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AP Exclusive: NSA weighed ending phone program before leak

By KEN DILANIAN (WASHINGTON, AP) — The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed…

Pentagon chief may ease military enlistment standards

By LOLITA C. BALDOR (WASHINGTON, AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and…

Groups eye Indiana pullout over religious objections bill

(INDIANAPOLIS, AP) — Organizers of at least two major conventions set for Indianapolis have joined some business leaders in urging Republican Gov. Mike Pence to veto a religious objections bill…

Bergdahl describes maltreatment at the hands of the Taliban

By MICHAEL BIESECKER (RALEIGH, N.C., AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban, beaten with a copper…

Ex-prosecutor of exonerated death row inmate pens apology

By KEVIN McGILL (NEW ORLEANS, AP) — It was a long journey of conscience for a former Louisiana prosecutor. He went from celebrating a death sentence with rounds of drinks…

Picasso valued at $140M heading to NYC auction

(NEW YORK, AP) — Christie’s auction house has announced it will offer a 1955 masterpiece by Pablo Picasso for an estimated $140 million. “Women of Algiers (Version O)” will hit…

NY marks 25th anniversary of social club fire that killed 87

By VERENA DOBNIK (NEW YORK, AP) — Twenty-five years ago, what was then the biggest mass murder in U.S. history turned a New York City dance club into a smoky,…

State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

By RYAN J. FOLEY (IOWA CITY, Iowa, AP) — State legislators are pushing to make it much harder to release police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a…

Schools nationwide struggle with substitute teacher shortage

By TOM COYNE (SOUTH BEND, Ind., AP) — Carrie Swing wasn’t alarmed when her fifth-grade daughter, Ivy, spent a day in a first-grade classroom at her San Francisco school, filling…

First direct flights between New York and Cuba taking off

(NEW YORK, AP) — The first direct charter flights between New York City and Cuba are now taking off. Cuba Travel Services has started offering a weekly Tuesday charter between…

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