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Obama pledges overhaul on surveillance

President Barack Obama pledged to overhaul US secret surveillance, promising greater oversight and transparency and insisting he had no interest in snooping on ordinary citizens.
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Thousands protest over Zimmerman acquittal

US Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday lamented the "tragic, unnecessary" shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin and called for a dialogue on issues raised by the killing. But Holder, speaking to an African American sorority, was silent on whether the Justice Department would pursue civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted late Saturday of Martin's killing.
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EU warns trade deal under threat over US bugging claims

A long-awaited trade deal between the European Union and the United States could be in jeopardy over allegations that Washington bugged EU offices, European Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding warned. It is the latest spying claim attributed to fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. Revelations in Monday's Guardian that the US also targeted the Washington embassies of France, Italy and Greece look set to further strain relations.
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Zimmerman Lawyer Don West’s Opening Knock Knock Joke Bombs Bigtime

This I gotta tell ya, it’s hard to be in show biz/law these days. In his opening line during today’s first day of the trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, Zimmmerman’s lawyer Don West told a knock knock joke that badly bombed. Don West, Zimmerman’s defense counsel, started with a tale about his own upbringing that drew an objection from the prosecution, which the presiding judge, Debra Nelson, sustained. Thus rerouted, West tried a novel opening approach. After telling the jury not to hold his own humor against his client, he offered them this:
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Ecuador says Snowden raises 'freedom of expression' issue

Ecuador's foreign minister on Monday said protection for fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was an issue of "freedom of expression" as his government analyses a request for asylum by the whistleblower. Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, is in Russia after arriving Sunday from Hong Kong, hoping to win asylum in Ecuador and evade arrest after leaking sensational details of secret US surveillance programmes of Internet and phone data.
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Trial begins in Trayvon Martin case

Opening arguments will be made Monday in the US trial of a neighborhood watchman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in an incident that sparked racially charged controversy. A jury of six women will decide the fate of George Zimmerman, 29, who is charged with second-degree murder for killing Trayvon Martin as the 17-year-old walked through a gated Florida community on February 26, 2012.
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China Angry At New Claims Of Spying as US Seeks Extradition

China on Sunday attacked the United States as an espionage "villain" after former spy Edward Snowden raised new allegations about the far-reaching extent of US cyber-snooping against Chinese targets. The official Xinhua news agency noted that Washington was now pressing Hong Kong to extradite the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor after he fetched up in the Chinese territory last month. But the US government first owes the world an explanation, it said, as a prominent Hong Kong lawmaker noted that the territory has the legal right to resist an extradition request made for political reasons. In the latest revelations published by Hong Kong's Sunday Morning Post, Snowden said the NSA was hacking Chinese mobile phone companies to gather data from millions of text messages.
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US leaker Edward Snowden finally charged with espionage

US authorities have filed espionage charges against rogue intelligence technician Edward Snowden and have asked Hong Kong to detain him, a US official told AFP. Confirming a report in the Washington Post, the official said a sealed criminal complaint has been lodged with a federal court in the US state of Virginia and a provisional arrest warrant has been issued. Snowden was charged with espionage, theft and "conversion of government property." A report on NBC News said he was accused of sharing classified documents with individuals who were not cleared to received them.
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Top News Headlines: Obama Calls for Nuke Reduction

More headlines: Afghan president 'angry' over Taliban-US talks; New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez's home searched; Heat beat Spurs.
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Britain said to have spied on G20 delegates in 2009

Documents leaked by US former spy Edward Snowden appear to show that Britain spied on foreign delegates at the 2009 London G20 meetings, a newspaper reported Monday. Among the officials targeted were delegates from NATO ally Turkey and from fellow Commonwealth state South Africa, said British newspaper The Guardian. Britain used "ground-breaking intelligence capabilities" to monitor communications between officials at the two meetings in April and September of 2009, the daily reported.
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Why Should I Roll Over My 401-K?

I have a 401-k at my previous job, what should I do with it, should I leave it where it is or should I roll it over to my new job or roll it over to an IRA?
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US leaker Snowden under criminal investigation

The United States has launched a criminal investigation and is taking "all necessary steps" to prosecute Edward Snowden for exposing secret US surveillance programs, the FBI director said. Robert Mueller, who is to step down soon after more than a decade leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation, defended the Internet and phone sweeps as vital tools that could have prevented the attacks of September 11, 2001.
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Brooklyn Nets Hire Jason Kidd As New Head Coach

The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as their coach Wednesday, bringing the former star back to the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success. Kidd retired earlier this month after one season with the New York Knicks, his 19th in the NBA. The Nets decided to hire him to replace P.J. Carlesimo despite his absence of coaching experience. ''Jason Kidd has a long and legendary history with the Nets and with the city of New York,'' Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. ''He has the fire in the belly we need, and has achieved as a player everything the Brooklyn Nets are striving to achieve. We believe he will lead us there. Welcome home, Jason.''
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Motivate Your Employees Using Quality Strategic Leadership Training

In today's fast changing business world, there is an almost daily influx of ideas, programs, and technology that corporate leaders and managers in the United States of America and other countries need to address if they are to stay competitive. There is also the risk of your highly trained professional employees who are always on the lookout for more lucrative jobs and avenues to further their career.
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What Are Separately Managed Accounts?

