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Flight 93 families to get medals

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- President Obama has signed a bill that honors victims of the Sept. 11 attacks with congressional medals.

Obama signed the Fallen Heroes of 9/1 1 Act on Friday. The congressional gold medals will be given to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York and the Pentagon Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Pennsylvania memorial honors the victims of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, a rural area southeast of Pittsburgh. A spokesman for the Families of Flight 93 says the medal is a wonderful holiday present for people who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001.


CIA finds no laws broken in ties to NYPD

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA says its inspector general has found nothing wrong with the spy agency's close partnership with the New York Police Department.

The inspector general concluded that no laws were broken and there was no evidence the CIA was conducting domestic spying.

The inspector general decided to do a preliminary investigation after a series of stories by the Associated Press revealed how after the 9/1 1 attacks the CIA helped the NYPD build domestic intelligence programs that were used to spy on Muslims.

The revelations troubled some members of Congress and even prompted the U.S. director of national intelligence, James Clapper, to remark that it did not look good for the CIA to be involved in any city police department.

The NYPD continues to have a close relationship with the CIA.


White House OKs political boundaries

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's office says the Obama administration has approved new political boundaries in Georgia.

Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said the Department of Justice on Friday signed off on the maps for congressional and legislative districts.

State Democrats had complained that the maps diluted minority voting strength.

Georgia's past history of discrimination at the ballot box means all election changes must pass muster with federal officials to ensure they don't weaken African-American voting power.

Democrats have pledged to challenge the boundaries in court. But Republicans say the plans increase the number of districts with a majority of black voters.

Lawmakers must redraw legislative and congressional maps every 10 years to reflect changes in population from new U.S. Census figures.


'The Geezer Bandit' may be wearing a mask

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Authorities say a robber branded "The Geezer Bandit" because he appeared to be old might actually be wearing a mask.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Friday the man also was seen running away from his latest heist this month.

The disclosures raise questions about the age of the man suspected of holding up 16 California banks from San Luis Obispo to San Diego.

Investigators have been stymied for more than two years by the bandit, previously believed to be in his 60s or 70s.

The most recent robbery was Dec. 2 in San Luis Obispo when a security dye-pack exploded as the man left the bank and sprinted away.