BREAKING: Tropical Storm Andrea, the first of the hurricane season, is set to make landfall on the western coast of Florida Thursday afternoon. The biggest threats from the storm will are an expected storm surge of 2 to 4 feet "near and to the south" of where the center makes landfall, heavy rain and flooding, as well as tornadoes associated with the extreme weather. Two tornadoes touched down early Thursday in in Myakka City and Sun City Center causing downed tree limbs and power lines. Follow live updates here.
Trending In Our News Feeds – Court order reveals massive mining of U.S. phone data. A court order obtained by The Guardian yesterday reveals The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court granted the FBI broad powers to collect data from Verizon customers. The order allows the FBI to collect the phone numbers, location, and call time data from all Verizon customers from April 25 through July 19, and applies to both domestic and foreign calls. An anonymous legal expert told the Washington Post this order has been issued every three months since 2006. The expert says orders like this are meant to protect phone companies from public outrage by deflecting blame onto the government. “This is a truly stunning revelation. This suggests that the government has been compiling a comprehensive record of Americans’ associations and possibly even their whereabouts,” said Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice.
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