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Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension

Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension

8 mins ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act. Full Story
Las Vegas feels magnitude-4.8 earthquake 100 miles away

Las Vegas feels magnitude-4.8 earthquake 100 miles away

41 mins ago
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A magnitude-4.8 earthquake struck a rural area of southern Nevada on Friday, shaking buildings more than 100 miles away and shutting down a busy Las Vegas interchange as road-tripping travelers were descending on Sin City for Memorial Day weekend. Full Story
Senate blocks House bill on surveillance

Senate blocks House bill on surveillance

64 mins ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has blocked a House bill that would have ended the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records. Full Story
Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found

Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found

86 mins ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the coast of California is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said Friday as more dead animals were discovered on the Santa Barbara coast. Full Story
What happens to collection of phone records if law expires?

What happens to collection of phone records if law expires?

3 hours 31 mins ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate appeared headed for early Saturday morning votes on whether to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, raising the possibility of a halt to that collection program and two less controversial surveillance techniques designed to track spies and terrorists. Full Story

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Dolphin, 3 pelicans found dead in California oil spill

Dolphin, 3 pelicans found dead in California oil spill

3 hours 49 mins ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A dead dolphin and three dead pelicans have been found near the area of an oil spill on the California coast, officials said Friday. Full Story
California farmers strike a deal to cut water use

California farmers strike a deal to cut water use

5 hours 5 mins ago
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal Friday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record. Full Story
Government hunters prepare to kill salmon-eating birds

Government hunters prepare to kill salmon-eating birds

5 hours 37 mins ago
Government hunters have begun scouting an island at the mouth of the Columbia River as they prepare to shoot thousands of hungry seabirds to stop them from eating baby salmon. Full Story