Seattle 1962 World's Fair Site
On April 21 1962 the Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens. It is the first World's Fair in the United States since World War II. About the photo: Space Needle has become Seattle Icon since the World's Fair of 1962, photo taken from Kerry Park. Photo Credit: Steve Cyr / Flicker (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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US Spy Court Judge Dismissed Privacy Advocate’s Concerns About Data Use (Trevin)

Data gathered for national security purposes is fair game to be used in ordinary criminal investigations.

Pentagon’s New Rules Allow Them to Kill More Civilians (Reader Pat)

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A Key Shift on Shielding Torture from Lawsuits (Trevin)

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US to Send 200 More Troops, Apache Helicopters to Iraq (Reader Pat)

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Republicans Say 2016 Primary Is Hurting Them (Klaus)

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