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Oct 30, 2010

Parcel bombs have hallmarks of al Qaeda work-US

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The parcel bombs sent from
Yemen destined for the United States have hallmarks of the
militant group al Qaeda or its affiliate al Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet
Napolitano said on Saturday.

“I think we would agree with that, that it does contain all
the hallmarks of al Qaeda and in particular al Qaeda AP,” she
said in an interview on ABC News.

Oct 30, 2010

U.S. tightens security, seeks source of parcel bombs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States searched on Saturday for the culprits behind a plot to bomb Jewish targets in Chicago uncovered by the interception in Britain and Dubai of parcels with explosives sent from Yemen.

President Barack Obama vowed on Friday that U.S. authorities would spare no effort to find the source of the packages, which he called a “credible terrorist threat” aimed at two places of Jewish worship.

Oct 26, 2010

Fake chips from China sold to U.S. defense contractors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Shannon Wren ran what appeared to be a low-key computer business in Florida but had a love for fast and fancy cars, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a Rolls Royce, a Ferrari Spider, a Bentley Arnage and motorcycles.

He even had a side business featuring couture clothing. However, his real moneymaker was allegedly selling fake integrated circuits he imported from China and Hong Kong to defense contractors and transportation firms, chips used in virtually every piece of electronics equipment.

Oct 22, 2010

American pleads guilty to trying to spy for China

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) – A Detroit man on Friday pleaded guilty to trying to get a job with the Central Intelligence Agency in order to spy for China and to hiding contacts and money he got from Chinese intelligence agents.

Glenn Shriver, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to communicate national defense information. His plea agreement, made public during a hearing in federal court in Virginia, called for a sentence of 48 months in prison.

Oct 21, 2010

Republican gains may foil terrorism trials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Expected Republican gains in Congress in next month’s elections will further stymie President Barack Obama’s efforts to try terrorism suspects in criminal courts and make it harder to close the U.S. military prison at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay.

For months the White House has been in a stalemate with lawmakers over where to try detainees held at Guantanamo, including the accused plotters of the September 11, 2001 attacks like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, with no resolution in sight.

Oct 20, 2010

Republican gains may foil terrorism trials in U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Expected Republican gains in the U.S. Congress in next month’s elections will further stymie President Barack Obama’s efforts to try terrorism suspects in criminal courts and make it harder to close the U.S. military prison at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay.

For months the White House has been in a stalemate with lawmakers over where to try detainees held at Guantanamo, including the accused plotters of the September 11, 2001 attacks like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, with no resolution in sight.

Oct 20, 2010

Old GM in deal for cleanup of former plants

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – The Obama administration and 14 states on Wednesday struck a $773 million deal with the bankruptcy estate of General Motors to clean up environmental damage at 89 of its closed factories, clearing the way to sell the properties for redevelopment.

The proposed settlement with the estate, known as Motors Liquidation Co, includes establishing a trust with at least $641.4 million in cash plus $120 million in non-cash assets to pay for the environmental cleanup at the sites.

Oct 14, 2010

Judge asked to stay ruling on military gay ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday asked a judge to allow the Pentagon to keep its ban against openly gay men and women in the military while it appeals her decision that ruled the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was unconstitutional.

President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and military leaders have backed ending the policy, but have urged that it be done by the U.S. Congress and military so that there is no disruption to military operations, morale or recruiting.

Oct 12, 2010

Obama administration appeals gay marriage ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration decided on Tuesday to appeal a judge’s rulings that prevented the U.S. government from banning same-sex marriages, a move that could undermine support among President Barack Obama’s traditional liberal base ahead of a key election.

The Obama administration filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in support of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, that barred gay marriages, even though Obama had previously opposed the law.

Oct 12, 2010

Judge orders military to stop gay service ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Tuesday ordered the Pentagon to stop banning openly gay men and women from serving in the military after ruling last month that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in California rejected the administration’s request to limit her ruling to only military personnel who are members of the Log Cabin Republicans, the organization that sued to overturn the policy.

    • About Jeremy

      "Legal correspondent. Previously has covered the White House, U.S. political campaigns, Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the U.S. economy. Launched and directed the "Tales from the Trail: 2008" Reuters campaign blog, the predecessor to Reuters' "Front Row Washington" blog."
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