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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
- The federal government has been secretly collecting the phone records of millions of Americans. According to the British newspaper The Guardian, the National Security Agency obtained a secret court order forcing Verizon to turn over the telephone records of millions of Americans. Wells Bennett, an expert on national security law at the Brookings Institution, says the government has quite a bit of power to obtain your information:
"The government appears to have argued, and the judge appears to have agreed, that all communications metadata is relevant to an intelligence investigation. That is to say nothing is irrelevant and everything is fair game. That's what's so concerning about this."
- According to government statistics, over 200,000 people are sexually assaulted in America every year. That's one every two minutes. Despite those numbers, some people still have a difficult time talking about rape. A 12-year-old girl named Kelsey Hirsch wants to change that. This sometimes shy adolescent created a charity called Bands4RAINN. She sells blue wristbands that say “Hope. Courage. Strength,” to promote sexual abuse awareness:
“Some people just are really horrible about it. They're just like 'Oh don't talk to me about that' and 'Why are you talking about that? It's not right.' ... I don't really care what people say anymore about if they like it or don't like it. I just tell them about it and if they feel the need to support it then they'll support it."
- Tomorrow in Southern California President Obama will host Chinese President Xi Jinping. During the two-day summit the two world leaders are expected to discuss a number of topics including North Korea, internet spying and trade. But former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman says the visit also has a more personal purpose:
"If after a couple of days you've got a deeper, more meaningful relationship – you've got trust where you can call each other, first name basis kind of thing, that would make the two days in California very productive indeed."
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