James Clapper says he gave the "least untruthful" answer on possible NSA surveillance when asked by Sen. Ron Wyden last March. // Gun control advocates filed an initiative in Olympia yesterday that would require criminal-background checks for almost all firearm sales and transfers. The proposal goes even further than a bill that died in the Legislature earlier this year. // Mayor McGinn wants to fund speed cameras in five more school zones using ticket revenue from existing traffic cameras. // Pope Francis is reported to have acknowledged the existence of a "gay lobby" inside the Vatican. According to a new Gallup Poll, 49% now view George Bush favorably while 46% view him unfavorably -- the first time since 2005 that his rating has been more positive than negative.