The Latest: Rick Santorum Favors Curbs on Legal Immigration

The latest on the Republican presidential contenders wooing social conservatives at the annual Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, an event that’s attracting thousands of potential Iowa caucus-goers. All times are local. ___ 6:20 p.m.  Several Republicans presidential candidates are vowing to stop illegal immigration. But Rick Santorum says the U.S. needs to curtail legal…


Standoff over social media passwords breaks new legal ground

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights. But after losing ownership of his suburban Houston store in bankruptcy, Jeremy Alcede spent nearly seven weeks in jail for refusing a federal judge’s order to share with…


Open carry handguns will soon be legal in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation’s second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who immediately promised to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era. Gun owners would still have to get a license to…


Court ruling boosts case for ending collection of U.S. phone records

For months, the debate around the future of the National Security Agency’s collection of millions of Americans’ phone records was framed as a stark choice between ending the program completely or continuing it exactly as is. Thursday’s landmark ruling by a federal appeals court in New York — which found that the once-secret program was…