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Obama pardons sought for Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Bowe Bergdahl

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:06:05 -0500

Pressure is mounting on President Obama to grant eleventh-hour mercy in the high-profile national security cases of accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, exiled NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and transgender military secrets leaker Chelsea Manning.

Lawyers for Sgt. Bergdahl and Manning have written to Mr. Obama in recent days requesting ...

Wikipedia's NSA lawsuit heads to federal appeals court

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:18:05 -0500

The publishers of Wikipedia and several civil rights groups will head to a federal appeals court Thursday to challenge a National Security Agency surveillance program that mines Americans' internet communications.

A key hurdle for the groups will be to provide convincing evidence that their emails and other communications are among ...

John Glenn hospitalized in Ohio

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:31:20 -0500

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio State official says former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has been hospitalized for more than a week.

Hank Wilson with Ohio State University's John Glenn College of Public Affairs said Wednesday that the 95-year-old Glenn is at the James Cancer Hospital, but that doesn't ...

Two male volunteer firefighters in Md. indicted for assaulting female colleague at scene of fire

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:29:27 -0500

Two volunteer firefighters in Prince George's County, Maryland, were indicted Tuesday for an altercation last December in which both allegedly assaulted a career firefighter from another local firehouse.

WTOP Radio reported Tuesday that Jeffry Miller and Chris Kelly, volunteers from the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department, were ...

Klan leaders arrested after KKK meeting ends in stabbing prior to pro-Trump rally

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:22:17 -0500

Two Ku Klux Klan leaders were arrested over the weekend in connection with stabbing a fellow Klansman hours before the hate group rallied in North Carolina on Saturday in celebration of Donald Trump being elected president.

Richard Dillon, 47, told police that he was stabbed multiple times Saturday morning when ...

Alonzo Knowles, Bahamian computer hacker, sentenced for trying to sell stolen movie scripts, videos

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:52:34 -0500

A Bahamian computer hacker who targeted Hollywood celebrities and then bragged about his exploits while awaiting sentencing was ordered this week to spend five years in U.S. federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer described Alonzo Knowles at Tuesday's sentencing hearing in Manhattan as having committed "deeply troubling" crimes ...

Breast-feeding debacle at Minn. hospital ignites $50K lawsuit; newborn given to wrong mom in 2012

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:00:11 -0500

A Minnesota hospital is facing a $50,000 lawsuit over a 2012 mistake, which put a newborn into the wrong mother's hands for breast-feeding.

Minneapolis-based Allina Health is at the center of a lawsuit involving Tammy Van Dyke, whose son Cody ended up in the wrong bassinet on Dec. 3, 2012. ...

Donald Trump likely won't push Congress toward regulating encryption, Adam Schiff predicts

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:31:15 -0500

The House Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat on Tuesday said President-elect Donald Trump can expect an uphill battle if he asks lawmakers to legislate digital encryption upon taking office.

Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat, denied Mr. Trump will be able to easily regulate and restrict the use of strong encryption during ...

Michael McCaul calls for end of 'politically correct' U.S. homeland security policies

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:05:45 -0500

Congressional defense hawks see the incoming Trump administration as a fresh start in the campaign to roll back the damage caused by the Obama White House's "politically correct" approach to waging the global war on terror, one of the most influential Republican voices on security on Capitol Hill said Wednesday.


Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, opens up about Swedish rape claim, investigation

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:37:33 -0500

Julian Assange provided Wednesday his first-ever public accounting of the 2010 trip to Sweden that put the WikiLeaks founder at the center of lengthy rape probe and a multinational dispute that remain active more than six years later.

Mr. Assange's recollection of events surrounding his August 2010 trip to Stockholm ...

Lucy Richards, Florida woman, arrested for death threats against parent of Sandy Hook victim

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:58:00 -0500

A Florida woman who believes the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax was arrested and charged with making a series of death threats against a parent whose child was killed in the 2012 massacre.

Lucy Richards, 57, of Tampa, was indicted on four counts of transmitting ...

John F. Kelly to be Trump's DHS chief

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:38:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump has picked retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly to be the new secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, sources said Wednesday, selecting a career military man who, as head of American forces in Latin America, repeatedly warned of the dangers of drug legalization and the porous ...

Catholic colleges to undocumented students: You're still welcome

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:20:00 -0500

More than 100 presidents of Catholic colleges and universities have reaffirmed their support for undocumented students in light of questions about the future of U.S. immigration policy.

"Many of us count among our students young men and women who are undocumented, their families having fled violence and instability," said the ...

Chelsea Manning asks to be listed as female in Pentagon database; doctor denies request

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:19:30 -0500

A military doctor recently denied Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning's request to have her gender listed as "female" in a Pentagon database, a new court filing reveals, further frustrating the former intelligence analyst's attempt to be recognized as a woman as she serves a lengthy prison sentence for stealing classified documents ...

'Heartbeat' abortion bill heads to the desk of Ohio Gov. John Kasich

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:13:00 -0500

The Ohio legislature passed a bill this week banning abortions in the state after a baby's first heartbeat, or roughly six weeks into a pregnancy — a move seen by many as evidence of an emboldened pro-life movement in response to the election of Donald Trump as president.

The "Heartbeat ...

Pearl Harbor anniversary: Obama says he looks forward to visit by Shinzo Abe, Japanese leader

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:36:18 -0500

President Obama marked the 75th anniversary of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor Wednesday by saying he hopes a visit by the Japanese prime minister will show "the power of reconciliation."

The president said he's looking forward to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the USS Arizona Memorial later this month ...

Dylann Roof, Charleston church shooting suspect, had 'cold and hateful heart,' prosecutor says

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:53:25 -0500

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof had a "cold and hateful heart" when he pulled a pistol from his fanny pack during a Bible study last year and killed nine black church members as they closed their eyes for a final prayer, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

As the 22-year-old white ...

Oakland warehouse fire: Official says refrigerator potential source of deadly blaze

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:37:27 -0500

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Investigators honed in on a refrigerator and other electrical appliances as possible causes of the fire at a warehouse in Oakland that killed 36 people, as crews were set to finish their search for bodies.

The death toll in the most lethal building fire in the ...

Pearl Harbor survivors reflect, share vivid memories 75 years after 'day of infamy'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:44:13 -0500

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — At exactly 55 minutes past noon Wednesday, pilot Jim Record will take off from Long Island's Republic Airport and steer his World War II-era North American SNJ 2 around the Statue of Liberty, while his co-pilot prepares the drop of 75 red American Beauty roses — commemorating ...

Donald Trump, James Mattis differ on Vladimir Putin, Russia

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:23:07 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming defense secretary hold decidedly different views on Russian President Vladimir Putin, potentially creating a policy breach on how to handle an iron ruler who laments the passing of the Soviet empire.

While Mr. Trump has praised Mr. Putin as a "strong" leader in an ...