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Tweak in foreign surveillance bill may not change much

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Senate nears renewal of a key U.S. spy program, law enforcement veterans and privacy advocates say the bill’s demand for a warrant in some cases when the FBI digs into Americans’ emails and other communications will amount to little more than a nuisance. The bill’s proponents say the new provision will further safeguard Americans’ communications. ... Read More »

Verizon pushes further into sports streaming with NBA deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo users will be able to stream eight basketball games for free under a new deal with the NBA. Verizon, which owns Yahoo, is hoping to use sports to build a digital ad business to rival Facebook and Google. The company now lets anyone watch NFL games on a mobile Yahoo app; before games were limited ... Read More »

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said. The agreements still require approval from the International Olympic Committee. But they are the most prominent ... Read More »

Ethiopia releases top opposition figure from prison

BURAYU, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s top opposition figure and hundreds of others were released from prison on Wednesday as part of the government’s recent pledge to free detained politicians and “widen the democratic space for all” after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century. Merera Gudina led the Oromo Federalist Congress party and was arrested a year ago under the ... Read More »

Andrew McCutchen eager for challenge of a tough right field

Andrew McCutchen

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Andrew McCutchen figures San Francisco’s AT&T Park outfield is so big, playing right field will make him feel like a center fielder all over again. Running catches, ricochets off the wall, tricky bounces and all. And if he can save his legs a little bit from the action in center, he might just steal a few ... Read More »

Christie ends term unpopular, but with legs left unbroken

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican Chris Christie left the New Jersey governor’s office with his popularity in tatters, but at least he didn’t break a leg. Christie is the first elected New Jersey governor in more than two decades not to suffer a broken leg while in office. — JON CORZINE: The Democrat broke his leg during a serious vehicle ... Read More »

Schools, groups plan for ways to help young immigrants

Jeff Bezos

SEATTLE (AP) — Amid uncertainty over protections for young immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, a scholarship group that recently collected its biggest donation yet from Amazon chief Jeff Bezos said it is exploring ways to help students if they are deported. The Dream.US foundation, which received $33 million from Bezos on Friday, said it hopes it will be possible ... Read More »

Fundraiser saves pony who lost penis to cancer, frostbite

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine animal rescue group says it has raised enough money to save a 15-year-old pony that lost part of its penis due to cancer and frostbite. Bridgton-based Animal Rescue Unit took over care of the pony that was suffering from cancer and infection. Brogan Horton said temperatures plummeting to 25 below exacerbated the problem, causing ... Read More »

Walmart offers way to turn leftover opioids into useless gel

Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel. The retail giant said Wednesday that it will provide the packets free with opioid prescriptions filled at its 4,700 U.S. pharmacies. The small packets, made by DisposeRx, contain a powder that is poured into prescription bottles. When mixed ... Read More »

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

Rebecca Gillespie

WASHINGTON (AP) — The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history’s most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as ... Read More »