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Why Does The NSA Keep An EGOTISTICALGIRAFFE? It's Top Secret

EGOTISTICALGIRAFFE, MINARET and SHAMROCK are a few of the tens of thousands of code names the NSA gives everything, including programs, exercises, weapons and even its budget.
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Portland's Pot Vote Could Make It A Gateway City For Maine

Voters in Portland, Maine, this week passed an ordinance to legalize possession by an overwhelming margin. Legalization advocates' hopes are high for the rest of the state — and around the northeast.
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Historic VA Buildings In Danger Of Demolition

Milwaukee is site of the oldest Soldier Home in the country, now standing vacant and in need of repair. The Veterans Administration owns and manages more than 2,000 such historic buildings across the country. A new report by the National Trust for Historic Preservation says the VA has been too quick to tear down buildings rather than renovate them.
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Inconsistencies Haunt Official Record Of Kennedy's Death

Some three decades after the Warren Commission's report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a board was established that declassified thousands of documents. Congress hoped it would clear up lingering conspiracy theories, but it didn't.
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Edward Snowden's NSA Revelations Keep Coming

Since June, documents leaked by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have produced revelation upon revelation about the nation's top-secret intelligence gathering operations. The latest information, about U.S. spying on foreign leaders, has angered even some dependable U.S. allies. New York Times national security reporter Scott Shane, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, discuss the latest Snowden-related leaks.
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In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made

Steinway & Sons has made all of its cast-iron plates at the O.S. Kelly Foundry in Springfield, Ohio, since 1938. The plate tightly holds the steel wire strings that make the vibrations that become music. Just two men create and pour the molten mixture that cools into the cast-iron heart of a piano.
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Digging Into The Truth About Messages, Images And Hard Times

Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about a televangelist in Singapore, a blog that analyzes news photography and one surprising recession trend.
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Ruling On NYC Disaster Plans For Disabled May Have Far Reach

A federal judge has ruled that New York City didn't do enough to protect residents with disabilities when Superstorm Sandy hit last year. The city is widely considered a leader in disaster response, so the ruling is likely to prompt cities around the country to re-evaluate their own plans.
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How A California Law To Encourage Vaccination Could Backfire

The number of children skipping vaccines has been rising, raising concerns about outbreaks of measles and other infections diseases. A California law designed to encourage parents to get information before deciding about vaccination has been complicated by the governor's addition of an exemption for members of religious groups.
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When Caregivers Are Abusers: Calif. Complaints Go Unanswered

California public health officials have allowed abuse complaints against nurse assistants and home health aides to linger for years, even when they involve severe injuries or deaths.

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