Google Fights National Security Letters, Civil Rights Commission to Investigate Stand Your Ground Laws, France Bans Smoking E-Cigarettes in Public: P.M. Links


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    A federal judge has rejected Google's argument that national security letters demanding the hand over of personal data are illegal, ordering the company to comply with them.

  • The federal government can demand information on certain bulk weapons sales by gun stores in border states, a federal appeals court ruled, approving of a tactic adopted in 2011.
  • The U.S. Civil Rights Commission will investigate whether "Stand Your Ground" laws have a racial bias.
  • NATO will hold a summit in 2014 on the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in 2014. It's in sight, the alliance's chief says.
  • UN investigators have concluded that while the atrocities committed by the Assad regime have been worse than the ones attributed to rebels, few insurgents are actually interested in freedom or democracy.
  • The Nigerian military says it found a weapons cache in the northern city of Kano and arrested three Lebanese nationals linked to Hezbollah.
  • France is banning the smoking of e-cigarettes in public places.

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