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ACLU sues for details of U.S. surveillance under executive order

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to force the U.S. government to disclose details of its foreign electronic surveillance program and what protections it provides to Americans whose communications are swept up. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, came three days after the ACLU lost a bid to block a separate program that collects the phone calls of millions of Americans. The latest lawsuit seeks information related to the use of Executive Order 12333, which was signed in 1981 and governs surveillance of foreign targets. Under the order, the National Security Administration is collecting "vast quantities" of data globally under the order's authority, "inevitably" including communications of U.S. citizens, the lawsuit said.

Lung cancer scans urged for some smokers, not all

WASHINGTON (AP) — Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation's top cancer killer, government advisers said Monday — even as they stressed that the tests aren't for everyone.

Texas Republicans lose 3 major donors in 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The deaths this year of three major Texas Republican donors, including a billionaire who died over the weekend, could signal a generational change for party kingmakers in the nation's largest GOP stronghold.

Kerry to offer outline of Mideast peace deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will propose a framework for a final-status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians when he travels to the region this week.

Even Obama dogs jump through hoops to enter Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — It doesn't matter that they belong to President Barack Obama — first family dogs Bo and Sunny had to go through Hawaii's strict quarantine procedures to travel to the islands for their holiday vacation.

New York Mayor-elect de Blasio names former teacher to lead schools

New York City's Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio on Monday named Carmen Farina, a longtime teacher and administrator, as the next chancellor of the nation's largest public school system. Farina, 70, will oversee teachers, implement policy and be in charge of curriculum for 1.2 million students in New York City. "Carmen has worked at nearly every level of this school system. De Blasio, a Democrat who has pledged to confront economic inequality, described Farina as a brilliant innovator and said he hopes to make a "powerful statement" to teachers by naming someone who rose from their ranks to the position of chancellor.

Bobbleheads honor Supreme Court justices

They are some of the rarest bobblehead dolls ever produced. They're released erratically. They're given away for free, not sold. And if you get a certificate to claim one, you have to redeem it at a Washington, DC, law office.

US eyeing Olympic security after Russia attacks

HONOLULU (AP) — The White House says the United States "would welcome" the opportunity for closer security cooperation with Russia for the Olympics following a pair of deadly attacks in the southern city of Volgograd.

U.S. health official who oversaw building Obamacare website to retire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health official Michelle Snyder, who oversaw the building of the troubled Obamacare website HealthCare.gov, is retiring from her job as chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS chief Marilyn Tavenner announced Snyder's departure in a statement that said Snyder had originally planned to retire at the end of 2012 but had stayed on at Tavenner's request to "help me with the challenges facing CMS in 2013." (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty — once again — for millions of individuals and businesses.

Dems, GOP seek to define issue for 2014 elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a competitive district east of Denver, Democrat Andrew Romanoff is counting on voter anger at a divided and ineffectual Congress to help him unseat three-term Republican Rep. Mike Coffman.