• AP Exclusive: NSA weighed ending phone program before leak

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the...

  • Morocco confronts abortion taboo with proposed reform

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — It was just 7 a.m. and Hoda was walking alone to a clinic in the Moroccan coastal city of Agadir. She skipped breakfast: the Senegalese doctor had told her that the abortion would be better done on an empty stomach. Four months pregnant by a man who didn't...

  • Va. man to be sentenced in HIV case involving 2 Md. women

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A Virginia man who acknowledged having unprotected sex with two women in Maryland without telling them he was HIV positive is set to be sentenced Monday. Twenty-eight-year-old Daniel Cleaves of Richmond pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment earlier this month....

  • Haley hosts Easter egg hunt for children's hospital patients

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley is hosting an Easter egg hunt for patients of Palmetto Health Children's Hospital and their families. The hunt will be held Monday afternoon at the Governor's Mansion complex in Columbia. Haley's husband, Michael, and other family members also...

  • Researchers link Everglades' mammal drop to invasive pythons

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — Researchers have linked invasive Burmese pythons to the severe drop in the population of small mammals in the Florida Everglades. A University of Florida research team outfitted 30 marsh rabbits with radio collars and set them free. When they...

  • Buddhist monks creating a mandala on the SC coast

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A group of Buddhist monks from India is visiting the South Carolina coast to create a sand mandala at an art museum. Work on the mandala, in which grains of colored sand are placed in geometric shapes and spiritual symbols, begins on Monday continues for five...

  • Columbia offering art camp to kids during spring break

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The city of Columbia is putting on an art camp for kids during this year's spring break. Starting Monday, the Art Center is offering a four-day multimedia visual art camp. Organizers say the Spring Break Art Camp includes lessons on pottery, drawing and...

  • Spain: 3 generations, all named Emma, die in France crash

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SANT CUGAT DEL VALLES, Spain (AP) — From a lush suburban valley near bustling Barcelona, three generations of a well-heeled family set off last week for a fun trip to Manchester, England: 12-year-old Emma Solera Pardo, her mother Emma Pardo Vidal, and grandmother Emma Vidal Bardan....

  • AP PHOTOS: Horsemen chase thrill of the hunt, scent of a fox

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MONKTON, Md. (AP) — A hound's howl breaks through the cold rainfall. Dozens more hounds emerge from a stand of trees and bound across a field in search of a fox's scent. Horses carrying riders in red and black coats follow from a ways behind, quickly disappearing again over a...

  • 11 killed as bus plunges into gorge in eastern India

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    PATNA, India (AP) — Police say at least 11 people were killed when a bus veered off a mountain road and plunged into a gorge in eastern India. Police superintendent Priyadarshi Alok said 26 other passengers were injured in the early Monday accident in Garhwa district of Jharkhand...

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