[section_tc][column_tc span=’12’][h_tc type=’1′] WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a U.S. intelligence agency report released on Friday said. [/h_tc][text_tc timing=’linear’ trigger_pt=’0′ duration=’1000′ delay=’0′] The sharp increase from 151 million occurred during the second full year of a new surveillance system established at the spy agency after U.S. lawmakers…