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49 min ago | WZVN-TV Fort Myers
China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers, Senate investigators said Wednesday. A yearlong investigation announced by the Senate Armed Services Committee identified at least 20 break-ins or other unspecified cyber events targeting companies, including nine successful break-ins of contractor networks.
4 hrs ago | WSB-TV
Vice President Joe Biden is preaching a populist theme during a visit to Iowa - an important early-voting state in the presidential nominating calendar. The vice president spoke to about 200 Democratic activists on the steps of the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines.
8 hrs ago | Cybercast News Service
Lawmakers and strategists from both parties are gathering to outline a plan to save Social Security, add 25 million jobs and balance the federal budget. Oh, and the delivery date for the bipartisan outside group's ambitious plans? No Labels says October 2015, right as the next presidential campaign starts to rev up.
12 hrs ago | KOCO-TV Oklahoma City
ISIS has used videos of its shocking beheadings of Western hostages to seize the world's attention, threatening the United States and its allies. The publication -- named "Dabiq" after a town in northern Syria that symbolizes a clash between Islam and the West -- portrays U.S. President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain as "crusaders" who will "bring about the complete collapse of the modern American empire."
13 hrs ago | Brandon Sun
Amid action in Congress to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found time Tuesday for an issue closer to home: ensuring that a nuclear waste dump in his home state of Nevada remains mothballed even after the government has spent $15 billion on it. Reid devoted floor time to confirming two nominees to the agency that oversees the nation's nuclear reactors.
The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. The bill would prevent people from using government-issued welfare debit cards to make purchases at stores that sell marijuana.
As the new school year gets under way, poison control officials across the nation are sounding the alarm about powdered caffeine. Concerns raised about dangers of powdered caffeine As the new school year gets under way, poison control officials across the nation are sounding the alarm about powdered caffeine.
Both houses of Congress scolded the nation's highway safety agency Tuesday over its tardy handling of a deadly problem with General Motors cars, questioning whether it is competent to guarantee the safety of increasingly complex vehicles. David Friedman, acting chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, repeatedly defended his agency during a Senate hearing as lawmakers accused him of failing to take responsibility for missing multiple clues that could have saved lives in the recall of GM small cars with faulty ignition switches.
Two senators are calling on the White House to hire a permanent chief of the agency that keeps the nation's roadways safe. Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Republican Dean Heller of Nevada made the request Tuesday at the start of a hearing on how the agency handles safety issues.
Washington a The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. President Barack Obama planned to announce the stepped-up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta amid alarm that the outbreak could spread and that the deadly virus could mutate into a more easily transmitted disease.
Hillary's 2016 was what we all expected. The boosting of local Democratic candidates was boilerplate.
The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the Democrat who wants to drop out of the U.S. Senate race must stay on the ballot anyway, a dispute which could have a big effect on Republican hopes of recapturing a Senate majority. Democrat Chad Taylor, a county prosecutor from Topeka, threw the race into chaos earlier this month when he announced he wanted to be taken off the ballot, without giving an explanation.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the latest possible presidential contender to visit South Carolina, the home of the GOP's first presidential primary in the South. Christie was visiting Tuesday as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, attending a pair of fundraisers for Gov. Nikki Haley and a governor's association event in Charleston.
House Republicans will require the White House to provide a detailed plan for arming and training Syrian rebels to fight ISIS in exchange for giving it the OK to carry out the mission. The provision -- which is expected to be added to a must-pass spending bill funding the government through mid-December and could face a vote as early as Wednesday in the House -- would require the Secretary of Defense to explain how the Pentagon is vetting Syrian opposition groups.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Monday she had to hold her tongue when a male labor leader made comments about her post-pregnancy weight shortly after she began her career in Congress. "I've just had a baby, I've just been appointed [to the Senate], I have a lot to learn, so much on my plate, and this man basically says to me, 'You're too fat to be elected statewide,'" she said on HuffPost Live, a webcast.
This Dec. 24, 2013, file photo photo shows one possible location in the Kakaako district of Honolulu to be considered for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. The location is considered prime real estate with views of the ocean and Koolau mountains.
After an act of Congress and years of lobbying by descendants and admirers, a Union Army officer who made the ultimate sacrifice more than 150 years ago will be recognized for his heroism when President Barack... President Barack Obama says a grateful nation honors the acts of valor by two Vietnam War soldiers who risked their lives to protect fellow troops. Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 03:55 pm
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