Washington, D.C.

Drug agency also kept phone records

The Justice Department revealed the existence of yet another database of U.S. telephone records, adding new details to disclosures about mass government surveillance. The database, maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration, contains the records of calls made between phone numbers in the U.S. and overseas, even if there is no evidence the callers were involved in criminal activity. The government stored the numbers, the time and date of the call and the length, but not names. The government said it collected calls between Americans and people in countries with connections to international drug trafficking.

Infrastructure funding plan announced

The White House unveiled a tax proposal and administrative actions that are aimed at promoting private investment in roads, bridges, water systems and broadband networks. The plans are an attempt to find ways to finance the vast backlog of U.S. infrastructure projects without using federal money. One proposal would create so-called qualified public infrastructure bonds that could be issued to finance airports; roads; mass transit, water and sewer systems, and other projects.

North Carolina

Call to prayer sounds after reversal

The Muslim call to prayer echoed across Duke University's quad a day after the school canceled plans to have weekly services begin with an amplified call to prayer from the chapel's bell tower. Intense debate and threats of violence had led Duke to reverse course. But Friday's call to prayer, at the base of the chapel instead, was a peaceful gathering.


Governor calls for new taxes to cut deficit

Gov. Sam Brownback, who made cutting taxes and shrinking government the centerpieces of his government, proposed closing a huge projected shortfall in the state budget by increasing some sales taxes and slowing his plan to reduce the state income tax. Brownback, a Republican, has tried to make Kansas a national model for conservative governance.


Court opens inquiry into Israeli conduct

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court opened a preliminary examination into possible war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories, the first formal step that could lead to charges against Israelis. The announcement came two weeks after the Palestinians, over the strong objections of Israel and the United States, signed the treaty that created the court in The Hague. A preliminary examination, which could take years, could also lead to charges against Palestinians.


Typhoon survivors greet Pope Francis

Pope Francis arrived in the typhoon-hit city of Tacloban, where he was met by a crowd of more than 150,000 people drenched from waiting in the rain. The pope said mass in an open field and had lunch with survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, the 2013 storm that left more than 7,300 people dead.

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