National briefs: Senate foes seek more CIA papers

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats, locked in an unprecedented power struggle with the CIA, have added 100 pages to the material they want made public from their study of the agency's use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods on suspected terrorists, committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Thursday.

The expansion of what originally was the study's 300-page executive summary will delay a vote that Ms. Feinstein had promised by the end of March to send the document to an executive branch declassification review.

The full report, which cost $40 million and runs in excess of 6,300 pages, likely won't ever be released. Ms. Feinstein said the declassification vote now likely will be April 3.

AF brass out for cheating

WASHINGTON -- The Air Force said Thursday that it was replacing the commander and nine other senior officers at a Montana base responsible for maintaining and operating 150 nuclear-armed missiles after finding they were unaware of widespread cheating on proficiency tests by missile crews.

Col. Robert Stanley, commander of the 341st missile wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, is retiring, and the other officers -- all of them either colonels, lieutenant colonels or majors -- have been removed from the unit and will face administrative punishment, Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, head of the Air Force's Global Strike Command, said.

Jobless aid advances

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan agreement to restore unemployment insurance benefits for more than 2.2 million jobless Americans cleared a key Senate hurdle Thursday but faces continued opposition from Republicans in the House, making final passage uncertain.

House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, has called the Senate plan -- which overcame a filibuster on a vote of 65-34 -- "unworkable." A group of state benefits administrators has argued that their outdated computers will make it difficult to process jobless claims and prevent fraud under the Senate plan.

Tanning salon in hot seat

NEW YORK -- New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman will announce a settlement Thursday that bars Hollywood Tans NYC, an indoor tanning salon in Manhattan, from making misleading health claims, such as "sunlight prevents skin cancer" and "the American Cancer Society doesn't want you to know the truth about tanning beds."

The salon's parent company has six other franchises in the state, and the attorney general will also announce a settlement with that company, HT Franchising Management LLC, said Melissa Grace, a spokeswoman for the attorney general.

Also in the nation ...

A judge ordered Texas prison officials to disclose the supplier of a new batch of lethal injection drugs to attorneys for two inmates set to be executed next month, but she stopped short of revealing the identity of the manufacturer. ... The government on Thursday designated the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, a long-anticipated announcement that politicians warned could set off a possible battle over states' rights. ... Boston was in mourning Thursday after a rare nine-alarm fire in the city's Back Bay area killed two firefighters who had called for help after a shattered window appeared to cause the fire to blow back on them, officials said.

-- Compiled from news services


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