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Power plants pollute water from arsenic to zinc

01/18/2014 1:23am
More than 50 million pounds of toxic pollutants are being pumped each year into the nation's waterways from fossil fuel power plants, most of them coal, the Environmental Protection Agency says. They include:

Unclear future for executions after Ohio's longest

01/18/2014 1:25am
Ohio's latest experience with putting an inmate to death raises new question about the ability of states to carry out executions in constitutional fashion.

Obama's proposed changes to NSA spy programs

01/18/2014 2:06am
President Barack Obama is calling for major changes in the way the U.S. intelligence community collects and stores information about people in the U.S. and abroad following disclosures that have sparked fury over sweeping government surveillance and stoked concerns about privacy. Some of the changes will take effect immediately. Others will require further study and may take action by Congress to be implemented. A look at some of the changes the president is proposing:

What they're saying about Obama's NSA speech

01/18/2014 2:17am
Reaction from lawmakers, privacy groups, foreign leaders, industry and the intelligence community to President Barack Obama's proposals to change the way U.S. intelligence agencies collect information:

Questions and answers about Obama's new NSA rules

01/18/2014 2:18am
President Barack Obama is putting limits on the harvesting of Americans' phone records and seeking revisions to a program that sweeps up email and Internet data around the world, seven months after former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden began divulging the secret spying. Some questions and answers about Obama's plan:

Contract deal reached for workers at NY nuke plant

01/18/2014 3:09am
The owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant says a contract agreement has been reached with its largest union, avoiding a strike or lockout.

Army IDs soldier killed in Ga. helicopter accident

01/18/2014 7:50am
The Army has identified a soldier killed in a helicopter accident at a Georgia airfield as a 31-year-old special operations helicopter platoon leader.

Correction: Dead Boy-Abuse story

01/18/2014 8:20am
In a story Jan. 17 about proposed changes at a child welfare agency following the death of a 4-year-old boy, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the first instance of the child's last name. His last name is Dobson, not Dodson.

China-Japan disputes spill onto opinion pages

01/18/2014 8:55am
Escalating disputes between Japan and China are spilling onto newspaper opinion pages around the globe as the rivals try to sway attitudes abroad and placate nationalist fervor at home.

Police: 2nd Philly school suspect to surrender

01/18/2014 10:10am
Philadelphia police say a boy charged with aggravated assault was expected to surrender Saturday in connection with a shooting that wounded two students at a high school gymnasium.

Turkmenistan to make people pay for gas

01/18/2014 10:16am
Turkmenistan's president said Saturday his government will begin installing gas meters in households, ending the unlimited supply of free gas to citizens in the energy-rich Central Asian nation.

Feds deny state bids to tighten voter registration

01/18/2014 11:39am
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission found Friday that heightened proof-of-citizenship requirements likely would hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections, handing down a ruling that denied requests from Kansas, Arizona and Georgia to modify the registration form for their residents.

Sundance premiere 'Camp X-Ray' uncovers Gitmo life

01/18/2014 11:46am
Kristen Stewart endures a fair share of abuse in her latest film. In "Camp X-Ray," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, the actress stars as Amy Cole, a guard stationed at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. prison in Cuba detaining terrorist suspects.

Feds seek option for dredge sand along NC beaches

01/18/2014 1:04pm
Beach communities and environmentalists are pushing back against a proposal to give the National Park Service the option of using dredging material to fight erosion on North Carolina's pristine Shackleford Banks, where wild horses roam and no humans live.

Obama's spy speech calms few privacy fears

01/18/2014 1:13pm
President Barack Obama's orders to change some U.S. surveillance practices puts the burden on Congress to finally deal with a national security controversy that has spooked Americans and outraged foreign allies. But his proposed changes already have broad political support and avoid major action on one National Security Agency spy system that has far more reach.

Tucson police look at potential tips in abduction

01/18/2014 2:19pm
A door-to-door effort launched this week in the case of a Tucson girl who disappeared from her bedroom more than 18 months ago has yielded some possible tips, police said Saturday

Calif. nut farmers band together to fight theft

01/18/2014 3:26pm
The soaring value of California's nut crops is attracting a new breed of thieves who have been making off with the pricey commodities by the truckload, recalling images of cattle rustlers of bygone days.

Parents: Don't know if slain daughter knew gunman

01/18/2014 4:00pm
The parents of a 20-year-old woman fatally shot while working at a northern Indiana grocery store say they don't know whether their daughter knew her killer.

LA to receive list of possibly dangerous buildings

01/18/2014 4:24pm
Researchers have decided to hand the city of Los Angeles a list of older concrete buildings, some of which may be prone to collapse during a strong earthquake.

Police: 2 kids killed in Maryland were stabbed

01/18/2014 4:33pm
Police charged two women on Saturday in the deaths of two children in Maryland, saying the women believed they were performing an exorcism.

LA fire fueled by drought, could impact the country

01/18/2014 4:57pm
Firefighters are still contending with a wildfire that was allegedly set on purpose in the Los Angeles area. But it's being fueled by a drought that was already sweeping the state, which could impact people across the country.

Christie leaves NJ behind for Fla. fundraisers

01/18/2014 5:11pm
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie left a political scandal back home as he raised money Saturday for fellow Republicans in Florida.

Obama asks for intelligence gathering changes, opponents react

01/18/2014 5:22pm
Reaction is pouring in fast over President Obama's recommendations to change the government's controversial intelligence gathering methods.

US dropping case against man accused of piracy

01/18/2014 5:27pm
Federal prosecutors are dropping their case against a Somali translator accused of being a pirate and playing an illegal role in the hostage siege aboard a Danish merchant ship off the coast of Somalia in 2008.

As LA-area fire wanes, dangerous conditions remain

01/18/2014 8:46pm
Hundreds of residents who fled a wildfire in the suburbs of Los Angeles returned home Saturday as red-flag warnings of extremely dangerous fire conditions expired, but officials say that bone-dry winter conditions remain a threat for the region.

Teen charged as adult in Philly school shooting

01/18/2014 9:08pm
Police charged a boy with aggravated assault and related crimes on Saturday in connection with a shooting that wounded two students inside a Philadelphia high school gymnasium, but released a second boy from custody without charging him.

Men with sledgehammers rob crowded Memphis mall

01/18/2014 9:21pm
Police say men with sledgehammers robbed a jewelry store at a crowded Tennessee mall.

2 Marines awarded Navy Cross posthumously

01/18/2014 10:17pm
Two Marines killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan were posthumously awarded on Saturday the Navy Cross, the service branch's top award and second only to the Medal of Honor.
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