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What Do Americans Think About Sacrificing Rights to Fight Terrorism After 9/11?

The terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 left an indelible mark on Americans. But even as the first responders climbed through the rubble in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania, the country embarked on a “War on Terror.” With that war came years of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, indefinite detention of terror suspects without charges or trial, enhanced interrogation techniques, extraordinary rendition and the passage of the USA Patriot Act.

Ten years later, Americans are still wondering if it was wise to sacrifice some privacy and freedoms in order to fight terrorism.

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On The Verge of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Repeal, Gay Men In The Military Give GQ Revealing Interviews

In less than 20 days, the ‘Don’t ask Don’t Tell’ policy will be removed from the U.S. Military allowing people of any sexual preference to openly serve his/her country. This ban has been in affect for 17 years and has caused over 13,000 military personnel to be expelled from the armed services. We often hear much debate coming from the mouths of politicians and media moguls, but what about the actual people it affects? The service men and women helping keep this country free. GQ sat down with a few military persons to help show the side of the story kept silent for the past 17 years.

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East Coast Rocked by Earthquake, Pentagon Evacuated

An earthquake epicentered in Virginia occurred Tuesday afternoon, with people in Washington, DC, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Toronto reporting they felt the tremors, as well.

Reports thus far indicate the quake registered a 5.9 on the Richter scale.

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Indiana State Fair Concert Stage Collapses, Killing Five [VIDEO]

Thousands of people were gathered at an outdoor stage at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday night when high winds from a storm caused the stage rigging to collapse, killing five and injuring at least 40 others, multiple outlets report.

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Helicopter Attack Kills 30 American Troops in Afghanistan

Editor's Note: This post has been updated to reflect that 30 American troops were killed in the attack, rather than 31, as initially reported.

Taliban insurgents shot down an American military helicopter in Afghanistan Saturday, killing 30 American troops, 7 Afghan commandos, and an interpreter multiple news outlets are reporting.

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Pro Skier Ani Haas Punched a Bear to Survive Attack [VIDEO]

Ani Haas, a former member of the U.S. ski team, was jogging on an outdoor trail in Missoula, Montana Friday when she inadvertently got between a mother black bear and her cubs.

When momma bear attacked the 24-year-old, Haas “got big,” which is the counter-intuitive protocol for dealing with an aggressive black bear. Since that wasn’t enough to stop the bear’s charge, Haas was forced to punch the wild beast in the head, and then beat it with a rock.

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President Obama, Congressional Leaders Reach Debt Deal, Plan to Face Vote

President Barack Obama said Sunday night that he and Congressional leaders had reached a debt deal that cuts trillions in federal spending. The debt ceiling plan was set to face a vote on Monday in hopes of enacting it before a Tuesday deadline, thus averting default, The New York Times reported.

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Black Valedictorian Sues Her School After Being Forced to Share Honor with White Student

In 1957, nine black students were denied entry at the illegally racially-segregated Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas, setting off a firestorm that became a watershed moment in the civil rights movement.

Now, a young woman claims another school in the state is still discriminating against minority students.

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Chinese Cups Break ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Record

Do you watch the Anitique Road Show?  ~Erin

When the popular PBS program ‘Antiques Roadshow’ rolled through Tulsa, Oklahoma this weekend, a local man got some truly life-changing news.

His five Chinese carved cups, made from rhinoceros horns, are worth between $1-1.5 million — a ‘Roadshow’ record.

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President Obama Ends Ban on Gays in the Military

On Friday, President Obama joined Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Adm. Mike Mullen in formally signing a document certifying that military readiness would not be hurt by allowing gays in the military. The notice will now be sent to Congress.

The action officially repeals the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy enacted during the Clinton Administration and begins the 60-day waiting period that will lead to a full lift of the ban.

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Search and Rescue Group Files Civil Suit Against Casey Anthony

The search and rescue group that organized the search for Caylee Anthony has filed a civil suit against her mother, Casey Anthony, to recover money spent in the search to find the girl.

Anthony, 25, was found not guilty in her daughter's 2008 death last week and is scheduled to be released from prison on Sunday after receiving credit for time served on a four-year sentence, CNN reported.

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New ‘Superbug’ Strain of Gonorrhea Resists Antibiotics

Gonorrhea, a bacterial sexually transmitted infection, used to be easily treated with antibiotics. But now, a "superbug" strain of the STD has been found in Japan and scientists fear it could become a global public health threat.

"Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it," said Magnus Unemo of the Swedish Reference Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria, who discovered the strain with Japanese colleagues.

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