Try the new, improved Hartford Courant digital edition today

Edward Snowden

Appeals court allows NSA telephone record collection

WASHINGTON A federal appeals court on Friday overturned an injunction that would have halted the National Security Administration's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records, but the judges also allowed a lawsuit against the program to move forward. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit tossed out the lower court's injunction from 2013. That decision from U.S. District Judge Richard Leon was a major loss for the Obama administration about six months after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed the domestic spying programs. Leon sided with privacy advocates and ruled the collection program is likely to violate the...