September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The secretive federal court that oversees government surveillance released a recent opinion Tuesday that explains and defends its decisions giving the National Security Agency broad power to collect the phone records of all Americans. At issue were decisions going back to 2006 that permitted the agency to order phone companies to turn over the dialing records of calls made in this country. This "metadata" did not include the names of the callers, nor did it include the content of the calls.
September 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Defending his handling of the biggest international crisis of his second term, President Obama said a deal to seize Syria's chemical arsenal could be the foundation for a political settlement to resolve that country's civil war without U.S. military intervention. In an interview taped Friday , the day before the United States and Russia reached a deal that would impound or destroy Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical stockpile by mid-2014, Obama said his decision to seek a diplomatic resolution, which critics have sharply derided, would stop Assad's use of his most indiscriminate weapons.
September 13, 2013 |
With showdown games looming against Corona Centennial and Ventura St. Bonaventure in the coming weeks, No. 8-ranked Mission Hills Alemany needed to show on Friday night that it belonged among Southern California's elite football teams. The Warriors put together a four-touchdown barrage in the third quarter to leave defending City Section Division I champion Harbor City Narbonne down for the count. Alemany (3-0) came away with a 42-14 victory on its home field, giving Coach Dean Herrington renewed confidence his team is headed in the right direction.
September 13, 2013 |
NASCAR's Brian Vickers, one of three Michael Waltrip Racing drivers hit with major penalties this week for attempting to help a teammate qualify for the Chase title playoff, wrote Friday that he has no regrets about what happened. Vickers also blasted critics who viewed MWR as mere cheaters who tried to game the outcome of Saturday's race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway to get teammate Martin Truex Jr. into the Chase. "They are not cheaters," Vickers wrote of MWR in a column in USA Today.
September 11, 2013 |
This has not been a good week for LSU Coach Les Miles, who has had to defend the Oklahoma State program he coached from 2001 through 2004. Sports Illustrated is unveiling a five-part series this week describing improprieties that took place in the program mostly under Miles' watch. The SI story alleges Oklahoma State players were paid for performance, received sexual favors from official school hostesses and were also involved in academic scams. Miles got emotional on Wednesday's SEC Coaches teleconference , first describing his memories of 9/11 and the terrorist bombing, in 1995, of the Alfred P. Murrah Federa l Building in Oklahoma City.
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September 11, 2013 |
Eight of 70 defendants charged in a wide-reaching investigation that targeted the small but ruthless Armenian Power gang pleaded guilty this week in federal court, authorities said Wednesday. Four of the eight were allegedly "members or associates" of the organized crime syndicate, which investigators say took root in east Hollywood in the 1980s. The other four took part in Armenian Power-driven crimes, but were not actual gang members, according to a U.S. attorney's office news release.
September 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers at a House Oversight Committee hearing Tuesday accused Obama administration officials of attempting to bypass transparency and record-keeping laws by using personal email accounts and email aliases to conduct official government business. Several officials, including former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, testified that they were following standard agency practices or had made errors based on a lack of training in records retention.
September 8, 2013 |
Five things to watch this week in college football. 1. Alabama at Texas A&M is what makes college football different from other sports. It is an early high-stakes game dripping with drama. Texas A&M is the only team last year to defeat Alabama, which still won the Bowl Championship Series title. As coach of Louisiana State and Alabama, Nick Saban is 15-2 against teams that beat him in previous meetings. 2. Tennessee travels cross-country to play Oregon in a game that will test a middle-of-the-road Southeastern Conference team against an elite Pac-12 squad.
September 7, 2013 |
Carl Edwards won the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday and finished as the Sprint Cup Series regular-season points leader as NASCAR heads into its 10-race Chase, starting Sept. 15 at Chicagoland. Edwards' victory was almost a footnote as the 400-lap race settled the final five spots in the 12-driver Chase. Two of those Chase berths were settled with no mystery, as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle solidified comparatively safe positions among the top 10 automatic qualifiers.
September 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Andy Murray found out. Defending a Grand Slam championship is not easy. From the start of the U.S. Open, Murray never seemed at his best. He needed four sets to eliminate undistinguished Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the fourth round, and afterward a soft-spoken Murray had little to say about his win. Thursday, ninth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka reached his first major semifinal with a thorough beating of the third-seeded and defending champion Murray, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, on Arthur Ashe Stadium court.