US rejects clemency plea for Snowden
The White House and the heads of the intelligence committees in Congress are rejecting a plea for clemency by National Security Agency-contractor-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden.
White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer says no such offers are being discussed. He told ABC's 'This Week', that Snowden should return to the US and face charges, which include leaking classified information.
That sentiment is echoed by the committee's chairmen, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and Rep Mike Rogers of Michigan.
Rogers called clemency for Snowden a "terrible idea". Feinstein said Snowden broke the law, when he could have privately reported his revelations to her committee.
Snowden, who has temporary asylum in Russia, made the plea in a letter released Friday.
NY begins statewide school-to-job project
ALBANY, NY (AP):
The first statewide programme in the nation using an innovative school-to-career programme to link students with companies in search of specific job skills is set to begin in New York.
More than 6,000 New York students are expected to join the programme, which teaches high-school students additional workplace skills with the help of mentors and visits to participating companies. That programme will mesh with two-year college degrees tailored to companies' needs.
50 years later, some JFK files still sealed
Five decades after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot and long after official inquiries ended, thousands of pages of investigative documents remain withheld from public view.
The contents of these files are partially known - and intriguing - and conspiracy buffs are not the only ones seeking to open them for a closer look.
Some researchers believe the off-limits files could shed valuable new light on nagging mysteries of the assassination - including what US intelligence agencies knew about accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald before November 22, 1963.