Congress likely to give final OK to local Internet tax ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — State and local governments would be permanently barred from taxing access to the Internet under a bipartisan compromise that Congress is a step away from sending to President Barack Obama.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

Carter: NATO to draw up plans to counter people smuggling

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says NATO military authorities have been ordered to draw up plans for how the alliance could help shut down illegal migration and people smuggling across the Aegean Sea.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ex-LA sheriff pleads guilty to lying during corruption probe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that was gaining momentum when he abruptly retired two years ago.

  • Written by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press

Senate bill aims to derail NKorea's nuclear weapons program

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, senators set aside their partisan differences on Wednesday to support legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal.

  • Written by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press