Surveillance limits rejected...Student loan measure...Spain train crash

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Associated Press

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 25 at 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to allow the National Security Agency to continue the collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records in the fight against terrorism. The proposed measure would have ended the program's authority. The vote was 217-205. The White House, national security experts in Congress and the Republican establishment favored the surveillance program.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing for college will be less expensive this fall, but the costs could soon start climbing under a bill the Senate passed overwhelmingly today. The bipartisan proposal would link interest rates on federal student loans to the financial markets, providing lower interest rates right away but higher ones if the economy improves as expected. The bill is similar to one that already had passed the Republican-led House.

WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) — President Barack Obama has traveled to the heartland to sell his economic recovery proposals and to criticize what he says is Republican obstruction. He visited Galesburg, Ill., home of a Maytag plant that closed in 2004. At the second stop, Obama highlighted a program at the University of Central Missouri that gives students education and skills at a faster pace while lowering the costs.

MADRID (AP) — Officials in northwestern Spain say at least 35 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a passenger train derailment. Feast day festivities planned in the city of Santiago de Compostela were cancelled. A photographer at the scene tells The Associated Press that he saw dozens of what appeared to be dead bodies being extracted from the wreck by emergency workers.

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush has shaved his head to show solidarity for the sick child of a Secret Service agent. A spokesman says the 89-year-old former president acted earlier this week at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. That was after he saw members of his Secret Service detail with newly shaved heads to show support for the 2-year-old son of an agent. The child's undergoing treatment for leukemia and is losing his hair as a result.

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