‘US in grip of anti-Russia hysteria, worse than days of Salem witch trials’ – analyst

‘US in grip of anti-Russia hysteria, worse than days of Salem witch trials’ – analyst

The whole 'Russia thing' is due to the neocons who are looking for another Cold War because it is very profitable for them, Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute, told RT.

‘Dr Seuss is racist propaganda’: First lady’s book donation rejected

‘Dr Seuss is racist propaganda’: First lady’s book donation rejected

A Massachusetts librarian has been criticized for rejecting a donation of children's books by Melania Trump, because she thinks the author, Dr Seuss, is “racist” and a “cliche.”

Russia didn’t scan election systems, but ‘may have’ looked to break in – US government

Russia didn’t scan election systems, but ‘may have’ looked to break in – US government

Even though hackers from the Russian government didn't directly scan election systems in 21 US states, that doesn't mean Moscow wasn’t looking to break in, the Department of Homeland Security said after complaints about inaccurate reporting.

Podesta emails showed Facebook colluded with Clinton, Assange reminds

Podesta emails showed Facebook colluded with Clinton, Assange reminds

As US lawmakers demand social media companies show how their platforms were allegedly used by Russia to meddle in the 2016 election, WikiLeaks co-founder tweeted emails that show Facebook executives in direct communication with one candidate’s team.

‘You failed up there’: Hawaii approves $1.4bn telescope despite sacred land protests

‘You failed up there’: Hawaii approves $1.4bn telescope despite sacred land protests

The Hawaii land board has approved the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Mauna Kea mountain which has for years been the subject of of contentious debate and protests that it will desecrate a mountain sacred to the natives.

US government sues company for hiring foreign workers

US government sues company for hiring foreign workers

The Department of Justice is suing a Colorado-based company for allegedly discriminating against American workers, after refusing to hire US citizens in favor of hiring temporary foreign labor.

Black Lives Matter is a social movement and can’t be sued, Louisiana judge says

Black Lives Matter is a social movement and can’t be sued, Louisiana judge says

A federal judge has ruled that Black Lives Matter is a social movement rather than an entity and therefore cannot be sued, dismissing the complaint against the group and one of its activists by a Louisiana police officer.

Twitter testifies on ‘Russian meddling,’ Senate not amused

Twitter testifies on ‘Russian meddling,’ Senate not amused

Responding to demands to look into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, Twitter executives met with US lawmakers behind closed doors. Despite Twitter’s efforts at transparency, the senior Democrat on the Senate panel left the meeting unhappy.

‘Sorry it was a mistake’ not enough: Afghan decries US strike that wounded 6 in his family (VIDEO)

‘Sorry it was a mistake’ not enough: Afghan decries US strike that wounded 6 in his family (VIDEO)

Ghulam Rabani witnessed a US airstrike destroy his house in residential Kabul, injuring six of his family members, including four children. NATO expressed regret over the Wednesday bombing, but the family told RT’s Ruptly video agency it’s not enough.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke to Travel to Puerto Rico Tomorrow

Release Date: 
September 28, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke will travel to Puerto Rico tomorrow with other senior administration officials responsible for the federal response to meet with local officials and observe the Hurricane Maria recovery. The Acting Secretary has been in constant contact with Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló throughout the response and recovery, and will spend the day with the governor, FEMA and other senior government officials to discuss coordination of response efforts. The top priority of the federal government is continuing to provide life safety and life sustaining resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. FEMA and its federal partners are continuing 24-hour operations to reach survivors. Additional details on the Acting Secretary’s trip will be forthcoming.

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Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke to Travel to Puerto Rico Tomorrow

Release Date: 
September 28, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke will travel to Puerto Rico tomorrow with other senior administration officials responsible for the federal response to meet with local officials and observe the Hurricane Maria recovery. The Acting Secretary has been in constant contact with Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló throughout the response and recovery, and will spend the day with the governor, FEMA and other senior government officials to discuss coordination of response efforts. The top priority of the federal government is continuing to provide life safety and life sustaining resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. FEMA and its federal partners are continuing 24-hour operations to reach survivors. Additional details on the Acting Secretary’s trip will be forthcoming.

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Roughed up and pepper-sprayed: Filmmakers sue St. Louis police for unlawful arrest & assault

Roughed up and pepper-sprayed: Filmmakers sue St. Louis police for unlawful arrest & assault

Two documentary filmmakers are suing the St. Louis, Missouri police for arresting them during recent protests that erupted after the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black man.

‘Wasn’t trying to be Snowden’: Suspected NSA leaker who smuggled files in pantyhose tells FBI

‘Wasn’t trying to be Snowden’: Suspected NSA leaker who smuggled files in pantyhose tells FBI

Accused NSA leaker Reality Winner told the FBI she had smuggled the classified report on ‘Russian election hacking’ out of the agency in her pantyhose, according to a redacted transcript of her interview with the authorities.

‘Wasn’t trying to be Snowden’: Suspected NSA leaker who smuggled files in pantyhose tells FBI

‘Wasn’t trying to be Snowden’: Suspected NSA leaker who smuggled files in pantyhose tells FBI

Accused NSA leaker Reality Winner told the FBI she had smuggled the classified report on ‘Russian election hacking’ out of the agency in her pantyhose, according to a redacted transcript of her interview with the authorities.

Federal Teams Working to Restore Power and Stabilize Critical Infrastructure after Hurricane Maria

Release Date: 
September 28, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – In the wake of Hurricane Maria, the top priority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the entire federal government is continuing to provide life safety and life sustaining resources to Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. This includes efforts to restore power, and stabilize critical infrastructure.

More than half of dialysis centers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are now open and accessible for patients.  More critical care facilities will re-open in the coming days, as power and access are restored.  The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority drinking water system is back online, and other drinking water systems on the islands are top priority for receiving generators. While progress is being made, there remains much work to do.

Because of the geographic challenges and the severity of damage, restoring electricity to critical facilities and to customers on Puerto Rico will be different from, and more difficult than, any other restoration. Long-term power restoration will involve rebuilding generation, transmission, and distribution capability.

A power task force, comprised of representatives from the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the private sector power industry, and the government of Puerto Rico, is working aggressively to develop a holistic plan to assess damage, build power resources, and restore power to the grid.  This task force will be forward leaning, but will work in support of the government of Puerto Rico, as Commonwealth officials focus on the personal impacts of Hurricane Maria to the island’s residents and their families, and attend to the immediate needs of serving survivors. 

The DOE is also working closely with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the American Public Power Association, the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, the Department of Defense, and FEMA to facilitate mutual aid for Puerto Rico. DOE emergency responders have deployed to Puerto Rico and are assisting in response and restoration efforts. The focus of those efforts is restoring power to critical infrastructure including hospitals, airports and seaports, water treatment facilities, and communications. DOE emergency responders, along with a team from DOE’s Western Area Power Administration, also deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and are working with the U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority on damage assessments and power restoration efforts.

The USACE also has temporary power response teams on the ground in Puerto Rico. These teams are assessing power needs and installing generators at critical facilities. USACE coordinated transportation of more than 300 FEMA and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) generators from across the U.S. to meet anticipated requirements in the islands. In Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, the USACE teams have completed more than 100 inspections, and 163 assessments have been requested for facilities. Generator installations are underway in both Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Waste Management, and USACE are addressing potential public health risks of garbage build up and coordinating route clearance of wires and poles to enable garbage haulers to ...

Patriotism? Liam Neeson urges to blow the whistle on alleged Trump-Russia collusion

Patriotism? Liam Neeson urges to blow the whistle on alleged Trump-Russia collusion

Morgan Freeman’s anti-Russian sentiment is apparently contagious as fellow Hollywood star, Liam Neeson, has decided to join the anti-Russian chorus, calling on potential whistleblowers to aid the probe into Donald Trump’s campaign’s alleged ties to Moscow.

‘Radioactive Russian roulette’: Lake Michigan NPP stays open amid public health concerns

‘Radioactive Russian roulette’: Lake Michigan NPP stays open amid public health concerns

Entergy Corp will keep open its Michigan nuclear plant through to 2022, reversing a decommission plan. Dubbed the “most dangerous atomic reactor in the US,” by activists its continuing operation raises the specter of risks to public health and the environment.

US appeals court upholds bin Laden son-in-law’s life sentence verdict

US appeals court upholds bin Laden son-in-law’s life sentence verdict

The son-in-law of Osama bin Laden has lost an appeal challenging his 2014 terrorism conviction. Abu Gaith will continue to serve his life sentence at the “Supermax” facility in Colorado.

70% of Americans disapprove of Trump’s rhetoric towards North Korea – poll

70% of Americans disapprove of Trump’s rhetoric towards North Korea – poll

Over two-thirds of US voters find President Donald Trump’s remarks on North Korea unhelpful in getting Pyongyang to stop its nuclear weapons program, according to a Fox News opinion poll.

‘The NFL’s in a box’: Trump slams owners ‘scared’ of their players

‘The NFL’s in a box’: Trump slams owners ‘scared’ of their players

President Donald Trump said National Football League (NFL) owners are hesitant to stop their players from kneeling in protest over racial inequality during the national anthem because “they’re afraid of their players.” Seventy percent of NFL players are African-Americans.

McDonald’s becomes weed users’ highest-ranking fast food joint

McDonald’s becomes weed users’ highest-ranking fast food joint

McDonald’s is the top fast food restaurant for cannabis users in parts of the US where marijuana is legal, according to a new study.

Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Approves Waiver of Jones Act

Release Date: 
September 28, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Early this morning, in recognition of the severe impacts on Puerto Rico from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke approved a waiver of the federal Jones Act. The decision follows yesterday’s request from the governor of Puerto Rico and the Secretary of Defense’s determination that a waiver is in the interest of national defense. The waiver will be in effect for 10 days after signature and covers all products being shipped to Puerto Rico.

“This waiver will ensure that over the next ten days, all options are available to move and distribute goods to the people of Puerto Rico. It is intended to ensure we have enough fuel and commodities to support lifesaving efforts, respond to the storm, and restore critical services and critical infrastructure operations in the wake of these devastating storms,” said Acting Secretary Duke.

The Jones Act prohibits the transportation of cargo between points in the U.S., either directly or via a foreign port, or for any part of the transportation, in any vessel other than a vessel that has a coastwise endorsement (e.g. a vessel that is built in and owned by persons who are citizens of the United States). The last Jones Act waiver was issued earlier this month, for petroleum products to be delivered for relief assistance in anticipation of the effects of Hurricane Irma.

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Toxic promise: US vows to destroy its chemical weapons.. despite being 5yrs behind schedule

Toxic promise: US vows to destroy its chemical weapons.. despite being 5yrs behind schedule

The US is already more than five years past its initial deadline for eliminating its chemical weapons arsenal, but doesn’t plan to complete the job before 2023. Russia, which had a similar amount of toxic agents, has just destroyed them all.

‘Year late & bad info’: California says DHS falsely accused Russia of hacking its voting systems

‘Year late & bad info’: California says DHS falsely accused Russia of hacking its voting systems

It appears that in its eagerness to accuse Russian hackers of meddling in the US presidential election, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wrongly claimed California's election systems had been breached.

‘Lingerie football’ players stand for anthem amid NFL #TakeAKnee protest (VIDEO)

‘Lingerie football’ players stand for anthem amid NFL #TakeAKnee protest (VIDEO)

A female-only league in which the athletes are obliged to wear skimpy outfits will not back the NFL #TakeAKnee demonstrations because the national anthem is “too sacred” to protest.

#BreastInPeace: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner honored by Twitterati

#BreastInPeace: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner honored by Twitterati

Salacious tributes are pouring in for the legendary Hugh Hefner as people remember the original Playboy with hashtags including #breastinpeace and #Heff.

#BreastInPeace: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner honored by Twitterati

#BreastInPeace: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner honored by Twitterati

Salacious tributes are pouring in for the legendary Hugh Hefner as people remember the original Playboy with hashtags including #breastinpeace and #Heff.

El Capitan rockslide leaves 1 dead, 1 injured in Yosemite National Park

El Capitan rockslide leaves 1 dead, 1 injured in Yosemite National Park

Several climbers were ascending El Capitan, one of the world’s most famous destinations for climbers, when a large chunk of the granite monolith broke off and plummeted to the ground, killing one person and injuring another.

GOP senator claims Russia behind anti-fracking ads

GOP senator claims Russia behind anti-fracking ads

The House Committee investigating whether Russia tried to influence US public opinion on fossil fuels has asked Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet to hand over information about Russian entities that may have bought anti-fracking advertisements.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91

Hugh M. Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, has died of natural causes at the age of 91, his family has announced.

Executive order will let Americans buy healthcare across state lines – Trump

Executive order will let Americans buy healthcare across state lines – Trump

President Donald Trump says he will sign an executive order enabling Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines, after Republicans failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Procrastination station: Google releases new batch of addictive birthday doodles

Procrastination station: Google releases new batch of addictive birthday doodles

It’s Google’s birthday, again, and to celebrate they have released a fresh batch of doodles that are guaranteed to waste your, and your boss's time.

FBI investigating as many cases of domestic terrorism as it does ISIS

FBI investigating as many cases of domestic terrorism as it does ISIS

There are currently the same number of open investigations into foreign terrorists as there are into domestic violent extremists affiliated with white supremacists, anti-government and other groups, the newly-appointed FBI director has told lawmakers

US sets 2018 refugee quota at 45,000, lowest since 1980

US sets 2018 refugee quota at 45,000, lowest since 1980

The Trump administration has announced it will limit the number of refugees allowed into the United States for the next fiscal year to 45,000, the lowest level in decades. A refugee resettlement group called the decision "contrary to American values."

Reddit may be probed over its role in alleged Russian meddling into 2016 US elections – report

Reddit may be probed over its role in alleged Russian meddling into 2016 US elections – report

The US Senate Intelligence Committee has reportedly honed in on message board site Reddit as its next target in the relentless probe of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections. The investigators have already summoned Google, Facebook and Twitter over the matter.

Trump says Facebook was ‘always’ against him as Senate summons social media

Trump says Facebook was ‘always’ against him as Senate summons social media

US President Donald Trump has rejected claims that Facebook ads got him elected, calling the social network part of the hostile mainstream media. Facebook, Twitter and Google have been summoned to testify before the US Senate Intelligence Committee.

Top Senate Democrat urges Trump to back independence for Kurds

Top Senate Democrat urges Trump to back independence for Kurds

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), has urged President Donald Trump and his administration to support an independent Kurdish state after an overwhelming majority of Iraqi Kurds voted for cutting ties with Baghdad in a referendum on Monday.

