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NSA Collecting Verizon Phone Records Of American Customers

A FISA court order gives the government the power to obtain the information for a three-month period that ends July 19. The order covers all Verizon calls made within the U.S., and between the U.S. and other countries. The order covers call data — not the actual conversations.
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Vilsack: Farmers Must Respond To Rising Temperatures

Farmers, foresters, and ranchers need to respond now to the impact of climate change on their businesses, says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "You're going to see crops produced in one area no longer able to be produced, unless we mitigate and adapt now," he says.
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84-Year-Old Woman Claims Powerball Jackpot

Gloria C. MacKenzie, a retiree from Maine, opted to take the prize in a lump sum of just over $370 million. After taxes, she'll take home $270 million. In a statement, she said another customer let her get ahead in line.
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Andrea, First Named Storm Of 2013 Season, Forms In Gulf

Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Andrea to bring heavy rains to Florida before moving up the East Coast in the coming days. It is the first named storm in what is expected to be a busy hurricane season.
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DEA Arrests Scarsdale Mom In Massive Pot-Growing Scheme

A mother who drives a Mercedes SUV and lives in Scarsdale, N.Y., is facing serious drug charges, after federal investigators accused her of being the mastermind behind an operation growing nearly 3,000 marijuana plants in a Queens warehouse.
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Amazon's Grocery Delivery: A Trojan Horse To Get In Your Door

Yes, the Web is littered with the corpses of failed online grocers. But AmazonFresh doesn't have to be a cash cow for the retail giant, because Amazon can also drop off books with your bananas. And for consumers, it could mean convenience, no minimum fees, pre-dawn drop-off and maybe even delivery of local, artisanal goods.
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Court Says Some Morning-After Pills Must Be Available OTC Now

In a surprise move, a federal appeals court ruled that some "morning after" contraceptives must be made available without prescriptions now, even though the federal government is in the midst of appealing a lower court ruling that would make the pills widely available.
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Largest Municipal Bankruptcy In U.S. Nears End

Lawyers for Jefferson County, Alabama, and its creditors have reached a deal to end what is the largest municipal government bankruptcy in U.S. history. Both sides were in court earlier Wednesday to hash out the details.

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