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Obama signs bill reforming surveillance program

Wyden speaks with reporters as he arrives for the weekly Democratic Caucus policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday legislation passed by Congress earlier in the day reforming a government surveillance program that swept up millions of Americans' telephone records. Reversing security policy in place since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the bill ends a system exposed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. 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.


Cameron Diaz, Paula Abdul join arts education program
NEW YORK (AP) — Cameron Diaz, Paula Abdul and Macy Gray are joining a White House-sponsored initiative to help struggling schools through arts education.
Communal bathrooms are hothouses for toothbrush bacteria: study

Sharers of communal bathrooms would do best to store their toothbrushes elsewhere, according to a new study.Toothbrushes in communal bathrooms could be playing a game of catch with the bacteria fecal coliforms, spreading it far and wide in a short time, according to a new study. If the name "fecal coliforms" gives you the willies, the bacteria originates in the intestines, just as the name suggests. "The main concern is not with the presence of your own fecal matter on your toothbrush, but rather when a toothbrush is contaminated with fecal matter from someone else, which contains bacteria, viruses or parasites that are not part of your normal flora," says Lauren Aber, a graduate student at Quinnipiac University in the US.


Suspect charged with shooting policemen in Ferguson to appear in court

An image of Jeffrey Williams is shown onscreen of a kiosk at the St. Louis County Justice Center, in Clayton(Reuters) - A man accused of wounding two policemen during a protest rally in March outside the police headquarters in Ferguson, Missouri, will appear in court on Wednesday for an arraignment hearing, court records showed. Jeffrey Williams faces first-degree felony assault charges and gun violations after a police officer was shot in the face and another in the shoulder on March 12 as they monitored the protest in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, authorities have said. The shooting occurred at the end of the rally, which called for sweeping reforms in Ferguson, where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead in August 2014 by Darren Wilson, a white police officer.


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