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White House spy panel: ‘Replace duplicate panel’

White House spy panel: ‘Replace duplicate panel’

For months, two review panels given nearly identical assignments by President Barack Obama have been studying how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. They have functioned separately — with different experts and private and public hearings — but with almost the same mandate. So it was at least […]

NSA debate shifts in favor of limits on spying

NSA debate shifts in favor of limits on spying

In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in the National Security Agency’s expansive spying powers at home and abroad. It’s happened suddenly, over a span of just three days. First, a federal judge ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone […]

New options for those with canceled health insurance

New options for those with canceled health insurance

People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she will use authorities in the law to issue a “temporary hardship exemption” […]

Judge rules NSA spying on Americans ‘likely unconstitutional’

Judge rules NSA spying on Americans ‘likely unconstitutional’

A federal judge made headlines Monday by declaring that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records is likely unconstitutional. But even he realized his won’t be the last word on the issue. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon put his decision to grant an injunction against the NSA on ice, […]

Snowden debacle forces winds of change at NSA

Snowden debacle forces winds of change at NSA

The U.S. National Security Agency has made dozens of changes in its operations and computer networks to prevent the emergence of another Edward Snowden, including potential disciplinary action, a top NSA official said on Friday, as a White House review panel recommended restraints on NSA spying. Former NSA contractor Snowden’s disclosures have been “cataclysmic” for […]

Feds shut down 52 ‘unsafe’ bus companies

Feds shut down 52 ‘unsafe’ bus companies

Federal bus safety regulators have shut down 52 companies in what they describe as a major nationwide crackdown on unsafe outfits, including lines whose drivers had suspended licenses or worked routes of more than 800 miles without rest. The companies aren’t just low-cost, fly-by-night carriers — some have transported school bands, Boy Scouts or senior […]

Pay gains for young women but inequality remains

Pay gains for young women but inequality remains

About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government. Those women remain as pessimistic as their mothers and grandmothers regarding gender equality […]