Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bay of Pigs Kept under Wraps

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bay of Pigs Kept under Wraps

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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Thursday fought to keep secret a CIA account of the 1961 Bay of Pigs debacle.

Half a century after the failed invasion of Cuba, and three decades after a CIA historian completed his draft study, an administration lawyer told a top appellate court that the time still isn't right to make the document public.

"The passage of time has not made it releasable," Assistant U.S. Attorney Mitchell P. Zeff told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

But in this latest battle over government secrecy and the lessons of history, judges Thursday sounded a tad skeptical about the Obama administration's sweeping claims. At the least, judges on what is sometimes called the nation's second most-powerful court suggested there could be a limit to how long government documents remain locked away.

Acquittal in Katrina killing

NEW ORLEANS -- Lingering memories from Hurricane Katrina were evident in New Orleans as residents considered the acquittal of ex- police officer David Warren.

Mr. Warren was freed Wednesday after a jury found him not guilty in the shooting of an apparently unarmed man amid the city's 2005 post-Hurricane Katrina bedlam.

Mr. Warren was convicted in the death three years ago but won a retrial after an appeals court ruled he should not have been tried with others implicated in an alleged cover-up that included the burning of victim Henry Glover's body.

Law protects prostitutes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Spurred by emotional testimony from sex workers, California officials voted Thursday to change a 1990s-era anti-crime regulation and allow prostitutes to receive money from a victim compensation fund if they're raped or beaten.

Under the current system, those harmed in violent crimes can be paid for medical costs and related expenses, but prostitutes are excluded because their activities are illegal. …

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