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Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)  in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, about the current state and future of American foreign policy. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

New York Times calls on feds to investigate Dick Cheney for torture

- The Washington Times

In a Monday editorial titled “Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses,” The New York Times called on the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an investigation of former Vice President Dick Cheney and several other Bush administration officials for actions they took to counter terrorism and root out terrorists, post Sept. 11, 2001.

Central Intelligence Director Director John Brennan gestures during a news conference at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Va., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

CIA urged to build rapport with terrorists to extract intelligence

- The Washington Times

In building a case for their sweeping conclusion that the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques were simply “not effective” during the years after 9/11, Senate Democrats cited in their report example after example in which another tactic, known as “rapport-building,” succeeded in extracting valuable intelligence from al Qaeda suspects.

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Christie, Ray Rice made headlines in 2014

- Associated Press

Gov. Chris Christie made headlines inside and outside of New Jersey in 2014, an incident inside of an elevator in Atlantic City led to the year's biggest sports scandal, and the gambling industry in the resort town saw its epic struggles get worse.

In this Sept. 11, 2014 photo, Jema Sundi sits outside her home in barren hills where asbestos waste was dumped is visible in the background in Roro, India. An asbestos mine, abandoned nearly three decades ago still affects the people around it and 18 along with Jema were diagnosed with asbestosis in 2012. Tens of thousands more, some former mine workers, remain untested and at risk. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Forgotten asbestos mine sickens Indian villagers

- Associated Press

Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages that are home to thousands in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.

Activists rap Rhode Island open records compliance

Associated Press

Activists who seek public records have filed 14 complaints with the Rhode Island attorney general's office citing 53 violations of the state's Access to Public Records Act.

Immigrants apply for Arizona driver's licenses

- Associated Press

Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy have started to apply for Arizona driver's licenses now that a judge has barred the state from denying them driving privileges.

Christie to Obama: Demand Cuba return cop killer

Associated Press

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the immediate return of a convicted cop killer from the country "before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government."

Permits sought for immigrants in US illegally

Associated Press

The city of Wichita plans to lobby the state Legislature next year to allow people in the country illegally to receive a driver's permit, which could be used primarily to buy car insurance.

Federal oversight of immigrant shelter questioned

Associated Press

A shelter for traumatized immigrant children near Houston that has received $13 million in federal funds and been cited for overly using restraints says staff members deeply care about the well-being of residents, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Background check blocks gun sale to wanted man

Associated Press

The organizer of a Spokane County gun show says Washington's new law requiring expanded background checks for firearms transfers blocked the sale of a rifle to a wanted man.