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A U.S. lawmaker fumed that the Bush administration refused to divulge anything about a security review it is conducting of a Dubai-owned company that is planning to take over several plants in the U.S. that make equipment for defense contractors.
The American tech industry's increasingly close relationship with China has more U.S. government officials worried - and taking action. [They can always pack their bags and move elsewhere.]
Tons of Canadian trash is shipped to the US every day but it is not screened for security threats. Customs "does not have an effective method to screen and inspect the 350 truckloads of municipal solid waste that enter daily through Detroit and
Most Americans will see more of the sun as the nation makes the switch to daylight-saving time Sunday. That means push the clocks ahead — spring forward — before going to bed Saturday night. Daylight-saving time ends Oct. 29.
[Another no bid contract!] The Bahamas is getting sophisticated equipment to detect radioactive materials in shipping cargo. But US customs agents won't be on site to supervise the machine's use as a nuclear safeguard for the American shorel
The senior Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee sought assurances over a no-bid contract the Bush administration is finalizing with a Hong Kong conglomerate to help detect nuclear materials inside cargo passing through the Bahamas to the
Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to test for mad cow disease in every animal it processes. The Agriculture Department has said no. Creekstone intends to sue the department.
America increasingly is foreign-owned. The US must borrow more than $2 billion/day from foreigners to finance its huge trade deficits. Foreigners already own half of the US government's publicly traded debt. $2.19 trillion in Treasury securities
Gerry Adams and his longtime aide, Richard McAuley, were detained from traveling to Buffalo, N.Y., for a meeting just hours after both Sinn Fein officials were guests of President Bush in the White House for St. Patrick's Day. They missed the fli
The amount of unpaid federal fines has risen sharply in the last decade. Individuals and corporations regularly avoid large, highly publicized penalties for wrongdoing—sometimes through negotiations, sometimes because companies go bankrupt, so
A group of 18 corporate giants intends to share information, issue cease-and-desist orders to offenders, and try to expand its reach to almost every financial institution that matters. The aim: to snuff out the spread of smut by 2008.
A Dubai-owned company is giving itself up to six months to sell all $700 million worth of its newly acquired U.S. port operations to an American buyer, a plan forced by congressional concerns over terrorism security.
A leading Republican opponent of the collapsed Dubai ports deal said he would press ahead with legislation requiring US ownership of infrastructure deemed critical to homeland security. Companies in France and Germany, Australia and Mexico, for insta
Many federal agencies fall far short of the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act, repeatedly failing to meet reporting deadlines while citizens wait ever longer for documents. usually take months and sometimes take years to be filled; most
The number of cigarettes sold in the US in 2005 fell to the lowest level in 55 years largely due to enforcement of marketing restrictions imposed on the tobacco industry, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) said.
WASHINGTON: The Dubai company whose impending takeover of terminal operations at several U.S. ports had generated a storm of opposition said Thursday that it would sell its American holdings to a U.S. company...
The Treasury Department has started drawing from the civil service pension fund to avoid hitting the $8.2 trillion national debt limit. The move to tap the pension fund follows last month's decision to suspend investments in a retirement savings
George Barisich, president of the United Commercial Fisherman's Association, has been selling anti-FEMA T-shirts since last fall, a reflection of his frustration with the federal government's response to the storm that left him homeless and u
In theory, in a society that enjoys the "rule of law," the government is supposed to be subject to the same laws that are applied to ordinary citizens. In reality, things are quite different. For as long as human beings have ruled other hum
A federal judge ruled that the U.S. government acted unreasonably when it sent home 15 Cubans who thought they had safely made it to the United States when their boat reached an abandoned bridge in the Florida Keys.
President George W. Bush on Tuesday stood by his support for allowing a Dubai-based company to run terminals at six major U.S. ports, as lawmakers raised concerns about a Coast Guard report on security issues.
Homeland Security objected at first to a United Arab Emirates company's taking over operations at 6 US ports. It was the lone protest among members of the government committee that eventually approved the deal without dissent.
(Scarbrough, fearing trouble, brought a tape recorder along and taped the entire confrontation. You can read a transcript at the Boise Weekly, which broke the story on February 15 in an excellent article by Nicholas Collias.)
A point emphasized by many people familiar with security operations at US ports: Among all the reasons to fret about vulnerabilities to terrorist attacks, the nationality of the companies managing the terminals is one of the least worrisome.
Who's in charge of security at U.S. seaports? There's no simple answer to that question. All seaports are different and the biggest ones are complex. Responsibility for security is spread among government agencies: the Coast Guard, Customs an
Federal agents seized tons of fossilized dinosaur eggs, pine cones and other artifacts at the nation's largest gem show after determining the items had been smuggled out of Argentina. Authorities said 3 small watermelon-sized eggs and 14,400 poun
This afternoon Karl Rove, the president's chief political adviser, told Tony Snow that the president is now considering delaying the deal and pointed out that the sale of the company is not yet a done deal in the United Kingdom either.
Dubai Ports World will delay taking over management of the US ports "while it engages in further consultations with the Bush administration, congressional leadership and port authorities to address concerns over future security arrangements.
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