Separately managed accounts have emerged as an increasingly attractive investment solution for a broad range of investors. A privately managed account is made up of a single investor's assets managed in an individual portfolio. In addition to the potential tax benefits that come with individual ownership of securities, privately managed accounts also can provide the convenience of professional management, the ability to closely monitor portfolio progress and access to institutional quality management.
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Why Republicans Can’t Allow Gay Couples in Immigration Bill

American immigration policy, even at its most restrictive and nativist times, has always maintained the importance of keeping families together. Like the first laws regulating immigration at the turn of the 20th Century, the current immigration proposal still seeks to keep nuclear families together. The importance of keeping families together has not changed, but what has changed in the past 100 years is the definition of family.
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Mandela still in critical condition: Zuma

Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela remained in a critical condition in hospital on Monday, leaving millions in South Africa and across the world fearing the worst. "Former president Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital. The doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his well being and comfort," President Jacob Zuma said in an address televised globally. Mandela, the hero of black South Africans' battle for freedom during 27 years in apartheid jails, was rushed to hospital on June 8 with a recurrent lung infection.
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Did Kanye Propose to Kim After Baby North's Birth?

New reports by multiple British tabloids claim Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are making wedding plans just days after baby North's birth.
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Flight carrying NSA Leaker from Hong Kong lands in Russia

The flight of Russian flag carrier Aeroflot taking the former US spy wanted by Washington Edward Snowden to Moscow arrived early Sunday evening in the Russian capital, the airport said.
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Snowden extradition battle could 'take years'

Attempts to extradite ex-intelligence technician Edward Snowden, charged with espionage by US authorities, will result in a protracted legal battle in Hong Kong that could last years, experts said on Saturday. Hong Kong, a former British colony that retained a separate legal system when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997, has a long-standing extradition treaty with the US, but Beijing has the potential to veto any ruling. However Beijing has appeared to distance itself from any decision on the possible extradition of Snowden, who is in hiding in the southern Chinese city after blowing the lid on vast US surveillance programmes targetting phone calls and Internet traffic.
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Jarvis Britton Gets One Year In Prison For Threatening Obama's Life On Twitter

A judge has sentenced an Alabama man to federal prison for threatening President Barack Obama on Twitter, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. U.S. District Judge C. Lynwood Smith Jr. sentenced 26-year-old Jarvis Britton of Birmingham to one year in prison for threatening the life of Obama. He must serve three years on probation after finishing the prison term.
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EDWARD SNOWDEN PROMISES MORE LEAKS TO COME

Rogue US intelligence tech Edward Snowden issued a defiant rebuke to his critics in Washington on Monday and warned more leaks were on the way, declaring: "Truth is coming and it cannot be stopped." The 29-year-old former contractor for the National Security Agency dismissed allegations he was a traitor or a Chinese agent, and insisted he had exposed a dangerous US global surveillance network that threatens the privacy of millions.
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Superman reboot 'Man of Steel' soars over US box office

Superman blockbuster "Man of Steel" soared to the top of the North American box office this weekend, scoring a $113-million opening despite mixed reviews, provisional figures showed Sunday. The Zach Snyder-directed movie stars British actor Henry Cavill as the iconic superhero, with Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams playing Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane in a cast that also includes Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane.
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White House sees great 'bang for buck' from Obama in Africa

The White House on Friday insisted President Barack Obama's looming trip to Africa was overdue and would give great "bang for the buck," pushing back at concerns over the journey's cost. Ben Rhodes, a top foreign policy aide to Obama, admitted that the president, despite his Kenyan heritage, had focused far more on other regions, including Asia and Europe, than Africa, despite crucial US interests there. "For the United States to say we're a world leader except in this continent doesn't make any sense," said Rhodes, a deputy national security advisor.
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NSA to reveal number of prevented terror attacks as a result of phone surveillance

The National Security Agency on Monday will release the number of terror plots it says has been thwarted by its sweeping telephone data surveillance program, a top US lawmaker told reporters. Senator Dianne Feinstein made her remarks Thursday, after NSA chief General Keith Alexander told a hearing earlier this week that "dozens" of plots were scuppered thanks to the program, whose existence was leaked by a defence contractor.
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