Syrian Kurds say they'll declare federal region in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — A powerful Kurdish party announced plans Wednesday to declare a federal region in northern Syria, an idea promptly dismissed by Turkey and Syrian government negotiators at U.N.-brokered peace talks.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press

Obtaining police emails can take months, cost thousands

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — When the editor of a gay-oriented newspaper in Florida requested records that he thought should be public, he cast a wide net, asking that the email of every employee of the Broward County Sheriff's Office be searched for specific gay slurs over a five-month period.

  • Written by TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press

Subway safety shutdown makes for a very long day in capital

WASHINGTON (AP) — An unprecedented safety shutdown of the Metro subway system inconvenienced hundreds of thousands of people in and around the nation's capital on Wednesday. Federal workers telecommuted or took the day off, children missed school and countless others woke up early to take bus after bus, hail pricey taxis or slog through traffic.

  • Written by BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press

Justice Dept.: States shouldn't jail over fine nonpayment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is discouraging state court systems from jailing poor defendants who fail to pay fines or fees, warning against practices that it says run afoul of the Constitution and erode community trust.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press