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Federal agent commits suicide in Pittsburgh Homeland Security office

By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH Pa. (Reuters) – A federal agent shot and killed himself inside a U.S. Department of Homeland Security building in Pittsburgh on Thursday afternoon, county officials said. James McConaughy, 43, of Beaver Falls, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:19 p.m. from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot…

Judge allows feds to keep cash seized at MN airport because it smelled like weed

A federal judge allowed the government to keep cash that Homeland Security agents seized because it smelled like marijuana. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Davis issued a default ruling May 28 because the original owner of the cash failed to claim it before a late February deadline to do so.…

U.S. fights child pornography with new iPhone app

The US Department of Homeland Security enlisted smartphone users in its fight against child pornography Thursday with an iPhone app intended to make it easy to report suspected child predators. The Operation Predator app lets informants submit information via email or a telephone tipline, and also includes a run-down of…

House Republicans vote to increase funding for Homeland Security

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $39 billion Department of Homeland Security spending bill for next fiscal year that would boost its funding by nearly $1 billion, shifting deeper cuts into other domestic agencies. The measure passed on a 245-182 vote largely along party lines in the Republican-controlled…

U.S. using ‘latest tools’ for cybersecurity: Napolitano

WASHINGTON — US officials are deploying “the latest tools” to keep cyberspace safe for commerce and protect the US information infrastructure, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. Napolitano, speaking at the National Press Club, emphasized that homeland security and US economic security “go hand in hand.” “Cyberspace is an increasingly…

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