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White House, senators near deal on surveillance reform

The Obama administration and key U.S. senators are close to a deal on legislation that aims to end the National Security Agency’s collection of millions of Americans’ phone call logs for counterterrorism purposes.

The USA Freedom Act also would ban the “bulk collection” of Americans’ personal data by other agencies under several statutes as well as secure other surveillance reforms. A compromise bill could be introduced as soon as Thursday, Senate aides said.

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