Brandon Vorbeck

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California Silver Fire expected to be fully contained by Monday

Officials in California on Sunday said they have gained the upper hand on a wildfire that has burned across more than 30 square miles over the past four days. They said they expect to have the Silver Fire fully contained by Monday.<p>The Silver Fire was at 19,436cres and 75 percent containment Sunday …

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Lavabit privacy row: second email service closes 'to prevent spying'

Two American companies which provided encrypted email services – one to the NSA fugitive Edward Snowden – have abruptly shut down the service, apparently following US government pressure to let it read users' messages.<p>Lavabit, which is believed to have been used by Snowden and which claimed to have …

Apple, Google and AT&T meet Obama to discuss NSA surveillance concerns

Barack Obama hosted a summit on government surveillance and digital privacy attended by Apple chief executive Tim Cook, Google vice-president Vint Cerf and the boss of US telecoms network AT&T on Thursday.<p>The US president attended in person, sources told the Politico blog, as did other technology …

American consumers are being asked to save the global economy—again

Growth is slowing sharply in emerging markets like China, India and Brazil. Europe is still ensnared in a recession. Japan is only now taking baby steps forward after a decades-long duel with deflation. When it comes to growth, the US’s consumer-driven economy now stands out as the world’s best bet.<p>…

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Virginia Signs On to Amtrak Cost-Sharing Plan

An operating and cost sharing agreement between Virginia and Amtrak will preserve regional passenger rail service in the Charlottesville area and …

Egypt May Not Need Fighter Jets, But The U.S. Keeps Sending Them Anyway

Every year, the U.S. Congress appropriates more than $1 billion in military aid to Egypt. But that money never gets to Egypt. It goes to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, then to a trust fund at the Treasury and, finally, out to U.S. military contractors that make the tanks and fighter jets …

China’s crazy love affair with steel is a scary example of how its finances could implode

So maybe China’s <i>not</i> collapsing—in fact, it might be stabilizing. At least, that’s what China’s unexpectedly strong July trade data hints. Exports rose 5.1% year-on-year in July, more than analysts expected. Imports, though, were the real shocker, surging 10.9%, to hit $168 billion.<p>But wait—what …