- Report: NSA spying on virtual worlds, online games
LONDON (AP) — American and British intelligence operations have been spying on gamers across the world, media outlets reported, saying that the world's most powerful espionage agencies sent undercover agents into virtual universes to monitor activity in online fantasy games such as "World of Warcraft."
- Congress renews undetectable gun ban for decade
WASHINGTON (AP) — Narrowly beating a midnight deadline, Congress voted Monday to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But Republicans blocked an effort to toughen the restrictions — the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
- Rising riches: 1 in 5 in US reaches affluence
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fully 20 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives, wielding extensive influence over America's economy and politics, according to new survey data.
- Recalling life under apartheid in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — My mother was furious. The operators of the gas station in rural, racist South Africa had taken her money to fill the car, but would not give her the key to the toilets. They were for whites only.
- 'Rainbow Nation' mourners swarm Mandela's mansion
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Along a street lined with walled mansions shaded by graceful jacaranda trees, mourners, black and white, by the thousands rubbed shoulders Monday outside the villa where Nelson Mandela died, placing flower bouquets and condolence notes on top of piles already knee-high. Others danced while singing praise for the anti-apartheid leader — a vivid example of the "Rainbow Nation" unity of race-blind multiculturalism championed by Mandela for South Africa.
- Health care debate has trust, politics themes, too
WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, the talk was all about computer code. About response times. About glitches and bugs.
- LA sheriff: Troubled by charges against deputies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says he's troubled by the charges against 18 current and former deputies who have been arrested as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nation's largest jail system.
- US vet held in N. Korea says statement was coerced
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 85-year-old U.S. Korean War veteran who was detained for weeks by North Korea said Monday that the videotaped confession in which he apologized for killing North Koreans during the war was given involuntarily and under duress.
- Study says many lung cancer tumors prove harmless
CHICAGO (AP) — Harmless lung cancer? A provocative study found that nearly 1 in 5 lung tumors detected on CT scans are probably so slow-growing that they would never cause problems.
- Officials seek sanctuary for Iowa alligator
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Animal control officials in the Iowa city of Waterloo are seeking a new home for a baby alligator named Chompey.
- Heisman: Winston, Manziel, Lynch among 6 finalists
NEW YORK (AP) — Jameis Winston will have plenty of company at the Heisman Trophy ceremony — though he's not expected to have much competition.
- Torre, La Russa, Cox elected to baseball Hall
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox spent decades trying to beat each other, no holds barred. On this day, however, they were a mutual admiration society.
- Patriots put TE Gronkowski on IR with knee injury
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots must get used to playing without Rob Gronkowski again.
- Steam from Manning's nostrils not just from cold
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Even after coming in from the cold, Peyton Manning was hot.
- Cardinals' Mathieu to have season-ending surgery
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Tyrann Mathieu's terrific rookie NFL season has come to a premature end.