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Call-data collecting by NSA begins ebb

Senate to return early, try again

Subscriber onlyThe National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Continue reading...

Competition to put robots to test

Pentagon says disaster duty the aim, but the war-leery worry

Subscriber onlyIt's 6 feet 2 inches tall, with laser eyes and vise-grip hands. It can walk over a mess of jagged cinder blocks, cut a hole in a wall, even drive a car. And soon, Leo, Lockheed Martin's humanoid robot, will move from the development lab to a boot camp for robots, where a platoon's worth of the semiautonomous mechanical species will be tested to see whether they can be all they can be. Continue reading...

Pilots, controllers test email system

Subscriber onlyThe scratchy and time-consuming radio transmissions that pilots use to communicate route changes before taking off from airports may soon be a thing of the past for some airlines. Continue reading...

Islanders up in arms over ‘invasion’ plan

Marines cast eye on beach but draw flak

Subscriber onlyThe tiny Pacific island of Pagan is a lost world of deserted black-sand beaches, feral pigs and huge fruit bats. Two active volcanoes, one at each end of the spoon-shaped isle, rise over a deep-blue horizon. Continue reading...

Oil pipeline in leak lacked auto shut-off

Subscriber onlyThe pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said. Continue reading...

Study shifts fault in Katrina floods

Paper places more blame on Corps for New Orleans disaster

Subscriber onlyNearly 10 years on, one might assume that the case of Hurricane Katrina is closed. Continue reading...

Prosecutors forge criminal case in GM switch deaths

Subscriber onlyJustice Department investigators have identified criminal wrongdoing in General Motors' failure to disclose a defect tied to at least 104 deaths and are negotiating what is expected to be a record penalty, according to people briefed on the inquiry. Continue reading...

Iraq War debate vexes vets

Feelings mixed about GOP presidential hopefuls’ stances

Subscriber onlyVeterans of the Iraq War have been watching in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically supported to invade that country. Continue reading...

Officer acquitted in Ohio deaths

Judge says no proof his shots, among 137 fired, killed 2 in car

Subscriber onlyA white patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect's car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed, black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by a judge who said he could not determine the Cleveland officer alone fired the fatal shots. Continue reading...

Two activists chain themselves to ship

Subscriber onlyTwo people have chained themselves to a support ship for Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling vessel that is moored in Washington state. Continue reading...

Rig’s driver faulted in crash fatal to 10

Subscriber onlyA year ago, 10 people in California died in a fiery head-on collision between a FedEx semi and a bus. Continue reading...

Tiny Vermont town rebuilds its floating bridge

Subscriber onlyA tiny Vermont town’s wooden floating bridge — believed to be the only one of its kind in the country — has been rebuilt and is reopening this weekend with fanfare including a parade with a bagpiper, high school marching band, oxen team, horses and antique cars crossing the new span Saturday. Continue reading...

Congress' short-term fixes a habit

Subscriber onlyThe list of problems that Congress has addressed with short-term fixes is a long one. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyMissouri police kill suspect in 2 deaths KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man accused of holding his former girlfriend captive in a crate at their home in western Missouri and then fatally shooting her and her teenage son, was shot and killed Saturday, authorities said. Continue reading...

TV News shows

Subscriber onlyLineup of guests for today's TV news shows: ABC's This Week -- Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio; Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. 8 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock. Continue reading...

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