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President George Bush examines the devastation at the Pentagon with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Sept. 12, 2001, a day after a hijacked airliner slammed into the building.

'Frontline' Doc Explores How Sept. 11 Created Today's NSA

When stories began to emerge about the U.S. government's massive surveillance of Americans' phone and Internet communications, it was no surprise to a group of analysts who had left the National Security Agency soon after the Sept. 11 attacks. Those analysts, who'd worked on systems to detect terrorist threats, left in part because they saw the NSA embarking on a surveillance program they regarded as unconstitutional and unnecessary.

A farm worker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, wears a mask to protect against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, May 12. The MERS virus is common in camels.

Deadly MERS Virus Detected In Florida

The second U.S. case of a dangerous new virus from the Middle East has been found in Florida, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

The patient is a health care worker from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, who developed symptoms May 1, while traveling to Orlando, Fla., to visit family, the CDC said.

An Italian Navy photo from March, showing a migrant boat from North Africa intercepted off the coast of Sicily.

Italy Searches For African Migrants After Boat Sinks In Mediterranean

A boat carrying migrants from North Africa sank off the coast of Libya on Monday, killing at least 14 people a day after dozens were drowned in a similar incident.

The sinkings are just the latest in a long series of such accidents amid an exodus of would-be illegal immigrants from North Africa trying to reach EU shores.

Monday's accident occurred about 100 miles south of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, a common destination for migrants trying to enter the European Union illegally because of its relative nearness to the African coast.

Older Women May Actually Be More At Risk For Cervical Cancer

Women are often told they don't have to get a Pap test for cervical cancer if they're over 65, but the data behind that recommendation might underestimate their cancer risk, researchers say.

That's because many studies don't take into account that many women have had hysterectomies. The surgery removes a woman's risk of cervical cancer; no cervix, no cancer. And 20 percent of the women over age 20 in this study said they had had that surgery.

Two of the students who participated in the Multnomah Education Service District's Special Needs Prom this past weekend.

A Prom Like Any Other — But With A Few Exceptions

An "Aloha Prom" was held in Oregon this past weekend, complete with leis and a huge punch bowl. Tailored for students with special needs, the dance was organized by the state's reigning teacher of the year. Just a few years ago, the students didn't have a prom to go to.

Brett Bigham, who is the first special ed teacher to be named Oregon's teacher of the year, started the Special Needs Prom five years ago, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., at a congressional hearing last week. The longtime congressman faces the prospect of not being on Michigan's August primary ballot after failing to present the required number of valid signatures.

Veteran Congressman Makes A Career-Threatening Mistake

It's basically Politics 101. To get on the ballot in many states, candidates for office must first collect a designated number of valid signatures from voters and present those petitions to election administrators.

Be a bit more careful? The risk of a traffic accident rises by about 40 percent during the second trimester of pregnancy.

Driving While Pregnant Is Riskier Than You Might Think

Don't scuba dive. Be careful about flying. Stay out of those hot tubs. Pregnancy comes with a long list of dos and don'ts.

Now it looks like we might need to add another item to that list: Drive more carefully.

Expectant mothers are more likely to have serious car crashes, a large study out of Canada finds.

Reports: FCC Chairman Revising Net Neutrality Rules

Where the Federal Communications Commission ends up on net neutrality seems to be up in the air: The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The Washington Post are reporting that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is revising a proposal that would allow Internet providers...

Cyclists can now call AAA and other groups for help when they run into trouble during a ride. Here, cyclists ride near the White House in Washington, D.C., last autumn.

More Cyclists Can Now Call AAA For Help

It's not going to change its name any time soon – but auto membership club AAA is increasingly in the business of fixing bikes and giving rides to cyclists who run into trouble. AAA clubs in Colorado and Southern New England announced the new service in time for this week's Bike to Work Day, following the lead of other regional auto clubs.

Congressman Clyburn Reflects On A Life Of 'Blessed Experiences'

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