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Want A File From The NSA? You Can Ask, But You Might Not Get It

Legally, you're allowed to request any record from government agencies, and people are using that right, with gusto, for NSA files. But it's up to agencies to decide which information they will hand over. Here are some examples of records that the NSA has released, when asked, in the past.

Rivals Help Level Playing Field For Tornado-Shattered Team

Competition and compassion meet on the field in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, when two central Illinois high school football teams face off for a spot in the state championship. One team is a perennial powerhouse, but the other is from a town that was all but destroyed by a tornado one week ago.

Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer

Louisiana is paying tribute Friday to the Rev. T.J. Jemison, a strong and steady voice against unequal treatment for blacks in the Jim Crow South. Jemison helped organize a bus boycott in Baton Rouge in 1953 and later advised Martin Luther King Jr. and others on how to orchestrate the Montgomery boycott.

JPMorgan Says It Broke No Law. So Why Pay The $13 Billion?

The banking giant has agreed to pay a record sum to the U.S. government over charges that it knew it was selling risky mortgage products. But it's not clear exactly what, if anything, the bank is admitting to — or if the government's case would have held up in a jury trial.

Rate Of Coastal Wetlands Loss Has Sped Up, U.S. Study Says

The U.S. lost an average of 80,000 acres of coastal wetlands from 2004 to 2009, according to recent government data. In a recent period, more than 70 percent of the estimated loss came in the Gulf of Mexico.

More Children Are Being Medicated For ADHD Than Before

The number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been rising since the 1990s. Now, the CDC reports that two-thirds of children with a current diagnosis are being medicated — a jump of 28 percent from 2007 to 2011.

New York's Next Mayor Tries New Tactic To Get Feedback

For two weeks, a huge translucent tent has stood on Canal Street in New York City. The tent is a place for New Yorkers to go and talk about what they want the next mayor to do. They can make videos, post videos and enter their concerns on 48 iPad terminals. There are concerts, panels on everything from parks to education. And they can even buy coffee and beer.

Heisman Frontrunner Under Investigation For Sexual Assault

The frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy is now under investigation on sexual assault charges. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins Robert Siegel to talk about this and other college football stories.

$1.1 Million Dune Buggy: Youabian Makes Splash At LA Car Show

At this week's show, a long and large four-seater has drawn more notice than perhaps any other car, with attendees calling it "insane" and "deranged." The Youabian Puma's makers say the car has only one goal: "to stand out and be unique."

Why Slather This Spinach Field In Poop? It's All For Science

Food safety researchers in California are trying to find out how long E. coli in raw manure spread on a field might survive on a spinach farm. They're tweeting about it, too.