WASHINGTON Breaking News: Defense Chief Hagel Expresses Regret Over Taliban Joke

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WASHINGTON Breaking News: Defense Chief Hagel Expresses Regret Over Taliban Joke

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has expressed regret to an Indian-born college professor for jokingly asking, "you're not a member of the Taliban, are you?" seconds before the professor rose to ask a question. The National Security Agency can keep copies of intercepted communications from or about U.S. citizens if the material contains significant intelligence or evidence of crimes. That's according to exemptions in NSA's top secret rules published Thursday in the latest leak of classified U.S. materials. New health insurance exchanges being set up by the federal government in more than 30 states under President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare overhaul could miss an October 1 deadline for open enrollment.

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