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NSA Reportedly Can Monitor 100,000 Computers Worldwide

Circuit boards and USB cards were implanted surreptitiously in the computers when they were shipped overseas from the manufacturers, The New York Times reports. The program, called Quantum, allows intelligence agencies to alter data and insert malware.
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'Technologist' Could Assist Secret Court That Oversees NSA

On Morning Edition last week, retiring NSA official Chris Inglis said the agency is considering leaving telephone records in private hands. Steve Inskeep talks to Barton Gellman of The Washington Post about Inglis' recent remarks on phone and Internet data the agency has been gathering.
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W.Va. Businesses Regroup After Tap Water Is Restored

The area around Charleston is slowly coming back to life after last week's chemical spill that contaminated the water supply. The ban on tap water has been lifted in downtown Charleston, which is good news to restaurants and other small businesses. But restaurants and laundromats in neighboring towns unaffected by the ban are serving long lines of customers in areas still without access to drinkable tap water.
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Congress Weighs In On NSA Overhaul Proposals

As President Obama prepared to announce changes to surveillance programs done by the National Security Agency, Congress heard from members of the panel that recommended major restructuring of NSA efforts.
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Court: FCC Can't Enforce Net Neutrality

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has struck down a provision of the Federal Communications Commission's "Open Internet Rules." That provision allowed the FCC to regulate Internet service providers in much the same way it regulates phone service providers — requiring them to provide unrestricted service to all users.
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Long-Term Unemployed Say N.C. Law Is Unfair

President Obama heads to Raleigh, N.C., and is expected to call on Congress to try again to extend federal unemployment benefits. Republicans blocked a Senate bill that would have restored the benefits that ended last month for 1.3 million Americans. In North Carolina, a state law has prevented people from getting the benefits since July 1.
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Husband Fined For Using Stun Gun On His Wife

Nicole and John Grant stopped by a Wisconsin bar to watch the Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears. Nicole Grant told her husband, "If the Packers lose, you can shoot me with your stun gun." When the Packers lost, John Grant took her at her word.
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Minn. Orchestra And Union Musicians End Extensive Lockout

The Minnesota Orchestra hasn't performed in its concert hall in Minneapolis in 488 days. The musicians and orchestra management have been locked in a bitter labor dispute. But on Tuesday, musicians agreed to a new contract ending the longest work stoppage for any symphony orchestra in U.S. history.
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'Pretty Good' Budget Deal Looks Good Enough To Avoid Shutdown

The so-called "omnibus" package of all 12 annual spending bills has more money in it than what Congressional Republicans wanted, but less than what President Obama had asked for. There is some disappointment with the measure on both sides of the aisle, but this time nobody is talking about forcing another government shutdown.
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Supreme Court Considers Legality Of Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

Do boundaries meant to protect patients and staff outside abortion clinics violate the free speech rights of anti-abortion protesters? In 2000, the Supreme Court said no in a case involving "floating" buffer zones. But the issue is back before the court — which now has more conservative justices.

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