on the world of the 20-year-old gunman.

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Lebanon Bombing Kills 5, Including Ex-Minister

Posted: 12/27/2013 - The state news agency says a bombing in central Beirut has killed five people, including a senior aide to former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

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NY Honor guards at 11K-plus Vets' Funerals in '13

Posted: 12/27/2013 - Members of the New York National Guard's honor guards are expected to have provided military funeral services to more than 11,500 veterans by the end of the year.

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Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Deal, Defense Bill

Posted: 12/26/2013 - Rounding out a tough and frustrating year, President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, as the president and Congress began pivoting to the midterm election year ahead.

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UPDATE: Snow Slows Maine Power Work; Mich. Effort Ongoing

Posted: 12/26/2013 - Snow has begun falling in places still hustling to get power back on after a weekend ice storm that turned out the lights for hundreds of thousands of people from Michigan to Maine and into Canada.

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In Christmas Tradition, President Obama Honors US Military

Updated: 12/26/2013 - President Barack Obama stepped away from the seclusion of his quiet Hawaii vacation for what's become a Christmas tradition: paying tribute to U.S. troops and the sacrifices their families make during the holidays and throughout the year.

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Obama: Honor Christmas by Helping Those in Need

Posted: 12/25/2013 - President Barack Obama spent a quiet Christmas morning singing carols and opening present with his wife and daughters as the first family offered their gratitude to military members serving in the U.S. and abroad during the holiday season.

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Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Boost Foreign Adoptions

Posted: 12/25/2013 - Amid partisan conflict in Congress, dozens of lawmakers from both parties - including staunch liberals and conservatives - have united behind a bill that supporters say addresses a heart-rending issue beyond politics: the millions of foreign children languishing in orphanages or otherwise at risk because they have no immediate family.

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Last-Minute Insurance Shoppers Given Grace Period

Posted: 12/23/2013 - Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance under the new health care law has effectively been extended through Tuesday in case of heavy demand on the government website.

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