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The mystery man in the death of a publicist

The mystery man in the death of a publicist

He was named a “person of interest” in the killing of a Hollywood publicist, and he shot himself to death as detectives tried to question him — but police say it’s still not clear if he played any role in the murder. What is certain about Harold Martin Smith is that he was an armed […]

Feds way behind in cyber security

Feds way behind in cyber security

It will take several more years for the government to fully install high-tech systems to block computer intrusions, a drawn-out timeline that enables criminals to become more adept at stealing sensitive data, experts say. As the Department of Homeland Security moves methodically to pare down and secure the approximately 2,400 network connections used every day […]

Police worked to keep armed student calm

Police worked to keep armed student calm

Trapped in their classroom with a student gunman, a group of terrified Wisconsin high schoolers worked desperately to keep their captor calm by chatting and laughing with him about hunting and fishing. The 15-year-old gunman eventually shot himself as police stormed the room at Marinette High School hours later Monday evening, and he was hospitalized […]

Satire-master Nielsen dead at 84

Satire-master Nielsen dead at 84

Despite decades spent playing sober commanders and serious captains, Leslie Nielsen insisted that he was always made for comedy. He proved it in his career’s second act. “Surely you can’t be serious,” an airline passenger says to Nielsen in “Airplane!” the 1980 hit that turned the actor from dramatic leading man to comic star. “I […]

A terrorist plot or an FBI propaganda stunt?

A terrorist plot or an FBI propaganda stunt?

Didn’t take long for the conspiracy theorists to turn the FBI‘s latest bust of an allleged would-be terrorist in Oregon into a purported government-sponsored hoax designed to drive fear into the hearts of Americans as they head into the holiday season. Depending on who you talk to, Mohamed Osman Mohamud is either a Somali-born university […]

Willie Nelson busted again for pot

Willie Nelson busted again for pot

A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas. Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint about 9 a.m. Friday. Brooks says an officer smelled pot when a door was opened […]

Enhanced security protests ready to disrupt system

Enhanced security protests ready to disrupt system

Holiday travelers dismayed by airport body scans planned protests at bustling airports Wednesday, while the head of the nation’s transport security agency urged passengers to comply with searches to reduce the possibility of delays on one of the busiest travel days of the year. A loosely organized effort dubbed National Opt-Out Day plans to use […]

End coming for color-coded terror alert system

End coming for color-coded terror alert system

The Homeland Security Department is proposing to discontinue the color-coded terror alert system that became a symbol of the country’s post-9/11 jitters and the butt of late-night talk show jokes. The 8-year-old system, with its rainbow of five colors — from green, signifying a low threat, to red, meaning severe — became a fixture in […]

GOP wins another House seat as Democrat concedes

A sixth Democratic House seat in New York fell to Republicans on Tuesday when freshman incumbent Dan Maffei conceded he could not overcome his opponent’s narrow lead. The Republican, Ann Marie Buerkle, will be the first woman to represent central New York‘s 25th Congressional District. Maffei, who defeated Dale Sweetland to win the seat in […]

Delay trial jurors close in on a verdict

Delay trial jurors close in on a verdict

The jury in the money laundering trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay could be getting close to reaching a verdict. Jurors were to resume deliberating Wednesday, a day after asking various legal questions that prompted the judge to say they weren’t on the right track. But at the end of the day, […]

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