‘Smiley-faced’ spiders named after Bernie Sanders & the Obamas (PHOTOS)

‘Smiley-faced’ spiders named after Bernie Sanders & the Obamas (PHOTOS)

Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama are among a select few political and environmental figures to have the unusual distinction of getting a newly discovered spider species named after them.

US lawmakers want commission to look at Iran’s compliance with nuclear deal

US lawmakers want commission to look at Iran’s compliance with nuclear deal

Two congressmen have introduced legislation seeking to create a bipartisan commission to verify whether Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal before President Donald Trump can make good on his campaign promise to scrap it.

NASA satellite captures rare X-class solar flare exploding into space (VIDEO)

NASA satellite captures rare X-class solar flare exploding into space (VIDEO)

A NASA satellite has captured footage of one of the most powerful solar flares ever recorded erupting from the surface of the Sun.

Trump announces ‘historic tax relief’ at Indiana rally

Trump announces ‘historic tax relief’ at Indiana rally

US President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are releasing their proposed tax reform plan, which is said to revise the corporate tax rate, provide benefits for married couples, and reduce the number of tax brackets.

US Army elite airborne division heads to Puerto Rico

US Army elite airborne division heads to Puerto Rico

The US Army’s elite 101st Airborne Division is sending eight medevac helicopters and more than 70 service members to Puerto Rico to help in the recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria.

Woman dragged off Southwest Airlines flight after she complains of pet allergy (VIDEO)

Woman dragged off Southwest Airlines flight after she complains of pet allergy (VIDEO)

Southwest Airlines has apologized to a passenger after video of the woman being dragged off a flight by law enforcement officers went viral.

‘Malfunctioning’ US missile causes ‘several casualties’ during Mattis’ Afghanistan visit

‘Malfunctioning’ US missile causes ‘several casualties’ during Mattis’ Afghanistan visit

As NATO forces tried to fend off a Taliban attack during the visit of US Secretary of Defense James Mattis to Kabul, a “tragic malfunction” during a US air strike resulted in a number of civilian casualties.

WaPo forced to retract claim that Obama told Zuckerberg to tackle alleged Russian meddling

WaPo forced to retract claim that Obama told Zuckerberg to tackle alleged Russian meddling

The Washington Post has been forced to remove Russia from the headline and alter the content of its front-page “scoop” over a supposed conversation between Barack Obama and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, after the social network denied the newspaper's claims.

Three Ways To Help After Hurricane Maria

Release Date: 
September 27, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – In the wake of a disaster, Americans have always come together with compassion and courage to ask how they can help survivors.  For Hurricane Maria, there are three ways that the public can leverage the expertise and experience of non-profit, faith- and community-based organizations and private sector partners to most effectively and efficiently help provide support for survivors in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and ensure that an individual contribution – whether financial donation or personal volunteerism – is carried out responsibly.

The fastest way to help – cash is best

The most effective means to support recovery of communities affected by Hurricane Maria is to donate money to trusted voluntary-, faith- and community-based charitable organizations. This gives these organizations the ability to purchase what survivors need right now. In addition, when these organizations purchase goods or services locally, they pump money back into the local and regional economy, helping businesses recover faster.

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) list trusted organizations receiving donations, many of which are already coordinating relief and response efforts in the Caribbean.  To make a cash donation directly to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, visit www.unitedforpuertorico.com.  You may also make financial donations to a National VOAD member organization to help voluntary or charitable organizations continue to provide services to Hurricane Maria survivors.

Donating Goods

It is important to remember unsolicited donated goods (e.g., clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs) require voluntary agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.  

To responsibly donate goods, the NVOAD website has information on non-profit organizations accepting or registering individual and corporate in-kind donations here.

Volunteering

Anyone seeking an opportunity to get involved in response and recovery operations underway is encouraged to volunteer with local and nationally known organizations. A list of volunteer websites is available at www.nvoad.org.

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands ask that volunteers not self-deploy, as unexpected arrival in affected communities creates an additional burden for first responders. Volunteer registration for Hurricane Maria can be conducted here for Puerto Rico and here for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

To register as an affiliated volunteer with a voluntary or charitable organization, visit the National VOAD for a list of partners active in disaster. Alternatively, you may register to volunteer here for partner organizations to reach out to you.

Patience is paramount, and the need for volunteers endures. Recovery activities associated with Hurricane Maria will require volunteer engagement for many months and years to come, and the help of many will be required. 

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DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Testifies at Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing

Release Date: 
September 27, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke testified at the annual U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on threats to the homeland.

Excerpts from Acting Secretary Duke’s testimony are below.

“In recent weeks, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria have placed the spotlight on natural disasters.  With FEMA’s leadership, our Department and the whole of the federal government have come together to respond to these crises, and I am impressed with the professionalism I have witnessed. But the challenges in places like Puerto Rico are evidence that there is a long road ahead.  To those who have been caught up in the disasters let me say this:  I promise to do everything in my power to bring relief.  And we will stand with you—side-by-side—in the weeks, months, and years to come.”

“Right now the terror threat to our country equals, and in many ways exceeds, the period around 9/11.  We are seeing a surge in terrorist activity because the fundamentals of terrorism have changed. Our enemies are crowd-sourcing their violence online and promoting a “do it yourself” approach that involves using any weapons their followers can get their hands on.”

“DHS is not standing on the sidelines as these threats spread, and we will not allow pervasive terrorism to become the new normal.  We are tackling the danger head-on in two ways.  First, we are rethinking homeland security for a new age.  There is no longer a “home game” and an “away game.”  The line is blurred, and the threats are connected across borders… Second, we are raising the baseline of our security posture—across the board.  We’re looking at everything from traveler screening to information sharing.  Higher threat levels mean we need higher standards.” 

You can read her full testimony here.

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Oral testimony of DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing titled “Threats to the Homeland”

Release Date: 
September 27, 2017

342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and distinguished members of the Committee:

It is my honor to testify on behalf of the men and women of DHS, who shield our nation from threats every single day. 

In recent weeks, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria have placed the spotlight on natural disasters.  With FEMA’s leadership, our Department and the whole of the federal government have come together to respond to these crises, and I am impressed with the professionalism I have witnessed.

But the challenges in places like Puerto Rico are evidence that there is a long road ahead.  To those who have been caught up in the disasters let me say this:  I promise to do everything in my power to bring relief.  And we will stand with you—side-by-side—in the weeks, months, and years to come.

But natural disasters are not the only threats we face as a nation.  Right now the terror threat to our country equals, and in many ways exceeds, the period around 9/11. 

We are seeing a surge in terrorist activity because the fundamentals of terrorism have changed. 

Our enemies are crowd-sourcing their violence online and promoting a “do it yourself” approach that involves using any weapons their followers can get their hands on. 

The primary international terror threat facing our country is from global jihadist groups.  However, the Department is also focused on the threat of domestic terrorism.  Ideologically-motivated extremists here in the United States are a threat to our nation, our people, and our values.   

I condemn this hate and violence.  And my Department is focused on countering it.

DHS is not standing on the sidelines as these threats spread, and we will not allow pervasive terrorism to become the new normal. 

We are tackling the danger head-on in two ways. 

First, we are rethinking homeland security for a new age. 

There is no longer a “home game” and an “away game.”  The line is blurred, and the threats are connected across borders. 

That’s why DHS is moving towards a more integrated approach, bringing together intelligence, operations, interagency engagement, and international action like never before. 

Second, we are raising the baseline of our security posture—across the board. 

We’re looking at everything from traveler screening to information sharing.  Higher threat levels mean we need higher standards. 

For example, we are now requiring all foreign governments to share critical data with us on terrorists and criminals—and to help us confidently identify their nationals.

We must know who is coming into our country and make sure they do not pose a threat.  That is why I recommended—and the President approved—tough but tailored restrictions against countries who don’t cooperate with us on immigration screening and vetting.  This will protect America and hold foreign governments accountable. 

Similarly, we are elevating aviation security standards.  Our ongoing Global Aviation Security Plan, which we began this summer, is making U.S.-bound flights more secure, and it is raising the baseline of aviation security worldwide. 

We are also making historic moves to keep dangerous individuals and goods from entering America illegally.

That includes building a wall ...

Written testimony of DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing titled “Threats to the Homeland”

Release Date: 
September 27, 2017

342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and distinguished members of the Committee, I would like to thank the Committee for inviting me to testify on the threats facing our great Nation and what we are doing to confront them. First though, I would like to recognize the service of former Secretary John Kelly. While his tenure at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended early, his impact was substantial. General Kelly visibly lifted the morale of the Department, set a new standard for leadership, and—most importantly—established the foundation for historic improvements in our Nation’s security. The Department has not missed a beat since his departure, and it is my honor to continue to advance the work he set in motion.

Make no mistake, the threats our country faces are serious. Our enemies and adversaries are persistent. They are working to undermine our people, our interests, and our way of life every day. But whether it is the violent menace posed by international and domestic terrorists or the silent intrusions of cyber adversaries, the American people will not be intimidated or coerced. I am proud that the men and women of DHS are driven to address these challenges, and they are more than equal to the task.

I would like to stress two themes today.

First, we are rethinking homeland security for a new age. We sometimes speak of the “home game” and “away game” in protecting our country, with DHS especially focused on the former. But the line is now blurred. The dangers we face are becoming more dispersed, and threat networks are proliferating across borders. The shifting landscape is challenging our security, so we need to move past traditional defense and non-defense thinking. This is why DHS is overhauling its approach to homeland security. We are bringing together intelligence, operations, interagency engagement, and international action in new ways and changing how we respond to threats to our country.

Second, we are raising the baseline of our security posture—across the board. DHS is looking at everything from traveler screening to information sharing, and we are setting new standards to close security vulnerabilities. Since 9/11, we have spoken too often of the weaknesses in our systems without taking enough decisive action to fix them for the long haul. This Administration aims to change that. At the Department, we are building an action-oriented, results-centric culture. We are pushing our borders outward and pressing foreign partners to enhance their security so that terrorists, criminals, and other threat actors are stopped well before they reach our shores.

Homeland Security in a New Age of Terrorism

Today the magnitude of the threat we face from terrorism is equal to, and in many ways exceeds, the 9/11 period. While we have made it harder for terrorists to execute large-scale attacks, changes in technology have made it is easier for them to plot attacks in general, to radicalize new followers, and to recruit beyond borders. The rising tide of violence we have seen in the West is ...

Written testimony of DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing titled “Threats to the Homeland”

Release Date: 
September 27, 2017

342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and distinguished members of the Committee, I would like to thank the Committee for inviting me to testify on the threats facing our great Nation and what we are doing to confront them. First though, I would like to recognize the service of former Secretary John Kelly. While his tenure at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended early, his impact was substantial. General Kelly visibly lifted the morale of the Department, set a new standard for leadership, and—most importantly—established the foundation for historic improvements in our Nation’s security. The Department has not missed a beat since his departure, and it is my honor to continue to advance the work he set in motion.

Make no mistake, the threats our country faces are serious. Our enemies and adversaries are persistent. They are working to undermine our people, our interests, and our way of life every day. But whether it is the violent menace posed by international and domestic terrorists or the silent intrusions of cyber adversaries, the American people will not be intimidated or coerced. I am proud that the men and women of DHS are driven to address these challenges, and they are more than equal to the task.

I would like to stress two themes today.

First, we are rethinking homeland security for a new age. We sometimes speak of the “home game” and “away game” in protecting our country, with DHS especially focused on the former. But the line is now blurred. The dangers we face are becoming more dispersed, and threat networks are proliferating across borders. The shifting landscape is challenging our security, so we need to move past traditional defense and non-defense thinking. This is why DHS is overhauling its approach to homeland security. We are bringing together intelligence, operations, interagency engagement, and international action in new ways and changing how we respond to threats to our country.

Second, we are raising the baseline of our security posture—across the board. DHS is looking at everything from traveler screening to information sharing, and we are setting new standards to close security vulnerabilities. Since 9/11, we have spoken too often of the weaknesses in our systems without taking enough decisive action to fix them for the long haul. This Administration aims to change that. At the Department, we are building an action-oriented, results-centric culture. We are pushing our borders outward and pressing foreign partners to enhance their security so that terrorists, criminals, and other threat actors are stopped well before they reach our shores.

Homeland Security in a New Age of Terrorism

Today the magnitude of the threat we face from terrorism is equal to, and in many ways exceeds, the 9/11 period. While we have made it harder for terrorists to execute large-scale attacks, changes in technology have made it is easier for them to plot attacks in general, to radicalize new followers, and to recruit beyond borders. The rising tide of violence we have seen in the West is ...

Patient of nurse arrested in viral blood sample stand-off dies (VIDEO)

Patient of nurse arrested in viral blood sample stand-off dies (VIDEO)

The patient at the center of a blood sample furore in which a Utah nurse was arrested has died from his injuries. Salt Lake City police had tried to take a blood sample from the patient as he lay unconscious, but nurse Alex Wubbels refused to allow it.

Refugees depart Australian camps for US in deal slammed as ‘dumb’ by Trump

Refugees depart Australian camps for US in deal slammed as ‘dumb’ by Trump

The first 52 refugees to be accepted by the US from Australia have left their Pacific island camps, according to a refugee advocate. The deal is part of an agreement described as “dumb” by US President Donald Trump.

Rockets land in & around Kabul Airport after US Defense Secretary Mattis arrives for talks

Rockets land in & around Kabul Airport after US Defense Secretary Mattis arrives for talks

Several rockets landed in and around Kabul International Airport shortly after US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital, an Afghan official said. Taliban which claimed responsibility for the attack said that Mattis was the target.

‘A growing threat’: CDC sounds alarm over sexual infections in US

‘A growing threat’: CDC sounds alarm over sexual infections in US

The cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the US have reached "the highest number ever," as chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea skyrocketed in 2016, says the new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

‘Very troubling’: US asks China to hold off on cybersecurity law

‘Very troubling’: US asks China to hold off on cybersecurity law

Washington has asked Beijing to refrain from enforcing a new cybersecurity law that would require foreign and domestic companies to store user data in China and submit to security checks, saying such measures would damage global trade.

Bannon-backed judge trounces Trump’s pick in Alabama GOP Senate primary

Bannon-backed judge trounces Trump’s pick in Alabama GOP Senate primary

Firebrand judge Roy Moore has defeated incumbent Senator “Big Luther” Strange in the runoff Republican primary for a Senate seat from Alabama. While President Donald Trump campaigned for Strange, many of his advisers have stumped for Moore instead.

