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In Security Cases, Feds No Longer Get Benefit Of The Doubt

Disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have shaken the intelligence community and spurred Congress to try to impose new limits on electronic surveillance. In recent weeks, aftershocks from those leaks have been rippling through the courts too. Some judges have signaled they're no longer willing to take the government's word when it comes to national security.
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'Flappy Bird' Ripoffs Fill The Void

The creator of the video game "Flappy Bird" has stopped offering it on Apple and Google app stores. Not to worry, other games are taking its place. To name a couple: "Flappy Bee" and "Flappy Plane."
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Former New Orleans Mayor Found Guilty Of Corruption

A federal jury in New Orleans has convicted former Mayor Ray Nagin on a series of bribery and corruption charges. The Democrat led the city when Hurricane Katrina struck and oversaw the early years of rebuilding. It was during that time the government said he took tens of thousands of dollars in bribes and goods in exchange for steering city business to businessmen.
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Cable Deal: Comcast To Buy Time Warner

Comcast has confirmed it is buying Time Warner. The merger would combine the country's two largest cable companies and likely draw scrutiny from regulators.
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Pilot Shortage Forces Republic Airways To Cut Service

Indianapolis-based Republic Airways has a problem: It can't find enough pilots to fly its planes. And so it plans to take more than two dozen of its jets out of service. Six months ago, the FAA boosted the number of hours it takes to qualify as a commercial pilot, and that has made it difficult for small, regional carriers to get the pilots they need.
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Big Changes To Employer-Based Health Care Won't Come Easy

Most Americans still get health insurance through their employer, but those numbers have been declining for years. As more people turn to the new insurance exchanges created under Obamacare, we examine the future of health coverage in the workplace.
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Despite A Heads Up, Storm Paralyzes North Carolina

The winter storm that's moving across the Southeast has forced schools and businesses to close. Ice brought down power lines — forcing hundreds of thousands of people to lose power in Alabama, Georgia and in North and South Carolina. In Raleigh, N.C., motorists got trapped on the roads as the storm moved in quicker than expected.
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Nebraska Town Wins Water Taste Test

When it comes to pristine water, the tiny town of Curtis, Nebraska, is the best. It won the gold medal in this year's Great American Water Taste Test.
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Fed Chief Yellen Testifies Without Market-Moving Mistake

The new head of the Federal Reserve made her debut this week in a marathon hearing before the House Financial Services Committee. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution about Janet Yellin's first days as chair of the Fed, and what message she sent to Congress in six hours of testimony.
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Regardless Of The Weather, Don't Put Your Tongue On A Pole

After thousands of showings of A Christmas Story, you know not to stick your tongue to a metal pole in winter. But it's happened again. In Easthampton, Mass., a middle school student's tongue really did freeze.

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