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NSA Whistleblowers Say Agency Casts Wide Net

Posted: 06/06/2013 - Former employees of the National Security Agency say the publishing of a court order asking Verizon to hand over all its phone calling records for a three-month period opens a new window on an operation that has been in place for years and involves all major U.S. phone companies.

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Judge Tosses Lawsuit by Pa. Governor Against NCAA

Posted: 06/06/2013 - A federal judge in Pennsylvania says there's no legal basis for Gov. Tom Corbett's lawsuit against the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State related to Jerry Sandusky.

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US Drops Plan to Allow Small Knives on Planes

Updated: 06/06/2013 - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is abandoning a plan to allow passengers to carry small knives, souvenir bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes in the face of fierce congressional and industry opposition, the head of the agency said Wednesday.

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Churches Split on Scouts' Welcoming of Gay Youth

Posted: 06/05/2013 - In suburban Atlanta, northern Idaho and a number of other places, churches have moved swiftly to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the vote last month to let openly gay boys participate in Scouting.

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Fort Hood Suspect Can Appeal if Defense Rejected

Posted: 06/05/2013 - The military judge overseeing the trial of an Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage may not allow him to claim that he killed to defend Taliban leaders, military experts said Wednesday. And such a decision could lead to even more delays in a case that's already dragged on for years.

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Obama Names Rice as National Security Adviser

Posted: 06/05/2013 - Shaking up his national security team, President Barack Obama tapped diplomat Susan Rice as his national security adviser, defying Republicans who have vigorously criticized her faulty explanation about the attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

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6 dead, 14 pulled out alive in Philadelphia building collapse

Updated: 06/07/2013 - Equipped with search cameras, microphones and motion detectors, and bathed in harsh LED lights that illuminated the darkness, rescue workers combed through piles of bricks and rubble early Thursday, listening for the faint tap-tap-tapping of life buried in the ruins of a collapsed building.

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House Passes Measure Boosting Veterans' Programs

Updated: 06/04/2013 - The House on Tuesday passed the first of 12 spending bills for the budget year beginning Oct. 1, a popular measure providing more money for veterans' programs like health care.

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Senators Blast Military Response to Sex Assaults

Updated: 06/05/2013 - U.S. senators dressed down senior military leaders Tuesday, led by female lawmakers, combat veterans and former prosecutors who insisted that sexual assault in the ranks has cost the services the trust and respect of the American people as well as the nation's men and women in uniform.

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France Says Tests Confirm Sarin Gas Used in Syria

Updated: 06/04/2013 - Samples taken from Syria and tested in France have confirmed that sarin gas has been used there multiple times, at least once by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and its accomplices, France's foreign minister said Tuesday.

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Deadly Okla. Tornado Widest on Record, Rare EF5

Updated: 06/05/2013 - The National Weather Service says the deadly tornado that struck near Oklahoma City late last week was another top-of-the-scale EF5 that packed winds reaching 295 mph. The weather service also says the twister's 2.6-mile width is the widest ever recorded.

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Legendary NFL Player Passes Away

Posted: 06/04/2013 - David "Deacon" Jones, one of the giants of the NFL in the 1960's, has died at the age of 74 from natural causes. The Hall of Fame defensive end is credited with coining the term "sack" for how he knocked down quarterbacks. His death was reported by the Washington Redskins, the last team he played for.

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