People familiar with the law said that it provided a legal framework for much of the surveillance without warrants that was being conducted in secret.
Despite federal efforts to eliminate the threat of lead in children's jewelry, hundreds of thousands of tainted items are still being sold across the country.
After several years of labor unrest in the United Arab Emirates, the government is seeking peace with the migrant workers who make local citizens a minority.
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Robert L. Nardelli, ousted from Home Depot amid shareholder discontent, has been picked to lead Chrysler by its new owner, Cerberus Capital Management.
The authorities struggled to explain one of Newark's most chilling slaughters in recent memory after three young friends were lined up and shot dead Saturday.
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