BC-AP News Digest 6:15 pm

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm •  Published: December 6, 2012
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The world at 6:15 p.m. Times EST.

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NEW & DEVELOPING

— Adds RIGHT-TO-WORK-MICHIGAN, MANNING-WIKILEAKS.

— CAMPAIGN 2012-FINAL COST — Final figures are being released throughout the day.

— APPLE-SAMSUNG TRIAL — Developing from 4:30 p.m. hearing.

Has moved:

— NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH-NBC — George Zimmerman sues NBC and reporters, claiming defamation over edited 911 call

— GUATEMALA-MCAFEE — Software firm founder McAfee denied asylum in Guatemala, then hospitalized for chest pains.

— MORMON CHURCH-GAYS — Mormon church encourages compassion for gays; still opposes same-sex relationships.

— WHALE OF A PROBLEM-GLANCE — Why whales wash up on beaches and how they're disposed of.

— PEOPLE-STEPHEN BALDWIN — Prosecutor says actor Stephen Baldwin owes $350K in NY state taxes; Baldwin pleads not guilty.

TOP STORIES

EGYPT

CAIRO — Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi offers nothing concrete to defuse the country's worst political crisis in nearly two years in a nationally televised speech, refusing to rescind a disputed constitution drafted by his allies or his decrees giving him near absolute powers. A night after thousands of his supporters and opponents fought pitched battles outside his Cairo palace that left at least six dead and nearly 700 injured, Morsi angrily accuses some of the opposition protesters of serving remnants of the old regime. By Hamza Hendawi and Maggie Michael.

AP photos, video.

— EGYPT-OPPOSITION TESTED — Egypt's latest political crisis is posing a difficult test for the mostly secular opposition: Can it maintain its new-found unity and achieve anything beyond bringing large crowds into the streets to protest?

SYRIA-UNEASY DAMASCUS

Driving home in the Syrian capital, Lama Issa inches through a maze of security checkpoints, army tanks and blast walls. As rebels make an intensified challenge in President Bashar Assad's seat of power, the once-bustling and safe city is looking more and more like a Baghdad-style fortress. By Zeina Karam.

AP photos.

— SYRIA — As the West worries that Assad will unleash chemical weapons, Germany decides to send Patriot missile batteries and 400 soldiers to a Turkish border area under NATO command. AP photos.

SENATE-DEMINT

WASHINGTON — Conservative Sen. Jim DeMint stuns the Senate, announcing he will resign his South Carolina seat to head the Heritage Foundation think tank. The GOP incurred devastating losses in the past election, and DeMint faced losing his high profile as a new generation of Senate conservatives like Rand Paul and Mike Lee increasingly takes the lead of the party's hard-charging right flank. By Donna Cassata.

AP photos, video.

— CAMPAIGN 2012-FINAL COST — Casino owner Adelson aided pro-Romney super PAC with $10 million donation, new tally shows.

FISCAL CLIFF-MEDICARE AGE

WASHINGTON — Americans are living longer, and Republicans want to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of a deal to reduce the government's huge deficits. But what sounds like a prudent sacrifice to address tight budgets could have some surprising consequences, including higher premiums for people on Medicare. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar.

AP interactive.

— FISCAL CLIFF — Obama uses a northern Virginia family as a backdrop in his campaign to raise taxes only on the wealthy as Senate Democrats try to give him more authority to continue borrowing money to finance the government.

MARIJUANA-THE DILEMMA

SEATTLE — People openly lit joints in Seattle under the Space Needle. The city's police department suggested pizza and the "Lord of the Rings" movies to people looking to "get baked." Outsiders might ask: What, exactly, is going on in Washington state? Marijuana became legal under state law Thursday, prompting celebrations from pot activists who say the war on drugs has failed. But questions remain, including what the federal response might be toward a state openly flouting U.S. law. By Gene Johnson.

AP photos, video.

— LEGALIZING MARIJUANA — Pot-smoking celebrations continue as Washington state waits to see if the federal government will step in. All signs point to no.

— POT THROUGH THE YEARS — The grass is no greener. But finally, it's legal — at least somewhere in America. It's been a long, strange trip for marijuana.

— LEGALIZING MARIJUANA-Q&A.

RIGHT-TO-WORK-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. — Republicans rush right-to-work legislation through the Michigan Legislature, drawing raucous protests from hundreds of union supporters, some of whom are pepper-sprayed by police when they tried to storm the Senate chamber. Should the measure become law, it would give the right-to-work movement its strongest foothold yet in the Rust Belt region, where organized labor already has suffered several body blows. By John Flesher and Jeff Karoub.

AP photos.

DROUGHT-WATER WARS

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The water wars are raging again in America's heartland, where drought-stricken states are pleading for the increasingly scarce water of the Missouri River — to drink from their faucets, irrigate their crops and float the barges that carry billions of dollars of agricultural products to market. The long-running quarrel pits boaters, fishermen and tourism interests against thirsty communities downstream and companies that rely on the Mississippi River to do business. By David A. Lieb.

AP photos.

NATIONAL

MANNING-WIKILEAKS

MEADE, Md. — The former commander of a Marine Corps brig testifies he had the discretion to maintain tight restrictions on an Army private charged in the WikiLeaks case even after a psychiatrist determined the soldier was no longer a suicide risk. Marine officials have faced several days of questioning about their treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning when he was confined at a base at Quantico, Va., in 2010 and 2011. Testimony has revealed cracks in the brig command about the decisions to keep Manning in maximum custody and on suicide watch, which could improve his chances of getting a lighter sentence. By David Dishneau.

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