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A Controversial Week For The NSA

Several new developments put the NSA surveillance program into the spotlight this week. The U.S. had to explain why it eavesdrops on foreign leaders; The Washington Post reported that the NSA can tap directly into overseas servers of Google and Yahoo; and lawmakers have introduced legislation to rein in the program that allows NSA to gather phone data on Americans.
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TSA Agent Killed, Several Wounded In LAX Shooting

Authorities have identified the suspected gunman — who is in custody — as Paul Anthony Ciancia. The investigation into his actions and motive is ramping up.
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So You Found An Exchange Plan. But Can You Find A Provider?

Many health plans being offered on the New York state insurance marketplace do not include some of New York City's biggest hospitals in their networks. And across the state, many doctors say they are not yet participating in exchange plans at all.
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Alleged LA Airport Shooter Reportedly Wanted To 'Kill TSA'

The father of suspect Paul Anthony Ciancia reportedly called police early Friday concerned that his son had sent a text message mentioning suicide.
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VIDEO: Halloween Homage To Will Ferrell Character Ron Burgundy

The sports director at a Boise TV station treats his audience to an impersonation of comedy actor Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character for Halloween.
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3 Lessons For Future Presidents From Obamacare's Ills

The Affordable Care Act's early travails are yielding some lessons for future presidents and lawmakers. Here are three.
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Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

After the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the Pentagon said it would offer military IDs and extend the benefits that come with them to same-sex partners. But some states that don't recognize gay marriages have refused to issue the IDs to same-sex spouses of National Guard members.
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Appeals Court Sides With Employers On Covering Birth Control

A federal appeals court has sided with the Catholic owners of a business who fought a requirement in the 2010 health care law that employers provide insurance coverage for birth control. Federal courts have been split on the issue, which many expect to head to the Supreme Court.
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Kraft Dims Artificial Orange Glow Of Its Mac And Cheese

Kraft will produce mac and cheese without artificial dyes, the food-processing giant says. But the change affects only a line marketed specifically for children. Aficionados will still be able to purchase the luridly orange "original" version. A petition had asked Kraft to remove dyes from all mac and cheese products.
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GOP Establishment Digs Deep For Alabama Special Election

The GOP establishment's preferred candidate has an overwhelming cash advantage over the Tea Party favorite in Tuesday's Alabama special election.

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