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U.S. releases documents on NSA spying

Washington

U.S. releases documents on NSA spying

The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program. The declassification came after the Justice Department complied with a federal court order to release its previous legal arguments for keeping the programs secret. The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, explained in a statement Saturday that President George W. Bush first authorized the spying in October 2001, as part of the Terrorist Surveillance Program, just after the Sept. 11 attacks. Bush disclosed the program in 2005. The Terrorist Surveillance Program eventually was replaced by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a law that requires a secret court to approve the bulk collection. Former agency contractor Edward Snowden first made the surveillance programs public in leaks to the media.

Arlington Va.

Memorials honor Lockerbie victims

Families of some of the 270 people who died in an airliner bombing 25 years ago over Lockerbie, Scotland, gathered for memorial services Saturday in the United States and Britain. Attorney General Eric Holder told victims' relatives at Arlington National Cemetery that they should take comfort in their unity even if time cannot erase their loss. Former Libyan intelligence official Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was convicted of the bombing, and a second Libyan suspect was acquitted of all charges.

Egypt

Morsi faces more criminal changes

An Egyptian judge on Saturday ordered ousted President Mohammed Morsi to stand trial on charges that he colluded with foreign militants in a plot to free prisoners during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. It was the second time in less than a week that authorities had charged Morsi with capital crimes, in what appeared to be an escalating effort by the government to eradicate his Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Littleton, Colo.

Teen who was shot at school dies

A suburban Denver high school student who was shot in the head by a classmate died Saturday. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson has said Karl Pierson, 18, shot Claire Davis, 17, who just happened to be sitting nearby with a friend as Pierson entered Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13 to track down a librarian who had disciplined him.

Elsewhere

San Francisco: San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials and labor union leaders announced a new deal Saturday intended to avert a strike.

Thailand: Thailand's main opposition party said Saturday it would boycott February's general election, deepening a political crisis.

Times wires

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