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Epic Navy bribery scandal shows how easy it can be to steal military secrets

For the foreign defense contractor, stealing U.S. Navy secrets turned out to be a breeze. All it took was a little cash, a few cheap gifts—and a willing sailor.<p>Daniel Layug, an enlisted sailor with a weakness for electronic bling, was an easy mark. Over a three-year period, he repeatedly downloaded …

EPA orders Michigan to take 'immediate action' on Flint water crisis

As the contamination crisis becomes a national controversy<p>The US Environmental Protection Agency ordered the state of Michigan today to take “immediate action to address serious and ongoing concerns” with the city of Flint’s drinking water system, which has been contaminated for more than 18 months …

Shkreli invokes 5th Amendment, won’t assist Senate drug-pricing probe

Embattled Shkreli already facing allegations of running a Ponzi-like fraud scheme.<p>The founder and former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin …

Nuke Year Resolutions

January 20, 2016<p>Everyone should have a New Year’s resolution, and we have one for the Department of Energy: stop wasting taxpayer dollars on …

Senators: Don't demote Petraeus

Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump praises CIA pick Haspel after Senate hearing McCain urges Senate to reject Haspel’s nomination Hillicon …

Pentagon lifts University of Phoenix military recruiting ban

The University of Phoenix once again can recruit on military bases and receive federal tuition assistance for active-duty troops, after the Pentagon on Friday lifted a temporary ban on the nation's largest private university.<p>In October, the U.S. Department of Defense put the University of Phoenix …

Higher Education

U.S. Escalates Battle to Keep Guantánamo Force-Feeding Tapes Hidden

The government has refused to meet the deadline for the release of videotapes that show a detainee at Guantánamo being force-fed while on hunger …

More Air Force drones are crashing than ever as mysterious new problems emerge

A record number of Air Force drones crashed in major accidents last year, documents show, straining the U.S. military’s fleet of robotic aircraft when it is in more demand than ever for counterterrorism missions in an expanding array of war zones.<p>Driving the increase was a mysterious surge in …

Military

Exchanges Clash With Regulators Over Market-Manipulation Case

Chicago trading firm DRW pushes back<p>In a rare confrontation, the two biggest futures exchanges are clashing with the industry regulator over its pursuit of a Chicago trading firm for market manipulation.<p>Last week, CME Group Inc. in Chicago and Intercontinental Exchange Inc. in Atlanta, together …

IRS Under Fire For Hard Drive Wipe In Quinn Emanuel Case

Law360, New York (January 20, 2016, 5:12 PM EST) -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch sent a letter on Wednesday to Internal Revenue …

Gov. Kate Brown Amplifies Criticism Of FBI’s ‘Passive Approach’ To Militants

It had been two weeks since armed militants broke into buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, when a federal employee decided they had …

Lawmakers to Pentagon: Goats, Carpets and Jewelry Helped Afghanistan How?

Is it true that rare Italian goats were airlifted to Afghanistan?Did Defense Department employees go to carpet tradeshows in Europe? How about on …

Inspector General: Clinton Emails Contained Information Beyond Top Secret

An inspector general for the intelligence community told lawmakers "several dozen" emails found on Clinton's private server contained classified information.<p>Several dozen emails discovered on Hillary Clinton's unsecured private email server contained classified information, according to a U.S. …

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FBI ran website sharing thousands of child porn images

WASHINGTON — For nearly two weeks last year, the FBI operated what it described as one of the Internet’s largest child pornography websites, allowing users to download thousands of illicit images and videos from a government site in the Washington suburbs.<p>The operation — whose details remain …

Lawmakers Agree on Urgent Need to Overhaul Postal Service

Urgency was the prevailing sentiment at a Senate hearing on U.S. Postal Service reform Thursday.<p>“We need legislation now,” Postmaster General Megan …

Schools in Detroit, Chicago Seek State Help

Latest Detroit ‘sickout’ comes as President Obama visits city for Auto Show<p>Widespread teacher “sickouts” all but closed Detroit’s public schools Wednesday and Republican legislators in Illinois called for a state takeover of Chicago’s district, as two of the nation’s largest systems face financial …

Detroit Auto Show

How Cleveland's Trying to Get Out of Paying $18.7 Million in Judgments Against Two Cleveland Police Officers

Shauna Smith sat in the courtroom each day, nausea knotting her stomach, as lawyers tussled over the details of how a Cleveland police officer killed …

Egregious safety failures at Army lab led to anthrax mistakes

A brigadier general who led an Army biodefense lab in Utah is among a dozen individuals facing potential disciplinary actions — including loss of jobs — for egregious failures that contributed to the facility mistakenly shipping live anthrax to other labs for more than a decade, according to the …

U.S. Army

Army anthrax revelations raise oversight concerns

New revelations about systemic safety problems at a huge Army biodefense lab show the need for better oversight and accountability at facilities working with dangerous pathogens, some experts said Friday.<p>"This investigation shows yet again that even elite organizations will compromise safety and …

Exclusive: Pentagon May Demote David Petraeus

The defense secretary is looking to clamp down on misbehaving generals. Pentagon insiders say Petraeus could be the next general to face the …

Debt Dodgers: Meet the Americans Who Moved to Europe and Went AWOL on Their Student Loans

Some cash-strapped former students are choosing to leave America behind in order to avoid paying off their giant debts.<p>It's difficult to overstate how crushing America's student loan debt situation is. The amount of money adults in the US owe due to educations is over $1.3 trillion and jumps up by …

House Chairmen Clash with HHS over Obamacare Funding Documents

In the latest dust-up over funding the Affordable Care Act, two key House committee chairmen have written to Health and Human Services Secretary …

Banks post 'living wills' showing how they would avoid U.S. bailout

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 120 banks and other financial institutions on Friday posted plans for how they would wind down operations during a crisis, without the help of public money.<p>A man walks past the Federal Reserve in Washington, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque<p>U.S. regulators …

General Electric

Factum Non Verba: The heavily redacted world of the FBI's Tracking Technology Unit

In 2012, the FBI’s warrantless GPS tracking system went dark - after a Supreme Court ruling forbid the practice, an FBI lawyer stated that 3,000 …

Rarely Patched Software Bugs in Home Routers Cripple Security

Wi-Fi devices, vulnerable to hackers, show difficulty of updating software after release<p>In late 2014, a small Massachusetts software company got an ominous email: A computer-security researcher said a flaw in one of its programs put millions world-wide at risk of being hacked.<p>Engineers at the …

Routers

Here's How Much the SEC Pays Whistleblowers

Forget Powerball. If you’ve witnessed something fishy at the office, the U.S. government might pay you a lot of money for telling them about it.<p>The …

Forty-Five Seconds

Forty-five seconds of swirling dust was all it took to kill two U.S. Marines and injure 20 other service members.<p>On May 17, 2015, a Marine Corps V-22 …

Army Rangers’ wild partying contributed to commander’s reprimand, report says

An impromptu round of "The Newlywed Game," a Hollywood-themed party, at least two overpriced hotel room bills, and a tandem skydiving jump with a …