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Report: NSA Harvests Contact Lists From Email, Facebook

The latest revelations gleaned from documents leaked by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden show that the spy agency gathers tens of thousands of such records each day.
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Second Dry Ice Bomb Goes Off At LA Airport

There were no reports of damage or injuries from two dry ice bombs that went off Sunday and Monday. Two other devices were found, but didn't go off. Police said that so far there do not appear to be any links to terrorism.
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Birds Of A Feather Spy Together

Journalist Tom Vanderbilt discusses the nonhuman operatives — from pigeons to house cats — deployed by the United States government during the Cold War. He wrote about the program recently for the Smithsonian magazine.
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View Of Snowden's Exile Life As He Gets Whistle-Blower Award

On Thursday, we saw the first image of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden since he was granted temporary asylum in Russia in August. He's shown in a photograph taken in Moscow getting an award for being a whistle-blower. Melissa Block talks to one of the fellow whistle-blowers who gave him the award, Thomas Drake, from Moscow to get a glimpse of Snowden's life of exile in Russia.
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Air Force Fires Top U.S. Missile Commander

Maj. Gen. Michael Carey led the 20th Air Force, which maintains and operates the country's land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles. He was relieved of his command over an issue concerning his behavior while on temporary assignment.
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Snowden's Leaks Lead To More Disclosure From Feds

Leaks by Edward Snowden prompted the intelligence community to declassify details about super secret phone and Internet surveillance. But with every detail government lawyers release comes the pressure and the legal obligation to release more.
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Shutdown Hits Usually Stable Business: Government Contractors

About half a million federal workers remain furloughed because of the congressional budget impasse that's keeping the government partially shut down. The closure has entered its tenth day. Contractors that feed off government spending are also feeling the pinch.
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Foundation To Pay Military Death Benefits During Shutdown

The partial government shutdown has forced the Pentagon to delay payments to the families of troops killed while serving in the U.S. military. Normally these families would receive a $100,000 payment three days after the death of member of the Armed Forces. More than 20 have died since the shutdown began. A private, non-profit group called the Fisher House Foundation will pay the death benefits during the shutdown.
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Examining The Special Ops 'Tool Kit'

Renee Montagne talks to Linda Robinson about the raids by U.S. Special Operations Forces in Libya and Somalia over the weekend. Robinson is author of "One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare. She says drones and raids are a key part of the game plan by Special Ops.
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Undocumented Immigrants In Calif. Will Benefit From New Laws

The federal government remains shut down over a budget stalemate, but California's Gov. Jerry Brown decided not to wait for Congress to make decisions on the Gordian knot that is U.S. immigration policy.

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