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.
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.
By JON GAMBRELL and JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 5:03 p.m.
JOHANNESBURG — An eclectic mix of world leaders including President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will eulogize Nelson Mandela before a crowd of nearly 100,000 mourners at a massive memorial service Tuesday in the World Cup soccer stadium where the anti-apartheid champion made his last public appearance.
By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau
December 9, 2013 1:54 p.m.
MURFREESBORO, N.C. — Snow came early to the cotton and sorghum fields here, sending dozens of cash-strapped families to the food bank on a recent afternoon for frozen chickens, cucumbers and canned green beans.
By Alan Fram, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 1:38 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Racing a midnight deadline, Congress is ready to renew the expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But lawmakers are sure to reject toughening those restrictions — the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
By Joshua Freed, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 1:33 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Snow and bitter cold snarled traffic and prompted another 1,650 U.S. flight cancellations on Monday, and tens of thousands of people were still without power after January-like weather barged in a month early.
By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 11:24 a.m.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Pakistani leaders Monday that if they don't resolve protests stalling some military shipments across the border with Afghanistan, it could be difficult to maintain political support in Washington for an aid program that has sent billions of dollars to Islamabad, defense officials said.
By The Associated Press
December 9, 2013 11:23 a.m.
JOHANNESBURG — The memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday is poised to be one of the largest such gatherings in generations with tens of thousands of local mourners and almost 100 foreign leaders expected.
By GRANT PECK and JINDA WEDEL, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 11 a.m.
BANGKOK — Desperate to defuse Thailand's deepening political crisis, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved Parliament's lower house on Monday and called early elections. But protesters seeking to topple her vowed to carry on their fight, saying they cannot win the polls because of corruption.
By Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 10:54 a.m.
SAN DIEGO — Bob Filner was sentenced Monday to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for harassing women while he was mayor of San Diego, completing the fall of the former 10-term congressman who barely a year ago achieved his long dream of being elected leader of the nation's eighth-largest city.