Brevity no longer the soul of twit: Twitter to double character limit

Brevity no longer the soul of twit: Twitter to double character limit

Twitter has started testing a new feature that would double the number of characters users can fit in a single post, from 140 to 280. However, the proposed expanded limit would only apply to users who tweet in certain languages.

‘Effective communicator’ Trump vows ‘devastation’ of N. Korea should US pursue military option

The US is prepared to strike North Korea if necessary with “devastating” consequences for the country, President Donald Trump has warned, vowing to fix the North Korean “mess” which he said should have been taken care of decades ago.

Twitter cites ‘newsworthiness’ as reason for not removing threatening Trump tweet

Twitter cites ‘newsworthiness’ as reason for not removing threatening Trump tweet

Twitter has said that Donald Trump’s “newsworthiness” was the reason why it did not remove a tweet from the US President threatening to wipe out North Korea.

Senator who sponsored US sanctions against ‘adversaries’ won’t seek re-election

Senator who sponsored US sanctions against ‘adversaries’ won’t seek re-election

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) will leave the Senate when his term expires at the end of 2018, and not seek re-election. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will become the first senator in the current Congress to retire.

Many Americans unaware storm-stricken Puerto Rico is US territory – poll

Many Americans unaware storm-stricken Puerto Rico is US territory – poll

As President Donald Trump’s critics accused him of not doing enough to help Puerto Rico after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, a shocking new poll reveals that 47 percent of Americans don’t know the island’s 3.5 million residents are US citizens.

Police chiefs stage their own protest against NFL players

Police chiefs stage their own protest against NFL players

Police chiefs are unimpressed with the NFL players "taking a knee" in protest over police brutality and have warned their officers not to participate, while threatening to burn NFL merchandise and boycott security.

‘We don’t have the votes’: Senate cancels vote on Obamacare repeal

‘We don’t have the votes’: Senate cancels vote on Obamacare repeal

Yet another attempt to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act has failed in Congress, as the Senate’s Republican leadership scrapped a vote on the latest initiative predicting that it would fail.

Floyd Mayweather debuts ginormous ‘timeless artwork’ of Conor McGregor in his home (PHOTO)

Floyd Mayweather debuts ginormous ‘timeless artwork’ of Conor McGregor in his home (PHOTO)

Floyd Mayweather must be running out of ways to spend his soaring cash. The 50-0 record holder commemorated his hard-earned retirement with a giant portrait of his final opponent, Conor McGregor.

‘I’m looking for the curve’: US rapper raising funds to prove Flat Earth theory

‘I’m looking for the curve’: US rapper raising funds to prove Flat Earth theory

One could be forgiven for thinking the shape of the Earth was established centuries ago – but now a rapper in the US is raising $200,000 in a bid to make certain of it once and for all.

Million dollar shroom den uncovered by police in California (PHOTOS)

Million dollar shroom den uncovered by police in California (PHOTOS)

Warring lovers inadvertently attracted California police to a million dollar ‘magic mushroom’ mound when their arguing resulted in officers making an unexpected house call.

Unhappily ever after: ‘Brides’ march in NYC against domestic violence

Unhappily ever after: ‘Brides’ march in NYC against domestic violence

Over 200 women, many dressed in bridal gowns, joined the Brides March through Manhattan on Tuesday, an annual event aiming to draw public spotlight on the often hidden scourge of domestic violence.

DHS Blue Campaign Announces New Training for Aviation Industry

Release Date: 
September 26, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Transportation (DOT) have released a new human trafficking training for aviation industry personnel through the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI).  Developed by survivor advocates, law enforcement, and aviation experts, the interactive, online module outlines common indicators of human trafficking that aviation personnel may specifically encounter.  The training also details how airline personnel can immediately report potential traffickers and suspected instances of trafficking to law enforcement in accordance with existing protocols. 

BLI, one of the lines of effort within the DHS Blue Campaign, is a joint initiative led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and DOT.  The initiative is one of several DOT and DHS collaborative efforts to ensure that America’s transportation systems are not being exploited for human trafficking. 

“This training will enhance awareness of human trafficking in the aviation sector, and we are pleased we can offer it to our BLI partners,” DHS Acting Assistant Secretary for Partnerships and Engagement John Barsa said.  “Through our 20 BLI partners, which include airlines, a flight attendants’ association, and a training institute, we are empowering this uniquely positioned industry to be the difference that saves lives, and encourage other members of this sector to join us.” 

BLI is a voluntary initiative open to U.S. airlines, associations, and training institutes. DHS and DOT are currently reviewing the possibility of expanding BLI to include interested foreign carriers. 

Through the Blue Campaign, DHS raises consciousness of human trafficking across the United States, leveraging partnerships to educate the public to recognize human trafficking and report suspected instances.

For more information about the Blue Campaign, visit www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign.  Details about BLI  and the new training are available at https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/human-trafficking/blue-lightning.

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Written testimony of MGMT for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency hearing titled “DHS Financial Systems: Will Modernization Ever Be Achieved?”

Release Date: 
September 26, 2017

210 House Capitol Visitor Center

Chairman Perry, Ranking Member Correa, and distinguished members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear today to discuss financial systems modernization (FSM) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). My comments will focus on our progress to date, challenges we have experienced, and why we are on the right path for this initiative.

We acknowledge that improving DHS financial management systems has been a long-term effort, but during our recent modernization efforts, we have achieved successes, and continue to achieve planned milestones. Twenty-three months ago, we successfully moved the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) to a new shared services baseline solution that provides increased functionality, reduces audit risk, and provides real-time integration. We are preparing to move the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) functionality into production. The current solution meets 75 percent of DNDO, TSA, and the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) requirement needs. Once TSA is in production, 85 percent of DHS functional requirements for DNDO, TSA, and the USCG financial, acquisition, and asset management will be met.

Additionally, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is on a modernized platform, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) have performed a successful upgrade to its current financial system, and the U.S. Secret Service is finalizing its implementation of a solution upgrade to occur in October 2017. We will continue to build on these successes as we move forward.

DHS has had a critical need to modernize its financial management systems from its inception. When DHS was first established, there were 13 separate core financial systems across its components, operating under legacy policies and disparate business processes. These systems were comprised of outdated technology, were mostly non-integrated—with many still relying on manual processes which led to inconsistent data and reporting—and did not fully support DHS goals of strong, integrated internal controls and enhanced efficiency and security.

Previous attempts to integrate DHS components’ financial, asset, and acquisition management systems include the 2004 eMerge2 Program, which was halted due to its inability to build the necessary and critical integration among various commercial software products, and the Transformation and Systems Consolidation (TASC) program.

The Department’s efforts to modernize its financial management systems have been subject to repeated legal challenges before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Most recently, the Inter-Agency Agreement process with the Department of the Interior (DOI) was challenged. The Department prevailed in that litigation (and the appeal) in October 2016.

Despite having a complex mission and systems that are not interoperable, DHS has been able to achieve and sustain an unmodified–clean–audit opinion on our financial statements for the past four years.

Working together, the financial management community launched a multi-year effort to drive the Department toward a clean audit opinion and a full accounting for how it spends taxpayer dollars. Through dedication of senior leadership, development and implementation of standard policies and processes for financial reporting such as the DHS Accounting Classification Structure (ACS) and Common ...

US sanctions 8 North Korean banks, 26 individuals

US sanctions 8 North Korean banks, 26 individuals

The Trump administration has announced sanctions against eight North Korean banks and 26 individuals, who the US says act as the banks’ representatives in various countries, including China, Russia, Libya and the United Arab Emirates.

‘We’ll show games when you show respect’: Restaurants boycott NFL over #TakeAKnee protest

‘We’ll show games when you show respect’: Restaurants boycott NFL over #TakeAKnee protest

Restaurants across the US are refusing to show NFL games in response to the decision by some of the league’s players to sit or kneel during the national anthem.

‘Matter of very short time’ before N. Korea has capability to send nuke to US – Pentagon

‘Matter of very short time’ before N. Korea has capability to send nuke to US – Pentagon

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford told Congress that the US should assume that North Korea already has the capability to attack the US with a nuclear weapon, and plan accordingly.

Roger Stone: ‘Neo-McCarthyism’ to blame for claims of Russian collusion

Roger Stone: ‘Neo-McCarthyism’ to blame for claims of Russian collusion

Roger Stone has demanded a public apology from leading Democratic members of Congress, accusing his rivals of conducting a “witch-hunt” against him ahead of his appearance before the House Intelligence Committee.

Written testimony of CBP for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security hearing titled “Raising the Standard: DHS’s Efforts to Improve Aviation Security Around the Globe”

Release Date: 
September 26, 2017

210 House Capitol Visitor Center

Good afternoon, Chairman Katko, Ranking Member Watson Coleman, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) role in cargo and passenger security as it pertains to commercial air service.

In response to 9/11 and the persisting threats from terrorists and criminals who have long viewed aviation as a leading target for attack and/or exploitation, CBP continues to adapt its security approach and strengthen its ability to detect and mitigate diverse threats through a multilayered, risk-based system. As the lead Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency for border security, CBP works closely with our domestic and international partners to deny terrorist exploitation of the aviation sector and to protect the Nation from a variety of dynamic threats, including those posed by passengers, cargo and commercial conveyances arriving at our ports of entry (POE).

CBP utilizes a risk-based strategy and operational approach to secure and facilitate the immense volume of international trade and travel. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, CBP officers processed more than 390 million travelers at air, land, and sea POEs, including more than 119 million air travelers. CBP officers also processed more than 27 million imported cargo containers at POEs in FY 2016, equating to $2.28 trillion in imports.Air import values account for approximately 25 percent.1

CBP’s security and facilitation missions are mutually supportive: by utilizing a risk-based strategy and multilayered security approach, CBP can focus time and resources on those suspect shipments and passengers that are high-risk. This approach separates known and unknown air travelers and allows CBP to facilitate legitimate trade and travel, which are critical to America’s economic growth.

By leveraging intelligence-driven analysis, innovative partnerships, and advanced technology, CBP secures and promotes the movement of legitimate cargo and travelers transiting through the aviation environment. This multilayered approach is designed to detect, identify, and prevent potentially dangerous or inadmissible individuals or dangerous cargo from boarding planes bound for the United States and is integrated into every aspect of our rigorous travel and cargo security operations at every stage along the international trade and travel continuum.


1 Air import values account for approximately 25 percent.

 

Air Cargo Security

CBP’s cargo security approach incorporates three layered elements to improve supply chain integrity, promote economic viability, and increase resilience across the entire global supply chain system.

Advance Information and Targeting

First, CBP leverages advance information about cargo, conveyances, and persons, and tailored targeting techniques to increase domain awareness and assess the risk of all components and factors in the supply chain. CBP, supported by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), recently extended the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot,2 which began after the global counterterrorism community discovered and disrupted a potential terrorist attack in October 2010 that would have occurred mid-air over the continental United States, using explosive devices concealed in cargo on board two aircrafts destined to the United States. This ...

Written testimony of TSA for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security hearing titled “Raising the Standard: DHS’s Efforts to Improve Aviation Security Around the Globe”

Release Date: 
September 26, 2017

210 House Capitol Visitor Center

Chairman Katko, Ranking Member Watson Coleman, and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting us here today to discuss the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) efforts to address global aviation security risks to the United States. The timing of this hearing is particularly welcome, as TSA has a newly-appointed Administrator, David Pekoske. This gives TSA a chance today not only to provide an overview of our ongoing international activities, but also to present Administrator Pekoske’s priority for raising global security effectiveness.

The numerous attempted attacks and evolving, complex threat streams over the past decade clearly demonstrate terrorists’ persistent focus on targeting the aviation sector. In pursuit of this goal, our adversaries study us avidly and constantly strive to develop new tactics and methods to harm the U.S. as well as global aviation.

As threats continue to evolve, TSA and its partners around the world, must continue to work together to improve intelligence sharing, adopt best practices, and pursue technological advancements to counter the global threat against aviation. We must invest in new technologies, processes, and training to make sure we stay ahead of our enemies. We also know that we will be more successful when we work with our partners abroad and maintain strong collaborative relationships with foreign governments, international organizations, and private industry stakeholders.

Raising the Baseline

International inbound aviation represents a significant share of the total aviation security risk to the U.S. Since 9/11, the U.S. has experienced Richard Reid’s attempted shoe bomb attack, the disrupted Transatlantic Plot of 2006, Farouk Abdulmutallab’s underwear bomb attack in December 2009, the attempted printer cartridge bomb plot in October 2010, and the 2014 Khorasan Group threat to commercial aviation. More recent attacks overseas, including the crash of Metrojet 9268 in the Sinai Peninsula (October 2015), the attack on Daallo Flight 159 in Somalia (February 2016), the airport and mass transit attacks in Brussels (March 2016), the attack on Istanbul Airport (June 2016), and the foiled bomb plot in Australia against aviation (July 2017) all reinforce the need for consistent engagement and international action to address the evolving threat to international aviation security.

In recent months, TSA has taken significant steps to address these threats and to raise the global aviation security baseline. In March 2017, TSA issued an Emergency Amendment (EA) affecting 10 Last Point of Departure (LPD) airports in the Middle East and North Africa. This amendment required air carriers to ban personal electronic devices larger than a smartphone from being transported in the cabin of the aircraft. In June, TSA followed with enhanced security measures for all commercial flights to the U.S. Those air carriers affected by the prohibition against electronics larger than cell phones that were able to implement the enhanced measures were subsequently removed from the prohibition. These measures, both seen and unseen, included enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices, as well as heightened security standards for all LPDs. Most recently, on September 7, 2017, TSA issued a Security Directive (SD) and EA that ...

Federal Response Continues to Focus on Saving and Sustaining Lives

Federal Response Continues to Focus on Saving and Sustaining Lives

Release Date: 
September 26, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – As the response to Hurricane Maria continues, and the recovery begins, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the entire federal family remain focused on life-saving and life-sustaining measures to ensure the safety of residents in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). 

Today, FEMA Administrator Brock Long is meeting with FEMA personnel and the governors of the USVI and Puerto Rico to get an update on the current situation and each governor’s priorities and assess the progress of response and recovery efforts underway. 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has more than 300 staff on the ground, including a National Disaster Medical System Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT), with more on the way. A DMAT is a federalized workforce of doctors, nurses, paramedics, emergency management technicians, safety specialists, and others who provide medical care during natural disaster relief efforts. HHS is working around the clock with staff from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to re-open hospitals around Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Additionally, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Critical Water Assessment Team arrived yesterday to address drinking water needs and conduct wastewater assessments at facilities that service hospitals.

Making sure that residents have access to health and emergency services is a top priority of the federal and territorial governments, and hospitals have been a priority focus for fuel delivery and power restoration.

