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19 Firefighters Reported Dead in Arizona Wildfire

July 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A fast-moving wildfire 85 miles north of Phoenix has killed 19 of the firefighters who were sent to stop it, according to the Prescott Fire Department and the U.S. Wildland Fire Aviation Service. Earlier, officials had lost contact with 20 firefighters as the blaze spread to Yarnell, Arizona, where it...

The Stuxnet Leaker Might Be the General Credited with Getting It Started

June 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration's investigation into the leak of classified information on Stuxnet, a U.S. cyberattack targeting Iran's nuclear programs, has zeroed in on retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright. As in, the general credited with presenting the idea of Stuxnet to the White House in the first place. NBC's scoop on...

The Army Has Partially Blocked Access to The Guardian

June 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Army has responded to a series of stories from the Guardian revealing the extent of NSA surveillance on Americans by partially blocking access to the news site. According to an Army spokesperson, responding to questions from the Monterey County Herald, the army is denying "some access to press coverage...

How the CIA Aided the NYPD's Surveillance Program

June 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the years after the attacks on September 11th, 2001, the NYPD had at least four "embedded" CIA officers in their midst. And because at least one of the officers was on unpaid leave at the time, the officer was able to bypass the standing prohibition against domestic spying for...

The U.S. Will Retire Most of the Chimpanzees Used for Research

June 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Citing "new scientific methods and technologies" rendering the use of chimpanzees in research almost — but not quite — unnecessary, the National Institutes of Health announced their intention to retire all but 50 of the chimps they have on hand for research, out of a total of nearly 360. The...

The CIA's Plan to Put an End to Their Leaking Problem

June 27, 2013 The CIA's new campaign to prevent leakers among its ranks might have a ready-made starting point after a memo outlining details of the "Honor the Oath" campaign was "obtained" by the Associated Press. The inference that the memo may have itself been leaked is lending itself to some instantaneous and...

U.S. and Afghanistan Commit to Taliban Talks, Again

June 26, 2013 Just a day after a Taliban-claimed attack on the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, both the U.S. and Afghanistan indicated their continued commitment to peace talks with the organization. OnTuesday, President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai held a video conference, during which they "reaffirmed" their commitment to the promised...

Video: The 'Google Earth' of 3D Brain Maps is Here

June 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Meet "Big Brain," the first high-res, 3D digital model of the human brain. It's the result of a huge, 10-year project built from individual scans of 7,400 slices of a single human brain. The project will help scientists learn more about our minds. The "Big Brain" project is the result...

Snowden's Resumé Raised Questions, but Booz Allen Hired Him Anyway

June 21, 2013 As the private firm that vetted Edward Snowden in 2011 for the U.S. faces a criminal investigation, it looks like Booz Allen Hamilton hired the PRISM leaker despite noticing some discrepancies in his resumé. That's according to a scoop by Reuters, citing anonymous sources. The development indicates that pretty much...

Three Navy Football Players Charged in the Latest Military Assault Story

June 20, 2013 The Naval Academy has finally charged three Navy football players with sexual assault, more than a year after the alleged incident occurred. The story is just the latest in a series highlighting the military's sexual assault crisis. The unnamed football players will face charges of sexual misconduct and making false...

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