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AP Exclusive: Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits....

Officials: Iran nuke talks solving some issues, not others
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Iran is considering demands for further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but is pushing back on how long it must limit technology it could use to make atomic arms, Western officials involved in the nuclear talks said Sunday....

Fiorina likely GOP presidential candidate, attacks Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former technology executive Carly Fiorina says she is more than 90 percent likely to seek the Republican presidential nomination. And she is questioning the confidence people can have in likely Democratic contender Hillary Rodham Clinton....

Pentagon chief mulls easing military enlistment standards
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department....

Institute honoring the late Sen. Kennedy to open in Boston
BOSTON (AP) -- Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the institution he loved and toiled in for more than half his life....

O'Malley: Presidency 'not some crown' families should share
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said Sunday that the country needs fresh perspectives for confronting its problems and criticized the prospects of the Clinton and Bush families yet again seeking the White House....

Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life....

Delete, erase, shred: enemies of federal record-keepers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the never-ending quest to preserve the government's history, there have been plenty of weapons of mass destruction....

A look at what's been lost to history
A look at what's gone but not forgotten:...

Wiggly words on immigration policy from 2016 GOP contenders
DENVER (AP) -- Thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, it's becoming even clearer that immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics....

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Delete, erase, shred: enemies of federal record-keepers

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