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Tue June 11, 2013
National Security

Can Privacy And Security Go Hand In Hand?



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Tue June 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

How CT Scans Have Raised Kids' Risk For Future Cancer

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 5:40 am

Use of CT scans has doubled for children under five and tripled for older children.

Doctors are prescribing too many CT scans for children, a study says, even though they know that the radiation used in the tests increases children's lifelong risk of cancer.

Choosing other tests and dialing back the radiation used in the scans would prevent 62 percent of related cancers, according to Diana Miglioretti, a biostatistician at the University of California, Davis, who led the study.

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Tue June 11, 2013

Data Leak Could Undermine Trust In Government Contractor

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 10:56 am

Federal contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, headquartered in McLean, Va., employed Edward Snowden, the computer technician at the center of the controversy over leaks involving the National Security Agency.
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In recent decades, a quiet revolution has been transforming the way Washington works.

Because the U.S. government does not have the workforce to complete all of its tasks, it employs private companies like Booz Allen Hamilton to do the work for it. Booz Allen is the company where Edward Snowden, who said he leaked secrets about the National Security Agency, most recently worked.

Over the past 25 years, this contract workforce has grown and plays a major role in the U.S. government, says Paul Light, a professor of public service at New York University.

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Tue June 11, 2013
The Two-Way

WATCH: An Orca Steals A Fisherman's Catch

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 9:46 am

An orca steals a halibut from a fisherman's line.

In the past, we've brought you: bull shark versus an angler on a dock and tiger shark versus fisherman on a kayak.

Both of those videos showed a shark swooping in and quickly stealing a fish caught on a line. Today, we bring you a more refined version of this genre.

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Tue June 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Delay In Relief From Copays For Costly Drugs

Expensive prescriptions drugs can stretch people's finances, even if they have insurance.

For people with a chronic or serious illness, drugs that can help slow or cure the disease often put a financial strain on even the best insurance coverage.

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