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Americans driving less as car culture wanes

08/29/2013 9:45am
Driving in America has stalled, leading researchers to ask: Is the national love affair with the automobile over?

States offered more time to ignore education law

08/29/2013 1:51pm
States can request permission to ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law through the spring of 2016, the Education Department said Thursday.

Perez: Fast food strikes show need for wage hike

08/29/2013 3:26pm
The recent spate of fast-food worker strikes is another sign of the need to raise the minimum wage for all workers, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Feds won't sue to stop marijuana use in 2 states

08/29/2013 5:23pm
Despite 75 years of federal marijuana prohibition, the Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it _ as long as the weed is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property.

Clapper to publish numbers of secret spying orders

08/29/2013 6:27pm
The nation's top intelligence official said Thursday that he'll now release figures every year on how many new top secret court orders and national security letters are issued and how many people are targeted because of them.

AP sources: Intelligence on weapons no 'slam dunk'

08/29/2013 7:36pm
The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack is no "slam dunk," with questions remaining about who actually controls some of Syria's chemical weapons stores and doubts about whether Assad himself ordered the strike, U.S. intelligence officials say.

Dispute over report about secret NSA budget

08/29/2013 8:54pm
The National Security Agency on Thursday disputed a published report that secret intelligence budget files provided by agency leaker Edward Snowden show that the surveillance agency warned in 2012 that it planned to investigate up to 4,000 cases of possible internal security breaches.

Hagel: US discusses 'facts' on Syria with allies

08/29/2013 10:30pm
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday the Obama administration was consulting with allies to "further develop the facts" about last week's alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, and options for a response.