By Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a bill reforming a government domestic spying program that swept up millions of Americans' telephone records, sending the bill to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law. Reversing U.S. security policy that had been in place since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the bill would end a system exposed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in 2013. The passage of the USA Freedom Act, the result of an alliance between Senate Democrats and some of the chamber's most conservative Republicans, was a victory for Obama, a Democrat, and a setback for Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
California Senate votes to let undocumented immigrants buy health insurance
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California Senate voted on Tuesday to allow unauthorized immigrants to buy health insurance on a state exchange created under the U.S. Affordable Care Act, a measure that would make the state the first to offer that kind of coverage. The Senate voted 28-11 in favor of the proposal, which still must be approved by the state Assembly and signed by the governor, said Jesse Melgar, a spokesman for the bill's author, Senator Ricardo Lara. If the bill becomes law, California would become the first U.S. state to let unauthorized immigrants access health insurance from its exchange, although a federal waiver would still be needed for that to happen.
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday awarded posthumous Medals of Honor to two soldiers from World War One, one an African American and the other a Jew, who arguably were denied the honor earlier because of discrimination. The medals, the United States' highest military honor for valor, went to Sergeant William Shemin of Bayonne, New Jersey, and Private Henry Johnson, of Albany, New York, 97 years after they saved comrades on French battlefields. "They both risked their own lives to save the lives of others," Obama said in the White House ceremony.
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