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April 9, 2014 - 3:44am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — USAID's secret Cuban Twitter program hired Alen Lauzan Falcon, a Havana-born satirical artist based in Chile, to propose text messages to be sent to Cuban users. Neither Lauzan nor the Cuban subscribers realized the U.S. government was behind ZunZuneo, the social media network.

Last Thursday, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said "no political content was ever supplied by anyone working on this project or running it. It was the people —...

April 9, 2014 - 3:38am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — There was an angry exchange Tuesday between the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Rajiv Shah, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees USAID's budget. Leahy asked during a hearing who was responsible for proposing the Twitter-like social media network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba. The hearing took place six days after The Associated Press revealed the program's existence, and one day after...

April 9, 2014 - 3:35am
1 week 2 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The suspect in a police station shooting had been licensed to work as a security guard and to carry a firearm, and had even once applied to become a Los Angeles police officer.

Although Daniel C. Yealu's effort to join the Police Department didn't work out, authorities couldn't immediately say if that played any role in the shootout at a Los Angeles police station Monday night.

It was a gunbattle that ended with both him and a...

April 9, 2014 - 3:35am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Northwestern University faces a Wednesday deadline to appeal a ruling by the Chicago-region director of the National Labor Relations Board that its football players are employees of the school and therefore entitled to unionize.

Northwestern, based in Evanston, Ill., has strongly disputed the ruling and has said it would file such an appeal.

The full NLRB has yet to weigh in on the finding.

An April 25 vote is...

April 9, 2014 - 3:29am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans blocked a Senate bill Wednesday aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democrats hope will help spur women to back them in this fall's congressional elections.

GOP lawmakers said the measure could hinder employers from granting raises, or permitting flexible hours in exchange for lower pay, for fear of costly lawsuits. For Democrats, the bill was the latest stressing income-fairness they are...

April 9, 2014 - 3:27am
1 week 2 days ago

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama returned to the grieving Army post Wednesday where he first took on the job as the nation's comforter five years ago, mourning with families and uniformed comrades of those killed during last week's Fort Hood shooting spree. "We somehow bear what seems unbearable," he declared.

It was yet another sad observance for a president who has had to deliver words of consolation across the country many times. At Fort Hood, the...

April 9, 2014 - 3:20am
1 week 2 days ago

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Campus celebrations are winding down after two nights of championship parties, yet the off-court excitement could be just beginning at the University of Connecticut.

With students, faculty and alumni beaming with pride following the men's and women's basketball team's national titles, the university administration is looking far beyond the Gampel Pavilion sports arena for a payoff.

The teams' accomplishments led national news and...

April 9, 2014 - 3:14am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is looking into whether a "Cuban Twitter" program secretly backed by the U.S. government contained messages that were political in nature, despite assertions from the administration that the effort was intended only to increase the flow of information in a country that heavily restricts Internet access.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday it would be "troubling" if political messages were sent under the program...

April 9, 2014 - 3:13am
1 week 3 days ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With Breanna Stewart back for two more seasons, Geno Auriemma and UConn are in position to win a few more titles.

None may be sweeter than the record ninth championship the Huskies won Tuesday night in unprecedented fashion.

Connecticut reached the pinnacle in style, routing Notre Dame in the first NCAA women's basketball championship game featuring undefeated teams.

Auriemma and his Huskies have one more...

April 9, 2014 - 3:12am
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million.

Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on health care financing.

Topping Medicare's list was Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, whose relationship with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., made headlines last year...

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