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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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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.
  • 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.
  • Pope's Visit: A Bumpy Test Run For Rio's World Cup, Olympics
    The visit by Pope Francis was marred by security lapses, traffic chaos and other logistical snafus. The event, World Youth Day, was seen as a test for Rio, which hosts the World Cup next year and the summer Olympics in 2016.
  • Former Chicago Mayor Lends A Hand To Ailing Gary, Ind.
    After more than 20 years as Chicago's Mayor, Richard Daley is working with the new Mayor of Gary, Ind., to try to revitalize that rust belt city. Daley is a senior fellow at the University of Chicago and his students are also helping in the transformation effort.
  • Man Forgotten In Windowless Cell Awarded $4 Million
    A young man whom the Drug Enforcement Administration left in a windowless holding cell without water or food for several days settled a lawsuit against the Justice Department on Tuesday for more than $4 million. Audie Cornish spoke to the man, whose name is Daniel Chong, in May 2012.
  • Better GDP Report Doesn't Mean Economy Is In Good Shape
    The economy grew at an annual rate of 1.7 percent in the second quarter. That's better than most analysts expected, but far below the historical average. Federal Reserve policymakers meeting in Washington decided to leave interest rates alone and kept plans to begin phasing out a stimulus program later this year if the economy holds up well.
  • Canadian Regulators Investigate Mysterious Tar Sands Spills
    Oil developers in the Canadian Tar Sands are trying to understand some odd oil eruptions around several drilling platforms where oil is coming up through the ground rather than through the wells they drilled. The latest of these events tarred about 50 acres of forest.
  • For The Love Of Beer: How Empty Cans Made A House A Home
    John Milkovisch's ambitions started out simple: build a place to enjoy a cold one. Throughout the 1960s and '70s, Milkovisch amassed thousands of empty beer cans, which he eventually put to use on his house in Houston.
  • Book Review: 'The Darwin Elevator'
    Alan Cheuse could not put down a new sci-fi thriller by former gamer Jason Hough. Cheuse reviews the book, The Darwin Elevator.
  • Lady In Black: 'Burka Avenger' Fights For Pakistan's Girls
    Burka Avenger is a new Pakistani kids' show about a mild-mannered teacher who moonlights as a burqa-clad superhero. The show aims to empower and educate children, especially young girls — but has drawn criticism from feminists for its use of the burqa.

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