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January 14, 2014

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NSA SURVEILLANCE

WASHINGTON — Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans’ phone records to help the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. They’re worried about their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do. By Stephen Braun.

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CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS

TRENTON, New Jersey — Republican Gov. Chris Christie, whose office is being investigated by legislative committees exploring the role that politics played in traffic jams last fall, must figure out how to address the scandal when he gives his State of the State address Tuesday.

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OCTOMOM-WELFARE FRAUD

LOS ANGELES — Octomom Nadya Suleman did porn films, boxed D-list celebrities, even endorsed birth control for dogs after giving birth in 2009 to eight babies after she received in vitro fertility treatments. Through it all, she never ran afoul of the law. At least until now. By John Rogers.

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TRINIDAD-HUNTING BAN

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — For decades, the baying of hounds and shotgun blasts echoed across Trinidad’s hinterlands as hunters chased deer, armadillo and agouti. Since October, the lands have largely fallen silent, leaving 13,000 licensed hunters fuming and 26,000 trained hounds idle. Officials have temporarily transformed Trinidad and Tobago into a no-trapping, no-hunting zone to give animals breathing room and allow wildlife surveys. By David McFadden.

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MEXICO-VIGILANTES

Federal forces will take over security in a large swath of a western Mexico state where firefights between vigilante groups and drug traffickers erupted over the weekend, a top Mexican official announced Monday. By Mark Stevenson.

BUSINESS and FINANCE:

CHRYSLER-FIAT-CEO

DETROIT — Sergio Marchionne will lead a combined Chrysler and Fiat at least for three more years. But he’s not answering the sensitive question of where that company will be based. By Tom Krisher.

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BEAM-ACQUISITION

NEW YORK — The maker of classic American whiskeys Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark has agreed to be acquired by a Japanese company in a $13.62 billion deal that would create the third largest global premium spirits business. By Candice Choi and Bruce Schreiner.

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WEB-YOUTUBE NATION

NEW YORK — How do you cope with an exploding world of YouTube video? Starting Tuesday, you can get help by visiting “YouTube Nation.” The video-sharing website has teamed with DreamWorks Animation to create this daily highlight reel of brand-new, trending and yet-to-be-discovered content. By Frazier Moore.

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