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Why Did the FBI Kill Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Accomplice-to-Be if He Was Unarmed?

May 30, 2013 Law enforcement officials are walking their claims of self-defense all the way back a week after the shooting of Ibragim Todashev — the 27-year-old man who was about to officially confess to a triple murder in Massachusetts and finger Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev while he was at it —...

China Doesn't Care if Its 'Digitalized' Military Cyberwar Drill Scares You

May 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the face of fears from President Obama to the Pentagon and across the globe about the increasing military might behind Chinese hacking, China's state news agency announced Wednesday that the nation's People's Liberation Army "will conduct an exercise next month to test new types of combat forces including units...

China Is Winning the Cyber War Because They Hacked U.S. Plans for Real War

May 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ballistic-missile defenses, joint-strike fighters, Black Hawks, and more — Chinese hackers have their hands on plans for these and more of the Pentagon's most sophisticated weapons systems, just the latest sign that the culture of hacking in China continues to put America on the defensive ahead of a tense meeting...

The New SARS-Like Virus Has a French Connection, and It Spreads in a Hospital

May 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The World Health Organization is working double-time. While a team is helping China figure out how to deal with its bird flu outbreak (which now includes boiling baby chickens, apparently), the foremost public health group on the planet is keeping its eyes halfway around it — in France, where SARS's...

Benghazi Whistleblowers Set to Testify on Capitol Hill

May 6, 2013 Mark I. Thompson, the acting deputy assistant for operations in the State Department's counterterrorism bureau, will testify on Wednesday that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton willfully blocked out his department's involvement on the night of the September 11 Benghazi attacks — and that he has been threatened and intimidated by...

What We Don't Know About the Deadly New SARS-like Virus

May 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Saudi Arabia announced late Wednesday that five more people have died and two others are undergoing intensive treatment as a result of the new novel coronavirus (NCoV), a cousin of SARS that causes kidney failure and pneumonia. The latest in a slow trickle of information brings the mortality rate to...

Saturn's Hurricane Is a Super Storm on Steroids, Even for the Solar System

April 30, 2013 Now that we've got our first good look at it, let's put the mega storm on top of the sixth rock from the sun into some perspective: According to NASA, the eye of Saturn's massive hurricane is about 1,250 miles wide — approximately the distance between Los Angeles and Oklahoma...

America's Allies Are Pushing Obama to a Red Line on Syrian Chemical Weapons

April 23, 2013 Last month at a meeting in Israel, President Obama defined his "game changer" on American involvement in the Syrian civil war as Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons against his people. Today in Israel, a major Israeli military intelligence official said that Assad had done just that. With British and French...

China Thinks Its Bird Flu Might Be Spreading from Human to Human

April 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since the first cases of the deadly H7N9 bird flu strain appeared in Shanghai earlier this month, Chinese health officials told the world not to panic because they couldn't find solid evidence of human-to-human transmission in any of what have grown into 82 reported infections. They maintained that until, well,...

Police Confirm Two Explosions and Casualties at Boston Marathon

April 15, 2013 Multiple outlets and law enforcement officials are reporting what a horrific looking scene makes clear, even as a frenzy searching for more potential explosive devices and survivors continues: The headquarters at the Boston Marathon have been locked down after at least two bombs went off near the downtown finish line...

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