WASHINGTON (AP) — An Associated Press investigation has found that the Obama administration secretly financed a social network in Cuba to stir political unrest and undermine the country's communist government. Documents and interviews show the U.S. Agency for International Development went to extensive lengths to conceal its involvement in a so-called Cuban Twitter that could be used to organize political demonstrations. And it drew in tens of thousands of subscribers who were unaware it was backed by the U.S. government.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected this afternoon to approve declassifying part of a secret report on Bush-era interrogations of terrorism suspects. Congressional aides and outside experts familiar with the report say it is deeply critical of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods, and concludes among other things that such practices provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. The CIA disputes many of the conclusions in the report.
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Investigators at Fort Hood, Texas are looking into what triggered a soldier to open fire on other soldiers Wednesday, killing three people and wounding or injuring 16 others. Authorities say Ivan Lopez shot himself after he eventually was confronted by military police in a parking lot. Authorities say Lopez was an Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness.
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has exceeded 1 million. Three years after Syria's conflict started, Lebanon has become the country with the highest per-capita concentration of refugees worldwide. And Syria's sectarian war has often spilled over into Lebanon, with deadly clashes between factions supporting opposing sides in the fighting next door.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra is suing Los Angeles County, saying he was brutally beaten by deputies while in an LA County jail two years ago. Dykstra says in an unprovoked attack, his head was slammed against a wall, his teeth were knocked out and he was kicked and beaten. Dykstra had a 12-year career with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies before running into a series of legal woes several years ago. He pleaded no contest to exposing himself to women he met on Craigslist and served time for grand theft auto and bankruptcy fraud.