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Technology Outpacing Policymakers, Needs Of NSA

The controversy over the National Security Agency's surveillance programs has exposed a problem in the oversight of those programs. Changes to adapt have come so fast that legislators, judges, policymakers and technology firms can't keep up, and major gaps have appeared in policymaking and legislating.
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Wisconsin Chooses Its Own Path To Overhaul Medicaid

Wisconsin is taking a unique path on Medicare. The state's Republican governor rejected federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage. But Wisconsin is also bringing more people into Medicaid while moving others to private insurance on the health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.
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Little-Known Immigration Mandate Keeps Detention Beds Full

A congressional directive requires U.S. detention centers to fill 34,000 beds per night. Supporters say it ensures that the nation's immigration laws are being enforced. But critics say housing a fixed number of immigrants at any given time is inhumane, inefficient and too expensive.
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Political Rookie Pulls Off Surprise Win In Louisiana

GOP businessman Vance McAllister, a political newcomer, handily defeated Republican state Sen. Neil Riser in a special election that tested two different GOP approaches to Obamacare.
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Details Emerge About Colorado Mine Accident And Safety Record

An NPR analysis shows that the injury rate at the Revenue-Virginius mine in Quray, Colo., was twice the national rate this year.
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Is It The End Of The Line For The Landline?

The U.S. landline network was once the best in the world. But these days, phone companies see them as a burden, an old technology too expensive to maintain. AT&T wants to start replacing the system with cheaper options. Some call it a hasty abandonment of the tried-and-true traditional network.
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Princeton To Distribute Meningitis B Vaccine

The vaccine has not been approved in the U.S. but an outbreak at the university prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend importing the vaccine.
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Small, Private Colleges Woo Veterans With Scholarships

Many veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are taking advantage of GI benefits to pay for higher education. But most are looking at large state schools or for-profit and online universities. Now, a new scholarship program in California focuses on veterans whose experiences and talents are better suited for smaller private liberal arts colleges.
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Easy As Pie: Soon You Could Push A Button And Get A Pizza

Ordering a pizza may soon get easier in the U.S. — at least if the company iStrategyLabs has anything to do with it. The company's working on a device they call Pie Pal that allows you to order pizza with the push of a button.
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Cheney Sisters' Split Over Gay Marriage Plays Out On TV, Online

A public disagreement over same-sex marriage has escalated between the daughters of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Liz Cheney, a Republican Senate candidate, says she supports the traditional definition of marriage. Her sister Mary Cheney, a married lesbian, says Liz is on the wrong side of history.

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