Disaster Medical Assistance Team members secure a cargo net around a pallet of medical supplies on the flight line at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 21, 2017.

Disaster Medical Assistance Team members secure a cargo net around a pallet of medical supplies on the flight line at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 21, 2017.

In Puerto Rico, power is restored to the following hospitals:

  • Centro Médico Hospital in San Juan, also serving as the HHS Disaster Medical Assistance Team Base of Operations for critical and acute care services
  • San Pablo Hospital in Bayamón

As areas become accessible, more fuel is able to be delivered to critical facilities.  Puerto Rico hospital fuel needs are prioritized for those serving patients with critical needs.. The Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital in St. Croix and the Schneider Regional Medical Center Emergency Room in St. Thomas were re-energized and re-established as mobile hospitals over the weekend by HHS and Department of Defense (DoD).

HHS and DoD are conducting medical evacuations; so far they’ve evacuated more than 150 patients from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to locations in the continental United States. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, FEMA and the American Red Cross are providing hotel lodging and support for the remaining patients until additional movement can be coordinated. More than half of the dialysis centers in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are now operational.

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Fact Sheet: How to Help Children Cope with Hurricane Harvey

Release Date: 
September 26, 2017

Children in Texas may be struggling emotionally in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

They May Need More Help If …

  • They had direct exposure to the hurricane and flooding, experienced an evacuation, saw injured or dying people, or were in situations in which their own lives were threatened.
  • They suffered personal loss due to the death of – or serious injury to – a family member, close friend or pet.
  • They are experiencing ongoing stress from their current situation, were living in a shelter, lost contact with their friends, lost things that are important to them, their parents lost their jobs or they are experiencing severe financial hardship.

What Parents and Caregivers Can Do

  • If you are calm and confident, you will encourage the child to feel less afraid.
  • Be a good listener. Answer questions directly using words the child will understand.
  • Give honest answers. If you don’t know the answer to a question, say so. Calmly provide answers, even if the question is painful to you.
  • Be prepared to explain things over and over again. Sometimes children need time to process and understand events. Vary the words you use.
  • Spend extra time with your children. Younger ones will need extra hugs and reassurance. Older children may need more time to express themselves.
  • Adopt routines for work, school, play, meals and rest. Familiar schedules are comforting.

To talk to a professional about your children, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, visit www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov or text TalkWithUs to 66746.  

US Pacific Fleet commander announces retirement after Navy ship collisions

US Pacific Fleet commander announces retirement after Navy ship collisions

The commander of the US Pacific Fleet has announced his retirement after being passed up for a major promotion. It comes after two US Navy vessels collided with commercial ships in the Pacific over the summer, killing 17 sailors.

Evacuations as fire rages along California freeway (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Evacuations as fire rages along California freeway (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A ferocious fire has destroyed more than 1,700 acres of land near Chino Hills State Park, California, with emergency crews urging people to evacuate homes and schools in the area.

Evacuations as fire rages along California freeway (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Evacuations as fire rages along California freeway (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A ferocious fire has destroyed more than 1,700 acres of land near Chino Hills State Park, California, with emergency crews urging people to evacuate homes and schools in the area.

Puerto Rico asks for federal help to recover from Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico asks for federal help to recover from Hurricane Maria

Food, water and medical aid are “top priorities” for Puerto Rico after a Category 4 storm lashed the island, but the US territory also needs to deal with crushing debt and collapsed infrastructure, said President Donald Trump.

Crowd boos Cowboys as they take the knee before national anthem

Crowd boos Cowboys as they take the knee before national anthem

The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys heard from the crowd attending a Monday Night Football game as the entire team linked arms and knelt during the US national anthem. President Donald Trump has called kneeling during the anthem disrespectful.

Crowd boos Cowboys as they take the knee before national anthem

Crowd boos Cowboys as they take the knee before national anthem

The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys heard from the crowd attending a Monday Night Football game as the entire team linked arms and knelt during the US national anthem. President Donald Trump has called kneeling during the anthem disrespectful.

3rd GOP senator says she’ll oppose Graham-Cassidy, likely killing healthcare bill

3rd GOP senator says she’ll oppose Graham-Cassidy, likely killing healthcare bill

The Republican’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will most likely fail after Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) became the third GOP senator to come out against the bill.

Travelers stranded at Puerto Rico airport after Hurricane Maria

Travelers stranded at Puerto Rico airport after Hurricane Maria

Hundreds of frustrated travelers remain stranded at the San Juan airport in Puerto Rico, as they wait for flights off the island battered by Hurricane Maria. With no power and no air conditioning, some are starting to feel desperate.

Alabama county pays ransom to recover hacked data

Alabama county pays ransom to recover hacked data

After hackers targeted one of the largest counties in Alabama with a ransomware attack last week, officials in Montgomery County were forced to pay a ransom of $37,000 worth of Bitcoin to unlock nearly 70 terabytes of data.

Violent crime in US rises again, murders up 8% ‒ FBI

Violent crime in US rises again, murders up 8% ‒ FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigations has marked an upward trend in violent crime in America in its annual report for 2016, saying that last year saw the largest increase in 25 years.

John McCain: Cancer prognosis ‘very, very serious’ (VIDEO)

John McCain: Cancer prognosis ‘very, very serious’ (VIDEO)

Senator John McCain says his brain cancer is “very, very serious,” and that doctors have forecast his chance of recovery as between 3 percent and 14 percent.

Protests & arrests disrupt Senate hearing on Obamacare repeal bill (VIDEO)

Protests & arrests disrupt Senate hearing on Obamacare repeal bill (VIDEO)

Moments after the gavel struck to open the Senate’s only hearing on the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill, dozens of activists, many in wheelchairs, broke out into chants and caused the session to go into recess.

FBI Releases 2016 Crime Statistics

The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation increased and the estimated number of property crimes decreased in 2016 when compared with 2015 data, according the FBI's Crime in the United States report.

Account that! 5mn emails potentially exposed in Deloitte cyber-attack

Account that! 5mn emails potentially exposed in Deloitte cyber-attack

Accounting firm Deloitte has revealed a breach that may have compromised some of its blue-chip clients such as the world’s largest banks and American government agencies.

US Supreme Court cancels travel ban hearing, looks at Trump’s revised policy

US Supreme Court cancels travel ban hearing, looks at Trump’s revised policy

The US Supreme Court has canceled the scheduled October oral arguments in a case that was expected to decide the fate of President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The court ordered a new briefing on whether the administration’s recently revised travel policy means the case should be dismissed.

Pentagon urges N. Korea to stop provocative actions, will provide options to deal with Pyongyang

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The Pentagon said it would provide President Donald Trump with options to deal with Pyongyang if the provocations continue. Earlier, North Korea’s foreign minister said his country reserves the right to shoot down US bombers in international airspace.

Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in jail for sexting with minor

Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in jail for sexting with minor

Former New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison after he pleaded guilty in May to sending obscene material to a minor. At the time he was married to Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin.

Federal Response Teams Assisting in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Federal Response Teams Assisting in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Release Date: 
September 25, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – In the wake of Hurricane Maria, life, personal safety, and access to safe shelters for disaster survivors remain a priority of local responders, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the entire federal family.

To aid in life sustaining missions, six FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) task forces are deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and are working in tandem with numerous federal partners to rescue and render aid to distressed survivors in the region.  Additional FEMA US&R task forces are arriving today to expand operations, as areas become accessible. FEMA US&R task forces currently conducting operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands include Virginia Task Forces 1 and 2, Florida Task Forces 1 and 2, and California Task Forces 6 and 7. Components of New York Task Force 1 and Massachusetts Task Force 1 are on the ground providing logistics support.

Federal partners assisting with Search and Rescue (SAR) missions include the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the U.S. Department of the Interior / National Park Service.

Collectively, these federal agencies have rescued 180 individuals and searched more than 45 structures in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

FEMA Urban Search and Rescue task force members meet with local officials on St. Croix to coordinate search and rescue operations.

FEMA Urban Search and Rescue task force members meet with local officials on St. Croix to coordinate search and rescue operations.

The U.S. Coast Guard is operating nine cutters in the vicinity of Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, bringing helicopter SAR support, while teams from CBP are operating two P-3 maritime patrol aircraft to assist in communications, a wide-area search, and distress signal monitoring capabilities. An additional five flight deck-equipped cutters, five patrol boats, four rotary wing, and one fixed wing aircraft are moving to the vicinity of U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to further support search and rescue efforts.

While US&R teams continue targeted sweeps of the affected areas, teams from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management are providing security and force protection to rescuers.

Department of Defense support includes helicopter SAR flights, damage assessment flights, beach assessments, and patient evacuation flights flown from the amphibious ships USS Kearsarge and USS Oak Hill and Marines embarked from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

FEMA US&R teams are organized under the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System, which partners federal, state and local partner emergency response teams to create 28 US&R task forces. These 28 task forces are located throughout the continental United States and can be activated to provide assistance in survivor rescue, damage assessment, and SAR in a water environment. The task forces deployed consist of multi-faceted, and cross-trained personnel who service in major functional areas to include: search, rescue, medical, hazardous materials, logistics, and planning. A task force also includes technical specialists, such as physicians, structural engineers, ...

Federal Government Continues Hurricane Maria Response and Relief Operations

Federal Government Continues Hurricane Maria Response and Relief Operations

Release Date: 
September 25, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) continues to coordinate federal support for U.S. Virgin Islands’ and Puerto Rico’s response efforts.  Federal partners are aggressively working to meet and overcome challenges to opening ports and restoring power to bring additional life-saving commodities and personnel into disaster-affected areas.

FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) task forces rescued 165 individuals and searched over 45 structures. Of those, approximately 100 people were rescued from a collapsing bridge in Puerto Rico today.  Four US&R task forces are stationed in the Caribbean with another eight teams en route. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is conducting search and rescue operations in St. Croix, and in the surrounding waters, and so far rescued 15 individuals. 
 

FEMA Urban Search & Rescue teams VA-TF1 & CA-TF6, USFS & BLM Force Protection found a cut-off neighborhood in Puerto Rico via air. Accessed and able to provide medical care. (Sept. 23, 2017).

FEMA Urban Search & Rescue teams VA-TF1 & CA-TF6, USFS & BLM Force Protection found a cut-off neighborhood in Puerto Rico via air. Accessed and able to provide medical care. (Sept. 23, 2017)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) successfully opened five airports in Puerto Rico, and two airports in the U.S. Virgin Islands, for military and relief flights to bring in commodities, and lifesaving and life-sustaining resources.  Federal partners established a fuel distribution site in San Juan for federal and local entities, to support first responder and critical facility needs.

Flights and sea vessels loaded with commodities are arriving or awaiting airport/port clearance for delivery:

  • Six commercial barges transported and delivered meals, water, generators, cots, and other commodities to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • An air bridge is established, flying three flights per day to St. Croix, each carrying approximately 33,000 meals.
  • The logistics support ship SS Wright arrived carrying more than 1.1 million meals, and nearly one million liters of freshwater.
  • Two shipping barges with 1.2 million liters of water, 31 generators, and more than 6,000 cots arrived in St. Thomas.
  • Two additional shipping barges loaded with food, water, and emergency relief supplies are en route to the Caribbean Sea from Florida.
  • Millions of additional meals are being flown to Puerto Rico from staging areas in Kentucky and Florida.
  • The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is transporting a shipment of 124,000 gallons of diesel fuel to Puerto Rico, with arrival in the coming days.

Federal Efforts Underway as of September 23, 2017   

  • The American Red Cross (ARC) continues to work with government officials and partners in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This includes nearly 180 Red Cross volunteers and staff. They are also working with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to bring relief to people on the islands.
  • U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
    • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) survey crews continue hydrographic surveys of San Juan Harbor to assess channel conditions for lifting port restrictions. Members of the 249th Prime Power Battalion are in Puerto Rico ...

‘Stand for anthem or get out of town’: NASCAR stands firm against #TakeAKnee

‘Stand for anthem or get out of town’: NASCAR stands firm against #TakeAKnee

NASCAR owners are taking a firm stance against the ‘Take a knee’ anthem protests which escalated across the NFL in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s tweets on the issue on Sunday.

Statement by Acting Secretary Elaine Duke on the President’s Proclamation on Enhanced Global Security Measures

Release Date: 
September 24, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON - “Today’s announcement by the President will protect Americans and allow DHS to better keep terrorists and criminals from entering our country. The restrictions announced are tough and tailored, and they send a message to foreign governments that they must work with us to enhance security.”

For more information on the enhanced global security measures, view the frequently asked questions and fact sheet.

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The President’s Proclamation on Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats

Release Date: 
September 24, 2017

Background

  • Every year, the United States grants lawful permanent resident status to approximately 1.1 million individuals from all across the world.
  • In FY 2016, the United States issued approximately 10.4 million nonimmigrant visas to individuals from all across the world.
  • In FY 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers processed more than 390 million travelers at air, land, and sea ports of entry, including more than 119 million travelers at airports of entry.
  • Over the last five years, international travel has grown 15 percent overall and 26 percent at airports. International travel at U.S. airports of entry increased 6 percent from FY2015. Over the next five years, international travel is projected to increase at an annual rate of 4 percent.

National Security Baseline

  • The Administration’s top priority is ensuring the safety and security of the American people.
  • The Administration remains focused on raising the baseline for national security standards.
  • Section 2 of Executive Order 13780 requires the Administration to determine what minimum information is needed from each foreign country to adjudicate an application by a national of that country for an immigration benefit and determine that the individual is not a security or public safety threat.
  • The previous screening/vetting status quo for border and immigration security must be improved for individuals from certain countries, if the United States is to adequately counter terrorism and transnational crime threats against its people. 
  • The new requirements reflect best practices derived from proven and effective security partnerships, such as the Visa Waiver Program, and from internationally-recognized law enforcement and national security initiatives, such as the adoption of ePassports to prevent fraud and counterfeiting. 
  • These include electronic passports, the sharing of criminal data, reporting lost/stolen passports, and providing data on known and suspected terrorists.
  • Sharing of this information is particularly critical for those areas of the world where risk is higher, such as those countries with significant terrorist populations that may seek to conduct attacks in the U.S. and who repeatedly fail to take back their nationals subject to a final order of removal thereby taxing our immigration system. 

