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Web Companies give first look at secret government data requests

(Reuters) – FacebookMicrosoft, Yahoo and Google on Monday began publishing details about the number of secret government requests for data they receive, hoping to show limited involvement in controversial surveillance efforts.

Without Keystone, oil trains may cause six deaths per year: U.S. State Department report

(Reuters) – Replacing the Keystone XL pipeline with oil-laden freight trains from Canada may result in an average of six additional rail-related deaths per year, according to a U.S. State Department report that is adding to pressure for President Barack Obama to approve the line.

Snowstorm sweeps across Northeast, trapping Super Bowl fans

(Reuters) – A fast-moving winter storm swept into the Northeast on Monday, yet again forcing flight cancellations, slowing traffic and proving weather-forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil right.

Native American groups request federal inquiry into adoption services

Four national Native American organizations on Monday asked the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the treatment of American Indian and Alaska Native children in the private adoption and public child welfare systems, saying civil rights violations there are rampant.

Amanda Knox case judge lambasted by Raffaele Sollecito’s lawyers for remarks

The judge who reinstated Amanda Knox‘s conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher has been criticised by her co-accused’s defence lawyers after he commented publicly on the case in a way they claimed was “unacceptable” and could lead to disciplinary action.

Study: US abortion rate drops to lowest point in decades

The US abortion rate hit its lowest point in decades in 2011, according to a report released on Monday.

Treasury secretary Jack Lew demands action on debt ceiling ‘very soon’

The treasury secretary, Jack Lew, said on Monday the US government’s borrowing limit should be extended as a matter of urgency, warning that the country will be unable to meet its debt obligations “at some point very soon”, possibly by the end of the month.

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