Senate immigration bill boosted FAA may ease phone restrictions
Obama nominates Comey to head FBI
WASHINGTON -- As the FBI grapples with scrutiny over government surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday moved to turn the agency over to James Comey, a top Bush administration lawyer best known for defiantly refusing to go along with White House demands on warrantless wiretapping nearly a decade ago.
Obama cited Comey's "fierce independence and deep integrity" as he nominated him to replace outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Mueller has led the agency for 12 years, longer than any previous director except J. Edgar Hoover, after Obama asked him to stay on beyond his initial 10-year term at a time of global threats.
WASHINGTON -- Supporters of bipartisan immigration legislation smoothed the way Friday for likely Senate passage of their handiwork, overcoming last-minute disagreements at the bill's controversial core and tacking on other items certain to build support.
A test vote was set for Monday on the bill, which calls for a military-style surge to increase security at the U.S.-Mexican border. At the same time, it sets out a 13-year pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants living in the United States unlawfully.
WASHINGTON -- The government is moving toward easing restrictions on airline passengers using electronic devices, but it could take a few months.
An advisory committee was supposed to make recommendations next month to the Federal Aviation Administration on easing the restrictions. But the agency said Friday the deadline has been extended to September because committee members asked for extra time to finish assessing whether it's safe to lift restrictions.
The agency is under public and political pressure to ease the restrictions as more people bring their e-book readers, music players, smartphones and laptops with them when they fly.