NSA SURVEILLANCE-SECRET LAW
WASHINGTON -- As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties group say they fear too much about government surveillance still remains hidden from view to allow for a fully comprehensive public understanding. By Eric Tucker.
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia's Vietnamese Catholic community has grown to 10,000 thanks to the nurturing they have received from the church, and now they are working to show their gratitude when Pope Francis visits in September. By Natalie Pompilio.
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WASHINGTON -- A Senate panel is poised to advance one of President Barack Obama's top trade initiatives despite strong opposition from labor unions and other left-leaning groups. The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to vote on "fast track" legislation on Wednesday. It would renew presidential authority to present trade deals that Congress can endorse or reject, but not amend. By Charles Babington.
Eds: Committee meeting to start 10:45 a.m. EDT. (1425 GMT)
NEW YORK -- French far-right leader Marine Le Pen says that being named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people shows that her party's brand of political change is getting attention on both sides of the Atlantic. By Jennifer Peltz.
WASHINGTON -- Bipartisan legislation aimed at helping the victims of sex trafficking is set to pass the U.S. Senate after lawmakers ended a partisan dispute over abortion that has sidetracked the bill for weeks. By Erica Werner.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- The powerful head of Venezuela's congress announces that he is suing several news outlets for publishing reports linking him to the drug trade. By Fabiola Sanchez.
MIAMI -- A Saudi prisoner at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who has been on a nine-year hunger strike would participate in a rehabilitation program for militants and settle down to a peaceful life if allowed to go home, his lawyer told a government review panel. By Ben Fox.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The Argentine government sues several energy companies that are drilling for oil near the Falkland Islands, the latest proxy fight in a longstanding dispute over the far-flung archipelago, though analysts say it will have little practical effect. By Almudena Calatrava and Peter Prengaman.
MEXICO-TEXCOCO FAIR-PHOTO GALLERY
TEXCOCO, Mexico -- Now in its 34th year, the International Horse Fair, more commonly known as the Texcoco Fair, is among the most popular gatherings of its kind in Mexico. With photo gallery by Eduardo Verdugo.
CHICAGO -- A multimillionaire futures trader accused of being a key figure in bringing on the 2010 "flash crash" -- when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 600 points in five minutes -- was arrested in Great Britain based on charges filed in Chicago. By Michael Tarm.
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SONY HACK-WIKILEAKS AFFLECK
NEW YORK -- PBS is conducting an internal review following revelations that producers of "Finding Your Roots" may have violated the network's editorial standards after a request by Ben Affleck that the program not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor. By Frazier Moore.
THEATER REVIEW-DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
NEW YORK -- The folks behind the new Broadway musical "Doctor Zhivago" promise it is "sure to steal your heart." They apparently hope to do so by bludgeoning you into unconsciousness and then cutting you open with a scimitar. By Mark Kennedy.