Robust Review and Engagement Process

  • Section 2 of Executive Order 13780 consisted of multiple steps: 
    • We conducted a worldwide review of information-sharing practices.
    • We analyzed the information collected in that review to establish a new information-sharing standard that protects U.S. national security.
    • We communicated the new standard globally.  Where practicable, we worked with those countries we determined were not meeting it to enhance their information-sharing or formulate a plan to do so.
    • Following that robust engagement period, we made recommendations based on the results of that engagement to further national security. 
  • First, Section 2(b) of Executive Order 13780 directed the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and Director of National Intelligence, to “conduct a worldwide review to identify whether, and if so what, additional information will be needed from each foreign country to adjudicate an application by a national of that country for a visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA (adjudication) in order to determine that the individual is not a security or public-safety threat.”
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Trump adds N. Korea & Venezuela to new travel ban, removes Sudan

Trump adds N. Korea & Venezuela to new travel ban, removes Sudan

A new extended travel ban announced by Donald Trump’s administration will restrict Americans from traveling to North Korea and Venezuela, as well as to Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia – countries included in previous disputed bans.

Police identify Tennessee church shooter who killed 1, injured 7

Police identify Tennessee church shooter who killed 1, injured 7

Police have identified the Antioch church shooter who killed one and injured seven people Sunday as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, a Sudan-born longtime US resident.

Wave of anthem protests across NFL as Trump clashes with players & owners (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Wave of anthem protests across NFL as Trump clashes with players & owners (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Sunday saw an unprecedented number of NFL players and staff engaging in a protest against the US national anthem after President Donald Trump called for protesting players to be fired.

22 arrested in fresh St. Louis mall protests after ex-cop acquitted in black man’s killing (VIDEO)

22 arrested in fresh St. Louis mall protests after ex-cop acquitted in black man’s killing (VIDEO)

St. Louis police arrested 22 protesters at the Galleria shopping mall, where dozens gathered to march in defiance of a “not guilty” verdict for a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.

22 arrested in fresh St. Louis mall protests after ex-cop acquitted in black man’s killing (VIDEO)

22 arrested in fresh St. Louis mall protests after ex-cop acquitted in black man’s killing (VIDEO)

St. Louis police arrested 22 protesters at the Galleria shopping mall, where dozens gathered to march in defiance of a “not guilty” verdict for a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.

Berkeley ‘Free Speech Week’ cancelled, Yiannopoulos to hold rally anyway

Berkeley ‘Free Speech Week’ cancelled, Yiannopoulos to hold rally anyway

Milo Yiannopoulos’ planned Free Speech Week at Berkeley has been cancelled, but the right wing troll announced he intends to hold a rally instead. The cancellation has fuelled suspicions that the event was never meant to go ahead.

Berkeley ‘Free Speech Week’ cancelled, Yiannopoulos to hold rally anyway

Berkeley ‘Free Speech Week’ cancelled, Yiannopoulos to hold rally anyway

Milo Yiannopoulos’ planned Free Speech Week at Berkeley has been cancelled, but the right wing troll announced he intends to hold a rally instead. The cancellation has fuelled suspicions that the event was never meant to go ahead.

At least 6 injured in shooting at church near Nashville

At least 6 injured in shooting at church near Nashville

At least six people have been injured at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee, according to multiple reports. Emergency services are at the scene.

At least 6 injured in shooting at church near Nashville

At least 6 injured in shooting at church near Nashville

At least six people have been injured at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee, according to multiple reports. Emergency services are at the scene.

‘North Korean leadership won’t be around much longer’ – Trump

‘North Korean leadership won’t be around much longer’ – Trump

Donald Trump has once again taken to Twitter to threaten Kim Jong-un after North Korea’s foreign minister spoke on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly Saturday.

Zieg fail: Teacher fired for teaching third-graders Nazi salute

Zieg fail: Teacher fired for teaching third-graders Nazi salute

A Vermont teacher has been fired after being seen showing a group of third grade kids how to perform a Nazi salute.

EPA staff receive mandatory anti-leak training, leaked document shows

EPA staff receive mandatory anti-leak training, leaked document shows

Environmental Protection Agency employees are receiving mandatory anti-leaking training to remind them of the dangers of disclosing, or whistleblowing, sensitive government information, a leaked training document reveals.

EPA staff receive mandatory anti-leak training, leaked document shows

EPA staff receive mandatory anti-leak training, leaked document shows

Environmental Protection Agency employees are receiving mandatory anti-leaking training to remind them of the dangers of disclosing, or whistleblowing, sensitive government information, a leaked training document reveals.

‘Russia tried to hack election results’: US media misreports DHS warning on voter system ‘targeting’

‘Russia tried to hack election results’: US media misreports DHS warning on voter system ‘targeting’

Misleading reports on Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election filled US media after DHS warned several states of “potential targeting” of registration systems. Some had to rebuff claims of attempts to tamper with “election results.”

‘Russia tried to hack election results’: US media misreports DHS warning on voter system ‘targeting’

‘Russia tried to hack election results’: US media misreports DHS warning on voter system ‘targeting’

Misleading reports on Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election filled US media after DHS warned several states of “potential targeting” of registration systems. Some had to rebuff claims of attempts to tamper with “election results.”

Make Afghanistan Great Again? Trump touts ‘delusional gold rush’ in ‘graveyard of empires’

Make Afghanistan Great Again? Trump touts ‘delusional gold rush’ in ‘graveyard of empires’

The people of Afghanistan are not going to profit from US mining rare-earth minerals there: it is always going to be the elite in that country and the foreign corporations, said journalist and foreign policy strategist Michael Hughes.

Make Afghanistan Great Again? Trump touts ‘delusional gold rush’ in ‘graveyard of empires’

Make Afghanistan Great Again? Trump touts ‘delusional gold rush’ in ‘graveyard of empires’

The people of Afghanistan are not going to profit from US mining rare-earth minerals there: it is always going to be the elite in that country and the foreign corporations, said journalist and foreign policy strategist Michael Hughes.

Cuban FM delivers stinging takedown of Trump in UN speech

Cuban FM delivers stinging takedown of Trump in UN speech

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s controversial speech at the UN General Assembly, Cuba delivered a zinging takedown of US hypocrisy in a wide-ranging speech that targeted climate change, military invention, poverty and nuclear threats.

US flew B-1B bombers just off coast of North Korea (PHOTOS)

US flew B-1B bombers just off coast of North Korea (PHOTOS)

The US has flown B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by F-15 fighters off North Korea’s coast venturing the “farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone,” separating the two Koreas, in the 21st century, the Pentagon’s spokesperson said.

‘They were hanging effigies’: Little Rock 9 activist recalls hate campaign to block desegregation

‘They were hanging effigies’: Little Rock 9 activist recalls hate campaign to block desegregation

Minnijean Brown-Trickey will walk up to the doors of Little Rock Central High celebrating a victory this week, almost 60 years to the day since she was first set upon, spat at and terrorized by a white mob for enrolling at the former all-white school in Arkansas.

‘They were hanging effigies’: Little Rock 9 activist recalls hate campaign to block desegregation

‘They were hanging effigies’: Little Rock 9 activist recalls hate campaign to block desegregation

Minnijean Brown-Trickey will walk up to the doors of Little Rock Central High celebrating a victory this week, almost 60 years to the day since she was first set upon, spat at and terrorized by a white mob for enrolling at the former all-white school in Arkansas.

‘Get that son of a bitch off the field’: Trump takes aim at NFL anthem protestors (VIDEOS)

‘Get that son of a bitch off the field’: Trump takes aim at NFL anthem protestors (VIDEOS)

US President Donald Trump took a short break from his verbal sparring with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to take aim at NFL players who protest police brutality against minorities.

Trump threatens ‘Little Rocket Man’ in Alabama campaign rally for Sen. Strange

Trump threatens ‘Little Rocket Man’ in Alabama campaign rally for Sen. Strange

President Donald Trump is now calling Kim Jong-un "Little Rocket Man," a nickname he unveiled to a raucous crowd in Alabama, where he endorsed Luther Strange in a close Republican primary for a US Senate seat.

Trump keeps eyes on Afghan mineral prize in meeting with Ghani

Trump keeps eyes on Afghan mineral prize in meeting with Ghani

President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have voiced support for US companies developing Afghanistan’s vast trove of minerals, in what Trump sees as payment for the US’s role in the drawn out war.

‘Man who saved the world’: Tillerson praises Soviet officer who averted nuclear war

‘Man who saved the world’: Tillerson praises Soviet officer who averted nuclear war

Rex Tillerson took a moment at the UN Security Council to remember Soviet officer Stanislav Petrov, who bravely called a false alarm when all computer data told him the US had launched nuclear missiles at the USSR at the height of the Cold War.

Charity rents out Trump’s childhood home to refugees in publicity stunt

Charity rents out Trump’s childhood home to refugees in publicity stunt

The international charity Oxfam rented out President Trump’s childhood home in Queens, New York, letting four refugees stay for a weekend. The publicity stunt comes as the Trump administration’s temporary travel and refugee bans are about to expire.

US military receive fake evacuation orders in South Korea

US military receive fake evacuation orders in South Korea

US military personnel in South Korea received orders to evacuate immediately Thursday in what turned out to be an ill-timed hoax at a time of high tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

‘US designed a force unable to provide national security’: Report slams American training of Afghans

‘US designed a force unable to provide national security’: Report slams American training of Afghans

The Pentagon has spent billions outfitting Afghan forces without giving them proper training, failing to understand the full “complexities and scale of the mission,” a government watchdog said, also pointing out other flaws in US strategy.

5.8 magnitude earthquake strikes N. California – USGS

5.8 magnitude earthquake strikes N. California – USGS

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean has hit Petrolia in California's Humboldt County, according to the the US Geological Survey.

’Move to higher ground now’: Puerto Rico dam failing after Hurricane Maria

’Move to higher ground now’: Puerto Rico dam failing after Hurricane Maria

Evacuation orders have been issued for an area in northwestern Puerto Rico, after authorities said the Guajataca Dam was failing under the pressure of water accumulated from Hurricane Maria.

’Move to higher ground now’: Puerto Rico dam failing after Hurricane Maria

’Move to higher ground now’: Puerto Rico dam failing after Hurricane Maria

Evacuation orders have been issued for an area in northwestern Puerto Rico, after authorities said the Guajataca Dam was failing under the pressure of water accumulated from Hurricane Maria.

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for the U.S. Virgin Islands

Release Date: 
September 22, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands to supplement territory recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Maria from September 16, 2017, and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals on the island of St. Croix. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is available to the territory and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in all the islands in the territory.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout the territory.  

William L. Vogel has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Vogel said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

# # #

Keywords: 
Kremlin influence in America: The evidence right under our nose

Kremlin influence in America: The evidence right under our nose

Facebook’s decision to hand over advertisement details is the latest sideshow in the long-running probe into alleged Russian collusion in the US election. Much like a Russian nesting doll, the layers of Kremlin influence just keep coming.

Kremlin influence in America: The evidence right under our nose

Kremlin influence in America: The evidence right under our nose

Facebook’s decision to hand over advertisement details is the latest sideshow in the long-running probe into alleged Russian collusion in the US election. Much like a Russian nesting doll, the layers of Kremlin influence just keep coming.

Again? American protester beaten at Erdogan event in NY as Turkish president looks on

Again? American protester beaten at Erdogan event in NY as Turkish president looks on

At least one protester was roughed up while being escorted out of an event featuring the Turkish president in New York. This follows a number of violent incidents during President Erdogan’s visits to the United States in recent years.

Again? American protester beaten at Erdogan event in NY as Turkish president looks on

Again? American protester beaten at Erdogan event in NY as Turkish president looks on

At least one protester was roughed up while being escorted out of an event featuring the Turkish president in New York. This follows a number of violent incidents during President Erdogan’s visits to the United States in recent years.

‘Death Wish Coffee’ could actually kill you, company recalls product

‘Death Wish Coffee’ could actually kill you, company recalls product

The New York company behind the self-proclaimed "World's Strongest Coffee" has been forced to recall thousands of cans of the cold-brew caffeine drink after warnings from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

‘Death Wish Coffee’ could actually kill you, company recalls product

‘Death Wish Coffee’ could actually kill you, company recalls product

The New York company behind the self-proclaimed "World's Strongest Coffee" has been forced to recall thousands of cans of the cold-brew caffeine drink after warnings from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

New DOE guidelines give colleges choice how investigate sexual assault

New DOE guidelines give colleges choice how investigate sexual assault

The US Department of Education is replacing the Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault with interim instructions that allow universities to decide which standard of evidence to use when handling complaints.

Higher education: Michigan university to offer ‘weed-growing’ course

Higher education: Michigan university to offer ‘weed-growing’ course

The Northern Michigan University (NMU) will be the first college in the US to prepare students for work in the country's burgeoning medical marijuana industry.

‘Subversive’ NSA forced to back down over cyber encryption techniques

‘Subversive’ NSA forced to back down over cyber encryption techniques

US allies, distrustful of the NSA, have forced the agency to abandon some data encryption techniques it sought to set as the global standard, over fears the spy agency already knew how to bypass the security.

‘Violent times will come’: End-of-the-world alarm interrupts broadcast in California

‘Violent times will come’: End-of-the-world alarm interrupts broadcast in California

Viewers across Southern California have received an apocalyptic warning from their TV sets during a morning broadcast which was interrupted by an ominous voice promising “extremely violent times” to come.

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Puerto Rico

Release Date: 
September 22, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to supplement the Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Maria from September 17, 2017, and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Arecibo, Arroyo, Barceloneta, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Caguas , Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Cayey, Ceiba, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerio, Corozal, Culebra, Dorado, Fajardo, Florida, Guayama, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Humacao, Jayuya, Juana Díaz, Juncos, Las Piedras, Loíza, Luquillo, Manati, Maunabo, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Ponce, Rio Grande, Salinas, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Santa Isabel, Toa Baja, Toa Alta, Trujillo Alto, Utuado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Vieques, Villalba, and Yabucoa municipalities. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to the Commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in all 78 municipalities in the Commonwealth.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout the Commonwealth. 

Alejandro De La Campa has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. De La Campa said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov/es or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

# # #

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Puerto Rico

Release Date: 
September 22, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to supplement the Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Maria from September 17, 2017, and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Arecibo, Arroyo, Barceloneta, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Caguas , Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Cayey, Ceiba, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerio, Corozal, Culebra, Dorado, Fajardo, Florida, Guayama, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Humacao, Jayuya, Juana Díaz, Juncos, Las Piedras, Loíza, Luquillo, Manati, Maunabo, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Ponce, Rio Grande, Salinas, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Santa Isabel, Toa Baja, Toa Alta, Trujillo Alto, Utuado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Vieques, Villalba, and Yabucoa municipalities. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to the Commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in all 78 municipalities in the Commonwealth.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout the Commonwealth. 

