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CIA considered using 'truth serum' on post-9/11 detainees

Nov. 14, 2018 1:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was...

CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects

Nov. 13, 2018 11:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was...

Hawaii retirement home clarifies assisted suicide rules

Nov. 13, 2018 9:57 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii retirement home said Tuesday residents in its independent living wing may take advantage of the state's new medically assisted suicide law if they wish. But Kahala Nui told residents in a memorandum this week that those in its assisted living and nursing center may not do so....

Trump's new move to limit asylum challenged in court

Nov. 10, 2018 12:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. The plan was immediately challenged in court. Trump invoked the same powers he used last...

Trump moves to limit asylum; new rules challenged in court

Nov. 9, 2018 10:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Friday to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. The plan was immediately challenged in court. Trump invoked the same powers he used...

The Latest: Border Patrol says it detained 50,000 in October

Nov. 9, 2018 5:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The U.S. Border Patrol says it detained more than 50,000 people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border between ports of entry in October, setting a new high this year. The agency released new figures Friday, the...

Longtime leader of ACLU's Southern California chapter dies

Nov. 3, 2018 11:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ramona Ripston, a longtime activist who built up the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California into a major organization, has died. She was 91. Ripston died Saturday at her home after several years of illness, said David Colker, a spokesman for the chapter. As executive...

US court rejects Georgia's appeal in absentee ballot case

Nov. 2, 2018 8:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected the Georgia Secretary of State's appeal in a lawsuit involving absentee ballots. Friday's ruling comes amid the hotly contested Georgia governor's race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp, who is Georgia's secretary of state. Voting...

ACLU objects to Hawaii retirement home assisted suicide ban

Nov. 2, 2018 2:49 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union demanded Thursday that a Hawaii retirement home stop discriminating against non-Catholic residents and allow them to take advantage of the state's new medically assisted suicide law if they wish. The ACLU of Hawaii sent a letter to the executive director...

The Latest: Retirement home says it doesn't discriminate

Nov. 1, 2018 11:45 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the ACLU's challenge to a Hawaii retirement home's ban on medically assisted suicide (all times local): 4:40 p.m. A Hawaii retirement home says it's consulting its legal counsel after the American Civil Liberties Union demanded it stop discriminating against non-Catholic...