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Tester questioned officials about Snowden's personnel screening

When Montana Senator Jon Tester asked U.S. Government personnel officials if they had any concerns about how leaker Edward Snowden's background check had been conducted, the Inspector General of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Patrick McFarland said, "Yes, we do believe that there, there may be some problems, Reuters reported on the Huffington Post.

Butte woman pleads guilty to stabbing charge

Twenty-eight-year-old Tara O'Donnell pleaded guilty to stabbing her ex-boyfriend. The young woman made the plea in District Judge Kurt Krueger's court. The man was moving out of her apartment the time of the assault. See the associated press item at Beartooth NBC.

Afghanistan says no to talks with Taliban and U.S.

National news outlets report that President Hamid Karzai of Afhanistan is boycotting talks with the United States and the Taliban. President Karzai said that the talks should be led by Afghans, not foreign powers, the BBC reported.

Field and Stream says goodbye to Butte's Bob Munden

Field and Stream's "Gun Nut" column says goodbye to Butte's remarkable Bob Munden and to amazing shot gun artist Tom Knapp. Read it here.

Big brother conducts broad domestic spying program

If you're with Verizon, big brother is watching you. Get the dish on the latest pervasive government domestic spying program from Andrew Sullivan. For a fascinating insider's view of the NSA's efforts to spy on U.S. citizens, see this New York Times op-ed piece.
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