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Biden signs bill extending a key US surveillance program after divisions nearly forced it to lapse

Apr. 20, 2024 14:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Saturday signed legislation reauthorizing a key U.S. surveillance law after divisions over whether the FBI should be restricted from using the program to search for Americans’ data nearly forced the statute to lapse. Barely missing its...

Senate advances renewal of key US surveillance program as detractors seek changes

Apr. 18, 2024 17:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate advanced legislation Thursday that would reauthorize a key U.S. surveillance tool as lawmakers and the Biden administration rushed to tamp down fresh concerns about the program violating Americans' civil liberties. The bipartisan legislation would...

Prominent figure in German far-right party stands trial over alleged use of Nazi slogan

Apr. 18, 2024 09:00 AM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — One of the most prominent figures in the far-right Alternative for Germany party went on trial Thursday on charges of using a Nazi slogan, months before a regional election in which he plans to run to become his state's governor. Björn Höcke, 52, is the...

Today in History: April 18, San Francisco’s great earthquake sets off fires, thousands die

Apr. 18, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today is Thursday, April 18, the 109th day of 2024. There are 257 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 18, 1906, a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by raging fires; estimates of the final death toll range between 3,000...

Oklahoma man arrested after authorities say he threw a pipe bomb at Satanic Temple in Massachusetts

Apr. 17, 2024 20:51 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An Oklahoma man was arrested Wednesday after authorities accused him of throwing a pipe bomb at the Massachusetts headquarters of a group called The Satanic Temple. The Salem-based group says on its website that it campaigns for secularism and individual liberties,...

North Korea is buying Chinese surveillance cameras in a push to tighten control, report says

Apr. 16, 2024 09:14 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is putting surveillance cameras in schools and workplaces and collecting fingerprints, photographs and other biometric information from its citizens in a technology-driven push to monitor its population even more closely, a report said Tuesday. ...

House Speaker Mike Johnson says he will push for aid to Israel and Ukraine this week

Apr. 14, 2024 18:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Mike Johnson said Sunday he will try to advance wartime aid for Israel this week as he attempts the difficult task of winning House approval for a national security package that also includes funding for Ukraine and allies in Asia. Johnson, R-La., is...

House passes reauthorization of key US surveillance program after days of upheaval over changes

Apr. 12, 2024 14:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Friday to reauthorize and reform a key U.S. government surveillance tool following a dramatic showdown on the floor over whether the FBI should be restricted from using the program to search for Americans’ data. The bill was approved on a...

House approves renewal of warrantless surveillance program after intense fight over changes, sending bill to the Senate

Apr. 12, 2024 13:03 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — House approves renewal of warrantless surveillance program after intense fight over changes, sending bill to the Senate.

Conservative revolt in the House blocks effort to reauthorize a key US spy tool

Apr. 10, 2024 21:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would reauthorize a crucial national security surveillance program was blocked Wednesday by a conservative revolt, pushing the prospects of final passage into uncertainty amid a looming deadline. The legislative impasse follows an edict earlier in the day from former...