Alejandro De La Campa has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. De La Campa said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov/es or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

# # #

Hurricane Maria Response and Relief Operations Underway

Hurricane Maria Response and Relief Operations Underway

Release Date: 
September 22, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) top priority is to provide life-saving resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while aggressively working to gain greater access to disaster affected areas.

Federal coordinating officers and other FEMA personnel are on the ground, coordinating with the governors of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and their respective emergency management agencies.

FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) operations began today with initial damage assessments and intelligence reports. Four US&R task forces are stationed in the Caribbean with another eight teams awaiting airfield openings. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is conducting search and rescue operations in St. Croix and in the surrounding waters.

Three men stand in front of a U.S. Coast Guard aircraft. Another person in uniform walks toward the plane with suitcases in hand.

U.S. Coast Guard aircrews deploy for search and rescue missions around Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Three members of US&R New York Task Force 1 pack equipment and prepare for deployment

FEMA US&R New York Task Force 1 deploys to support rescue and recovery efforts in the Caribbean following Hurricane Maria

A large group of men and women in uniform walk around on a dock in front of a ship

U.S. Coast Guard personnel and assets bunker down Sept. 20 in Puerto Rico in order to respond and provide relief for Hurricane Maria.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) maintained air traffic control services in San Juan at the Combined Terminal Radar Approach and En Route Center (which provide air traffic services for high altitude flights over that region of the Atlantic) throughout Hurricane Maria’s landfall. This was the result of the extraordinary actions of a small group of FAA controllers and technicians who kept systems and generators operating. Also, a mobile air traffic control tower and instrument landing system is being returned to St. Thomas airport and will be operational today.

FEMA-loaded vessels with more than 1.3 million meals, 2 million liters of water, 30 generators and 6,000 cots are en route to St. Thomas, awaiting port opening and clearance. FEMA also pre-positioned commodities at its Distribution Center and Warehouse in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Commodities including meals, water, cots, and blankets are readyfor distribution to the Commonwealth as requested.

Yesterday President Trump issued major disaster declarations for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as a result of Hurricane Maria. These declarations make federal funding available to affected individuals in designated areas. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.  Federal funding is available to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures. 

Those in designated areas of Puerto Rico, and the ...

Hurricane Maria Response and Relief Operations Underway

Hurricane Maria Response and Relief Operations Underway

Release Date: 
September 22, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) top priority is to provide life-saving resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while aggressively working to gain greater access to disaster affected areas.

Federal coordinating officers and other FEMA personnel are on the ground, coordinating with the governors of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and their respective emergency management agencies.

FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) operations began today with initial damage assessments and intelligence reports. Four US&R task forces are stationed in the Caribbean with another eight teams awaiting airfield openings. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is conducting search and rescue operations in St. Croix and in the surrounding waters.

Three men stand in front of a U.S. Coast Guard aircraft. Another person in uniform walks toward the plane with suitcases in hand.

U.S. Coast Guard aircrews deploy for search and rescue missions around Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Three members of US&R New York Task Force 1 pack equipment and prepare for deployment

FEMA US&R New York Task Force 1 deploys to support rescue and recovery efforts in the Caribbean following Hurricane Maria

A large group of men and women in uniform walk around on a dock in front of a ship

U.S. Coast Guard personnel and assets bunker down Sept. 20 in Puerto Rico in order to respond and provide relief for Hurricane Maria.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) maintained air traffic control services in San Juan at the Combined Terminal Radar Approach and En Route Center (which provide air traffic services for high altitude flights over that region of the Atlantic) throughout Hurricane Maria’s landfall. This was the result of the extraordinary actions of a small group of FAA controllers and technicians who kept systems and generators operating. Also, a mobile air traffic control tower and instrument landing system is being returned to St. Thomas airport and will be operational today.

FEMA-loaded vessels with more than 1.3 million meals, 2 million liters of water, 30 generators and 6,000 cots are en route to St. Thomas, awaiting port opening and clearance. FEMA also pre-positioned commodities at its Distribution Center and Warehouse in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Commodities including meals, water, cots, and blankets are readyfor distribution to the Commonwealth as requested.

Yesterday President Trump issued major disaster declarations for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as a result of Hurricane Maria. These declarations make federal funding available to affected individuals in designated areas. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.  Federal funding is available to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures. 

Those in designated areas of Puerto Rico, and the ...

FEMA and its Partners Provide Reunification Guidance for Hurricane Maria Survivors and their Loved Ones

Release Date: 
September 22, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – As the United States responds to Hurricane Maria’s damage to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is connecting community partners with disaster survivors and their loved ones, to reunite families separated as a result of the storm.

Working in close collaboration with the American Red Cross, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and other partners, FEMA helps to facilitate the reunification of children who are separated from their parents or legal guardians as a result of disaster.

Following events like Hurricane Maria, we understand that communications networks are not always operational.  As communications are restored, there are numerous options for survivors, friends, and family members to search for loved ones. 

Survivors with internet access are encouraged to connect with friends and loved ones via social media platforms. Additional resources below are suggested for those both outside and inside the impacted areas.

American Red Cross  

The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to search for loved ones, or for individuals to indicate that they are safe. The site is always available, open to the public, and available in English and Spanish.  There are a number of ways to use this service:

  • Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website.
  • Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English.
  • To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative who has a serious, pre-existing health or mental health condition, please contact 1-800 Red Cross (1-800-733-2767).

The American Red Cross Emergency App features an “I’m Safe” button that allows users to post a message to their social accounts, letting friends and family know they are out of harm’s way. The app can be downloaded for free in app stores by searching for “American Red Cross” or by texting ‘GETEMERGENCY’ to 90999.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Anyone who finds a child who may be separated from parents or caregivers, please contact the local police and enter basic information and/or a photo into the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Unaccompanied Minors Registry. If you find an unaccompanied child, please indicate whether the child has a disability or has access and functional needs in the appropriate field in the Unaccompanied Minors Registry. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 1-866-908-9570.

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FEMA and its Partners Provide Reunification Guidance for Hurricane Maria Survivors and their Loved Ones

Release Date: 
September 22, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – As the United States responds to Hurricane Maria’s damage to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is connecting community partners with disaster survivors and their loved ones, to reunite families separated as a result of the storm.

Working in close collaboration with the American Red Cross, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and other partners, FEMA helps to facilitate the reunification of children who are separated from their parents or legal guardians as a result of disaster.

Following events like Hurricane Maria, we understand that communications networks are not always operational.  As communications are restored, there are numerous options for survivors, friends, and family members to search for loved ones. 

Survivors with internet access are encouraged to connect with friends and loved ones via social media platforms. Additional resources below are suggested for those both outside and inside the impacted areas.

American Red Cross  

The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to search for loved ones, or for individuals to indicate that they are safe. The site is always available, open to the public, and available in English and Spanish.  There are a number of ways to use this service:

  • Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website.
  • Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English.
  • To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative who has a serious, pre-existing health or mental health condition, please contact 1-800 Red Cross (1-800-733-2767).

The American Red Cross Emergency App features an “I’m Safe” button that allows users to post a message to their social accounts, letting friends and family know they are out of harm’s way. The app can be downloaded for free in app stores by searching for “American Red Cross” or by texting ‘GETEMERGENCY’ to 90999.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Anyone who finds a child who may be separated from parents or caregivers, please contact the local police and enter basic information and/or a photo into the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Unaccompanied Minors Registry. If you find an unaccompanied child, please indicate whether the child has a disability or has access and functional needs in the appropriate field in the Unaccompanied Minors Registry. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 1-866-908-9570.

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Ex-FBI director Comey heckled at historically black college

Ex-FBI director Comey heckled at historically black college

Hecklers tried to drown out a speech by former FBI director James Comey at Howard University in Washington, DC. Howard, a historically black college, hired Comey as a special guest lecturer.

‘Deep State moves to Facebook adverts to keep Russian blame game alive’

‘Deep State moves to Facebook adverts to keep Russian blame game alive’

Those who lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump are finding their Russian story falling apart before their eyes, because there was nothing there, and now they are trying this, said Chris Kitze, founder of encrypted internet service Unseen.

‘Bloodied dead body’ under garage door triggers flood of 911 calls (PHOTO)

‘Bloodied dead body’ under garage door triggers flood of 911 calls (PHOTO)

It may seem a little early for Halloween decorations, but that’s not the major problem with this spooky scene at a Tennessee house. The real issue is that the super-realistic props sparked utter panic amongst neighbors.

Trump: Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook

Trump: Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook

US President Donald Trump has accused the media of bias over a continuing “Russia hoax.” The statement comes on the heels of a Facebook investigation into alleged Russia-linked ads on the social network during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump: ‘Madman Kim Jong-un will be tested like never before’

Trump: ‘Madman Kim Jong-un will be tested like never before’

In yet another escalation in the war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the POTUS has once again taken to Twitter to call out the ‘Rogue state.’

HR McMaster pitches Trump’s ‘broadly different’ Iran strategy ahead of nuclear deal ‘decision’

HR McMaster pitches Trump’s ‘broadly different’ Iran strategy ahead of nuclear deal ‘decision’

President Donald Trump’s new line on Iran will mean a fundamental shift in Washington’s Iran strategy, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said in US media interviews, while accusing Tehran of “destabilizing activity.”

Soldier watched ‘Cops’ to learn to train Afghan police – watchdog

Soldier watched ‘Cops’ to learn to train Afghan police – watchdog

A government watchdog tasked with studying the effects of reconstruction in Afghanistan finds US forces to be ill-equipped to train the Afghan National Police. One military official even used “Cops” to learn law enforcement techniques.

Kim Jong-un calls Trump ‘mentally deranged US dotard’ in response to UN speech

Kim Jong-un calls Trump ‘mentally deranged US dotard’ in response to UN speech

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un responded to Trump’s fiery speech at the UN with one of his own, threatening to “tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.” But it was his use of the word “dotard” that caught America’s attention.

Trump may cite UN resolution to decertify Iran nuclear deal – US envoy to UN

Trump may cite UN resolution to decertify Iran nuclear deal – US envoy to UN

As President Donald Trump’s deadline for certification of the Iran nuclear deal approaches, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says the president is looking to a post-deal UN resolution to justify his decision.

Stingray tracking of cellphones unconstitutional without a warrant – US court

Stingray tracking of cellphones unconstitutional without a warrant – US court

A federal court has ruled that police must obtain a warrant before using Stingray tracking devices to locate a suspect via their cellphone signal. Civil rights groups argue that such tools also violate the rights of innocent bystanders.

Maxine Waters ‘guarantees’ Russian collusion, demands Trump impeachment… again

Maxine Waters ‘guarantees’ Russian collusion, demands Trump impeachment… again

Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters has called for Trump’s impeachment for the second time in a week, and urged her fellow representatives and the black community to join her in pushing for Trump’s ouster.

Gerald Roberts, Jr. Named Assistant Director of the Security Division

FBI Director Christopher Wray announced the appointment of Gerald Roberts, Jr. as the Assistant Director of the Security Division at FBI Headquarters.

Eric J. Rommal Named Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Field Office

FBI Director Christopher Wray announced the appointment of Eric J. Rommal as the special agent in charge of the New Orleans Division.

Wing and a prayer? US Air Force may ground aging 100 A-10s

Wing and a prayer? US Air Force may ground aging 100 A-10s

The US Air Force may ground around 100 of its A-10 Warthog jets already in 2018 fiscal year due to being unable to replace their aging wings in time, adding to the woes of the service, which recently halted flights of F-35s due to technical issues.

Death count hits 10 at Florida nursing home, as state suspends license

Death count hits 10 at Florida nursing home, as state suspends license

Ten elderly people have now died at Florida nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma. The state suspended its license after finding “gross medical and criminal recklessness” in the care of its patients.

Fetal deaths up 58 percent since Flint water crisis, pregnancies down

Fetal deaths up 58 percent since Flint water crisis, pregnancies down

The Flint water crisis has caused fetal deaths to jump 58 percent, while birth rates in the area have dropped 12 percent, a new study suggests.

Trump vows to visit ‘absolutely obliterated’ Puerto Rico

Trump vows to visit ‘absolutely obliterated’ Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump said Hurricane Maria “totally destroyed” Puerto Rico and promised a visit to the US territory, although he did not state when. The storm has resulted in 15 deaths, and at least 20 people are missing across the Caribbean.

Facebook agrees to release information about Russian-purchased ads to Congress

Facebook agrees to release information about Russian-purchased ads to Congress

Facebook has reached agreement with the US Congress to release the ads purchased by a Russian agency during the 2016 presidential campaign, the social network said in a statement.

2 big California cities sue Big Oil for climate change

2 big California cities sue Big Oil for climate change

San Francisco and Oakland, California have both filed lawsuits against five oil and gas majors, seeking damages for past and future damage caused by climate change in a move reminiscent of the Big Tobacco class action lawsuits of the 1990s.

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Supports Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts during Visit to Texas with Governor Abbott, Speaker Ryan

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Supports Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts during Visit to Texas with Governor Abbott, Speaker Ryan

Release Date: 
September 21, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Last night, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke traveled to Houston, Texas to discuss and observe ongoing recovery and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The Acting Secretary met with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston to discuss coordination of federal hurricane relief efforts.  She was joined in the meeting by representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Afterwards, Acting Secretary Duke and Mayor Turner met with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Rep. Rodney Freylinghuysen (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. John Carter (R-TX), Chairman of the House Appropriation Committee’s Homeland Security Subcommittee, Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.

This morning, Acting Secretary Duke traveled to Rockport, Texas with Governor Abbott to speak with community leaders and hurricane survivors. Country music legend George Strait, Rockport Mayor Charles J. Wax, Land Commissioner Bush, and Chancellor Sharp also attended the community event.

Thousands of federal workers are supporting preparedness, response, and recovery, including more than 3,200 FEMA staff, and more than 13,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen from 22 states, in conducting rescue, evacuation, security and support operations. 

The federal government continues to support Hurricane Harvey response and recovery efforts underway in Texas and Louisiana along with those impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The Department of Homeland Security’s top priority is to protect the American people from harm – this includes from natural disasters. Registering online, at www.DisasterAssistance.gov,  is the quickest way for those affected to register for federal aid.

Acting Secretary Duke discusses federal hurricane relief efforts with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

Acting Secretary Duke discusses federal hurricane relief efforts with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (DHS Official Photo/Barry Bahler)

Acting Secretary Duke discusses coordination of federal hurricane relief efforts with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Acting Secretary Duke discusses coordination of federal hurricane relief efforts with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. (DHS Official Photo/Barry Bahler)

Acting Secretary Duke addresses Hurricane Harvey survivors with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Rockport Mayor Charles J. Wax, country music legend George Strait and local officials.

