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US embassy closures used to bolster case for NSA surveillance programs

US embassies in the Middle East are to remain closed for the rest of the week as supporters of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance powers used the unspecified terror alert to bolster the case against reining in the controversial measures.

Secret US drug agency unit passing surveillance information to authorities

A secretive US Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.

Tor ‘deep web’ servers go offline as Irish man is held over child abuse images

Freedom Hosting, linked by the FBI to child abuse images, has gone offline, as the FBI sought the extradition of a 28-year-old suspect from Ireland.

Fort Hood shooting suspect will cross-examine survivors of attack

The long-delayed murder trial of Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal Malik Hasan will open Tuesday, with the defendant expected to cross-examine survivors of the deadly attack as he attempts to argue the attack was justified to prevent further loss of life in Afghanistan.

US energy regulator threatens BP with $28m fine over irregular gas trades

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is threatening energy giant BP with a $28m fine over alleged irregular trades in natural gas, just a week after it reached a $410m settlement with JP Morgan.

US military helicopter crew survives crash in Okinawa

US military helicopter crashed Monday at an American base on the southern island of Okinawa, and all four crew members are believed to have survived, Japanese and US officials said.

Climate change pushing marine life towards the poles, says study

Rising ocean temperatures are rearranging the biological make-up of our oceans, pushing species towards the poles by 7kms every year, as they chase the climates they can survive in, according to new research.

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