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(CNN) – Oklahoma has been experiencing an explosion in earthquake activity, believe it or not, it's had more than California this year.
A new study in Science Magazine links the uptick to a controversial drilling practice used by oil and gas companies, an industry that forms one of the pillars of Oklahoma's economy.
CNN's Martin Savidge reports after all this shaking, somebody might want to inspect that pillar for cracks.
(CNN) – Another highly-classified document stolen by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is making headlines. First Look Media's The Intercept reports of a spreadsheet showing more than 7,400 e-mail addresses that were the targets of government spying.
It lists more than 200 American citizens, including five prominent Muslim-Americans who say they did nothing wrong.
"I have no problem with surveillance. Surveillance needs to happen, but there has to be a reason for it," said Faisal Gill, an attorney and former senior policy director with the Department of Homeland Security, who was on the list and allegedly targeted by the NSA.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama arrived Wednesday in Texas to discuss the immigration surge there, but he had no plans to visit the border area at the epicenter of what his administration labels an urgent humanitarian problem.
The trip to the Lone Star State includes Democratic Party fundraising events, and after some political squabbling, a meeting with Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who greeted Obama at the airport in Fort Worth after originally declining such an encounter.
(CNN) - Calling attention to a logjam of stalled diplomatic nominations in the Senate, Secretary of State John Kerry said the delay is harming U.S. national security.
In direct public commentary on an issue crossing politics and diplomacy, Kerry called for swift approval of the nominees, many of whom are career diplomats. Some were selected for difficult jobs in global hotspots.
"Make no mistake: Vacancies in so many world capitals send a dangerous message to allies and adversaries alike about America's engagement," Kerry said in an opinion piece for Politico on Tuesday.