Senate Intelligence Committee head Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday that the CIA searched the panel’s computers and may have violated the U.S. Constitution, NBC News reported. The California Democrat said on the Senate floor that she asked for an apology and acknowledgment of the CIA's actions and received neither. The search came as Intelligence Committee attempted to investigate the CIA's detention and interrogation program. "I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied by the United States Constitution, including the speech and debate clause,” she said. "It may have undermined the Constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activity or any other government function."
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An Iranian teen who boarded the missing Malaysia Airlines jet using a stolen Austrian passport is "not likely to be a member of any terrorist group," an official said Tuesday. Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar of the Malaysian police told a news conference on Tuesday that after looking into the passenger's background it appeared that 19-year-old Eouria Nour Mohammad Mhrdad was trying to reach Germany to claim asylum. A second passenger was traveling on a stolen Italian passport on Flight 370 and has not yet been identified. The police chief also laid out potential outcomes that are being examined after the Boeing 777 went missing while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing: "One is hijacking, two is sabotage, three is psychological problems for passengers or crew," Khalid said. The missing jet underwent maintenance just 12 days before it vanished and "there were no issues on the health of the aircraft," Malaysia Airlines said in a statement Tuesday.
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CIA Director John Brennan holds a conversation at the Council on Foreign Relations. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell moderates.
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The California drought has forced state and federal wildlife leaders to consider moving salmon to safety by transporting the fish in tanker trucks.
Drought conditions have left many rivers dry, making it difficult for young salmon to swim to the ocean. Officials are now working on a plan to truck more than 15 million young fish from the Coleman Fish Hatchery near Redding closer to the ocean.
Transporting salmon in a tanker truck does come with risk -- salmon will not know where to spawn.
But federal officials said it appears the severity of the drought will block natural migration, putting an entire industry at risk.
If drought conditions remain, transporting salmon could begin in April, officials said.
A Beverly Hills police sergeant is suing the city, claiming he faced retaliation after reporting that a detective made inappropriate remarks about Whitney Houston's body at her death scene, according to The Associated Press. Sgt. Brian Weir filed the suit Monday in Los Angeles, the City News Service reported. Houston was 48 when she drowned in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton two years ago. Weir contends that a detective sergeant kneeling by the singer's body removed a sheet and remarked that she was "still looking good," along with similar comments. Weir says that when he reported the alleged remarks, he was removed from the SWAT and K-9 units and denied promotions. Police Lt. Lincoln Hoshino says he wasn't aware of the lawsuit but that he considers similar claims Weir made earlier to be baseless.
Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of the devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction.
Addressing a nearly empty chamber and visitor gallery, more than two dozen speakers agreed with each other about the need to act on climate change. Naysayers — Republicans — largely stayed away, arguing hours earlier that regulation would cost Americans jobs in a sluggish economy.
The talk-a-thon ended at 8:55 a.m., almost 15 hours since it began. It was the 35th all-night session since 1915, according to the Senate.
The friend of Oscar Pistorius who was identified by witnesses as being with the athlete on two occasions when a gun was shot in public is testifying at Pistorius' murder trial on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. Pistorius asked Darren Fresco to take the blame when a gun the Olympic runner was handling fired under a table in a restaurant in early 2013, about a month before Pistorius shot dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius' former girlfriend testified about the restaurant incident last week
. Fresco was also present, another witness said, when Pistorius shot his gun out the sunroof of a car after an altercation with traffic police in 2012. Pistorius is on trial charged with murder for the shooting death of Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. He also faces firearm charges
for those two gun incidents.
A key figure in a political payback scandal involving Gov. Chris Christie's administration has arrived in court in a bid to quash a subpoena she says carries the risk of self-incrimination.
Fired Christie deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly said nothing to reporters outside the courthouse in Trenton on Tuesday.
Lawyers for Kelly and two-time campaign manager Bill Stepien will ask a judge not to force them to turn over text messages and other private communications to New Jersey legislators investigating the matter. Both say they risk self-incrimination.
The subpoenas seek documents related to lane closures near the George Washington Bridge that created massive backups in nearby Fort Lee, apparently to punish the town's Democratic mayor.
Stepien is not expected in court.
As Japan marks the third anniversary of the 2011 tsunami Tuesday, 2,636 people remain missing, their bodies presumably swept out to sea. Another 15,884 have been confirmed dead. Yasuo Takamatsu is learning to scuba dive in hopes of finding the remains of his wife.
Philadelphia’s Drexel University was put on alert this morning after a college sophomore died suddenly from a suspected case of meningitis.
Stephanie Ross’ sorority sisters found the her unresponsive Monday in her sorority house, according to an official statement from Drexel.
Ross was rushed to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where she died.
Though no official cause of death was given, Drexel said they are working with city health officials under the assumption that the death was due to meningitis. The college didn't reveal what type of meningitis is suspected.
The man who authorities say climbed onto the roof of an FBI annex building and initiated a nearly six-hour standoff Sunday has been charged with one count of destruction of government property, according to an FBI complaint. An FBI SWAT team arrested the suspect, 36-year-old Richard William Durant III, after he broke into the San Diego facility, officials said. The complaint said Durant used the door handle to smash the window of a government vehicle, after which he climbed to the top of the FBI annex, where he damaged a security camera and sat on the roof for hours.
The Senate Armed Services Committee considers the nomination of Vice Admiral Michael Rogers to become the next National Security Agency director. Check out a livestream of the proceedings.
In 1986, a newborn wrapped in a red sweater was found abandoned in the bathroom of a fast-food restaurant. Nearly three decades later, the baby is all grown up and looking for her biological mother — and tens of thousands of people are trying to help. Katheryn Deprill began her quest on March 2 by posting a photo on her Facebook page in which she held up a sign that said, "Looking for my birth mother ... She abandoned me in the Burger King bathroom only hours old, Allentown PA. Please help me find her by sharing my post." Deprill, a 27-year-old married mother of three, figured the photo would be reposted by friends, maybe friends of friends. A week later, it's been shared nearly 27,000 times by Facebook users around the world. Deprill's story is rocketing around the media world, too.
Search and rescue teams trying to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines jet have expanded the scope of their hunt beyond the flight path and are focusing on the West Peninsular of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca, where the aircraft may have turned around. The strait is a thin stretch of sea that lies west of the Malaysia peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Authorities are now exploring the possibility that Flight 370 attempted to turn back to Subang, the suburb of Kuala Lumpur from which it departed, according to the airline. Numerous countries, including Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and the United States are now helping in the search. The Boeing 777-200, which was carrying 227 passengers, disappeared from radar early Saturday morning.
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