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Obama's proposed changes in NSA spy programs

President Barack Obama is calling for major changes in the way the U.S. intelligence community collects and stores information about people in the U.S. and abroad following disclosures that have sparked fury over sweeping government surveillance and stoked concerns about privacy. Some of the changes will take effect immediately. Others will require further study and may take action by Congress to be implemented. A look at some of the changes the president is proposing:

Obama fuels reform on some but not all NSA spying

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's orders to change some U.S. surveillance practices put the burden on Congress to deal with a national security controversy that has alarmed Americans and outraged foreign allies. Yet he avoided major action on the practice of sweeping up billions of phone, email and text messages from across the globe.

China, Japan slug it out in the world's press

WASHINGTON (AP) — China and Japan are engaged in a war of words that is lighting up editorial pages around the world as Beijing takes aim at a recent visit by Japan's leader to a controversial war shrine and Tokyo answers back.

W.Va. spill exposes a new risk to water from coal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chemical spill that contaminated water for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians was just the latest and most high-profile case of coal sullying the nation's waters.

The Week in Viral Videos

From Macklemore surprising a New York City public bus to a terrifying devil baby attack prank, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

Virginia Just Got Interesting

Beware, Mark Warner. Why Ed Gillespie, an architect of the Contract With America and longtime GOP strategist, will likely make a solid-blue Senate seat a nail-biter.

The Week’s Best Reads

From the sentence that launched America’s endless global war to the amazing world of underground marijuana smuggling, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

Rich Women Have Better Sex

Money may not buy you love, but it can buy you good sex. And not in the way you think.

Best Places to Party in the World

Vacation is the time to kick back, relax…and have one hell of a party. A new book rounds up the best places to experience a new culture by getting down with the locals.

16 and Abstinent?

A new study suggest MTV’s 16 and Pregnant has reduced teen pregnancy. But it misunderstands how culture works.

New York’s Naughtiest Show

The play Intimacy has jiggling genitalia, graphic sex, and fluids flying everywhere. But its author, director, and stars say there’s seriousness lurking between the sheets

What Manning, Brady Don’t Control

Individual accomplishments are great, but the hype around the quarterback matchup of the year misses the most important element of their success.

Tibet’s Ticking Time Bomb

As the West quietly turns away from Tibet for closer ties with China, young Tibetans are exchanging the Dalai Lama’s gospel of non-violence for more desperate measures.

Emojis Are Coming for Your Freedom

Defenders of internet English may think they’re standing up against oppressive, elitist style police. But the rush to replace words with images may be preparing us for servitude.

The Last Pollock

For 50 years, scholars have been fighting over ‘Red, Black, and Silver.’ But new forensic evidence may solve this debate for good…and show the art world where Pollock’s art was going.

GIRLS Goes to Grad School

There’s no degree in Dunham Studies just yet, but academics are reveling in critical studies of the HBO show.

Sick of Being Sick

The aches, the chills, the injustice of someone giving you—YOU!—this horrible bug that’s put you at death’s door. Here, the five stages of (hopefully) surviving the flu.

Horse slaughter blocked by federal law

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The resumption of the commercial slaughtering of horses was blocked Friday as President Barack Obama signed a budget measure that withholds money for required federal inspections of the slaughtering process.

Federal judge sent hundreds of bigoted emails

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana judge who was being investigated for forwarding a racist email involving President Barack Obama sent hundreds of other inappropriate messages from his federal email account, according to the findings of a judicial review panel released Friday.