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U.S. Navy ship runs aground off the Philippines

January 24, 2013 A Naval minesweeping ship is turning into an environmental hazard after it was heavily damaged when it struck a coral reef off the coast of Palawan in the Philippines. The USS Guardian became stranded on the reef last week, but has recently begun to take on water as heavy waves...

Clinton's Benghazi testimony will be her last act as Secretary of State

January 23, 2013 Before Hillary Clinton ends her tenure at the State Department she'll deal with one final piece of unfinished business today—answering Congress's questions about the Benghazi attack. Clinton will appear before both the House Foreign Affairs and the Senate Foreign Relations Committees in a full day of hearings on the subject....

Report: House GOP 'seriously entertaining' debt default idea

January 14, 2013 Now that the magic coin is no longer on the table, Politico is kicking off the next stage of the debt ceiling fight with a report that House Republicans are "seriously entertaining dramatic steps," including letting the government default or shutting it down altogether. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers even went...

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...

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