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Are We Moving To A World With More Online Surveillance?

Revelations about the NSA's online surveillance have upset many countries, and some want to exercise greater control over the Internet. But experts say the likely result would be greater surveillance worldwide.

Fuel In The Fire: Burn Wood For Power Or Leave It To Nature

The record-breaking wildfire in Yosemite National Park is calling attention to a problem found across the West: Forests are overloaded with fuel after a century of putting out fires. What to do about that is fueling its own heated debate.

There's A New Kind Of Sign Spinner In Town

You're driving down the street, and there on the corner, something familiar: a person waving a giant advertisement. Wait, that's not a real person! In cities across the sign-waving mannequins are helping to advertise things like cash for gold, furniture and apartments.

Felony Charges For 2 In Suicide Of Bullied Girl

Rebecca Sedwick, a 12-year-old seventh grader in Lakeland, jumped to her death from an abandoned silo after enduring bullying both online and face-to-face.

Shutdown Diary: Hope Turns Into Wall Street Warning

Day 15 of the government shutdown had a promising beginning, marked by a bipartisan proposal from Senate leaders to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. But those hopes were quickly dashed.

The IRS Can't Take Your Questions. It Will Take Your Return

Tuesday is the deadline for taxpayers who requested an extension on their 2012 tax returns. With most of its staff currently furloughed, the Internal Revenue Service is not answering calls, issuing refunds or collecting audits. Even so, don't expect a filing reprieve; the midnight deadline is still in effect.

Why A Medical Device Tax Became Part Of The Fiscal Fight

A sales tax on medical devices was passed to help pay for the Affordable Care Act. Manufacturers have been waging a persistent campaign to get rid of it. Now it's one of the bargaining chips being tossed around in the budget crisis on Capitol Hill.

Redefining Rock Bottom: Another Scary Poll For Congress

Voters always say they want to "throw the bums out," except when it comes to their own representative. But now, against the backdrop of federal government shutdown, a potential default and general Washington dysfunction, there are signs the public is ready to buck that axiom.

Feel Old Yet? Roddick And Blake Will Play On Senior Circuit

Recently retired tennis players Andy Roddick, 31, and James Blake, 33, will be joining a circuit of senior players next year, playing alongside legends such as John McEnroe and Andre Agassi.

Fitch Places U.S. Under Review For A Credit Downgrade

The main reason? The debacle in Washington. The credit ratings agency — one of the big three — said "faith" in the credit of the country is in danger.