Acting Secretary Duke addresses Hurricane Harvey survivors with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Rockport Mayor Charles J. Wax, country music legend George Strait and local officials. (DHS Official Photo/Barry Bahler)

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Cadet praised for rape prevention charged with sex assault on man

Cadet praised for rape prevention charged with sex assault on man

An Air Force Academy cadet, praised for his work with rape prevention programs, could be court martialled and jailed for up to 20 years if convicted of sexually assaulting another man.

‘We can’t use Tasers against guns’: Fatal St. Louis police shootings hit 10-yr high amid protests

‘We can’t use Tasers against guns’: Fatal St. Louis police shootings hit 10-yr high amid protests

Eight people – six of them black – have been shot dead by St. Louis cops this year, already more than in any full year in the past decade. Police say a spike in crime is to blame, while protesters blame the unnecessary use of guns by law enforcement.

New US executive order to target foreign banks doing business with North Korea – Trump

New US executive order to target foreign banks doing business with North Korea – Trump

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that gives the US broad new powers to sanction individuals, companies and financial institutions that facilitate trade with North Korea.

5yo ‘terrorist’ suspended from kindergarten for bomb threat

5yo ‘terrorist’ suspended from kindergarten for bomb threat

A five-year-old kindergarten student was allegedly suspended from school for telling a teacher he had a bomb in his backpack.

US-led coalition vows to avoid incidents with Russian military in Syria

US-led coalition vows to avoid incidents with Russian military in Syria

The US-led coalition will continue to maintain contact with the Russian military in Syria to prevent any conflicts between the two sides in the course of the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), a coalition official said.

Police repeatedly punch man & smash his head off sidewalk during arrest

Police repeatedly punch man & smash his head off sidewalk during arrest

Three investigations are underway after footage showing undercover and uniformed officers savagely beating a man who allegedly attempted to help them carry out an arrest was posted online.

RT may soon be dropped by US providers, courtesy of McCain & Graham

Buried deep inside the just-passed defense budget is a small amendment, which could lead to a ban on broadcasting RT in America. The architects of the provision, Senators Graham and McCain, may recall that in their youth such practices formed what was known as the ‘Iron Curtain’.

North Korea owes NYC $156k in unpaid parking tickets

North Korea owes NYC $156k in unpaid parking tickets

As the saber-rattling between the US and North Korea continues to escalate, a damning report has found that the ‘rogue state’ owes the City of New York over $150,000 in unpaid parking tickets.

‘Clear & concise’ Trump won’t tell allies his decision on Iran deal – Tillerson

‘Clear & concise’ Trump won’t tell allies his decision on Iran deal – Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insists that Iran is only in “technical compliance” with its nuclear deal, following President Donald Trump’s cryptic announcement that he has reached a decision on whether to re-certify the agreement.

Last Word? Twitter loses it after MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell blows up in leaked tirade

Last Word? Twitter loses it after MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell blows up in leaked tirade

Video has leaked of cable news anchor Lawrence O’Donnell having a vicious and curse-laden meltdown between segments of his show. Twitter users reacted by creating memes and many even called him out for the childish behavior.

US ‘strongly opposes’ Kurdistan independence vote

US ‘strongly opposes’ Kurdistan independence vote

As Iraqi Kurds are set to vote on independence from Iraq next week, the US firmly opposes the referendum, a reversal in posture as the US has long supported the Kurds, even to the detriment of US-Turkish relations.

‘No justice, no profits’: 6th day of St. Louis protests targets local economy

‘No justice, no profits’: 6th day of St. Louis protests targets local economy

The St. Louis Galleria mall in an upscale suburban area of the city went into lockdown and nearby traffic was blocked as hundreds of protesters chanted slogans including, “Shut it down,” before police eventually cleared away demonstrators.

Starbucks ‘hero’ may be sued after stopping armed robbery (VIDEO)

Starbucks ‘hero’ may be sued after stopping armed robbery (VIDEO)

The man credited with stopping an armed robbery at a Starbucks in Fresno, California, may now face an excessive force legal challenge by the suspect.

Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico ‘100% without power’

Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico ‘100% without power’

The eye of Hurricane Maria has left more than 3.4 million residents without power in Puerto Rico after battering the island with life-threatening winds for 12 to 24 hours. However, the governor warns that the worst is still to come.

Equifax sends data breach victims to imposter site for nearly 2 weeks

Equifax sends data breach victims to imposter site for nearly 2 weeks

For almost two weeks, Equifax has been sending people affected by their massive security breach to a bogus website. The non-malicious creator of the imposter site was out to prove a point about Equifax’s model for post-breach consumer assistance.

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Observes Hurricane Irma Response and Recovery Efforts with Florida Governor Scott

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Observes Hurricane Irma Response and Recovery Efforts with Florida Governor Scott

Release Date: 
September 20, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke traveled to Marathon and Miami, Florida to observe Hurricane Irma response and recovery efforts.

In Marathon, the Acting Secretary, along with Governor Scott and Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern, toured a Red Cross shelter at Marathon High School. They met with first responders, Red Cross employees and volunteers, and distributed food, water and ice to survivors of Hurricane Irma.

Acting Secretary Duke and Gov. Scott then traveled to the Monroe County Marathon Government Center where they discussed hurricane recovery challenges with Monroe County mayors and county executives. The Acting Secretary toured the Emergency Operations Center and spoke with FEMA employees, including surge capacity force members.

Acting Secretary Duke took an aerial tour of the Lower Keys in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter to assess the damages and saw firsthand the damage Hurricane Irma caused to homes and vital infrastructure in the Lower Keys. Shannon Weiner, Acting Incident Commander, Monroe County Emergency Management led the aerial tour.

Acting Secretary Duke then traveled to Miami where she met with Carlos Gimenez, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County. They discussed ongoing response and recovery efforts due to the devastation from Hurricane Irma.

Thousands of federal workers are supporting preparedness, response, and recovery, including more than 3,200 FEMA staff, and more than 13,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen from 22 states, in conducting rescue, evacuation, security and support operations.

The federal government continues to support Hurricane Harvey response and recovery efforts underway in Texas and Louisiana along with those impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The Department of Homeland Security’s top priority is to protect the American people from harm – this includes from natural disasters. Registering online, at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, is the quickest way for those affected to register for federal aid.

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, along with Governor Rick Scott and Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern, tour a Red Cross shelter at Marathon High School.

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, along with Governor Rick Scott and Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern, tour a Red Cross shelter at Marathon High School. (DHS Official Photo/ Barry Bahler)

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ISIS supporters turning to Instagram ‘stories’ to share propaganda – study

ISIS supporters turning to Instagram ‘stories’ to share propaganda – study

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) supporters are using Instagram’s ‘stories’ feature, which causes posts to disappear after 24 hours, to promote their message, according to new research.

Soft spots: 1,000s of California’s buildings earthquake-prone

Soft spots: 1,000s of California’s buildings earthquake-prone

Thousands of buildings, many on Los Angeles’ most famous streets from Sunset to Hollywood Boulevard, are highly prone to earthquake damage. Retrofitting for seismic strengthening while costly has become more urgent following Mexico’s earthquake.

More to come? US calls for ‘strong & swift’ UNSC action to end Myanmar crisis

More to come? US calls for ‘strong & swift’ UNSC action to end Myanmar crisis

US Vice President Mike Pence has called on the UN Security Council to take action to resolve the crisis in Myanmar, which led to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in recent weeks.

NASA mission prepares to slingshot asteroid probe around the Earth

NASA mission prepares to slingshot asteroid probe around the Earth

NASA is preparing to harness the power of the Earth’s gravity ahead of plans to slingshot a mineral-collecting spacecraft towards a distant asteroid.

‘All lives splatter’: GOP lawmaker apologises after posting meme

‘All lives splatter’: GOP lawmaker apologises after posting meme

A South Dakota lawmaker has apologized for sharing a meme apparently showing a vehicle ramming into protesters.

Finalize Preparations for Hurricane Maria, Follow Directions of Local Officials

Release Date: 
September 20, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – As Hurricane Maria makes landfall today and tomorrow in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, residents should continue to heed the instructions of territorial, commonwealth, and local officials.

Residents should be ready to take shelter, finish charging cell phones, and have emergency supplies readily available.

FEMA is ready to respond to the potential impact of Hurricane Maria. FEMA staff in headquarters and regional offices in Washington, D.C., New York, and the Puerto Rico Caribbean Area Office, in addition to critical staff on the ground in the U.S. Virgin Islands, will continue to closely monitor the track of the hurricane, and can ensure the pre-positioned assets and commodities are secured to weather the impacts from this storm.

FEMA recommends all residents and visitors in the path of Hurricane Maria review these tips:

  • Ensure your emergency kit is ready, and test your family communications plan.
  • Plan to stay in a shelter, and not in a home damaged by the previous storm. Let friends, family or coworkers know where you are taking shelter.
  • Stay vigilant and continue to monitor local radio or TV stations for local emergency management officials’ guidance, and for updated weather and emergency information.
  • The FEMA App (available in English and Spanish) provides National Weather Service alerts and directions to open shelters. Check this app every half hour to save your cell phone battery.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every half hour to keep up with the latest weather updates.
  • Only use social media to check in with family, friends and/or co-workers. Do not use social media to record/photograph the storm to conserve your phone’s battery.
  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from the windows, as flying glass from the windows could injure you.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and only open when necessary. If you lose power, this will ensure the food lasts longer.
  • Remember, never run a generator inside and keep it away from windows, doors, and vents.
  • If using candles, please use caution. If possible, use flashlights instead. If you must use candles, do not burn them on or near anything that can catch fire.
  • Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to follow directions of local officials and to share safety messaging with employees in order to reduce risk.
  • Remember, your life and family safety is key. Do not risk your life to attempt to save household possessions.

Watches and Warnings

Get to know the terms that are used to identify severe weather and discuss with your family.

For a tropical storm:

  • Tropical Storm Watch is issued when tropical cyclone containing winds of at least 39 MPH or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours.
  • Tropical Storm Warning is issued when sustained winds of 39 MPH or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less.

For a hurricane:

  • Hurricane Watch is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of at least 74 MPH poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours.
  • Hurricane Warning is issued when sustained winds of 74 MPH or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected ...

Oklahoma City cops shoot & kill deaf man, despite warnings

Oklahoma City cops shoot & kill deaf man, despite warnings

The man shot dead by police in Oklahoma City on Tuesday was deaf, it has emerged. Witnesses say that bystanders told the officers the man could not hear, but they opened fire anyway.

Court denies Charleston shooter’s request to fire his Jewish & Indian lawyers

Court denies Charleston shooter’s request to fire his Jewish & Indian lawyers

A federal court denied convicted Charleston shooter Dylann Roof’s request to replace his two defense lawyers, who are Jewish and Indian. Roof called the lawyers appealing against his death sentence his “political and biological enemies.”

Grim reapers: 3 arrested after using obituaries to steal from funerals

Grim reapers: 3 arrested after using obituaries to steal from funerals

Two women and a man have been arrested on suspicion of using obituaries to carry out a series of vehicle break-ins and robberies at western New York funeral homes.

‘Complete failure’: US organizations unite to decry Trump’s UN speech on N. Korea

‘Complete failure’: US organizations unite to decry Trump’s UN speech on N. Korea

Donald Trump's speech at the UN, in which he threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if necessary, has been slammed by progressive organizations calling it a "complete failure of American leadership" and "yet another reckless escalation."

Trump does not want war with N. Korea, US not giving up on diplomatic efforts – Ambassador Haley

Trump does not want war with N. Korea, US not giving up on diplomatic efforts – Ambassador Haley

Donald Trump does not want war with North Korea and Washington is not giving up on diplomatic efforts, the US ambassador to the UN has stressed. It comes just one day after the president threatened to "totally destroy" the country if necessary.

Trump’s speech no indication he intends to cancel nuclear deal with Iran – US envoy to UN

Trump’s speech no indication he intends to cancel nuclear deal with Iran – US envoy to UN

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says that Trump's harsh UN speech does not mean that Washington plans to exit the 2015 nuclear agreement.

Trump’s speech no indication he intends to cancel nuclear deal with Iran – US envoy to UN

Trump’s speech no indication he intends to cancel nuclear deal with Iran – US envoy to UN

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says that Trump's harsh UN speech does not mean that Washington plans to exit the 2015 nuclear agreement.

Final barriers to life-like robots overcome – US scientists (VIDEO)

Final barriers to life-like robots overcome – US scientists (VIDEO)

A 3D-printed “synthetic soft muscle” that could enable robots to carry out feats of super strength has been created by scientists in the US.

‘Solely real estate deal’: Trump’s lawyer on canceled Moscow Trump Tower

‘Solely real estate deal’: Trump’s lawyer on canceled Moscow Trump Tower

A plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow mulled by the Trump Organization ahead of the US 2016 presidential election campaign was just a business deal and had nothing to do with Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Kremlin, the president’s lawyer said.

‘Life threatening’ Category 5 hurricane Maria barrels into Puerto Rico

‘Life threatening’ Category 5 hurricane Maria barrels into Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria’s winds hit a sustained 175 mph as the the storm rolled through the northeastern Caribbean in route toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Residents of the territories have been warned to prepare for the worst.

US may not be capable of shooting down N. Korean missile – analysts

US may not be capable of shooting down N. Korean missile – analysts

Despite President Donald Trump telling the UN General Assembly that the US would “totally destroy” North Korea if it is attacked, the US arsenal may not be able to stop a nuclear strike if one is carried out, according to some analysts.

Trump justified in using RNC funds to cover Russia probe legal fees – RNC member

Trump justified in using RNC funds to cover Russia probe legal fees – RNC member

President Donald Trump is reportedly the first president to cover legal fees associated with a criminal probe using re-election campaign donations. A Republican National Committeeman tells RT America that the payments are legal and justified.

Free speech threatened in sex trafficking bill, Silicon Valley warns

Free speech threatened in sex trafficking bill, Silicon Valley warns

Major tech companies are opposing sex trafficking legislation that would make them liable for content posted by users, arguing that the broad language in the bill could stifle free speech. Proponents argue it would finally end the “legal slave auction” online.

Huntsman bids for Russian ambassadorship by attacking, eh, Russia

Huntsman bids for Russian ambassadorship by attacking, eh, Russia

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the one-time diplomat-turned-politician bids for another ambassadorship – this time to Russia.

