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NY Judge Rules NSA Phone Surveillance is Legal

Posted: 12/27/2013 - A federal judge on Friday found that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is legal and a valuable part of the nation's arsenal to counter the threat of terrorism and "only works because it collects everything."

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Police File to be Released on Newtown Shooting

Updated: 12/27/2013 - The planned release of thousands of pages of state police documents from the investigation into last year's Newtown school massacre could shed light on the world of the 20-year-old gunman.

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Lebanon Bombing Kills 5, Including Ex-Minister

Posted: 12/27/2013 - The state news agency says a bombing in central Beirut has killed five people, including a senior aide to former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

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NY Honor guards at 11K-plus Vets' Funerals in '13

Posted: 12/27/2013 - Members of the New York National Guard's honor guards are expected to have provided military funeral services to more than 11,500 veterans by the end of the year.

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Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Deal, Defense Bill

Posted: 12/26/2013 - Rounding out a tough and frustrating year, President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, as the president and Congress began pivoting to the midterm election year ahead.

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UPDATE: Snow Slows Maine Power Work; Mich. Effort Ongoing

Posted: 12/26/2013 - Snow has begun falling in places still hustling to get power back on after a weekend ice storm that turned out the lights for hundreds of thousands of people from Michigan to Maine and into Canada.

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In Christmas Tradition, President Obama Honors US Military

Updated: 12/26/2013 - President Barack Obama stepped away from the seclusion of his quiet Hawaii vacation for what's become a Christmas tradition: paying tribute to U.S. troops and the sacrifices their families make during the holidays and throughout the year.

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Obama: Honor Christmas by Helping Those in Need

Posted: 12/25/2013 - President Barack Obama spent a quiet Christmas morning singing carols and opening present with his wife and daughters as the first family offered their gratitude to military members serving in the U.S. and abroad during the holiday season.

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Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Boost Foreign Adoptions

Posted: 12/25/2013 - Amid partisan conflict in Congress, dozens of lawmakers from both parties - including staunch liberals and conservatives - have united behind a bill that supporters say addresses a heart-rending issue beyond politics: the millions of foreign children languishing in orphanages or otherwise at risk because they have no immediate family.

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Last-Minute Insurance Shoppers Given Grace Period

Posted: 12/23/2013 - Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance under the new health care law has effectively been extended through Tuesday in case of heavy demand on the government website.

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Rain, Ice Tapers, Cold Temps Stay for Parts of US

Posted: 12/23/2013 - A steady diet of freezing rain and cold temperatures means parts of the country socked by a weekend storm will be covered with ice through Christmas and beyond.

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US Gas Prices Down 2 Cents per Gallon

Posted: 12/22/2013 - The average U.S. price of gasoline has dipped 2 cents a gallon in the past two weeks after a month of increases.

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4 Charged with Murder in Deadly NJ Mall Carjacking

Updated: 12/23/2013 - Four men are in custody after being arrested on charges of murder, conspiracy and other counts in the carjacking death of a man shot in front of his wife outside an upscale mall in northern New Jersey last weekend.

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Pope Francis Visits Rome Children's Hospital

Posted: 12/21/2013 - Young patients at Rome's main children's hospital have presented Pope Francis with a basket full of notes expressing their wishes, most of all to get well.

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US Releases More Documents on Surveillance Origins

Posted: 12/21/2013 - The director of national intelligence is declassifying more documents that show how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists.

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