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PBC News & Comment: Finally, Rational FAA Rules on In-Flight Electronics

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--Journalist Roger Shuler enters week 2 of unlawful detention, as plaintiff's lawyer acts like he's running the court in letter to Carol Shuler.  Write to Roger, c/o Shelby County Jail, 380 McDow Rd., Columbiana AL  35051

--NSA reportedly spied on Vatican papal elections, as we learn more on tapping of Germany's Merkel

--we learn that Australia handled wiretaps for US from its embassies in Asia

--NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden has a job at a Russian web company

--Nick Kristof in NY Times details the damage to US national security caused by NSA bosses, not leakers

--Senate edges toward filibuster change, as GOP blocks 2 Obama nominees

--in unusual move, appeals court removes federal trial judge presiding over NYC stop-n-frisk lawsuit

--some international notes:

--Syria says it has destroyed all chemical weapons labs

--Israel defies Palestinians again, announces 1,500 more illegal settlements in East Jerusalem

--report from Pakistan Ministry of Defense low-balls civilian drone deaths