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China's first aircraft carrier won't carry aircraft yet

September 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow China's first aircraft carrier entered service on Tuesday, but since it still has no planes aboard, the only primary use of the vessel is a signal of China's growing naval might. The Liaoning, as the carrier is called, has been in sea trials since last August, built on the retrofitted...

Video: The arrest of the face of Anonymous will of course be televised

September 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When you're the so-called face of Anonymous, a lot of your life gets documented online, including, for Barrett Brown, video threats to an FBI agent and his subsequent arrest. We still don't know why Brown was arrested on Wednesday night. But because he lives so much of his life online,...

GoDaddy says outage was no hack

September 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Monday's GoDaddy outage for which one person claimed credit was not a hack at all, GoDaddy said in a press release on Tuesday, just a breakdown of the domain registrar's servers. It's the first time GoDaddy has given any information at all about what happened, though the explanation is still...

One person is claiming credit for GoDaddy's massive outage

September 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If the website you're trying to access won't load, chances are it's a GoDaddy joint that's been taken offline in a massive hack for which one person is claiming responsibility. The domain registrar acknowledged in a tweet that it was offline on Monday, and The Next Web reported the site's...

Romney stumbles over why he didn't mention troops in his speech

September 7, 2012 Oh Mitt Romney, Sometimes it seems he just can't get his thoughts to come out of his mouth the right way. Surely if you asked him "are the troops important," he'd say yes. He's said it a few times since people started noticing that he never mentioned U.S. military personnel...

Twelve cops jailed as Mexico figures out shooting of U.S. Embassy workers

August 28, 2012 Confusion still reigns over Friday's shooting of a U.S. embassy vehicle in Mexico, and while authorities figure out what happened, they're keeping the 12 Mexican federal police officers involved in custody. Whatever the final account turns out to be, the police involved come off looking pretty bad in The Associated...

FBI fears RNC disturbance by anarchists with acid eggs

August 23, 2012 The FBI is worried about anarchist protesters disrupting Tampa during the Republican National Convention, which may be a valid concern if St. Paul in 2008 is any guide, but the warnings sound borderline ridiculous. Fox News, for one, cited an FBI document that warned of "acid-filled eggs." There was no...

Peace Corps director resigns long after agency's scandal

August 21, 2012 Nothing overtly suggests Peace Corps director Aaron Williams, whose resignation the agency announced on Tuesday, is leaving for any reason other than his stated "personal and family considerations." And yet, it's hard to separate him from the scandal that rocked the Corps under his watch. Williams was in the news...

Reuters blogs hacked for the second time this month

August 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Once again, somebody hacked into Reuters blogs and posted an inflammatory, and false, story from the Middle East, this time reporting that Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal (above), had died. He has not, but he did undergo minor surgery for an intestinal obstruction over the weekend. Reuters blogs...

President Obama wants a NASA mohawk

August 13, 2012 The highlight of President Barack Obama's congratulatory call to NASA's Mars rover team Monday was when the president said he wanted a mohawk too, but there was plenty more to the talk, and now that the transcript is online you can peruse it at your leisure. The president thanked the...

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