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FEMA weighs options for stretching budget into next week

September 26, 2011 The Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief fund is expected to go broke on Thursday, according to the office of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who chairs the homeland security appropriations panel overseeing FEMA. But FEMA says it also is considering options to keep its funding going through early next week....

Internal investigation opened into CIA-NYPD relationship

September 13, 2011 The CIA's inspector general has opened an investigation into the relationship between the agency and the New York Police Department, CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers on Tuesday. The spy agency's charter expressly denies it any domestic police powers, and it has historically confined itself to overseas operations. The investigation...

Homeland Security chief: Disaster aid is running out

September 8, 2011 Obama administration officials are considering requesting emergency aid from Congress to pay for damage from recent natural disasters, as the government's disaster relief fund is so low that new recovery projects have been halted, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Thursday. Napolitano said she is discussing the option of...

A decade after 9/11 attacks, U.S. still grappling with detainee policy

September 8, 2011 Earlier this year, the U.S. military scooped up a Somali man off the coast of Africa suspected of conspiring with terrorist groups al-Shabaab and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. The man, Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, was whisked away to a Navy ship where he was secretly interrogated for more than two...

Senate bill provides $6 billion in disaster aid

September 6, 2011 Senate appropriators unveiled legislation on Tuesday that would provide $6 billion in disaster aid to states hard hit across the country by flooding, fires, and Hurricane Irene, an amount that is less than the Obama administration estimates it needs for the next year. The funding is included in the fiscal...

9/11 led to spending binge on homeland security grants

September 2, 2011 The U.S. government has doled out more than $35 billion in homeland-security grants to state and local governments over the past decade. Yet even as questions persist about how effective the spending has been, officials are bracing for belt-tightening cuts. The grants built up a network of capabilities in states,...

Acting head of ATF reassigned

August 30, 2011 The embattled head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is being replaced in the aftermath of a botched sting operation that allowed guns to knowingly fall into the hands of violent criminals in Mexico. Kenneth Melson will be replaced as acting ATF director by U.S. Attorney for...

Agencies respond as Irene makes its way up the East Coast

August 27, 2011 Irene, downgraded to a tropical storm, worked its way up the East Coast Sunday, causing at least 10 deaths and knocking out power to more than 3 million homes and businesses. Five people died as a result of the storm in North Carolina, and three were killed in Virginia due...

Obama calls on residents in hurricane's path to prepare for worst

August 26, 2011 This story has been updated. President Obama called on all those in the path of oncoming Hurricane Irene to take precautions now. "Don't wait, don't delay, we all hope for the best and prepare for the worst," the president said on Friday, speaking from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Obama...

As hurricane approaches, quake raises emergency preparedness questions

August 24, 2011 The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that rattled the East Coast on Tuesday has raised fresh questions about how prepared citizens and communities are to deal with disasters, as problems with communication capabilities and evacuation plans were readily apparent. Mobile-phone networks quickly became clogged and unusable in the minutes after the quake, and...

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