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NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Post and the Guardian have won Pulitzer Prizes in public service for revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance effort. The awards, American journalism's highest honor, were announced today. The newspapers' disclosures about the National Security Agency's spy programs show the government has collected information about millions of Americans' phone calls and emails based on its classified interpretations of laws passed after the Sept. 11 attacks. The stories are based on thousands of documents handed over by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — Family members of a boy and his grandfather who were killed at a suburban Kansas City Jewish center yesterday say the pair were ambushed and shot in the head as they got out of their vehicle. Mindy Losen (LOH-sen) says her father, William Lewis Corporon, was taking her 14-year-old son, Reat Griffin Underwood, to try out for an American Idol-like competition called KC Superstar. They were among three people killed in the shootings at the Jewish center and a retirement facility. A long-time white supremacist and former Klan leader is in custody.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — It's been another emotional day on the witness stand for Oscar Pistorius -- and that's prompted a prosecutor to suggest he's staging emotional outbursts to hide his difficulty in answering questions about the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius struggled today to explain alleged inconsistencies in his testimony, and broke down sobbing on two occasions -- causing the judge to temporarily stop the court session. The prosecutor told Pistorius, "You're getting frustrated because your version is improbable."
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man who was removed from a California-bound Southwest Airlines flight is facing federal charges because he allegedly tried to open a door. Prosecutors in Nebraska today charged Joshua Suggs with interfering with the crew of the Chicago-to-Sacramento flight. The plane diverted to Omaha yesterday so Suggs could be removed.
UNDATED (AP) — We haven't seen the last of Olympic swimming champ Michael Phelps. He's coming out of retirement later this month at an event in Arizona -- competing for the first time since the London Olympics two years ago. And he could eventually try to add to his 22 Olympic medals in Rio in 2016. For now, his coach says, he's "going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes."
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