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Japan's State Secrets Law: Hailed By U.S., Denounced By Japanese

Japan's tough new law protecting state secrets was a victory for Washington, which had long pressured its Asian ally to exert tighter control over classified information. But the controversial law has triggered widespread outrage in Japan and undermined the popularity of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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'Times' Report Finds No al-Qaida Involvement In Benghazi Attack

In a 7,000-word investigative report published by The New York Times on Sunday, David Kirkpatrick revisits last year's assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Kirkpatrick finds that — contrary to much commentary from mostly Republican members of Congress — al-Qaida was not involved. He joins Robert Siegel to talk about his reporting and the backlash against his conclusions.
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Report Details NSA's Alleged High-Tech Tricks For Snaring Data

The NSA's Tailored Access Operations division uses everything from modified USB plugs to fake cell towers to access targets' data, according to German magazine Der Spiegel. The agency's elite TAO unit focuses on producing high-quality and hard-to-gain intelligence, Der Spiegel reports.
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No Al-Qaida Link In Benghazi Attack, 'New York Times' Reports

The attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in the Libyan city on Sept. 11, 2012, killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The newspaper says the attack was led by local fighters and was fueled in large part by anger at a video denigrating Islam.
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Four U.S. Military Personnel Held By Libyan Government Released

The Americans were detained by the Libyan government outside Tripoli and are being held in custody.
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U.S. Judge Says NSA Phone Data Program Is Legal, Valuable

A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the National Security Agency's huge telephone data collection program is legal. In a written opinion, U.S. District Judge William Pauley said the program is a valuable tool to combat terrorism specifically because the records collection is so broad.
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Judge Rules That NSA Collection Of Phone Data Is Lawful

Rejecting a challenge by the ACLU to the program, U.S. District Judge William Pauley said Friday that the collection of data represented "a government counter-punch" against al-Qaida. The ruling comes less than two weeks after another judge said the program violated the Constitution.
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Okinawa Governor OKs Plan To Relocate U.S. Base

The project would involve land reclamation for a new base that would consolidate the U.S. presence on the Japanese island. Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima's decision Friday is a reversal of his pledge to move the controversial base out of Okinawa. His decision has been criticized.
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Strategist Kilcullen: Warfare Is Changing In 3 Ways

In these last days of the year, Morning Edition is having conversations that look ahead. Co-host Steve Inskeep talks to David Kilcullen, who spent 22 years in the Australian amy and advised U.S. Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq, about how warfare is different than it used to be.
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Marines: Most Female Recruits Don't Meet New Pullup Standard

Women are supposed to do three pullups, part of the new physical test intended to determine whether women are ready for ground combat. The pullup test has been put on hold because most female recruits have been unable to meet the standard.

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