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Jun 11, 2013

Civil rights group challenges NSA phone surveillance program

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union sued senior U.S. government officials on Tuesday to challenge the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s telephone surveillance program, saying it violates rights to free speech and privacy.

The suit asked the court to immediately halt the NSA’s vast tracking program of telephone calls, declare the program illegal, and order the U.S. government to purge all databases of the call records.

Jun 11, 2013

U.S. civil rights group challenges NSA phone surveillance program

NEW YORK, June 11 (Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties
Union sued senior U.S. government officials on Tuesday to
challenge the constitutionality of the National Security
Agency’s telephone surveillance program, saying it violates
rights to free speech and privacy.

The suit asked the court to immediately halt the NSA’s vast
tracking program of telephone calls, declare the program
illegal, and order the U.S. government to purge all databases of
the call records.

Jun 11, 2013

Hero or traitor, Snowden driven by fear of government intrusion

June 10 (Reuters) – A high school dropout who became a whiz
at information technology, Edward Snowden was the son of parents
who divorced in 2001, the year he turned 18.

Twelve years later, he would catapult to worldwide fame as
one of the most significant leakers of U.S. secrets in history
and Americans were debating whether he was a patriotic defender
of civil liberties or the most unprincipled of traitors.

Jun 2, 2013

Three storm chasers among 10 killed by Oklahoma tornado

June 2 (Reuters) – Three storm chasers were among the 10
people killed by tornadoes that rampaged through central
Oklahoma on Friday, unsettling the highly risky cottage industry
of tracking tornadoes and forcing the media to rethink how they
cover deadly twisters.

Tim Samaras, 55, a leading storm chaser and founder of the
tornado research company Twistex, was killed in the Oklahoma
City suburb of El Reno along with his son, Paul Samaras, 24, and
Carl Young, 45, a Twistex meteorologist, according to a
statement from Tim Samaras’ brother, Jim Samaras.

May 10, 2013

Kidnap suspect is father of child born in captivity -Ohio official

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – DNA tests showed that Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver charged with kidnapping and raping three women who were held captive at his Cleveland house for more than a decade, is the father of a 6-year-old girl born to one of the victims, the Ohio attorney general said on Friday.

Castro, 52, was arrested shortly after Amanda Berry, her 6-year-old daughter, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found in his house in a run-down neighborhood of Cleveland on Monday.

May 10, 2013

Prosecutor to seek murder charges against accused Ohio kidnapper

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – An Ohio prosecutor vowed on Thursday to seek murder charges that could carry the death penalty against a former Cleveland school bus driver accused of kidnapping and raping three young women who endured a decade as captives in his house.

The murder charges against Ariel Castro would stem from forced miscarriages that police say were suffered by one of his victims. Castro was arrested on Monday shortly after the women were rescued.

May 9, 2013

Accused Cleveland kidnapper ordered held on $8 million bond

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A former school bus driver accused of kidnapping three young women and raping them during a decade of captivity in his house was ordered held on $8 million bond on Thursday.

In Cleveland Municipal Court, the accused man Ariel Castro appeared expressionless, his head bowed and his hands in cuffs before Judge Lauren Moore, who set his bond at $2 million for each of the three women and a child who was born in captivity.

May 9, 2013

Three kidnapped women in Ohio endured decade of isolation, rape, beatings

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A former school bus driver accused of kidnapping three young women and raping them during a decade of captivity in his house was ordered held on $8 million bond on Thursday.

In Cleveland Municipal Court, the accused man Ariel Castro appeared expressionless, his head bowed and his hands in cuffs before Judge Lauren Moore, who set his bond at $2 million for each of the three women and a child who was born in captivity.

May 8, 2013

Questions mount on how Ohio women’s captivity went undetected

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Euphoria over the rescue of three Ohio woman from a decade-long kidnapping ordeal gave way to questions of how their captivity inside a house on a residential street in Cleveland went undetected for so long.

The women, freed when a neighbor was alerted to their presence by screams for help, huddled privately with family under FBI protection on Tuesday as investigators combed through the house, seeking evidence against the accused captors.

May 8, 2013

Hints of a dark side in Cleveland abduction suspect’s life

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – In hindsight, there were signs of a darker side to Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man suspected of abducting three girls and holding them captive for around a decade.

Divorced years ago and never seen in the company of women, Castro suddenly started showing up in the largely Latino, working-class neighborhood with a 6-year-old girl. It was his girlfriend’s child, he told neighbors.

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      "Daniel Trotta joined Reuters as a correspondent in 1993, starting in Nicaragua and moving Mexico City (1996) and Madrid (2000) before coming to New York in 2005. As a U.S. General News correspondent, his specialty is writing the lead story on major breaking news. Trotta also travels the United States producing in-depth features and helps edit the national news file from the Reuters headquarters in New York. Outside the office, he is the manager of the New York Express of the New York City Metro Baseball League."
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