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Merits of torture report debated...Senate cancels vote on Social Security nominee...Schumer wants probe of airfares

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 14, 2014 at 12:02 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney is dismissing the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on coercive interrogation tactics as "a crock." And Jose Rodriguez, a former head of the CIA's counterterrorism section, says the report betrays intelligence officials and will erode their trust in future presidential administrations. But others are defending the report, including Sen. John McCain, who was tortured as a POW in Vietnam. The Arizona Republican says "We're not a perfect nation, but we acknowledge our mistakes."

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's pick to head the Social Security Administration has run into more trouble after Senate Democrats canceled a procedural vote on her nomination. Obama nominated Carolyn W. Colvin to a six-year term as commissioner in June. Her nomination cleared one procedural hurdle in the Senate yesterday, but Senate Democrats canceled an upcoming vote, making it likely Colvin won't get a vote until next year. Republicans take control of the Senate in January.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for federal investigations of high airfares, questioning why they're not dropping along with fuel costs. The New York Democrat says with holiday travel approaching, the high cost of flying is painfully apparent to thousands of passengers. He's calling for the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation to investigate why airfares are so high despite rapidly declining fuel costs.

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Effigies of black lynching victims found hanging on a Northern California college campus have sparked debate over whether the images are powerful protest art or just plain tasteless and racist. The photographic images were found yesterday at two prominent spots on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. They were discovered a few hours before a demonstration against police brutality organized by a black student union was to start. Officials say they don't know who hung the images or why.

CLEVELAND (AP) — A baby in Ohio was was born at just the right minute: 10:11 on 12/13/14. Seven-pound, 14-ounce Hazel Grace was born yesterday morning to Leisha Campbell and Shawn Zimmerman at Cleveland's Fairview Hospital. Her family already knew she'd be born on that special date but they didn't know she'd get the minute right, too.

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