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Secret Service Agent who was under investigation commits suicide

November 2, 2012 A Secret Service agent who had served on President Obama's protection detail appears to have committed suicide while he was under investigation for inappropriate conduct. Special Agent Rafael Prieto was reportedly under investigation for having a romantic relationship with a foreign citizen that he did not disclose to his superiors....

Mitt Romney finally answers the FEMA question

November 1, 2012 After days of not hearing reporters' questions about what he wants to do with Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mitt Romney's campaign finally released a statement that (sort of) provides an answer. Late on Wednesday night, the campaign gave reporters a brief comment on the matter in response to his earlier...

Lawmaker takes a stand against hurricane relief

October 31, 2012 Rep. Steve King of Iowa is defending his vote against relief for Hurricane Katrina, because he claims some of the money was spent on "Gucci bags and massage parlors." During a debate in Mason City, Iowa, last night, King said he doesn't want to sign off on federal spending for...

Did Iran hack the world's biggest oil company?

October 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Saudi Aramco, the world's most valuable company, was recently hit by a nasty computer virus and the U.S. says Iran is to blame for it. According to a report by Nicole Perlroth in The New York Times, the attack (which happened in August) may have been one of "the most...

Credit card hackers strike at Barnes & Noble

October 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Thieves stole credit and debit card PINs from thousands Barnes & Noble customers, not by breaking into the company's website, but by hacking the keypads sitting right on their store counters. The FBI is reportedly investigating claims that keypads where customers swipe their cards and enter their own personal ID...

Russian rocket launch brings a new crew to the Space Station

October 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Soyuz rocket is preparing to lifted off from Kazakhstan within the hour and will carry three new astronauts to their temporary home on the International Space Station. Cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin are joined by American engineer Kevin Ford as the crew begins a six-month mission into outer...

Did the CIA arrange a marriage in order to kill Al-Awlaki?

October 15, 2012 A Danish spy claims that the third marriage of terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki was actually part of a CIA plot to set up the al-Qaeda leader for a CIA assassination attempt. A former member of Denmark's intelligence service claims that he was paid by the CIA to introduce the American-born al-Awlaki...

TSA employees give Newark Airport security low marks

October 8, 2012 An investigation of TSA employees at Newark Liberty Airport found that the people charged with screening passengers for flights are doing important parts of their job correctly less than 20 percent of the time. That evaluation comes from TSA employees from other airports who were asked to secretly observe Newark...

State Department turned down security request from embassy in Libya

October 5, 2012 Jake Tapper of ABC News has uncovered an email that seems to question Washington's support for the the security of its diplomatic efforts in Libya. The email, dated May 3, refers to a request made by the Libyan embassy in Tripoli to secure a private plane for use by the...

Friendly fire may have killed Border Patrol agent

October 5, 2012 After an incident that left one U.S. Border Patrol agent dead and another in the hospital, the speculation was that they had been killed by armed criminals, but now investigators are hinting that the two officers may have shot each other. Both NBC News and ABC News are reporting that...

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