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Oct 5, 2013

Woman killed in Washington car chase had post-partum depression, family says

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The woman who engaged police in a dramatic car chase through the streets of Washington, prompting a lockdown of the U.S. Capitol before officers shot her dead, suffered from post-partum depression, her sisters told CNN on Friday, while questioning why she had to die.

Miriam Carey, 34, had her one-year-old baby in the car with her on Thursday when she tried to drive her black Infiniti coupe through a barrier near the White House, then sped away toward Capitol Hill, leading police on a high-speed chase that ended when her car got stuck on a median and police shot her.

Oct 5, 2013

Family identifies woman who died after Washington car chase

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Family members have identified the body of a woman who died after a tense car chase through the streets of Washington that prompted a lockdown of the U.S. Capitol, their lawyer said Friday.

Miriam Carey’s family members plan to discuss the incident later on Friday, when they return to their New York home, attorney Eric Sanders said in a posting on his law firm’s Facebook page. They identified her body at the office of the medical examiner in Washington, Sanders said.

Oct 4, 2013

Mother says woman killed in Washington car chase was depressed -report

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The woman who engaged police in a dramatic car chase through the streets of Washington, prompting a lockdown of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday before police shot her dead, suffered post-partum depression, her mother told ABC News.

Miriam Carey, 34, had her one-year-old baby in the car with her when she tried to drive through a barrier near the White House, then sped away towards Capitol Hill and led police on a high-speed chase that ended when her car got stuck on a median and police shot her.

Oct 2, 2013

Fearing blind spots, U.S. spy agencies to recall some laid-off by shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Fearing they could miss
important intelligence, U.S. spy agencies are planning to call
back to work some of the thousands of civilian workers who have
been temporarily laid off as a result of this week’s federal
government shutdown.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has already
authorized chiefs of the 16 U.S. spy agencies he supervises to
make revisions in their furlough arrangements, Clapper’s
spokesman Shawn Turner said.

Oct 1, 2013

U.S. spy agencies face big layoffs in government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 70 percent of the civilians working for U.S. spy agencies have been deemed “non-essential” employees and face temporary layoffs due to the government shutdown that began on Tuesday, three officials familiar with the matter said.

The agencies affected are the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of Director of National Intelligence and 15 others, the officials said.

Sep 27, 2013

Former bin Laden associate facing U.S. charges seeks UK spy evidence

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former London-based associate of Osama bin Laden facing U.S. terrorism charges has asked a judge for authorization to seek testimony from an officer of Britain’s internal spy agency, MI5, which his lawyers claim might prove his innocence.

Lawyers for Khalid Al Fawwaz filed papers in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday seeking a court order requiring testimony from a MI5 officer with whom Fawwaz claims he was in regular contact with during four years he lived in London in the 1990s.

Sep 26, 2013

U.S. concern grows about al Qaeda ties to Kenya mall attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Islamist militant attack on a Kenyan shopping mall increasingly appears to have been carried out by a dominant faction of al Shabaab, which has ideological and personal ties to al Qaeda, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Based on initial reporting from the scene, which is still preliminary and uncertain, U.S. officials believe al Shabaab likely spent a great deal of time planning and staging the siege in Nairobi that killed at least 72 people.

Sep 23, 2013

U.S. examines Kenya information about foreigners in mall attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are urgently looking into information given by the Kenyan government that foreigners were among armed militants who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall over the weekend, killing at least 62 people, U.S. security sources said.

Kenyan security forces are still continuing an operation to secure the Westgate Mall and free any remaining hostages, meaning conclusive evidence proving the involvement of foreigners is not yet available.

Sep 22, 2013

Analysis: Nairobi attack may trigger tighter security at malls worldwide

By Ilaina Jonas and Mark Hosenball

(Reuters) – The deadly attack on a high-end Nairobi shopping mall on Saturday put the safety of malls around the world into the spotlight and could trigger moves to improve security and make it more visible.

“They’re obviously going to ramp up security,” said Malachy Kavanagh, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers, a U.S.-based trade group of mall and shopping center owners, adding that he expected the U.S. government’s Department of Homeland Security to reach out to the heads of corporate security for all American malls following the events in Kenya.

Sep 22, 2013

Nairobi attack may trigger tighter security at malls worldwide

Sept 22 (Reuters) – The deadly attack on a high-end Nairobi
shopping mall on Saturday put the safety of malls around the
world into the spotlight and could trigger moves to improve
security and make it more visible.

“They’re obviously going to ramp up security,” said Malachy
Kavanagh, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping
Centers, a U.S.-based trade group of mall and shopping center
owners, adding that he expected the U.S. government’s Department
of Homeland Security to reach out to the heads of corporate
security for all American malls following the events in Kenya.