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Latest flu numbers paint the picture of an epidemic

January 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Disease Control is set to release its weekly flu advisory report on Friday, which will show that the nationwide flu epidemic continues to grow, even though it may have begun to peak in the stateswhere it first began. The director of the National Institutes of Health says ...

FAA orders review of all Boeing 787 Dreamliners

January 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered a safety review of Boeing's flagship plane after two more dangerous incidents raised troubling concerns about their integrity. The latest problems came on Friday, when a Japanese flight crew found a crack in a cockpit window of a 787 Dreamliner and different 787 on ...

The U.S. may not leave any troops behind in Afghanistan

January 9, 2013 After previously suggesting that some American forces could remain in Afghanistan for decades to come, the Pentagon says it's considering the possibility that no U.S. forces could be stationed there after 2014. NATO and American forces are planning to withdraw all combat troops from the country by the end of ...

Benghazi suspect released for lack of evidence

January 8, 2013 The only suspect to be arrested over the Benghazi embassy attack was released from jail on Tuesday after authorities declared that they did not have enough evidence to hold him further. Ali Harzi, a Tunisia citizen, was arrested in Turkey on October 3 and tkaen back to Tunis, where he's ...

Tim Geithner is stepping down before the next fiscal fight

January 3, 2013 Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will reportedly leave his post by the end of January, giving up his cabinet position just weeks before the next big debt ceiling fight heats up. Bloomberg is reporting that Geithner has let the White House know that he plans to stick to his scheduled departure ...

Al-Qaeda puts a bounty on a U.S. ambassador's head

December 31, 2012 Al-Qaeda in Yemen has begun to offer bounties for anyone who kills U.S. soldiers and officials in their country, including the U.S. ambassador. The group has reportedly posted on Islamist websites that they will give 5 million rials (a little more than 23,000 U.S. dollars) to anyone who kills an ...

Reid: We're headed over the fiscal cliff

December 27, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gave a less than encouraging speech on the Senate floor Thursday morning, essentially conceding that the fiscal cliff is happening. During his remarks, Reid scolded his House counterpart John Boehner, calling his rule a "dictatorship" and accusing him of intentionally delaying any compromise on taxes ...

United States set to hit the debt ceiling on Monday

December 27, 2012 Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has politely reminded everyone that as of Monday, the Treasury Department won't be able to borrow any more money. In a letter sent to Congress on Wednesday, Geithner warned that the government will hit its legally mandated limit on borrowing—the so-called debt ceiling—in just five days ...

President cancels vacation to resume fiscal cliff fight

December 26, 2012 After a nice long holiday weekend, President Obama and members of Congress suddenly remembered that they never took care of that fiscal cliff thing that happens in just six days. The President will end his holiday vacation early, leaving his family behind in Hawaii and heading to Washington on Wednesday ...

American troops are headed to Turkey to defend against Syria

December 14, 2012 The United States has agreed to send two Patriot missile batteries to defend Turkey's border against Syria missiles, and that also means 400 more American troops will be on the ground and closer than ever to the ongoing fight in Syria. Germany and the Netherlands will also contribute missile teams ...