Surveillance defended...Student loan bill signed...Suspected killer, teen spotted

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Associated Press

Posted on August 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 10 at 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's comfortable that the surveillance system collecting American phone records is not being abused. The president said during an afternoon news conference that "appropriate reforms" are being made. But Obama says the program, which he called a critical counterterrorism tool, will remain in operation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying it "feels good signing bills," President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that restores lower interest rates for student loans. The measure offers lower rates this fall but links rates to the financial markets.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he hopes Republicans who oppose the president do so "based on substance and not the fact that he's an African-American." Reid made the comment with KNRP Radio in Las Vegas. Reid said some in the GOP are engaging in "absolute gridlock" and have done everything they can to make the president fail.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Horseback riders in a rugged area of Idaho say they've seen a California man and a 16-year-old who are the objects of a multi-state search by law enforcement. The riders say it did not appear that Hannah Anderson was being held against her will by James DiMaggio. He's suspected of killing the girl's mother and an unidentified child that is apparently her younger brother. The two bodies were found in DiMaggio's burned house.

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta judge has thrown out an emergency request by the ex-wife of Grammy winning singer Usher to obtain temporary custody of their two sons. Tameka Foster Raymond had requested the hearing this week after their 5-year-old son got caught in a pool drain while in the care of Usher's aunt. A court awarded primary custody to him last year after a lengthy custody court battle.

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