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This Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 file photo shows Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine looking on during a news conference at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio. A year after the first coronavirus shutdowns, many U.S. states and cities are still struggling with a silent side effect: Public records have become harder to get. After months of repeated AP inquiries, DeWine's office on March 3, 2021, released just two documents from last spring — one from a hospital association proposing criteria for resuming elective procedures.

As states prepared to reopen their economies following coronavirus shutdowns last spring, the Associated Press asked governors across the U.S. for records that could shed light on how businesses and health officials influenced their decisions. Nine months later, after several more COVID-19 surges and shutdowns, the AP still has not received records from about 20 states. Read more»

The NSA is a "supercomputing powerhouse" with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture. But ask the NSA to do a seemingly simple search of its own employees' email? The agency says it doesn’t have the technology. Read more»