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The sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NSA defends global cellphone tracking as legal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by […]

12/06/2013

Court hears discrimination case over wedding cake

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony is defending his decision. An attorney for Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver says the baker has a right […]

12/05/2013

Easton Area School District students Brianna Hawk, 15, left, and Kayla Martinez, 14, display their "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets for photographers outside the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

‘Boobies’ bracelet fight could go to Supreme Court

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — The court battle between two girls and their Pennsylvania school over “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets could be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Easton Area School District board voted 7-1 […]

10/30/2013

The sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NSA collecting millions of contact lists

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has been sifting through millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts around the world — including those of Americans — in its effort to […]

10/14/2013

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Brown signs anti-revenge porn bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill outlawing so-called revenge porn. Senate Bill 255 was signed Tuesday and takes immediate effect. It’s aimed at people who post nude pictures of their […]

10/01/2013

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Judge OKs deal to end Ala. HIV inmate segregation

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A federal judge has approved a settlement to end the segregation of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama prisons. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an opinion Monday saying the agreement isn’t perfect […]

09/30/2013

A small Draganflyer X6 drone during a test flight in Mesa County, Colo., with a Forward Looking Infer Red payload. (AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff's Unmanned Operations Team)

Justice Department spent nearly $5M on drones

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has been using drones to support its law enforcement operations since 2006 and has spent more than $3 million on the unmanned aircraft, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog said Thursday. […]

09/26/2013

This 2013 image released by the Parker Family shows Tiana Parker in Tulsa, Okla. Tiana was at the center of a debate over her hairstyle.  (AP Photo/The Parker Family, Marq Lewis)

Schools criticized for bans on dreadlocks, Afros

“Why are you so sad?” a TV reporter asked the little girl with a bright pink bow in her hair. “Because they didn’t like my dreads,” she sobbed, wiping her tears. “I think that they […]

09/25/2013

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Dashboard cameras coming to US border agent trucks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid criticism about U.S. border agents using deadly force against immigrants illegally crossing the Mexican border, the Homeland Security Department said Wednesday it will test new dashboard cameras and overhaul basic training […]

09/25/2013

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Court rules that clicking ‘Like’ on Facebook is free speech

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Clicking “Like” on Facebook is constitutionally protected free speech and can be considered the 21st century-equivalent of a campaign yard sign, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The 4th U.S. Circuit […]

09/18/2013

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