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Obama To Announce Changes To NSA Surveillance

The debate over the National Security Agency's surveillance programs and other secret NSA activities revealed by Edward Snowden has set the stage for an important speech by President Obama. What are the most pressing issues and most important questions the president needs to address on Friday when he speaks at the Department of Justice?
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NSA Oversight: Obama Wants Safeguards Against Potential Abuse

Even before Edward Snowden and his leaks made the NSA surveillance programs famous, President Obama had said he wanted a debate about the right balance between security and civil liberties. The Snowden revelations made sure he got one.
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Would-Be Burglar Unlocks Door But It Won't Budge

A man trying to break into a Chicago bar was technically adept — he disabled a lock. The video shows he couldn't get the door open. He kept pulling and pulling — all the time not noticing the sign the read: Push.
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The Birth Of The Minimum Wage In America

For decades, the Supreme Court ruled that laws regulating things like wages and working conditions were unconstitutional. That changed during the Great Depression, when one of the justices switched sides, paving the way for the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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A Black Chef At An All-White Club Who 'Never Looked Back'

After his father suffered a heart attack, 13-year-old Clayton Sherrod got a job washing dishes at a country club in Birmingham, Ala. By the time he turned 19 in 1964, he was the executive chef.
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Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health

A study in the journal Obesity found that students who used credit or debit cards in the school cafeteria chose fewer fruits and vegetables and more desserts than kids paying with cash. But the researchers say schools should work with the bias instead of trying to fight it.
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By Tracking Sugar In Tears, Contact Lens Offers Hope For Diabetics

Despite the technical feat, researchers say that much basic research remains, and the relationship between glucose and tears is still unproven.
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'Google Glass Driver' Is Cleared In San Diego Court

A California Highway Patrol officer gave Cecilia Abadie two citations last October. At the time, she said the officer seemed "very annoyed" that she was wearing Google Glass.
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With Senate's OK, $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Heads To Obama

The wide-ranging federal spending bill will prevent any gaps in government funding as well as take some of the sting out of automatic spending cuts. The House approved it Wednesday.
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Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame

High schooler Megan Yurko won more than $21,000 last year in cowgirl barrel races. The sport requires circling three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern at top speed, and Yurko hopes she'll leave this weekend's world championship competition as the top ranked racer.

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