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Senate bill eyes limiting US surveillance

Posted: 10/31/2013 - Senators who oversee U.S. intelligence issues have approved a plan to scale back how many Americans' telephone records the National Security Agency can sweep up.

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Senate hearing to explore security clearances

Posted: 10/31/2013 - A Senate committee is taking testimony on the federal background check process in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

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Food stamp cuts kick in as Congress debates more

Posted: 10/31/2013 - More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will see their benefits go down starting Friday, just as Congress begins negotiations on further cuts.

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Concerns raised about security of health website

Posted: 10/30/2013 - Defending President Barack Obama's much-maligned health care overhaul in Congress, his top health official was confronted Wednesday with a government memo raising new security concerns about the trouble-prone website that consumers are using to enroll.

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Govt sues company that handled Snowden vetting

Posted: 10/30/2013 - The Justice Department is stepping into a lawsuit against the company that handled the background check of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

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Bombing suspect's friend wants evidence public

Posted: 10/29/2013 - A lawyer for a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has asked a judge to lift an order that keeps most court documents against the friend hidden from public view.

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Intel chief: US spying on allied leaders common

Posted: 10/29/2013 - The national intelligence director says the U.S. has commonly spied on leaders of its foreign allies for decades - as they are spying on American officials.

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China police search for Uighurs after deadly crash

Updated: 10/29/2013 - A hotel employee says police investigating the apparent car attack at Beijing's Forbidden City are searching for information on two ethnic Uighur minority suspects.

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Plane hits Ore. home; pilot dead, resident unhurt

Posted: 10/29/2013 - Authorities say a pilot whose small plane crashed into the side of a house in Oregon has died, but a woman inside the dwelling was able to escape without injuries.

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Death toll from storm hitting Europe rises to 13

Posted: 10/28/2013 - A savage coastal storm powered by hurricane-force gusts slashed its way through Britain and western Europe on Monday, felling trees, flooding lowlands and snarling traffic in the air, at sea and on land. At least 13 people were reported killed.

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White House OK's limited waiver on health penalty

Posted: 10/28/2013 - With website woes ongoing, the Obama administration Monday granted a six-week extension until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the president's health care overhaul law.

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Key senator wants 'total review' of intel programs

Posted: 10/28/2013 - Sen. Diane Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Monday called for a "total review of all intelligence programs" following allegations that the National Security Agency eavesdropped on the German chancellor - the latest revelation in a spying scandal that has strained longstanding alliances.

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Penn State: 26 people get $59.7M over Sandusky

Posted: 10/28/2013 - Penn State said Monday it is paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a man once revered as a university icon who is now serving what is effectively a life prison sentence.

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Europe mulls sanctions against U.S. over spying

Posted: 10/28/2013 - The United States could lose access to an important law enforcement tool used to track terrorist money flows, German officials said Monday, as Europe weighs a response to allegations that the Americans spied on their closest European allies.

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Food stamps, milk prices on table in farm talks

Posted: 10/28/2013 - The fight over renewing the nation's farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices.

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Ellis Island museum to reopen after Sandy's floods

Posted: 10/28/2013 - The island that ushered millions of immigrants into the United States is about to resume receiving visitors for the first time since Superstorm Sandy's surge gushed into New York Harbor.

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Britain braces for massive storm

Updated: 10/28/2013 - Driving rains and high winds lashed the U.K. on Sunday evening, as officials warned that the storm forecasters are calling one of the worst in years will cause widespread disruptions for early morning commuters.

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