A.M. Links: NSA Gathering Email, IM Contacts Worldwide, Reid Says Talks With McConnell Have Made "Tremendous Progress," Teens Suspended For Wearing Confederate Flags


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  • The Washington Post is reporting that the NSA has been collecting contacts from email address books and instant messaging accounts from around the world.
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says that talks with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on ending the current fiscal stalemate have made "tremendous progress."
  • Two teens have been suspended from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, Washington after wearing Confederate flags as clothing in response to a fellow student wearing a rainbow flag to mark LGBT History Month.
  • An alleged pirate kingpin has been arrested after being lured to Belgium from Somalia to participate in a fake documentary.
  • Inspectors working on destroying Syria's chemical weapons are facing numerous challenges including tight deadlines and a dangerous security situation.
  • The second dry ice explosion in two days has been reported at LAX.

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