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The Bird Flu Has Spread Beyond China, and It's 'One of the Most Lethal' Ever

April 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The new strain of bird flu infecting and killing people in China is on the move. All of the reported cases had been contained to a relative few hotspots, but the first reported case of a human infection outside mainland China arrived Wednesday, and that's got the world's top scientists ...

Google Fiber Is Coming to Provo, Utah — Because It Already Had Fancy Internet

April 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last Tuesday, Google announced another reason to be jealous of Austin, Texas — the city became the second place in the U.S. where Google would offer its super fast, affordable fiber Internet service. Well, this week you can be jealous of Provo, Utah. Yes, a little place called Provo (population: ...

Botched Attack Kills State Department Employee in Afghanistan

April 8, 2013 An assassination attempt in Afghanistan on Sunday resulted in the first death of a State Department employee since the war there began. Anne Smedinghoff, a 25-year-old State Department official, was killed when a Taliban bomb targeting Zabul province Governor Ashraf Nasari went off as the State Department's transportation convoy intersected ...

Obama's Big Bucks to Get Inside Our BRAIN

April 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama is tired of turning left at Albuquerque when following the current brain map, so he proposed a new $100 million, long-term investment initiative Tuesday: the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, or BRAIN for short, so scientists may better understand our noggin'. The New York Times had the ...

Caroline Kennedy Headed to Japan as New Ambassador

April 1, 2013 The Obama administration is sending Caroline Kennedy, the only living child of former President John F. Kennedy to Tokyo as Japan's new U.S. ambassador. The Washington Post reports the move has been "firmed up," and Kennedy should be off to Tokyo shortly. Kennedy was a very important donor for the ...

Can a Female Leader Put an End to the Secret Service's Boys Club?

March 26, 2013 Following an awful scandal in which a bunch of Secret Service agents were busted for drinking and partying with hookers in Columbia, the President is moving towards a "culture change" by appointing the first woman ever to run his security detail. The Washington Post's Scott Wilson reports Obama will name ...

The Case of the Missing Deadly Virus Is Only a Problem If You Own Rats

March 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow OK, this sounds worse than it is: A vial containing a potentially deadly virus has gone missing from a Texas laboratory. But you really shouldn't freak out because everything is going to be fine and it won't affect you, unless you have some very strange pets. CBS News reports University ...

John Kerry's Surprise Tour Takes Him to Afghanistan to Smooth Things Over

March 25, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry made another unannounced visit to a country in the Middle East on Monday morning. This time he's in Afghanistan to try and make nice with President Hamid Karzai, whose relationship with the U.S. has been contentious of late — and that's putting it nicely. The ...

Accident During Live-Fire Exercise Kills Seven Marines

March 19, 2013 A military training exercise in Nevada took a disastrous turn Monday evening when a mortar apparently exploded during a live-fire exercise and killed at least seven U.S. Marines and injured several others. Read more at TheAtlanticWire.com.

Newly Released Tapes Reveal LBJ Knew but Never Spoke Out About Nixon's Rumored 'Treason'

March 18, 2013 Rumors and whispers of Richard Nixon's 'treason' -- sabotaging Vietnam peace talks to help his Presidential campaign -- have floated around for years, but newly released tapes from Lyndon Johnson's Presidency show that LBJ knew about Nixon's behavior and didn't bother to report it. In previously released tapes from Johnson's ...