By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 11:04 a.m.
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — The U.S. air operations center in Qatar has long been a hub where combat sorties into Iraq and Afghanistan were tracked and international forces kept watch over hotspots in the Persian Gulf and western Mediterranean Sea. But for years it's kept a low profile in a region sometimes reluctant to advertise its significant U.S. military presence.
By John Heilprin, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 11:02 a.m.
GENEVA — Armed conflicts killed at least 95,000 people and wounded hundreds of thousands more last year but few of them led to any punishment for war crimes because the laws are unclear, a Swiss-based think tank said Tuesday.
By Scott Fallon, The Record
December 10, 2013 10:59 a.m.
HACKENSACK, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie has refused to join a coalition of eight Eastern states seeking to curb air pollution blowing in from Midwest and Southern coal-fired power plants that help make New Jersey's air quality among the worst in the nation.
By MICHAEL LIEDTKE and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 10:58 a.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.
By JULIE PACE, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 10:46 a.m.
JOHANNESBURG — President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a simple gesture that signaled possible thawing between the leaders of two Cold War foes.
By Alan Clendenning, Jon Gambrell and Julie Pace,, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 10:36 a.m.
JOHANNESBURG — U.S. President Barack Obama exhorted the world Tuesday to embrace Nelson Mandela's universal message of peace and justice, electrifying tens of thousands of rain-lashed spectators and prompting a standing ovation by scores of heads of state in a South African stadium.
By Holly Ramer, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 10:05 a.m.
CONCORD, N.H. — David Kwiatkowski's six-month stint at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs medical center was about to end in 2008 when a doctor proposed extending the traveling technician's contract. Don't do it, one nurse warned.
By Darryl Fears, The Washington Post
December 10, 2013 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON — In four years, the United States lost more than 360,000 acres of freshwater and saltwater wetlands to fierce storms, sea-level rise and booming development along the coasts, according to a newly released federal study.
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.