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Post-9/11 Panel Criticizes NSA Phone Data Collection

Post-9/11 Panel Criticizes NSA Phone Data Collection

An independent panel created after the 9/11 attacks says bulk collection of billions of American phone records violates the letter and the spirit of the law.

Ukraine Tracks Protesters Through Cellphones Amid Clashes

Ukraine Tracks Protesters Through Cellphones Amid Clashes

Shortly after midnight, the newspaper says, people near the fighting received a text message that read: “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.”

Report Purports To Detail ‘Systematic’ Killing By Syria’s Assad

Report Purports To Detail ‘Systematic’ Killing By Syria’s Assad

The report, first obtained by CNN and The Guardian, says the bodies in the photographs “showed signs of starvation, brutal beatings, strangulation, and other forms of torture and killing.”

Obama Signs Trillion-Dollar Federal Spending Bill

Obama Signs Trillion-Dollar Federal Spending Bill

President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion spending bill into law Friday afternoon, enacting more than 1,500 pages of legislation that received broad support in the House and Senate earlier this week.

Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold ‘Metadata’

Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold ‘Metadata’

President Obama is expected to announce Friday morning that he is “ordering a transition that will significantly change the handling of what is known as the telephone ‘metadata’ ” that the National Security Agency collects, officials are telling Reuters and NPR.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Oklahoma Ban On Gay Marriage

Federal Judge Strikes Down Oklahoma Ban On Gay Marriage

Saying Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage is “arbitrary” and “irrational,” a federal judge ruled the ban violated the constitution and it should be struck down.

Iran, World Powers Will Begin Implementing Interim Nuclear Agreement

Iran, World Powers Will Begin Implementing Interim Nuclear Agreement

Iran and six world powers will begin implementing an interim agreement designed to pause parts of Iran’s nuclear program.

NASA Reportedly Gets OK To Keep Space Station Going Until 2024

NASA Reportedly Gets OK To Keep Space Station Going Until 2024

The White House has approved NASA’s call for four more years for the International Space Station, ensuring the orbiting science laboratory will keep going for another decade, according to documents obtained by The Orlando Sentinel.

Senate Votes To Move Ahead On Extending Unemployment Benefits

Senate Votes To Move Ahead On Extending Unemployment Benefits

A three-month extension of federal unemployment benefits for 1.3 million jobless Americans won a key procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday.

Panama Asks Spain To Help Resolve Canal Expansion Dispute

Panama Asks Spain To Help Resolve Canal Expansion Dispute

Panama’s president on Monday expressed confidence that a multi-billion dollar Panama Canal expansion will get back on track after a European-led consortium threatened to halt construction unless it gets paid for massive cost overruns.