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  • Obama says 'handful of senators' blocking surveillance reforms

    Obama delivers remarks at the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VirginiaBy Patricia Zengerle and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks on Americans could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless "a handful of senators" stop standing in the way of reform legislation. Obama said he had told Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to act swiftly on a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would renew certain powers and reform the bulk collection of telephone data. "I don't want us to be in a situation in which for a certain period of time, those authorities go away and suddenly we're dark and heaven forbid we've got a problem," Obama told reporters in the Oval Office.


  • Creator of Silk Road website faces sentencing for drug scheme

    The homepage to alleged Silk Road 2.0 website is seen in a screenshot after it was closed by U.S. authoritiesBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused mastermind behind the Silk Road underground website was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin. Ross Ulbricht, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan after a federal jury in February found him guilty of charges including distributing drugs through the Internet and conspiring to commit computer hacking and money laundering. "What you did was unprecedented," Forrest said.


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