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A National Security Agency data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, south of Salt Lake CityBy Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected Americans' bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and sealing off warehouses of digital data. If the U.S. Congress fails to act, key provisions of the USA Patriot Act will lapse in a watershed moment in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, era. Intrusive government powers, created and wielded in the name of preventing another mass-casualty terrorist attack, would be at least partly scaled back, proponents and critics of the surveillance say.

FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post 9/11 surveillance laws used against spies and terrorists are set to expire midnight Sunday. Will that make Americans less secure? Absolutely, senior Obama administration officials say. Nonsense, counter civil liberties activists. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against suspected spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley entered the Democratic presidential race on Saturday in a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination, casting himself as a new generation leader who would rebuild the economy and reform Wall Street.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) pictured with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the United Nations in New York on April 27, 2015Tehran rejected a key Western demand for site inspections Saturday and differences remained after US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart held talks to secure a nuclear deal. With a deadline a month away, a senior Iranian negotiator said the Geneva talks between Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif failed to bridge the differences between Tehran and world powers. "The differences are still there," Abbas Araghchi, deputy head of Iran's negotiating team, said at the end of the meeting.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Saturday it had discovered errors on its database of DNA profiles used to determine the likelihood that DNA from a crime scene matches a suspect. In a statement provided to Reuters, the FBI said 33 out of a sample of 1,100 DNA profiles from its database contained discrepancies and that the bureau was "committed to correcting the inaccurate values in a transparent manner." The errors were mostly typographical or due to outdated technology, the FBI, the top U.S. law enforcement agency, said in the statement. The Washington Post reported late on Friday that the errors go back more than 15 years and that the FBI believes they are unlikely to affect cases that used the database.

Flood waters cover Memorial Drive along Buffalo Bayou in Houston(Reuters) - Rain showers caused flooding on roads in parts of Texas early on Saturday, an official said, after severe weather killed at least 21 people earlier in the week, prompting U.S. President Obama to declare a disaster in the state. Texas has endured record rainfall for the month of May. This week, flooding turned streets into rivers, ripped homes off their foundations, swept over thousands of vehicles and trapped people in cars and houses. Obama signed a disaster declaration late on Friday to free up federal funds to help rebuild areas of Texas affected by the storms.

A man pulls people in rickshaw in Asakusa district of TokyoTOKYO (AP) — A powerful and extremely deep earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook Tokyo on Saturday, but officials said there was no danger of a tsunami, and no injuries or damage were immediately reported.

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.

The election of a woman president would mean that for the first time, the first lady would be … a man.

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