Monday, December 16, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Washington has ruled that bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency are an unreasonable search under the Constitution's Fourth Amendment. Judge Richard Leon says the founders would be aghast. The injunction he ordered is on hold so that the government can file an appeal.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican support is growing in the Senate for bipartisan legislation that would scale back some of the across-the-board spending cuts. Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Johnny Isakson of Georgia say they will vote 'yes' when a test vote is held tomorrow. Democrats, who control 55 seats, are under pressure to avoid defections on the vote.
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — The fire chief in Big Sur, Calif., is among about 15 homeowners or more who have lost their homes to a wildfire burning in the scenic resort community. About 100 people have been forced to flee their homes. The blaze, being fanned by winds, is scorching dry vegetation on its way toward the ocean. Officials are hopeful that the blaze can be contained this week.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two Oklahoma men charged with first-degree murder and hate crimes in the shooting deaths of three people in Tulsa last year have pleaded guilty. Alvin Watts and Jake England were sentenced to life in prison without parole. Their guilty pleas were made in exchange for avoiding the death sentence. England admitted going on the rampage with the aim of killing black people. Two other people were wounded in the attacks, on Easter weekend 2012.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples may have to scrub claims that their products prevent the spread of germs. The Food and Drug Administration says it will revisit the safety of triclosan, the sanitizing agent found in soap in countless kitchens and bathrooms. The government's preliminary ruling lends new support to outside researchers who have long argued that the chemicals are, at best, ineffective and at worst, a threat to public health.