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US Defenseless Against North Korean EMP Threat

This composite image made available by NASA and assembled by data acquired from the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012 uses the satellite’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), to show the U.S's lights at night.

By Kells Hetherington - WASHINGTON - The electric grid in the United States remains largely unprotected, according to a longtime adviser to Congress on national security issues. Peter Vincent Pry told VOA he believes North Korea is ready to attempt a strike on the U.S. electric grid using an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). Pry said North […]

August 20th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Militants’ Beheading Video Suggests New Anti-West Strategy

FILE - This scene from a propaganda video released June 8, 2014, allegedly shows militant group Islamic State fighters gathered near Tikrit, Iraq.

Reuters - The Islamic State group's beheading of a U.S. journalist and its threat to “destroy the American cross” suggests it has gained enough confidence seizing large areas of Iraq and Syria to take aim at American targets despite the risks. On Tuesday night, Islamic State released a video showing a militant executing American freelance […]

August 20th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Obama Condemns Beheading of American Journalist

FILE - This undated image, from video released by GlobalPost April 7, 2011, shows freelance journalist James Foley in Benghazi, Libya.

By Victor Beattie - WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the Islamic State militants who beheaded an American journalist as a spreading "cancer" that must be eradicated. "The whole world is appalled by the brutal murder of James Foley," Obama said, speaking a day after the militants released a video of his execution. He also […]

August 20th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Obama: Iraqi Kurds, Military Recapture Mosul Dam

President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Aug. 18, 2014.

VOA News - President Barack Obama says U.S. military helped Iraqi forces and Kurds recapture a major strategic northern dam from Islamic State fighters. In a brief appearance at the White House Monday, the president said if the militants breached the Mosul Dam, it would have brought "catastrophic" floods to northern Iraq, killing thousands. Obama […]

August 18th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Cost of Raising Children Nears $250K

BABY PHOTO

New parents in the United States will have to have to tighten their budgets, according to data released Monday, which shows the cost of raising a child is inching toward a quarter-million dollars. Research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows middle-income parents will spend slightly more that $245,000 on a baby born in 2013 […]

August 18th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Wikileaks' Assange Seeks Exit From Ecuador London Embassy

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino (L) and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speak during a press conference inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he confirmed he "will be leaving the embassy soon", Monday Aug. 18, 2014.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says he may leave the embassy of Ecador in London where he has sought political asylum for the past two years. During a news conference with Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, Assange confirmed a Wikileaks spokesman's statement he would leave the embassy "soon." Assange did not offer further details. Assange sought […]

August 18th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Nixon Resignation Still Resonates 40 Years After Watergate

FILE - In this March 15, 1973, file photo President Nixon tells a White House news conference that he will not allow his legal counsel, John Dean, to testify on Capitol Hill in the Watergate investigation.

By Jim Malone - Forty years ago on August 8, 1974, Richard Nixon became the only American president to resign from office. His departure came because of his involvement in the Watergate scandal and subsequent cover-up, which began when Republican campaign operatives broke into Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate office building in Washington in […]

August 11th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Sending Aid to France to Fight W. African Terrorists

The U.S. has approved $10 million to help France fight terrorism in West Africa. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is shown talking with French soldiers in this file photo taken in nearby Central African Republic on Jan. 2, 2014.

U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized $10 million in military aid to help France fight terrorists in the Sahel region of West Africa. From his vacation retreat along the Atlantic Ocean in Massachusetts, Obama said Monday that "an unforeseen emergency exists" requiring the assistance for France as it fights against "violent extremists" in Chad, Mali […]

August 11th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Obama's Vow to Speed Deportation of Children at Odds with Public Opinion

Migrants from Central America hold candles during a protest demanding a reform in U.S. immigration laws which regulate the illegal exodus of children into the U.S., and to provide protection for them, outside the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, August 9, 201

Reuters - WASHINGTON / MCALLEN, TEXAS—President Barack Obama's pledge to fast-track the deportation of migrant children from Central America is out of step with the opinion of a majority of Americans, who say the children should be allowed to stay in the United States, at least for a while.The results of a Reuters/Ipsos poll highlight […]

August 11th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US State to Quarantine Ebola-exposed Missionaries

FILE - An Aeromedical Biological Containment System (ABCS) is shown in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The southern U.S. state of North Carolina is stepping up efforts to guard against the possible spread of the Ebola virus to the United States. On Sunday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said anyone returning from Africa who worked with Ebola patients will be put into quarantine. That precautionary measure will […]

August 11th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

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