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NSA waits until Christmas Eve to reveal a decade's worth of its mistakes

The National Security Agency went all out on a Christmas gift this year: a decade's worth of declassified documents on the unauthorized surveillance …

The year in reviews: a look back at the worst gadgets of 2014

We've reviewed a lot of great products this year, and we can only hope that our observations helped you pick the device that best suits your needs. However, not every gadget we look at is going to be a winner. We've seen our fair share of disappointments and mediocrity -- as well as a few you …

Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about …

SpaceX’s lawsuit against the Air Force is gaining steam

A federal judge has ordered a review of a U.S. Air Force contract to put dozens of military satellites into orbit. The contract, which was awarded to longtime federal partner United Launch Alliance, is being contested by SpaceX over claims that the bidding process was non-competitive.<p>In a filing …

What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends.

Philby was one of the 20th century's most legendary spies. NPR's Arun Rath talks with author Ben Macintyre about his new book, <i>A Spy Among Friends</i>, and the boozy secret to Philby's success.<p>Transcript<p>ARUN RATH, HOST:<p>If I say greatest spy ever, you probably imagine a James Bond or a Jason Borne type …

Green gold: Colo. underestimated pot demand

A study on the Colorado marijuana market is providing economists and business professionals an inside look at the pot industry for the first time. Regulators in the Centennial State have released the brief for the Colorado Department of Revenue, which reveals a number of interesting items, …

Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero

I didn't know, watching Isaac Hayes push James Garner around on <i>The Rockford Files</i>, that I was seeing a special character continue an important television legacy.<p>All I knew, as a devoted fan of Garner's put-upon private eye, was that Jim Rockford seemed like a kind of hero you never saw anywhere …

Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us'

In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday.<p>Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: A storm rolled …

At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight

The Ministry of Silly Walks is one of Monty Python's most famous sketches. John Cleese's serious civil servant with ludicrous locomotion first appeared in 1970, on the troupe's television show <i>Monty Python's Flying Circus.</i> Today, long after the Pythons broke up, it remains enduringly popular on …