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Lock certified for U.S. defense facilities opened with wire

LAS VEGAS — Hackers at a DefCon gathering were shown how a high-security lock certified for use in sensitive US government facilities can be easily opened with just a piece of wire. Security specialist Marc Weber Tobias had plans to meet in Switzerland with lock-maker Kaba to discuss ways that…

US expands role in Mexico’s drug war: report

The United States is sending new CIA operatives and retired military personnel to Mexico and may deploy private security contractors to fight drug cartels, The New York Times said. Small numbers of CIA operatives and civilian US military employees have been posted at a Mexican military base, it said late…

US to ‘stay the course’ after Afghan chopper crash

The United States on Saturday vowed to “stay the course” in Afghanistan after 30 US soldiers were killed there when, according to local officials, the Taliban shot down their helicopter. The pledge from US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta — and a salute from President Barack Obama — came after the…

US Jews urge Castro to free contractor

American Jews urged Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday to release a US contractor “on humanitarian grounds” after the communist island’s highest court upheld a 15-year sentence. In his appeal, Elan Steinberg, vice president of The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors & Their Descendants, noted that Alan Gross has…

Abu Ghraib abuser Charles Graner released from prison

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The soldier who orchestrated abuses of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison was released on Saturday after serving more than six years in a Kansas military prison barracks, a U.S. Army spokeswoman said. Charles Graner, 42, was released from the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth at about…

Obama calls for end to bickering after credit rating loss

The White House on Saturday called for an end to the political gridlock blamed for the first-ever US credit rating downgrade as allies voiced confidence in the world’s largest economy. Standard & Poor’s cut the US rating for the first time in history Friday, by one notch from its top-flight…

Wisconsin GOP official resigns after drunken crash with kids in car

Columbia County Republican Party chair Amber Hahn resigned on Friday after drunkenly crashing a car carrying herself and her three children, according to The Wisconsin State Journal. Hahn, 35, crashed her car Thursday night while driving drunk. No other vehicles were involved and fortunately no one was injured. Police were…

TX Gov. Perry prays for America at controversial rally

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, expected to enter the Republican race for the White House within weeks, offered a prayer for America on Saturday at a controversial religious rally that put the spotlight on his Christian faith. Perry, who has made his religious beliefs a big part of…

Mystery million dollar Romney donor revealed

The individual behind the shell company W Spann LLC, which formed long enough to donate a million dollars to the Mitt Romney presidential campaign then disappeared, has been revealed to be Ed Conrad, a former executive at Bain Capital, the investment firm Romney helped found in 1984. Talking Points Memo…

SEAL Team 6, unit that killed Osama bin Laden, died in helicopter crash: AP

The Associated Press reported that the majority of the 31 American troops killed Saturday when the Taliban shot down a military helicopter over Afghanistan were members of SEAL Team 6, the elite team that killed Osama bin Laden in May. Afghan President Hamid Karzai delivered news of the 38 total…

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