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1. What Verizon Shares with the NSA: The court order requires Verizon to provide both the ingoing and outgoing telephone numbers of a given call, unique identifiers of individual phones, the time of the call and its duration. Subscribers’ names, addresses and contact information are not revealed. Calls and texts are also not monitored under the order.
2. Collecting Massive Amounts of Cell Phone Data is Legal, For Now: According to the court, information like phone numbers and call duration is considered “metadata” and can therefore be acquired by government agencies without individual warrants. The court order was signed by Roger Vinson, a federal judge in the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and a U.S. District Court judge in northern Florida.
3. But Telling Americans That Their Data is Being Collected Isn’t Legal: The order specifically forbids Verizon from informing customers (or anyone else) that their data is being collected, stating “no person shall disclose to any other person that the FBI or the NSA has sought or obtained tangible things under this Order.”
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During a Tuesday House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, Rep. McDermott said that Tea Party groups wouldn’t have been scrutinized if they didn’t apply for tax-exempt status and engage in the activities they did:
A deer in downtown St. Paul jumped over an overlook rail near Kellogg Boulevard and fell seven stories to its death, according to police and the Science Museum of Minnesota.
The deer, which was seen running on Kellogg Boulevard, jumped over the overlook rail next to the museum and landed near an exit for the museum's parking garage about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, the museum said. It was not the main garage entry on Chestnut Street.
In June 2004, two deer died under similar circumstances downtown when they tried to escape from the RiverCentre parking ramp on Kellogg Boulevard. One jumped over a railing on the Mississippi River side of the ramp and died in the 80-foot fall. The other jumped 15 to 20 feet, broke its leg and was put down by police under department policy.
Newly appointed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Daniel Werfel said the agency has lost the public’s trust because of a “fundamental failure” by IRS management that included allowing the political targeting of conservative groups.
In his first appearance before a Congressional committee Monday, Mr. Werfel said his "primary mission is to restore” trust in the tax collection agency. Werfel, who has been in office 12 days, said he had ordered a review of a “broad spectrum of IRS operations” and had installed new leadership “at several critical levels” of the IRS. He pledged to “permanently fix” the problems he found and to be “open and transparent with the American people.”
Even as fast-food chains tout their healthy offerings, they're also coming up with fatty new treats to keep customers interested. Case in point: Dunkin' Donuts is adding a doughnut breakfast sandwich to its national menu this week.
The sandwich, which comes with fried eggs and bacon between a split glazed doughnut, will become a part of the permanent menu starting June 7, which the chain claims is "National Donut Day." Dunkin' Donuts had tested the sandwich in select stores in eastern Massachusetts in April, creating considerable buzz online.
Notably, Dunkin' Donuts says the "Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich" clocks in at 360 calories, which is less than the 390 calories for the turkey sausage sandwich it recently introduced for people looking to eat better.