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March 29, 2015 - 8:06am
7 min 52 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — According to current and former intelligence officials, the National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice.

Some officials believed the costs outweighed the program's counterterrorism benefits.

Even after the leak and the collective surprise around the world, NSA leaders strongly defended the phone...

March 29, 2015 - 5:46am
7 min 52 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" — Former Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md.; Victoria Reggie Kennedy.

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NBC's "Meet the Press" — Victoria Kennedy; former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I.

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CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and John McCain, R-Ariz.; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; former Sens. Chris Dodd, D-...

March 29, 2015 - 2:46am
7 min 52 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Emergency workers are painstakingly looking for signs of two missing people in the rubble of three New York City apartment buildings leveled in an apparent gas explosion, though authorities acknowledge the chances of finding them are slim.

Meanwhile, investigators are working to piece together exactly what caused the blast Thursday that injured 22 people in Manhattan's East Village. Consolidated Edison says utility workers discovered in August that the...

March 29, 2015 - 1:03am
7 min 52 sec ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he is "not going to change" the new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination.

Pence appeared on ABC's "This Week" to discuss the measure he signed last week prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.

Pence said Sunday that if lawmakers send him a bill to clarify the law's intent, he'll...

March 28, 2015 - 11:48pm
7 min 52 sec ago

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Michelle Obama mixed her message of education for girls with one of empowerment for black women, declaring "Black girls rock!" at the annual awards show of the same name.

The first lady wasn't one of the honorees Saturday night but was the most heralded participant at the 5th annual event. It honored Jada Pinkett Smith, Erykah Badu, Cicely Tyson, Ava DuVernay, Nadia Lopez and Helene Gayle.

Obama told the audience, which included...

March 28, 2015 - 11:18pm
1 hour 37 min ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Pushed to the brink, Kentucky's still perfect and still playing.

Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, and the top-seeded Wildcats kept their unbeaten season and national title hopes intact with a 68-66 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night in the Midwest Regional final.

The Wildcats (38-0) advanced to the Final Four in Indianapolis next week, where they will meet Wisconsin.

It took...

March 28, 2015 - 10:50pm
8 hours 37 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Emergency workers are still painstakingly looking for signs of two missing people in the rubble of three New York City apartment buildings leveled in an apparent gas explosion, though authorities acknowledge the chances of finding them are slim.

Meanwhile, investigators are working to piece together exactly what caused the blast Thursday that injured 22 people in Manhattan's East Village. Mayor Bill de Blasio says it's possible that someone improperly...

March 28, 2015 - 9:54pm
8 hours 37 min ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he would support legislation to "clarify the intent" of a new state law that has attracted widespread criticism over concerns it could allow discrimination against gay people.

In an interview Saturday with the Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1MhuY1d), the Republican governor said he's been in discussions with legislative leaders this weekend. He expects that a clarification bill will be introduced this coming week to the...

March 28, 2015 - 9:04pm
8 hours 37 min ago

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 22-year-old Alabama man is charged with attempted murder after seven people were hurt, some critically, during an early-morning spray of gunfire at a spring break party on the Florida Panhandle.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office says multiple 911 calls flooded in just before 1 a.m., reporting the shootings at the house party in Panama City Beach. When deputies arrived, they found a sprawling crime scene with victims inside the home, outside...

March 28, 2015 - 8:03pm
8 hours 37 min ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Three Chicago-area universities are taking part in the research to examine the health effects on an American astronaut of spending a year in space.

The Chicago Tribune reports that scientists from Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Rush University Medical School will focus on the links between bacteria, gastrointestinal health and sleep cycles. The Chicago team is one of 10 such NASA-funded groups.

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