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  • FISA Court Appears To Be Rubber Stamp For Government Requests
    The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has been under fire since one of its classified orders was leaked by a former National Security Agency analyst. Detractors have focused on the fact that nearly all the warrant applications brought before its judges have been approved.
  • Are American Attitudes Toward Privacy Changing?
    The ongoing national debate over surveillance prompts us to take a closer look at the way Americans think about their privacy. Several scientific studies show that what Americans say they want in terms of privacy does not match the way they behave.
  • Once Home To A Dreaded Drug Lord, Medellin Remakes Itself
    The Colombian city was the world's murder capital in the 1990s, but it managed to turn its fortunes around. Homicides were cut by 80 percent and made big gains on a number of fronts. But the city still faces many challenges in a region plagued by violence.
  • Stormy Weather Makes For Soggy U.S. Open
    The U.S. Open golf tournament gets underway Thursday near Philadelphia. Several inches of rain have soaked the course since last Friday. To preview the tournament, Linda Wertheimer talks to Christine Brennnan, a sports columnist for USA Today.
  • NSA Head Tells Senate His Agency Didn't Do Anything Wrong
    NSA Director Keith Alexander told a Senate panel that his agency's program did indeed protect American's privacy while gathering data on terrorist activity. Alexander told lawmakers he wants to declassify more details to reassure everyone the programs are legal and effective.
  • How To Invest In Real Estate Without Being A Landlord
    One of the simplest ways to invest in real estate is through a real estate investment trust. REITs generate income for investors by leasing commercial properties. As part of his quest to put $5,000 to work, NPR's Uri Berliner learns that what counts as real estate in a REIT keeps expanding.
  • Nikkei Plunge Causes Jitters In Global Markets
    Just three weeks ago, Japanese stocks were at a multi-year high — raising hopes for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to revitalize the world's third-largest economy. Since then, the market has dropped more than 20 percent.
  • Gamers Converge On LA For Electronic Entertainment Expo
    The biggest players in the video gaming industry are attending E3. Gamers have been anticipating the unveiling of new products from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and other companies.
  • Strike By French Air Traffic Controllers Ends
    French air traffic controllers are back in their towers. They had been on strike for two days — forcing the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights. But the issues at stake remain unresolved and affect the entire continent. They center on plans to reorganize and streamline the control of European airspace.
  • Louvre Gives 'Mona Lisa' A Lighting Makeover
    The museum in Paris has unveiled new, sophisticated LED lighting for the painting. They want to bring out her colors — the way Leonardo da Vinci might have seen them.

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