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Obama to propose ending NSA bulk data collection

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CNN: The proposed legislation would end part of the National Security Agency's bulk phone records data collection program.

 

Air pollution linked to 7M deaths globally

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BBC: The World Health Organization estimates that seven million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012.

 

U.S. to allow some people to enroll in Obamacare after deadline

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Reuters: People who were prevented from enrolling in the federal health insurance marketplace due to technical glitches will be allowed to sign up after March 31.

 

Missing Malaysia flight 'crashed into ocean'

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Monday, March 24, 2014

BBC: Malaysia's prime minister announced that missing flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

 

Mt. Gox finds 200,000 missing Bitcoins

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Bloomberg: The Tokyo-based digital currency exchange located 200,000 of the 850,000 Bitcoins it said had gone missing.

 

Chewing gum sales declining

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Friday, March 21, 2014

CBS: U.S. gum sales have plunged 11% over the last four years.

 

Most Americans believe in medical conspiracies

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Reuters: A survey revealed that approximately half of Americans believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory.

 

Twitter celebrates eight years

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

USA Today: To commemorate the social networking site's eighth birthday, it launched a website called first-tweets.com.

 

Study: lost sleep leads to lost brain cells

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BBC: Research suggests that sleep loss may cause a permanent loss of brain cells.

 

Sony announces virtual-reality headset

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CNET: Sony unveiled Project Morpheus, a virtual-reality Playstation 4 headset.

 

Vladimir Putin signs Russia-Crimea treaty

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BBC: The Russian president and the leaders of Crimea have signed a bill to absorb the peninsula into Russia.

 

Study: foods rich in fish oils may not benefit heart

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bloomberg: Researchers found that foods high in omega-3 do not reduce the risk of heart disease.

 

Obama issues new sanctions against Russia

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Monday, March 17, 2014

New York Times: President Obama has imposed sanctions on key individuals deemed responsible for the current crisis in Ukraine.

 
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