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Warrantless Wiretapping Upheld, 'Conscience Rights' Challenged, Scathing Report on Immigrant Death

POSTED: 10:21 AM ET, 01/16/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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Ruling Backs Warrantless Wiretapping » A special federal appeals court yesterday released a rare declassified opinion that backed the government's authority to intercept international phone conversations and e-mails from U.S. soil without a judicial warrant, even those involving Americans, if a significant purpose is to collect foreign intelligence. — Washington Post

'Conscience Rights' Challenged » Seven states and two family-planning groups yesterday asked a federal court to block a controversial new federal regulation that protects health workers who refuse to provide care that they find objectionable. — Washington Post

Neglect Detailed in Immigrant's Death » Federal immigration officials investigating the death of a New York computer engineer from China who died in their custody last summer said Thursday that supervisors at a Rhode Island detention center had denied the ailing man appropriate medical treatment on multiple occasions. — Washington Post

Judge Presses White House on E-Mails » Ignoring a Justice Department contention that the 14 million missing e-mails had been found, a magistrate judge again demanded the collection and retention of voluminous internal White House records and other materials, days before Bush aides must depart. — Washington Post

Coal Ash Spill Prompts Reform Plans » In less than a month, the question of how to dispose of coal combustion waste has gone from a largely ignored issue to a pressing national environmental concern that has already sparked legislative proposals and the prospect of new regulation. — Washington Post

Family, Lawyer Fear for Iraqi Journalist » More than a month has passed since an Iraqi television reporter threw his shoes at President Bush during a Baghdad news conference, and his family and lawyer say they have been denied contact with him. — New York Times

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