Secret Service boosts security at White House

Obama insists he still has confidence in the beleaguered agency

Secret Service boosts security at White House

The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man with a knife who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended, officials said Saturday. President Barack Obama insisted he still has confidence in the beleaguered agency’s ability to protect him and his family. Secret Service Director […]

Expanding wildfire threatens more of California

The fire some 60 miles east of Sacramento grew to more than 128 square miles Saturday

Expanding wildfire threatens more of California

As an expanding wildfire in Northern California kept nearly 3,000 people from their homes, teams sought to find out how many structured had already been lost to the huge blaze, authorities said. While officials confirmed that several structures have been damaged or destroyed in the King Fire, dangerous conditions have so far prevented them from […]

Questions arise from White House security breach

The episode raises questions about Secret Service ability to protect the president

Questions arise from White House security breach

The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. President Barack Obama and his daughters had just departed the White House on Friday evening when an intruder scaled the north fence, darted across the lawn […]

Five ways to protect self from data breaches

More breaches are likely

Five ways to protect self from data breaches

Data breaches at retailers aren’t going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information. Home Depot said Thursday that malicious software lurking in its check-out terminals between April and September affected 56 million debit and credit cards that customers swiped at its stores. Target, Michaels and […]

Feds won’t talk about illegal border crossings

Reports say feds stopped some prosecutions under nearly two weeks ago

Feds won’t talk about illegal border crossings

The federal government refuses to say whether prosecutors in Yuma, Arizona, have scaled back a years-old program that guarantees jail time for most immigrants caught crossing the border illegally and which law enforcement officials say is crucial to public safety. Reports that federal prosecutors have stopped some prosecutions under Operation Streamline surfaced nearly two weeks […]

Another setback for privacy advocates

Judge rules police don't have to disclose records from the millions of plates they scan

Another setback for privacy advocates

A California judge’s initial ruling against a tech entrepreneur seeking access to records kept secret in government databases detailing the comings and goings of millions of cars in the San Diego area via license plate scans was the second legal setback within a month for privacy advocates. The tentative decision issued Thursday upheld the right […]

Florida felon kills six grand children, himself

'There's still a lot of unanswered questions'

Florida felon kills six grand children, himself

A man who spent time in prison a decade ago for the shooting death of his young son killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a rampage at a home where authorities in the small Florida town say they had been called to in the past. The shooter, […]

Enjoy low interest rates while they last

By mid-2015, expect the Fed to abandon keeping short-term rates at record lows

Enjoy low interest rates while they last

Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday. Enjoy the easy money while it lasts. By mid-2015, economists expect the Fed to abandon a nearly 6-year-old policy of keeping short-term rates at record lows. Those rates have helped support the economy, cheered the stock […]

California fire threatens more than 2,000 homes

'It's been an explosive couple of days'

California fire threatens more than 2,000 homes

An out-of-control wildfire in Northern California threatened more than 2,000 homes and consumed huge swaths of timber land east of Sacramento while another town near the Oregon border took account of the damage done by a wildfire that burned 200 homes earlier in the week. In the fire east of Sacramento, 2,500 firefighters were taking […]

New anti-terrorism program set for Twin Cities

A goal to engage the community and build trust to put a stop to recruiting of terrorists

New anti-terrorism program set for Twin Cities

The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to engage at-risk communities and stop extremists from recruiting Americans to join terror organizations overseas, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday. Luger, who announced the Twin Cities’ participation in an interview with The Associated Press, said the program […]

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