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Nov 12, 2014

U.S. weather agency reports cyber attacks on four websites

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. agency that operates the National Weather Service said on Wednesday four of its websites were hacked in recent weeks, becoming the latest federal agency to fall victim to a cyber attack.

“In recent weeks, four NOAA websites were compromised by an Internet-sourced attack,” said Scott Smullen, a spokesman for the┬áNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Nov 10, 2014

U.S. Postal Service data breach may compromise staff, customer details

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service was the victim of a cyber attack that may have compromised the personal information of more than 800,000 employees, as well as data on customers who contacted its call center during the first eight months of this year.

Employee data may include names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, beginning and end dates of employment and emergency contact information, the Postal Service said on Monday.

Nov 3, 2014

U.S. enhances security screening for travelers from Europe, Asia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Concerned about foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq, Washington imposed tighter security screening on Monday for travelers from countries, mostly in Europe and Asia, whose citizens do not need a visa to get into the United States.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said people from countries in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program will have to provide additional information on an electronic application they need to file to be eligible to enter.

Oct 31, 2014

White House says Syria strategy working, policy on Assad clear

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House and Pentagon sought to portray a unified stance on Syria on Friday after reports that a memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel criticized U.S. strategy as fuzzy on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said U.S. strategy against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was working. He denied Washington was focused on weakening the Islamic militants at the expense of its parallel goal of pushing Assad out of power.

Oct 28, 2014

Dallas nurse to leave Atlanta hospital free of Ebola virus

Oct 28 (Reuters) – The second of two American nurses who
became infected with Ebola while treating a Liberian man who
died of the disease in Texas three weeks ago will be released
from the hospital on Tuesday having been declared free of the
virus, officials said.

The infections of the nurses at a Dallas hospital
underscored the lack of preparedness in the United States public
health system to safely deal with Ebola, which has killed about
5,000 people in three impoverished West African countries and
raised fears of a wider outbreak.

Oct 28, 2014

Texas nurse to leave Emory University Hospital free of Ebola virus

Oct 28 (Reuters) – A Texas nurse who contracted Ebola in the
United States will be released from Emory University Hospital in
Atlanta on Tuesday after being found free of the virus, the
hospital said.

Amber Vinson was one of two nurses at a Dallas hospital who
had treated Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian visiting Texas who
died of Ebola on Oct. 8 and was the first patient diagnosed with
the virus in the United States.

Oct 14, 2014

Family that lived with Texas Ebola victim showing no symptoms: mayor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The family who shared an apartment with a Liberian man who died of Ebola in Texas is showing no signs of illness, while the dog of a nurse who contracted the deadly virus is healthy and being cared for, Dallas’s mayor said on Tuesday.

Thomas Eric Duncan’s girlfriend, her 13-year-old son and two nephews in their 20s had been living with Duncan before he was admitted to a Dallas hospital on Sept. 28.

Sep 21, 2014

U.S. says other countries willing to launch air strikes in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has indications other countries are willing to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, its U.N. ambassador said on Sunday, predicting “we will not do the air strikes alone.”

Washington is trying to build an international military, political and financial coalition to defeat the radical Sunni Muslim group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

Sep 17, 2014

Top U.S. security threats: lone wolves, Syria fighters : officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans radicalized by online propaganda from Islamic State and other militant groups pose the main terrorist threat to the United States, which is especially vulnerable to foreign fighters returning from Syria, senior U.S. security officials said on Wednesday.

While there is no evidence that the radical Islamist group plans an attack on U.S. soil, its vigorous propaganda machine and sophisticated online recruitment efforts created a clear potential threat, they said.

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. airstrikes boost Islamic State, more hostages possible -FBI

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Support for Islamic State
increased after U.S. airstrikes began in Iraq and the militant
group may take more hostages to try to force concessions from
Washington, the FBI director told Congress on Wednesday.

Islamic State is “committed to instilling fear and
attracting recruits” and to drawing public attention, as shown
through its use of social media and in videos it released of the
beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven
Sotloff, said FBI Director James Comey.