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Senators: Limit NSA snooping into US phone records

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Photo -   National Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander is sworn on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, prior to testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and National Security Agency (NSA) call records. Clapper told lawmakers he's willing to consider limits on surveillance by the National Security Agency. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
National Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander is sworn on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, prior to testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and National Security Agency (NSA) call records. Clapper told lawmakers he's willing to consider limits on surveillance by the National Security Agency. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading senators have unveiled proposed changes to the way the National Security Agency gathers U.S. records in its hunt for overseas terrorists or spying targets.

And top intelligence officials say they will cooperate with the proposed overhaul to try to win back public trust following disclosures about the NSA's extensive collection of telephone and email records of millions of Americans.

The Senate Intelligence Committee's bipartisan leadership used a hearing Thursday to promote legislation to change the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act. The lawmakers seek to trim the NSA's authority to access and analyze U.S. phone records and provide new protections to Americans' privacy.

They also want to broaden the government's spying powers to allow monitoring of terror suspects who travel to the U.S. after being tracked overseas by the NSA.

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