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WASHINGTON (AP) The Secret Service is conducting middle-of-the-night drone flights near the White House in secret tests to devise a defense against the unmanned aircraft, The Associated Press has learned. The government-controlled drones will be flown between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m.

during the next several weeks over parts of Washington airspace that s usually Continue reading 1

BALTIMORE (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued the National Security Agency and the Justice Department on Tuesday, challenging the government s practice of collecting personal information from vast amounts of data harvested directly from the Internet s infrastructure. The suit filed in federal court in Maryland accuses the NSA of scooping up Continue reading 2

DENVER (AP) In a warning to law enforcement agencies rushing to equip officers with body cameras after killings by police nationwide, a new report says the devices used by Denver officers during a trial period didn t record most of the use-of-force incidents that occurred. Denver s independent police monitor, Nicholas Mitchell, also said police used Continue reading 3

AHMADABAD, India (AP) The Swiss pilots of a solar-powered airplane on a historic round-the-world journey said Wednesday, March 11, that they want the people of India to support their campaign for clean energy, a day after the aircraft landed in the country.

Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg spoke to reporters in the western Indian Continue reading 4

JOHANNESBURG (AP) Armed with a sharp sense of smell, dogs have a long history of detecting explosives for their human handlers. Trained rats sniff out land mines from old African wars. In Croatia, researchers have tried to train bees to identify TNT.

Now elephants. New research conducted in South Africa and involving the U.S. Continue reading 5

Mati Munoz lost her liver to hepatitis C, and the virus was attacking its transplanted replacement last year when her doctor prescribed a drug combination that could save the organ. She just needed $7,000 for an initial payment not covered by her Medicare prescription plan.

I felt sunken, the 65-year-old Woodbridge, New Jersey, woman said. Continue reading 6

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) Police, soldiers and masked special forces wielding new assault rifles man checkpoints along the main roads of Egypt s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, which has been freshly polished for an international conference opening Friday seeking billions of dollars in investment. Roads were lined with foreign flags as well as Continue reading 7

NEW YORK (AP) Can a tetanus shot help treat brain cancer? A small study hints that it might.

A dose of tetanus vaccine let patients live longer when added to an experimental treatment for the most common and deadly kind of brain tumor, researchers report. It put the immune system on high alert, paving Continue reading 8

WASHINGTON (AP) Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she never sent classified information through her private email account while she served as America s top diplomat, a claim that has been met with skepticism. While the State Department is undertaking a review of the emails she turned over to the department, it remains Continue reading 9

GUJIAO, China (AP) This city in China s northern coal country hardly looks like it is in trouble.

After three decades fueling China s industrial boom, its wide, tree-lined avenues are filled with late model cars. Markets are crowded with people. That activity masks malaise.

Surging demand for coal that once propelled Gujiao and its 200,000 Continue reading 10

HAVANA (AP) Cuba has allowed the launch of the island s first known free, public Internet service at a Havana cultural center that quietly began offering open Wi-Fi in recent weeks. Dozens of youths have been flocking each day to the center run by famed artist Kcho, whose spokeswoman said state telecom Etecsa approved the Continue reading 11

WASHINGTON (AP) The Justice Department is at odds with Google and privacy groups over the government s push to make it easier to locate and hack into computers in criminal investigations, a simmering conflict with constitutional and policy implications. Federal prosecutors say better tools are needed to track down computer users who hide their locations Continue reading 12

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Celebrated architect Michael Graves, who created whimsical postmodern structures and later became well known to the masses for designing products for people with disabilities and household goods such as whistling Alessi teakettles and stainless steel colanders for sale at Target and other stores, died Thursday March 12.

He was 80. Graves Continue reading 13

NEW YORK (AP) One family of six was living in a homeless-shelter apartment where a dead rat festered on the floor for days. Another family had no living-room furniture and had been without electricity for days.

At another family homeless shelter, a puddle of urine soiled the only working elevator. And at yet another, Continue reading 14

CHICAGO (AP) The Rev. Willie Barrow, a front-line civil rights fighter for decades and a mentor to younger generations of activists, died Thursday March 12, in Chicago.

She was 90. Barrow was a field organizer for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., marched on Washington and Selma in the 60s and more recently focused Continue reading 15

WASHINGTON (AP) Democrats closed ranks around Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday after her public explanation of her email practices yet party officials in important election states appeared resigned to the prospect that her all-but-certain presidential campaign will be saddled with drama and controversy.

The mood among Democrats around the country suggested Clinton has Continue reading 16

WASHINGTON (AP) Former Maryland Gov. Martin O Malley says he s not worried about any presumption that Hillary Rodham Clinton is the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. O Malley says every year, there is the inevitable front-runner.

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