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Colo. Man Files First Challenge To Surveillance Law

Wed, 2014-01-29 14:58

The suit is the first direct challenge to the FISA Amendments Act, the statute the government relies on to collect international communications in bulk.

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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Wed, 2014-01-29 14:08

Two Norwegian politicians say Edward Snowden has "contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order" by exposing U.S. surveillance practices. The Nobel Peace Prize nominations will be pared down to a short list in March and May.

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Need A Retirement Starter Kit? This Might Help

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:56

Workers can't lose money in myRAs, the savings accounts President Obama unveiled in his State of the Union speech. The government would protect the principal and help savings grow a bit faster than inflation.

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A Medal Of Valor, 30 Years In Coming

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:30

Three decades after U.S. troops helped protect a Soviet defector during a firefight with North Korean troops, Mark Deville finally received his Silver Star. His comrades were awarded their medals years ago.

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A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:27

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict includes a shadow war in which Israel turns to Palestinian informants to gather intelligence. Palestinian Abed Hamed el-Rajoub was imprisoned for fighting against Israel, but while in jail, he secretly gathered information from fellow Palestinian prisoners.

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Adult Obesity May Have Origins Way Back In Kindergarten

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:00

Overweight kindergartners are much more likely to be obese by eighth grade compared to their normal-weight peers, a study finds. The solution may be for women to avoid gaining too much weight during pregnancy, researchers say, as well as helping kids get exercise and eat healthy foods.

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Meet The myRA — Obama's New Retirement Plan

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:00

On Wednesday, President Obama directed the Treasury Department to create a new retirement plan called "myRA." The decision, a circumvention of Congress, follows through on one of the promises made by the president in his State of the Union. As Yuki Noguchi reports, the success of the plan may depend on its ability to move beyond the limitations of existing retirement plans.

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Welcome To Homs, A Syrian City Under Siege

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:00

Among the many issues in contention at the Syrian peace talks is the possibility of humanitarian relief for cities and villages under siege. No place is in greater need of assistance than the city of Homs in western Syria. One of the first regions to rise up against President Bashar al-Assad, Homs is now the site of an ongoing humanitarian aid crisis. Approximately two to three thousand people find themselves trapped in a disputed district and in increasingly desperate circumstances.

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Atlanta Officials May Have To Dodge Some Snowballs

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:00

Snow and ice continue to plague parts of the Deep South, including Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala. As Rose Scott reports from Atlanta, city and state officials were surprised by the strength of the storm, and many people found themselves stuck on interstates highways.

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A Fond Farewell To Fed Chairman Ben

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:00

Federal Reserve policymakers are wrapping up a two-day meeting as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke prepares to step down later this week. Investors expect the Fed to stick with its plan to "taper" bond purchases and keep short-term interest rates where they are.

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The State Of The Union Goes On Tour

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:00

A day after delivering his State of the Union, President Obama is beginning a four-city road trip. He plans to use the trip to push the priorities he emphasized during his address, with a focus on a raise to the federal minimum wage.

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Oil Rush A Cash Cow For Some Farmers, But Tensions Crop Up

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:00

North Dakota's oil sector is booming, but agriculture remains the state's largest industry. And while many farmers and ranchers are profiting from the oil beneath the prairie, others complain that drilling is interfering with their business — and changing rural life as they know it.

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Weather Experts: It's 'Wrong' To Call Atlanta Storm Unexpected

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:48

Meteorologists are used to people faulting their weather predictions. But when Georgia's Gov. Nathan Deal called Tuesday's crippling winter storm "unexpected," he drew responses from several forecasters. One answer came from the head of the American Meteorological Society, who lives in the state.

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Neanderthal Genes Live On In Our Hair And Skin

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:44

Scientists know that a small percentage of humans' genes came from Neanderthals. But they were surprised to find that one-fifth of Neanderthal genes are in modern humans living today. That includes genes associated with diseases including Type 2 diabetes, Crohn's disease and lupus.

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Neanderthal Genes Live On In Our Hair And Skin

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:44

Scientists know that a small percentage of humans' genes came from Neanderthals. But they were surprised to find that one fifth of Neanderthal genes are in modern humans living today. That includes genes associated with diseases including Type 2 diabetes, Crohn's disease and lupus.

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Scientist To W.Va. Lawmakers: 'I'm Not Drinking The Water'

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:29

An environmental scientist from Marshall University said water samples taken from a downtown Charleston restaurant had traces of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. "It's frightening, it really is frightening," he said.

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On A Roman Street, Graffiti Celebrates 'SuperPope'

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:21

What can't Pope Francis do? First he's Time's "Person of the Year," then he's a Rolling Stone cover story. Now, graffiti art in Rome is depicting the pontiff as a comic-book caped crusader. Even the Vatican approves.

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A Boarding Pass Design That's So Much Better Than What We Have

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:16

You're in a hurry and just want to make your connection. Unfortunately, your boarding pass doesn't make it easy to quickly see the information you need. A British designer has an answer.

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A Milk Mystery: Did Gloomy Weather Make Us Love The Stuff?

Wed, 2014-01-29 11:14

The latest twist in this evolutionary whodunnit has us questioning whether the lack of vitamin D from the sun played any role in our complicated, sometimes dangerous, love affair with milk. New DNA analysis of ancient farmers from sunny Spain suggests that this theory may have gone sour.

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Fed Will Continue To Taper Its Stimulus Program

Wed, 2014-01-29 11:12

The Federal Reserve said the economy continues to improve, so it is slowing its purchase of bonds by $10 billion a month.

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