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Al-Qaida Conference Call? It Wasn't On Phone, Reporters Say

A Daily Beast story this week led readers and other news organizations to believe that intelligence officials were saying that 20 al-Qaida operatives had been chatting on the phone. But the reporters who broke the story say it was a "virtual meeting space," not a phone call.
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Kazakh Students Indicted In Boston Bombing Probe

Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, former classmates of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's at the University of Massachusetts, are accused of throwing out a laptop and other items that could link Tsarnaev to the bombings.
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Report: NSA Is Searching 'Vast Amounts' Of Americans' Emails

According to The New York Times, the National Security Agency is watching emails and other text communications that go in and out of the country. It's looking for key words. The agency says it only gathers information it is authorized to collect.
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Should The U.S. Speak Up, Or Keep Mum, On Terrorism Threats?

It is a recurring question for the U.S. government as it tries to weigh the need to warn the public of potential threats, while also trying to quietly track terrorists.
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Obama Cancels One-On-One Meeting With Putin

The U.S. objects to Russia's granting of temporary asylum to "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden. Obama will still attend a summit of world leaders in St. Petersburg next month, but he will not have a separate summit with the Russian leader.
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Obama To Leno: 'There Is No Spying On Americans'

President Obama on Tuesday defended the U.S. government's surveillance program, telling NBC's Jay Leno that any tracking of phone numbers or email domestically was "connected to a terrorist attack."
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'Depart Immediately,' State Dept. Tells Americans In Yemen

Already on alert across the Middle East and North Africa because of intelligence about possible terrorist attacks, the U.S. has now issued a very specific warning about travel in Yemen.
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Intercepted Al-Qaida Communication Prompts Warnings

The State Department on Tuesday advised all U.S. citizens to leave Yemen because of "extremely high" danger there. This comes as 19 U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed across much of the Middle East and Africa because of a security threat. Al-Qaida chatter picked up by intelligence sources suggested a major attack was in the works.
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Court-Martial To Begin Tuesday In Fort Hood Shooting Rampage

Former Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with opening fire in a troop processing center at Fort Hood, Texas, and killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others in 2009.
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Ambassadors Question Decision To Close Mideast Embassies

The State Department is keeping many of its embassies and consulates in the Muslim world closed this week "out of an abundance of caution." U.S. intelligence sources have been raising concerns about threats "emanating from the Arabian Peninsula." Britain and France are also concerned and have temporarily closed their embassies in Yemen. The U.S. list of closures is longer in part because the threats aren't specific enough, but the State Department is also far more cautious in the wake of last year attack in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others were killed.

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