By ALICIA A. CALDWELLAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal agencies served hundreds of search and arrest warrants across the U.S. Wednesday in what officials described as the largest ever crackdown on those who make and distribute synthetic
By ZEINA KARAMAssociated Press
BEIRUT (AP) - A slogan painted in small letters on a school wall reads, "We the people want Syria to be a civil, democratic state." Scrawled next to it in bigger letters is the response from an unknown Islamic hard-liner: "The laws of the civil state contradict the
By VALERIE BONKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A senator who has been instrumental in the fight for open government warned Wednesday that the government's practice of "vacuuming up the phone records of millions of law-abiding Americans" puts citizens' privacy at risk.
During a panel
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton is welcoming the Supreme Court decision striking down a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, which he signed into law in 1996.
In a joint statement with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former president said the court
By HENRY C. JACKSONAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - An Internal Revenue Service official refused to testify Wednesday before a House committee examining his relationship with the CEO of computer services company that has as much as $500 million in contracts with the tax agency.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama hailed the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, declaring the court "has righted a wrong, and our country is better off for it."
Obama decided in 2011 to stop defending the 1996 law,
By MARIA DANILOVAAssociated Press
MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says that fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has been in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport since flying in from Hong Kong - meaning that he has not officially entered the
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a Massachusetts financier convicted of extortion for sending threatening emails to a New York state official.
The high court on Wednesday sided with Giridhar Sekhar of Brookline, Mass., who appealed his conviction.
Sekhar wanted a
By TALES AZZONIAssociated Press
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) - Brazilian protesters and police clashed Wednesday outside a stadium hosting a Confederations Cup football match, with thousands of demonstrators trying to march on the site confronting police firing tear gas and rubber bullets.
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service long has resisted efforts by an internal watchdog to help groups seeking tax-exempt status, creating a culture that enabled agents to improperly target such organizations for additional scrutiny, the National