Ads by Google Ads by Google

VIDEO: Today's Headline News from Associated Press



WASHINGTON (AP) -- A few hundred yards from the administrative offices of the Guantanamo Bay prison, hidden behind a ridge covered in thick scrub and cactus, sits a closely held secret.


A dirt road winds its way to a clearing where eight small cottages sit in two rows of four. They have long been abandoned. The special detachment of Marines that once provided security is gone.


But in the early years after 9/11, these cottages were part of a covert CIA program. Its secrecy has outlasted black prisons, waterboarding and rendition.


In these buildings, CIA officers turned terrorists into double agents and sent them home.


It was a risky gamble. If it worked, their agents might help the CIA find terrorist leaders to kill with drones. But officials knew there was a chance that some prisoners might quickly spurn their deal and kill Americans.


Nearly a dozen current and former U.S officials described aspects of the program to The Associated Press. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the secret program, even though it ended in about 2006.


Click to read more.




FLORENCE, Italy (AP) -- An Italian prosecutor on Tuesday demanded that an appellate court find Amanda Knox guilty of the 2007 murder of her British roommate, a killing he argued may have been rooted in arguments about cleanliness and triggered by a toilet left unflushed by the only man now in jail for the murder.


Prosecutor Alessandro Crini called for 26-year sentences for Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, her co-defendant and former boyfriend, following more than 10 hours of closing arguments over two days. Knox and Sollecito deny any involvement in the killing.


Crini departed from past scenarios by suggesting the crime was not so much sexually fueled - an erotic game that got out of control, as the lower court prosecutor described it - but an act of physical violence with a sexual expression.


He alleged that Knox and Sollecito acted in concert with another man in an explosion of violence sparked by tension between Knox and British student Meredith Kercher.


Click to read more.




A video game store can be daunting if you don't know what you're looking for. It's not easy to tell the winners from the losers, and sales clerks typically make the same salary whether they sell you a gem or a stinker. ("Farming Simulator," anyone?)


So when you head to the mall, take this list. These are some of the best games of 2013, and any gamer on your holiday shopping list will be thrilled to see one of them under the tree.


Two important things to keep in mind:


- Know what kind of game console the gift recipient owns. Maybe Santa's delivering a PlayStation 4? Make sure the game you buy says "PS4" on the box. Sony's PlayStation 4 won't play PlayStation 3 games, and if you stick an Xbox or Wii disc into it, you're just asking for trouble. Likewise, the new Xbox One from Microsoft won't play games for the older Xbox 360 console. However, last year's Wii U from Nintendo can play games made for its predecessor, the Wii.


- Games that have an "M" rating (for Mature) are not appropriate for kids. They are violent, probably include some rough language and may flash some bare skin every now and then. Games labeled "E" (Everyone) and "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older) are fun for the whole family - even the grown-ups.


Click to read more.