Jessica Mayer

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Obama Announces Changes To NSA's Phone Metadata Collection, Defends NSA Activity As Legal

Half a year after Edward Snowden first leaked details about the U.S.' surveillance programs, President Obama announces his plans for change.<p>The NSA's gathering of Americans' phone call metadata is going to see a few changes. President Barack Obama promised several reforms to U.S. …

Surveillance

The XX factor: Women to watch in '14

Women are front-and-center in some of the biggest races of 2014, and some of them bring serious star power to their contests.<p>Both Democratic and Republican party insiders are enthusiastic about several top-flight female recruits. Still, it’s too soon to say if the midterm results will match the …

10 striking images of graffiti in Kandahar

On cement blockades throughout Kandahar, members of the military defy orders to make art<p>When America’s coalition invaded Afghanistan in 2001, they stormed Taliban strongholds such as Kandahar, obliterating the presence of local warlords and scattering anti-American sentiment across the region. …

Sperling makes case for benefits extension

The Obama administration's top economic adviser continued to make the case on Sunday for extending emergency unemployment benefits a day before the Senate is expected to vote on advancing the extension.<p>Gene Sperling, director of the White House National Economic Council, reiterated President Barack …

No Relief Forecast After One Of California's Driest Years Ever

<b>Listen · 3:11</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>It's a near-perfect morning on Venice Beach in Southern California, temperatures in the 60s, with a breeze. You can hear the waves of the Pacific crash against the sand. Only a layer of clouds mars the scene.<p>Scott and Sue Nolan, visiting from …

Obama's deception on health care 'hurting the economy,' Romney says

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Sunday that President Obama’s deception in telling Americans that they could keep their existing health plans under ObamaCare goes beyond hurting families -- “It’s hurting the economy.”<p>In a wide-ranging interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Romney …

Napolitano: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden should not be given clemency

• Issue dominates Sunday talk shows after Times editorial<p>• Paul: Snowden 'would come home for a few years in prison'<p>The former secretary of homeland security Janet Napolitano on Sunday added her voice to opposition to clemency or a plea deal being offered to Edward Snowden, the former National …

Israel's Sharon Fights For Life, But Doctors 'Pessimistic'

The outlook for Ariel Sharon's survival is "pessimistic," but the former Israeli prime minister is "fighting like a lion."<p>That's according to Dr. Zeev Rotstein, the head of the Chaim Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv where Sharon is being treated.<p>At a news conference this weekend, Rotstein said …

Greenland explores Arctic mineral riches amid fears for pristine region

London Mining's £1.5bn iron ore mine and new oil drilling licences for BP and Shell spark concern for environment<p>London Mining, a British mineral company, is trying to attract Chinese and other international investors to build a £1.5bn iron ore mine just outside the Arctic Circle in Greenland.<p>The …

Drug trade could splinter Afghanistan into fragmented criminal state – UN

Afghanistan's booming narcotics trade risks splintering the country into a "fragmented, criminal state" if the government and its western allies do not step up efforts to tackle opium production and the illicit economy it supports, a senior UN official warned.<p>Opium farming in Afghanistan, the …

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Kerry vows to help Iraq fight militants, says U.S. won't send troops

WASHINGTON— Secretary of StateJohn F. Kerrypledged Sunday to "do everything that is possible" to help Iraqi government forces in an escalating battle againstAl Qaeda-linked insurgents in the western province of Anbar, but he said the Obama administration will not send American troops back to …

Middle East

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Intelligence chief declassifies FISA court approval for collection of phone data

The top U.S. spy opened the door a sliver Friday on the mass collection of telephone records, acknowledging that national intelligence agencies had sought and been granted permission to vacuum up Americans' calling data for three more months.<p>In a statement released quietly on Friday (.pdf), the …

Campaigners attack proposals to allow destruction of ancient woodlands

Green campaigners have urged the government not to "gamble" with England's natural heritage after the environment secretary defended plans to allow developers to destroy ancient woodland.<p>Owen Paterson sparked anger after defending the "biodiversity offsetting" scheme that he plans to introduce …

For Egypt's government, being funny is no laughing matter

There's funny as in "ha-ha" and then there's funny as in: "Are you kidding me?" It's the latter that's at play in Egypt at the moment.<p>In the last week alone, two incidents have made Egyptians and non-Egyptians shake their heads. The first involved a fake news story placed in a new Egyptian …

Australians protest at plans to kill sharks in Perth

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Australia

22 States Curb Access To Abortion In 2013

The year 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.<p>It also marked another year of success for those who would restrict or even outlaw the procedure.<p>While much national attention was focused on efforts to restrict abortion in …

Syria rebels demand al-Qaeda group surrender

Rebels fighting in Syria have given rivals from an al-Qaeda affiliate 24 hours to surrender, according to activists in the country.<p>Saturday's ultimatum comes amid days of deadly infighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other opponents of Syrian President Bashar …

Cubans shocked at prices as foreign cars go on sale

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Al-Qaeda-linked Isis under attack in northern Syria

<b>A powerful al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria has issued an ultimatum to other rebel factions that have been fighting it.</b><p>The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) threatened to leave the city of Aleppo to government forces unless its rivals stop their attacks against it within 24 hours.<p>Isis has …

Middle East

NSA statement does not deny 'spying' on members of Congress

The National Security Agency on Saturday released a statement in answer to questions from a senator about whether it “has spied, or is … currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials”, in which it did not deny collecting communications from legislators of the US …

McCain, Graham blast Obama for Al Qaeda-related takeover of Fallujah, call situation 'predictable'

Republican senators on Saturday blamed the Obama administration for Al Qaeda affiliates over-running parts of Iraq, including the city of Fallujah, which the United States secured before President Obama removed all U.S. forces from that country in 2011.<p>Sen. John McCain, Arizona, and Lindsey Graham, …