Senate to let NSA spy program lapse, at least temporarily

A National Security Agency data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, south of Salt Lake CityBy Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate advanced legislation on Sunday reforming a controversial program that collects Americans' telephone call records, but final passage appeared doubtful before the surveillance system expires at midnight. A bill that would end U.S. spy agencies' bulk collection of the telephone data and replace it with a more targeted system cleared a crucial procedural hurdle, ending an impasse over whether to move ahead with the legislation. The Senate voted 77-17 in favor of a measure that allowed the chamber to begin debate on the bill, called the USA Freedom Act.


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Obamas visit Biden family after death of vice president’s son

File photo of Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden addressinig final session of Democratic National Convention in CharlotteU.S. President Barack Obama visited Vice President Joe Biden and his family on Sunday to offer condolences after the death of Biden's son, Beau. Beau Biden, 46, who served eight years as attorney general of Delaware, died on Saturday after a recurrence of brain cancer. Obama and his wife, Michelle, went to the U.S. Naval Observatory, the vice president's official residence, to offer their condolences to the Biden family.


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Obamas visit Biden family after death of vice president’s son

File photo of Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden addressinig final session of Democratic National Convention in CharlotteU.S. President Barack Obama visited Vice President Joe Biden and his family on Sunday to offer condolences after the death of Biden's son, Beau. Beau Biden, 46, who served eight years as attorney general of Delaware, died on Saturday after a recurrence of brain cancer. Obama and his wife, Michelle, went to the U.S. Naval Observatory, the vice president's official residence, to offer their condolences to the Biden family.


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Obamas visit Biden family after death of vice president’s son

File photo of Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden addressinig final session of Democratic National Convention in CharlotteU.S. President Barack Obama visited Vice President Joe Biden and his family on Sunday to offer condolences after the death of Biden's son, Beau. Beau Biden, 46, who served eight years as attorney general of Delaware, died on Saturday after a recurrence of brain cancer. Obama and his wife, Michelle, went to the U.S. Naval Observatory, the vice president's official residence, to offer their condolences to the Biden family.


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Qatar to extend restrictions on ex-Taliban detainees: U.S. official

Qatar has agreed to extend monitoring and travel restrictions on five Taliban detainees who were freed from the Guantanamo Bay U.S. detention camp last year in exchange for a U.S. soldier, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Sunday. The official, who asked not to be identified, said the restrictions would continue while Washington was in discussions with Qatar about ensuring the five posed no threat to U.S. security. Qatar took in the men as part of a deal to free U.S. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who had been captured by militants in Afghanistan.
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Stage set for lingering standoff over Illinois budget

A standoff between Democrats who control the Illinois Legislature and the state's Republican governor may extend well into the summer after no deals emerged ahead of the end of the spring legislative session on Sunday. Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, said that it was unlikely Democrats and Republican Governor Bruce Rauner will reach any deals on the budget and other matters before the key session wraps up later on Sunday. Cullerton later ordered the Senate back into session on June 9 while House Speaker Michael Madigan, also a Chicago Democrat, ordered his chamber back into session next Thursday.
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Stage set for lingering standoff over Illinois budget

A standoff between Democrats who control the Illinois Legislature and the state's Republican governor may extend well into the summer after no deals emerged ahead of the end of the spring legislative session on Sunday. Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, said that it was unlikely Democrats and Republican Governor Bruce Rauner will reach any deals on the budget and other matters before the key session wraps up later on Sunday. House Speaker Michael Madigan, also a Chicago Democrat, later ordered his chamber back into session next Thursday and said House lawmakers will be in continuous session with as little as 48 hours notice throughout the summer.
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Stage set for lingering standoff over Illinois budget

A standoff between Democrats who control the Illinois Legislature and the state's Republican governor may extend well into the summer after no deals emerged ahead of the end of the spring legislative session on Sunday. Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, said that it was unlikely Democrats and Republican Governor Bruce Rauner will reach any deals on the budget and other matters before the key session wraps up later on Sunday. House Speaker Michael Madigan, also a Chicago Democrat, later ordered his chamber back into session next Thursday and said House lawmakers will be in continuous session with as little as 48 hours notice throughout the summer.
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