By MARCY GORDON and MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 8:40 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Silicon Valley is escalating pressure on President Barack Obama to curb the U.S. government surveillance programs that vacuum personal information off the Internet and threaten the technology industry's financial livelihood.
By Ed O'Keefe and Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post
December 9, 2013 6:57 p.m.
WASHINGTON — After compiling a reed-thin record of achievement for 2013, the House and Senate began their final week of the year together in Washington on the verge of breakthroughs on a new defense policy bill and budget agreement, deals that could permit lawmakers to boast of modest year-end successes and enjoy their first extended Christmas break since at least the start of the Obama presidency.
By TAMI ABDOLLAH and GREG RISLING, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 5:50 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Federal officials say 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies saw themselves as being "above the law," engaging in corruption and civil rights abuses that included beating inmates and visitors, falsifying reports, and trying to block an FBI probe of the nation's largest jail system.
By LISA LEFF, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 5:47 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — The 85-year-old U.S. Korean War veteran who was detained for weeks by North Korea said Monday that the videotaped confession in which he apologized for killing North Koreans during the war was given involuntarily and under duress.
Hudson's Bay — The third annual fundraising Women Build Holiday Tea and silent auction hosted by Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, held Saturday at the restored Artillery Barracks at Fort Vancouver, featured a keynote address by Donna Shaver on "The Girl Effect." That's a global movement -- the name was coined by the Nike Foundation and endorsed by important players like the United Nations -- to reduce poverty and build health and prosperity through empowering girls and women. Habitat's Women Build is a great example of the movement, as it provides hands-on construction training and experience for women as well as affordable housing for needy families. Learn more about Habitat and its Women Build program at http://www.ehfh.org; check out the Girl Effect at http://www.girleffect.org.
Fruit Valley — Children received the gift of warmth late last month after the Vancouver Firefighters' Union IAFF Local 452 used a fire engine to deliver new coats to the Fruit Valley Community Learning Center. The union's charitable efforts on Nov. 25 were part of the national program "Operation Warm," which helps families by giving them winter clothes during the cold season. Since the program began in 1998, more than 1.2 million children have been given coats, according to a press release.
By JIM HEINTZ and YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 5:04 p.m.
KIEV, Ukraine — Heavily armed riot troops broke into the offices of a top Ukrainian opposition party in Kiev and seized its servers Monday, the party said, as anti-government protests crippled the capital for yet another day.