WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama threw the switch, bathing the National Christmas Tree in lights and giving an otherwise dreary day in the nation's capital a festive and seasonal spirit. He later singled out Nelson Mandela, the beloved South African anti-apartheid leader who died
By KIMBERLY DOZIERAP Intelligence Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S
By STEPHEN BRAUNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A longtime adviser to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has resigned after the government learned he has worked since 2010 as a paid consultant for Huawei Technologies Ltd., the Chinese technology company the U.S. has condemned as an
By GREG MYREAssociated Press
EDITOR'S NOTE - On Feb. 11, 1990, AP reporter Greg Myre was in Cape Town when Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years. Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison hand-in-hand with his then wife, Winnie, as people worldwide rejoiced. The momentous
By MARTHA MENDOZAAP National Writer
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - AT&T, under fire for ongoing revelations that it shares and sells customers' communications records to the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence offices, says it isn't required to disclose to shareholders what it
By JULIE PACEAP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) - At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.
The White House said Friday that President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle
By DINA CAPPIELLOAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.
The new rule is designed to address environmental
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUSAssociated Press
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi will seek a seventh term in 2014, setting up a Republican primary that pits an established incumbent who has brought billions of dollars to his home state against a tea party-backed challenger who says
By DINA CAPPIELLOAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration will allow companies to seek authorization to kill and harm bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty in an effort to balance some of the environmental trade-offs of green energy.
The change, requested by
By LOLITA C. BALDORAssociated Press
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - Standing on the massive deck of the Navy's USS Ponce, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the United States is entering the new nuclear pact with Iran "very clear eyed" and it remains to be seen whether Tehran is serious about
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Apple wants Samsung Electronics to pay $22 million of the legal bills that the iPhone and iPad maker has rung up so far defending its mobile device patents in a courtroom battle.
The money sought in documents filed Thursday would be in addition to the $930 million in damages
By HAVEN DALEYAssociated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The official noisemakers for next year's World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil will be significantly quieter than the vuvuzela (voo-voo-ZEHL'-uh) horns that caused so many headaches in 2010.
The new instrument, a rattle called the caxirola
By AMY CRAWFORDAssociated Press
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Italian classical singer Andrea Bocelli says he might one day get to use the tools that researchers around the world are developing with support from the foundation that bears his name.
Scientists and engineers working on high-tech hardware