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Senators spar on leniency for NSA-leaker Snowden

Posted: January 6, 2014 at 2:15 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A debate over whether Edward Snowden deserves lenience or the strict treatment President Barack Obama’s administration has demanded for divulging a vast array of national secrets drew opposing views Sunday from two prominent senators.

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Health-law questions hit volunteer firemen

In this Dec. 20, 2013 photo, Fire Chief Darrel Fournier speaks to a reporter in Freeport, Maine. Fire chiefs and lawmakers are working to protect the system of volunteer firefighting that has served rural America for more than a century but is threatened by an ambiguity in President Barack Obamas health care law. The volunteers are considered employees for tax purposes, leaving open the question of whether they fall under the health care laws requirement that employers with more than 50 workers provide insurance for them. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s pretty amazing how this law is touching different operations. I’m not sure everyone thought that through.” Darrel Fournier, fire chief in Freeport, M... Read »