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House Considers Bill To Stop NSA Bulk Collection Program

Republicans and Democrats are expected to come together in the House Wednesday to pass legislation prohibiting the National Security Agency from its ongoing massive collection of phone records.
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House Approves USA Freedom Act, Extending And Revising The Patriot Act

The USA Freedom Act would extend many parts of the surveillance legislation while also barring the NSA's massive collection of Americans' phone data. The measure's fate in the Senate is uncertain.
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Train Derailment Highlights Amtrak's Infrastructure Needs

Amtrak was created in the 1970s to allow several private railroads to get out of the passenger business. Experts say that while its safety record is generally good, it needs upgrading.
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Standards For Child Migrants Could Force Detention Centers To Close

The Obama administration has detained thousands of immigrant women and children, but that could soon change. A court case is challenging whether it is ever legal to hold children for long periods.
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Santa Fe Cuts Water Consumption By Imposing Tiered Pricing Model

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Santa Fe, N.M., Mayor Javier Gonzales about how the city managed to cut water usage by one-fifth while its population grew by 10 percent.
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California Builders Prepare For Future Water Needs As Population Grows

Under the growing burden of drought, California is struggling to supply enough water to all of the people currently living there. The state is also working on ways to ensure water for millions more residents expected to live there in the future.
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More Than 200 Injured After Amtrak Train Derails In Philadelphia

Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night. At least seven people were killed and more than 200 passengers were treated for injuries.
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Amtrak Derailment Creates Commuting Mess Along East Coast

The Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia upended travel plans up and down the East Coast. Service was cancelled in much of the rail services' busy Northeast Corridor. Without the train, travelers scrambled to make other plans.
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Kansas Lawmakers Consider Raising Taxes To Lower Deficit

Kansas lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback cut taxes in 2012 with the goal of spurring economic growth. But now they're facing a budget deficit of $400 million.
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NTSB Continues Investigation Into Derailed Amtrak Train

An Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 200. The NTSB says the train was traveling at over 100 mph when it derailed.

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