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FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

WASHINGTON | Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of domestic phone records. McConnell, R-Ky., warned against allowing the controversial NSA program and other key surveillance activities under the USA Patriot Act […]

Partners Adrian, left and Shane, arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Drogheda, Ireland, Friday, May 22, 2015.  Ireland began voting Friday in a referendum on Gay marriage which will require an amendment to the Irish constitution. Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment should be approved by the required majority of voters when results are announced Saturday.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

DUBLIN | Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world’s first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued. Senior figures from the “no” campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland’s constitution from being amended to permit same-sex marriages, say the […]

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser listens at left as Police Chief Cathy Lanier speaks during a news conference in Washington, Thursday, May 21, 2015, to discuss the investigation into the mysterious slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper. Lanier said investigators believe a suspect in the slayings is in the Brooklyn area of New York City.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

In this Friday, April 24, 2015 photo, Robert Almirall, director of marketing and special assets coordinator for Mederos & Associates Real Estate Inc., prepares to put up a sign in front of a home in the Shenandoah neighborhood of Miami. The National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for April on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

“With steady job growth, low mortgage rates, and easier credit conditions, there is fundamental support for housing,” said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets. “But with prices heading up again, and inventories still tight, potential buyers may be a little more choosy in the buying process.”

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