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U.S. Raids Terror Targets In North Africa

The missions targeted terrorists with links to the groups al-Shabab and al-Qaida. One raid took place in Somalia; the other in Libya. Key details about the raids remain unclear, but the launching of two operations signals a continuing and aggressive counterterrorism policy under the Obama administration.
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U.S. Captures Al-Qaida Leader After Raids In Libya And Somalia

Special forces captured an al-Qaida leader in Libya, and a Navy SEAL team struck at a leader of al-Shabab in Somalia. Libya's government is asking the U.S. for an explanation of what it deems a "kidnapping."
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Reports: U.S. Captures Al-Qaida Leader In Libya Raid

An al-Qaida leader indicted in the United States for coordinated 1998 attacks on two U.S. embassies in East Africa was captured on Saturday in a daytime military raid in Libya, according to several published and broadcast reports.
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Officials Detail Shutdown's Chilling Effect On National Security

A senior U.S. government official says some intelligence agencies are able to focus only on the biggest threats: counterterrorism and nuclear nonproliferation. So other issues are falling by the wayside.
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New York Road Rage Video Raises Difficult Questions

A confrontation between motorcyclists and an SUV resulted in a badly injured biker and the SUV driver being beaten. But who's to blame? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
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Friday Morning Political Mix

President Obama's Asia trip became a shutdown casualty... the Republican establishment is unhappy with the Tea Party movement whose members probably couldn't care less... the shutdown is causing real damage to the private sector.
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Thursday Morning Political Mix

House Republicans talk of a grand bargain to end the crisis fizzled... Sen. Ted Cruz got an earful from fellow Senate Republicans at a private meeting... A shockingly high number of poor people won't be helped by the Affordable Care Act.
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NSA Head Admits Testing U.S. Cellphone Tracking

Intelligence chiefs said recent media reports are wrong about their efforts to gather information about the social networks of Americans. They told a Senate panel such efforts are focused on foreigners. But NSA chief Keith Alexander admitted the agency has collected cellphone location information, as part of a short-lived test program years ago.
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Intelligence Chief: Shutdown Makes America More Vulnerable

A Senate hearing on surveillance raised alarms about the impact of the federal government shutdown on intelligence gathering. Intelligence chiefs said 70 percent of civilian workers at their agencies are being furloughed, and said they could not guarantee the US is safe during the shutdown.
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Clapper: Shutdown Hurts Intelligence, Counterterrorism Efforts

The director of national intelligence says that with 70 percent of spy agency staff on furlough, essential staff are being stretched thin.

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