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Edward Snowden: Putin 'Must Be Called To Account On Surveillance Like Obama'

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:09am

One day after he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about surveillance, Edward Snowden, known for leaking details of U.S. intelligence eavesdropping, said Putin "must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama."

Snowden penned his thoughts in an op-ed for The Guardian.

Basil Paterson, New York Political Leader, Dies At 87

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:08am

NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime New York political powerhouse Basil (BAZ'-uhl) Paterson has died.

His family says Paterson died Thursday night at Mount Sinai Hospital, 11 days short of his 88th birthday. Paterson served as a state senator, deputy New York City mayor and New York's first black secretary of state.

Survivors include his son, former Gov. David Paterson.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says Paterson's public leadership made New York a better place.

White House Updating Online Privacy Policy

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:01am

A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.

Lawmakers Want To Change How You Wash Your Face And Brush Your Teeth

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 6:55am

Lawmakers around the country are looking to tell popular soap, scrub and even toothpaste manufacturers to slough off.

Commonly found in popular personal health care products, tiny plastic particles known as microbeads have triggered concerns over contamination, with a growing number of states looking to ban the bead.

Advice To Democrats: Don't Say 'Recovery'

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 6:28am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.

Man Ate Pot Candy Before Shooting His Wife Dead: Cops

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 6:18am

DENVER (AP) — A Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher ate marijuana-infused candy before the attack, according to search warrants released Thursday.

Denver police are investigating if the pot influenced his behavior and also whether officers responded quickly enough to pleas for help from the woman, who was shot to death 12 minutes into the 911 call she made Monday. Officials said Thursday that a dispatcher has been placed on paid leave during the investigation.

Men Must Play their Part in the Battle for Arab Women's Rights

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 5:47am

I feel compelled to write this article because the issue of women's rights in the Middle East is not, strictly speaking, a "women's issue," but a pressing and urgent concern for the whole of society, and perhaps even more so, men themselves.

After all, the culture that marginalizes women -- and that bars them from success and prevents them from competing with men on a level playing field in politics, science and economics -- is largely the product of men. Therefore, the onus is on Middle Eastern men to be the first to demand and create changes in this unacceptable situation.

Jon Stewart Made Elizabeth Warren Puke

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 5:34am

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren has gotten an awful lot of mileage out of her popular appearances on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart." But it was something of a revolting experience the first time she prepared to sit across from the sometimes caustic comedian.

She had such a bad case of nerves before the 2009 broadcast that Warren threw up. Twice.

David Axelrod Hired By Britain's Labour Party For 2015 Election

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 3:36am

By Michael Holden LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) - Britain's Labour Party has hired David Axelrod, the U.S. strategist who helped President Barack Obama win two presidential terms, to help with its campaign for the 2015 election, the opposition party said on Friday. Axelrod plans to replicate tactics he used in the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012 to win Britons over to Labour and its leader Ed Miliband, focusing on the wealth gap and the "squeezed middle".

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