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NSA Director Briefs Senators on Surveillance Programs

National Security Agency director Keith Alexander gave senators a closed-door briefing about the controversial data-gathering programs revealed recently. This follows his testimony Wednesday in which he said the programs had disrupted dozens of terrorist plots.
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U.S. Says It Has 'High Confidence' Syria Used Chemical Weapons

The White House says sarin gas has killed up to 150 people in Syria, and that the use of chemical weapons crosses a "red line."
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In Gay America, Optimism Abounds As Stigma Persists, Pew Says

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults say they feel more accepted in society than they did 10 years ago, and they're overwhelmingly optimistic that the trend will continue. But a sweeping new Pew Center survey of the LGBT community also finds a persistent social stigma.
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Judge Reluctantly Approves Government Plan For Morning-After Pill

Women and teenagers should soon be able to buy emergency contraception with no age restrictions, according to a federal district judge's memorandum. But the Obama administration's plan will put just one brand-name formulation of the "morning after" pill on store shelves.
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Federal Judge To Face Rare Review Over Controversial Remarks

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Jones has come under fire over remarks some have called racist. Now, the Judicial Council of the District of Columbia Circuit will conduct a rare formal disciplinary review.
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Could Brain Scans Reveal The Right Treatment For Depression?

Treating depression is a hit-or-miss process; the first treatment works less than half the time. Scientists say they may be able to use PET brain scans to tell whether antidepressants or cognitive behavioral therapy will work best. But tailored treatments are still far off.
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U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin To Step Down

Benjamin, citing her work on disease prevention and wellness programs, will return to her home in southern Alabama to treat patients at the clinic she founded south of Mobile.
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Old McDonald Might Be A Lady: More Women Take Up Farming

The number of women running farms of all sizes has tripled since the early 1980s, according to the USDA. Economists say that more women are seeing opportunities to try farming, especially if they already have an off-farm job.

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