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Powerful Republicans, such as incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, have argued that the USA Freedom Act to limit data collection would curtail U.S. counterterrorism operations. (Associated Press)

Obama facing uphill battle in curbing NSA snooping

- The Washington Times

With the lame-duck Congress failing to advance bipartisan surveillance-reform legislation, President Obama faces an uphill climb next year with his plans to end the National Security Agency’s mass collection of phone records.

Eager shoppers walk around Christmas decorations at a shopping mall. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Mall hopping, politics and shopping while drunk: it’s all about Black Friday weekend

- The Washington Times

Shopping spawns peculiar culture. One-out-of-10 Americans actually shop while they’re drunk, for one thing - or they’re sleepless not in Seattle but in the mall. A new survey from RetailMeNot, an online discount coupon distributor, found the 12 percent of Americans are buying while bombed. Yes, they’ve had a few before wandering the aisles. Another 36 percent report they are sleep-deprived.

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MQ-9 Reaper drone fires a missile.

Prof wants 'drone court' to approve U.S. strikes

- Associated Press

Today, when U.S. intelligence agencies believe they know the location of a terrorist in Pakistan and a few other countries, they are largely free to deploy a weapon that's become the symbol of war on terror: an aerial drone.

Things to know about immigration in Michigan

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration may protect millions of people illegally living in the U.S. from deportation, but it doesn't mean the states where they live will provide driver's licenses, in-state college tuition or other state services and benefits.

FILE - In this March 18, 2013, file image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, free Syrian Army fighters fire at Syrian army soldiers during a fierce firefight in Daraa al-Balad, Syria. Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video, File)

Rebels push forward in southern Syria

- Associated Press

Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power.

Judge steps down in case of Kentucky lawmaker

Associated Press

A federal judge has recused himself from hearing the case against an outgoing Kentucky lawmaker and a retired state mine inspector facing bribery charges.

Immigrants legally in state eligible for licenses

Associated Press

Michigan Secretary of State officials say they will continue to issue driver's licenses to immigrants provided the federal government can prove they are legally in the U.S.

In this Sept. 12, 2014 photo, Yury Decyatnik poses for a photo as he holds his immigration paperwork in Seattle. Decyatnik has been under a final order of removal from the United States for years, but he was born in the Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union, so there is no country to take him back if he were to be deported. (AP Photo/Chris Grygiel)

Stateless immigrant desperate to leave US

- Associated Press

At a time when millions of immigrants want to stay in the United States, Yury Decyatnik just wants to leave, but can't.

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Taser International boasted a leopard-print C2 stun gun available for $379.99, with an optional music-playing holster, at the Consumer Electronics Show, a technology convention held in Las Vegas.

Homeless woman's stun gun spurs 2nd Amendment case

- Associated Press

Jaime Caetano was beaten so badly by her ex-boyfriend that she ended up in the hospital. So when a friend offered her a stun gun to protect herself, she took it.

Russian doctor rebellion causes headache for Putin

- Associated Press

Dr. Semyon Galperin spent a decade in medical research in Russia and as much time in the United States, working at top hospitals and research companies. Despite his expertise, Galperin was recently given a stark ultimatum from the Moscow hospital where he works: Leave or stay on as a lowly hospital attendant.

Laxalt joins protest vs. Obama's immigration order

Associated Press

Nevada Attorney General-elect Adam Laxalt has joined a protest sponsored by the Republican Attorneys General Association against President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.

This Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 photo shows one of many protest messages written in sidewalk chalk outside the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Members of the group Sunset Activist Collective, some of whom were arrested in a similar protest last year, said they want more accountability for police involved in shootings. (AP Photo/Michelle Rindels)

Chalk protests in Vegas focus on police, Ferguson

- Associated Press

A group of activists that faced charges last year for writing anti-police messages outside the Las Vegas courthouse has struck again, this time with messages about a police shooting in Ferguson and criticism of the use of force among Las Vegas officers.

Immigrants' chances tied to their state's polices

- Associated Press

If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver's license and qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by President Barack Obama two years ago.

Indiana church expects more for immigration help

Associated Press

A northern Indiana church that's been helping immigrants achieve citizenship is preparing for even more requests for assistance after President Barack Obama's executive order for immigration system changes.