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U.S. Will Close Some Embassies Sunday Over Security Concerns

The State Department said it made the decision "'out of an abundance of caution." It has not yet released a list of which embassies will be closed.
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Kerry Says U.S. Plans To Stop Drone Strikes In Pakistan

Secretary of State John Kerry said the White House hopes to end the program "very, very soon" because the U.S. has "eliminated most of the threat."
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Are Bad Background Checks Costing Jobs?

The number of jobs requiring FBI background checks skyrocketed after 9-11. But a new report says these records aren't always accurate - and could cost innocent Americans their jobs. Host Michel Martin speaks with the report's co-author, Madeline Neighly of the National Employment Law Project.
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Snowden Leaves Moscow Airport

Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum by Russia and has left the transit zone at Moscow's airport where he has been holed up for more than a month. Morning Edition host Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Corey Flintoff in Moscow and Pentagon correspondent Larry Abramson.
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When Fleeing Zombies (Or Flu), Cooperation Saves Lives

Acting altruistically rather than selfishly is what makes quarantines successful in stopping disease outbreaks. But an analysis by scientists at MIT finds that commuting patterns also could play a big role in how infectious diseases spread.
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U.S. 'Extremely Disappointed' At Russia's Asylum For Snowden

After Russia granted NSA leaker Edward Snowden a one-year asylum, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the move "undermines a long history of cooperation." Snowden arrived at Moscow's airport from Hong Kong more than a month ago.
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Bradley Manning Had Long Been Plagued By Mental Health Issues

Sentencing began Wednesday in the trial of Army Pvt. Bradley Manning. Journalist Steve Fishman wrote an in-depth profile of Manning for New York Magazine. He speaks to Melissa Block about the famed Wikileaker who faces years in prison.
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NSA Director Speaks At Hacker Conference With Mixed Reviews

Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency, spoke Wednesday at Black Hat, a hackers conference in Las Vegas.
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White House Declassifies Documents To Justify NSA Program

The Obama administration declassified a series of documents in an effort to justify data collection efforts by the National Security Agency on Wednesday. The move may be an effort to get ahead of efforts in Congress to limit the government's ability to gather information about telephone and Internet communications. Also on Wednesday, The Guardian newspaper leaked more information from former contractor Edward Snowden, showing how vast the U.S. governments abilities are.
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U.S. Declassifies Documents About Surveillance Programs

The most significant document details the safeguards the government must adhere to when sifting through data.

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