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Clinton received sensitive info on private email account
WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified “secret” at the request of the FBI, according to documents released Friday, u...
By Lisa Lerer, Matthew Lee and Jack Gillum The Associated Press FULL STORY
California moves toward ending use of bullhooks on elephants
SACRAMENTO — California would become the first state to ban the use of bullhooks to guide and discipline elephants under a bill approved Friday by the state Senate. “It’s time that the state prohibits this inhumane practice,” said Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, arguing that the use of t...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
What happens to collection of phone records if law expires?
WASHINGTON — The Senate struggled to reach agreement Friday on how to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, setting the stage for a halt to the collection program and two less-controversial surveillance programs designed to track spies and terrorists. ...
By Ken Dilanian The Associated Press FULL STORY
California Senate OKs three bills aimed at income inequality
SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers are advancing three bills to aid lower income workers who are facing bankruptcy or have their wages garnished because of unpaid debt. Senate Democrats say the bills by Sen. Bob Wieckowski of Fremont help address the growing national problem of income inequality. ...
Senate approves requiring vaccinations for day care workers
SACRAMENTO — Day care workers would have to be vaccinated, under a bill moving through the California Legislature. The state Senate on Friday approved the bill by Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia, sending it to the Assembly on a 34-3 vote. SB792 passed a week after senators approved a mor...
California Assembly approves tough plastic microbead ban
SACRAMENTO — One of the nation’s toughest bans on plastic exfoliating beads in cosmetics has cleared the California Assembly. It’s the second attempt at prohibiting the sale of soap, toothpaste and other products with tiny “microbeads” that make their way into waterways and animals’ sto...
California may set rules for police tracking of cellphones
SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers are considering new regulations for technology that lets law enforcement intercept cellphone signals. Agencies can use the technology, often lumped to together under the brand name “StingRay,” to learn who is being called, when the call is made, and where it ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Vacation plans collide with must-do agenda for Senate
WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, supporters of sweeping, bipartisan trade legislation narrowly fended off a last-minute challenge Friday night, clearing the way for Senate passage and a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. Legislation to prevent a lapse in the a...
By David Espo and Charles Babington The Associated Press FULL STORY
Dead animals found in oil spill: Three pelicans, one dolphin
LOS ANGELES — Officials say a dead dolphin and three dead pelicans have been found near the area of an oil spill on the California coast. Veterinarian Michael Ziccardi said Friday it’s not clear if the dolphin found in Santa Barbara Harbor died from exposure to the crude oil that spilled into t...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
New trial expected for man convicted in Chandra Levy death
WASHINGTON — A man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy is expected to get a new trial after government attorneys on Friday said the “interests of justice” would best be served by one. On Friday, after more than a year of sporadic hearings and legal wrangling, government attorn...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Mexican official: About 40 dead in firefight on ranch
ECUANDUREO, Mexico — About 40 people were killed Friday in what authorities described as a fierce gunbattle between suspected drug traffickers and federal forces on a ranch in western Mexico, the deadliest such confrontation in recent memory. Almost all the dead were suspected criminals, said a F...
By E. Eduardo Castillo and Mark Stevenson The Associated Press FULL STORY
Barack Obama tells people of Israel: America has your back
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Friday he “forcefully” objects to suggestions that policy differences between his administration and the Israeli government signal his lack of support for the longtime U.S. ally. Speaking at one of Washington’s most prominent synagogues, Obama said t...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi mosque attack
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint, killing at least 21 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest attack seen in the kingdom in more than a decade. Loyalists of the Isl...
By Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy The Associated Press FULL STORY
Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife
KIEV, Ukraine — Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday. Amnesty said in a statement that it has heard from former captives of both Ukra...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Guinea families transport bodies in public taxis
CONAKRY, Guinea — Relatives of Ebola victims are transporting their bodies on public transportation in Guinea, seating the corpses upright between other passengers to skirt health controls and contributing to the spread of the deadly disease here, authorities said. The Ebola epidemic began in Gui...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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