Chip off the old block: Trump’s threats at UNGA echo those of his predecessors

Chip off the old block: Trump’s threats at UNGA echo those of his predecessors

Words of a US president should not be taken lightly, as they can be followed by actions that have far-reaching consequences, as did Barack Obama’s declarations on Libya and Syria, and George W. Bush’s famous speech on the ‘Axis of Evil.’

‘US doesn’t seek to impose its way of life on anyone’: 8 key quotes from Trump’s UN speech

‘US doesn’t seek to impose its way of life on anyone’: 8 key quotes from Trump’s UN speech

US President Donald Trump urged nations to “embrace their sovereignty” in his first address at the UN General Assembly in New York, but promised that the US would challenge North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela for behaving in ways the US disapproves of.

Chicago deploys more police as death toll hits 500

Chicago deploys more police as death toll hits 500

Despite a boost in police numbers, Chicago, Illinois has recorded its 500th homicide for the year, with 11 people killed and more than 30 wounded in shooting incidents over the weekend.

Chicago deploys more police as death toll hits 500

Chicago deploys more police as death toll hits 500

Despite a boost in police numbers, Chicago, Illinois has recorded its 500th homicide for the year, with 11 people killed and more than 30 wounded in shooting incidents over the weekend.

‘Mini Satans’: US Navy hospital apologizes after staff post ‘outrageous’ pictures of newborns online

‘Mini Satans’: US Navy hospital apologizes after staff post ‘outrageous’ pictures of newborns online

A Florida hospital has said that staff members who posted “inappropriate” photos and videos, describing newborn babies as “mini Satans,” will face legal action.

‘Mini Satans’: US Navy hospital apologizes after staff post ‘outrageous’ pictures of newborns online

‘Mini Satans’: US Navy hospital apologizes after staff post ‘outrageous’ pictures of newborns online

A Florida hospital has said that staff members who posted “inappropriate” photos and videos, describing newborn babies as “mini Satans,” will face legal action.

Disavowed: Virginia church drops Robert E. Lee from name

Disavowed: Virginia church drops Robert E. Lee from name

The leaders of the R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington, Virginia, voted to strike the Confederate general’s name from the parish after demands to disavow the Civil War figure divided the congregation.

North Korea envoy walks out ahead of Trump UNGA speech (PHOTO, VIDEO)

North Korea envoy walks out ahead of Trump UNGA speech (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Donald Trump’s first address to the United Nations General Assembly brought some interesting moments in international diplomacy as the US president issued rebukes to several states, chiefly North Korea and Iran.

US teens slower to drink or have sex than previous generation – study

US teens slower to drink or have sex than previous generation – study

US teenagers are growing up slower than previous generations, avoiding adult activities such as drinking alcohol and having sex until later in life, according to a new study.

‘Trump was right!’ Twitter goes wild after CNN admits FBI wiretapped Trump aide Manafort

‘Trump was right!’ Twitter goes wild after CNN admits FBI wiretapped Trump aide Manafort

A report claiming that the US government wiretapped US President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort created quite a stir on social media, with many claiming it vindicates Trump’s earlier claim about being under surveillance.

Trump: If forced to defend, ‘we will have no choice but to totally destroy’ N. Korea

Trump: If forced to defend, ‘we will have no choice but to totally destroy’ N. Korea

US President Donald Trump delivers his first speech at the annual General Debate of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.

Police car torched, 2 cops hurt in Georgia Tech riot after police shooting of student (VIDEOS)

Police car torched, 2 cops hurt in Georgia Tech riot after police shooting of student (VIDEOS)

A police car was torched and at least 2 officers injured as violence broke out at Georgia Tech in Atlanta over the deadly police shooting of 21-year-old Scout Schultz, after he refused orders to drop a knife.

‘I’ll always be indebted’: DOJ demands more of Barrett Brown’s money

‘I’ll always be indebted’: DOJ demands more of Barrett Brown’s money

Journalist Barrett Brown is having another row with the Department of Justice. He has received a letter notifying him that “your property is being sought by the United States of America.”

US pulls out of $1.2mn arms deal with Turkish guards in response to violent clash with protesters

US pulls out of $1.2mn arms deal with Turkish guards in response to violent clash with protesters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will no longer be able to purchase hundreds of handguns from the US after his bodyguards violently attacked protesters in Washington, DC months ago.

US opens 1st permanent military base in Israel as tensions with Iran rise

US opens 1st permanent military base in Israel as tensions with Iran rise

Even though the US has routinely deployed forces to Israel, it is only now opening an official permanent military base in the country. The move, largely seen as symbolic, is meant to send a strong message to Israel’s enemies.

Senate approves $700bn military budget

Senate approves $700bn military budget

In an overwhelming 89-to-8 vote, the Senate has approved a defense budget of $692 billion. The National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House on different terms, will go through a conference committee before it is sent to President Donald Trump.

FEMA Encourages Residents and Visitors in Hurricanes’ Paths to Prepare Now

Release Date: 
September 18, 2017

Release Number: HQ-17-122

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON - As Hurricane Maria advances toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Jose approaches the northeastern United States, residents and visitors in potentially affected areas should review their preparations. Always remember, listen to the instructions of state, tribal, territorial, commonwealth, and local officials.  

As we continue response and recovery operations following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, FEMA is preparing for response to the potential impacts of Hurricanes Jose and Maria. FEMA staff in headquarters and regional offices in New York, Boston, and the Caribbean Area Office, are closely monitoring the tracks of Hurricanes Maria and Jose, while pre-positioning assets and commodities to prepare for potential impacts from these storms. The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are under a Hurricane Watch and may receive impacts from Hurricane Maria by Tuesday.

According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Jose is expected to produce life-threatening surf and rip currents and possible heavy rainfall along portions of the East Coast. Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings are being issued from Fenwick Island, Delaware north to Plymouth, Massachusetts, excluding New York City.

Now is the time to prepare for these hurricanes; FEMA recommends all residents and visitors in the paths of Hurricanes Jose and Maria to review these tips:

  • Check to make sure your emergency kit is stocked and test your family communications plan.
  • Know your evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go, and how you would get there if instructed to evacuate. If directed to evacuate by local officials, evacuate.

Stay vigilant and continue to monitor local radio or TV stations, and local emergency management officials, for updated weather and emergency information.

  • The FEMA App (available in English and Spanish) provides National Weather Service alerts (for up to 5 areas), emergency kit checklists, directions to open shelters, safety preparation tips and more.
  • Make plans to secure your property:
    • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
    • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
    • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, and anything else that is not tied down.
    • Determine how and where to secure boats and other marine craft.
  • You can safely install a generator for emergencies. Remember, never run a generator inside and keep it away from windows, doors, and vents.
  • If using candles, please use caution. If possible, use flashlights instead. If you must use candles, do not burn them on or near anything that can catch fire.
  • Your phone is an important tool to ensure your family’s safety. Make sure to charge your phone and other electronic devices.
  • Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to follow local public safety authority direction and to share safety messaging with employees in order to reduce risk.
  • If you have a National Flood Insurance ...

Kayaking activists protest ‘petroleum wars’ outside Pentagon (VIDEO)

Kayaking activists protest ‘petroleum wars’ outside Pentagon (VIDEO)

Several dozen activists paddled their kayaks outside the Pentagon to protest the US military’s pollution of water and use of fossil fuels, which they claim is destroying the planet.

US Navy sacks more commanders after deadly warship collisions

US Navy sacks more commanders after deadly warship collisions

The US Navy has dismissed an admiral and a captain in connection with two deadly accidents where US warships collided with commercial vessels in the Pacific. This comes less than a month after the Navy fired the commander of the Seventh Fleet.

Over 3,000 new US troops headed to Afghanistan – Pentagon

Over 3,000 new US troops headed to Afghanistan – Pentagon

US Defense Secretary James Mattis confirmed that over 3,000 new US troops will be headed to Afghanistan as part of President Donald Trump’s new strategy to win the war that has dragged on for almost 16 years.

‘Dreamers’ shout down Democrats at San Francisco press event

‘Dreamers’ shout down Democrats at San Francisco press event

Immigration activists interrupted a press event in San Francisco, California and shouted down House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and two other Congressional Democrats from the state.

US mulls embassy closure in Cuba with historic thaw in relations under threat

US mulls embassy closure in Cuba with historic thaw in relations under threat

Two years after the US made the historic step to re-open its embassy in Cuba, Washington says a new closure is “under evaluation” – the latest move in a fragile relationship which has seen claims of “health attacks” on US diplomats.

Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands brace for another major hurricane, Maria

Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands brace for another major hurricane, Maria

Evacuation orders have been issued in Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Maria is expected to hit the already storm-battered Caribbean islands as a Category 4 storm. Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin Islands are forecast to take the hardest blows.

3 dead, 16 injured in Queens bus crash

3 dead, 16 injured in Queens bus crash

A New York City transit bus collided with a tour bus on a notorious corner in the borough of Queens, spinning around at high speed and leaving multiple people dead and injured.

Florida Keys: Plan Ahead Before Returning Home to Be Safe

Release Date: 
September 18, 2017

Release Number: R4 NR-4337-FL NR 012

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. As the reentry process for the Lower Keys begins, FEMA stresses the importance of following guidance from your local officials. Currently only residents, business owners, disaster workers, and supply vehicles with appropriate identification, or re-entry stickers, will be permitted to enter.

For those returning to homes or businesses on the Keys, Monroe County offers important public safety information on their website www.keysrecovery.org/.

  • Have identification with their current address ready to get through any checkpoints.
  • Be alert to emergency rescue crews, power crews, or other personnel who may block roads.
  • Expect to see numerous law enforcement officials throughout the area.
  • Be wary of displaced local wildlife such as snakes, insects, or alligators.

Prepare Before You Go

For those eligible to return, local officials stress the need to be prepared. The area still is without electricity, and there are challenging conditions for life safety, communications, and sewer access. Those who return should bring plenty of supplies. Consider all your potential needs for food, water, medication, mosquito repellent, and other important items.

Structural Safety

From the outside of your home, examine the building. If you see obvious damage, the building is off

the foundation, or you have doubts about its structural safety, do not enter. If the outside looks safe, enter the building slowly and carefully.

Register for Federal Assistance

In some cases, you may not be able to stay in your home because of the amount of damage. If so, consider staying with friends or family while you repair your home. Transitional sheltering may be available to you once you register for federal assistance with FEMA.

Apply for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by telephone at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Due to high demand, lines may be busy. Try calling in the morning or evening when call volume may be low, and be patient.

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Hurricane Debris Pick-Up a Priority for Florida Recovery

Release Date: 
September 18, 2017

Release Number: R4 DR-4337-FL NR 009

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.As Floridians begin the cleanup process after Hurricane Irma, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges everyone to know the best way to remove debris from their property.

Don’t wait to clean up storm damage. Document damage with photos or videos.

Take care when cleaning up. Dangling power lines, flooding and other hazards remain. If trees and other debris have fallen on your private property, be sure to check with your insurance agent to determine if tree damage is covered by your policy. As you clean up, be sure to keep in mind the following information:

  • Due to the magnitude of recent disaster events, residents can move debris from their private property to public rights-of-way for pick up and removal by local governments for a limited time. Debris removal from private property is generally the responsibility of the property owner, just as before the hurricane.
  • Follow guidance from your local officials when placing debris for collection. Separate debris into six categories when disposing along the curb:
    • Electronics, such as televisions, computers or phones;
    • Large appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves or dishwashers.  Be sure to seal or secure the doors so that they are not accessible;
    • Hazardous waste, such as oil, batteries, pesticides, paint or cleaning supplies. If you suspect that materials contain lead-based paint, keep them moist or contain materials in plastic bags so that the paint does not become airborne;
    • Vegetative debris, such as tree branches, leaves or plants;
    • Construction debris, such as drywall, lumber, carpet or furniture; and
    • Household garbage, discarded food, paper or packaging.
  • Place debris away from trees, poles or structures including fire hydrants and meters.
  • Remove all water-damaged materials from your home and place curbside for pickup.
  • Debris should not block the roadway.

Hurricane Irma left behind fallen trees, limbs and trash from damaged buildings on private and public property. Workers have begun picking up the tons of debris dumped on streets, highways, curbsides and from private yards. Federal and state aid will help pay for removing debris from public property.

For more Hurricane Irma recovery information, visit www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma.

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FEMA Provides Update on Federal Support to Hurricane Irma Response

FEMA Provides Update on Federal Support to Hurricane Irma Response

Release Date: 
September 18, 2017

Release Number: HQ-17-121

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues coordinating the efforts of the federal family, working alongside state, Commonwealth, tribal, territorial, and local emergency responders to help address the immediate needs of survivors following Hurricane Irma.

Tens of thousands of federal workers are supporting preparedness, response, and recovery to Hurricane Irma, including more than 3,200 FEMA staff, and more than 13,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen from 22 states, in rescue, evacuation, security and support operations.

three men on a boat repair a light

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Jacksonville Beach make repairs to a light damaged by Hurricane Irma, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Brunswick, Georgia. The ANT Jacksonville Beach crew is responsible for over 950 aids to navigation throughout northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Aids to Navigation Team Jacksonville Beach)

The Department of Energy is coordinating with its partners to facilitate communications, provide situational awareness, and expedite restoration efforts. More than 60,000 personnel are activated from more than 250 investor-owned electric companies, public power utilities, and electric cooperatives from all corners of the United States and Canada, to support power restoration. Private sector partners estimate that power should be returned to 95 percent of customers by September 17. Restoration to severely damaged areas will take additional time.

For those in designated areas in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov is the quickest way to register for federal assistance, including FEMA assistance.  If survivors do not have access to the internet, they may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If survivors use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), they should call 800-621-3362 directly.

a woman wearing a FEMA vest stands in front of a flooded home with a clipboard

FEMA disaster assistance teams go door to door in Florida after Irma

FEMA received more than 413,000 registrations to date and has already approved $92.8 million for Hurricane Irma survivors. As it becomes safe for people to return to their homes, FEMA expects registration numbers to increase.

Federal Efforts Underway as of September 16, 2017   

  • The American Red Cross (ARC) is operationally focused on safety, shelter, food, which includes shelf-stable meals, and positioning personnel and supplies. More than 8,100 people were provided refuge from Hurricane Irma in more than 100 government and Red Cross evacuation centers across four states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  To date, the ARC served more than 380,000 meals and snacks. More than 3,000 Red Cross workers are responding to Irma now, with almost 350 more volunteers on the way.
     
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) currently have more than 350 personnel engaged and have received 35 FEMA Mission Assignments (MA). For Florida, USACE’s mission assignments include providing temporary power, temporary roofing, debris removal, and infrastructure assessment. For Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, USACE’s mission assignments include providing temporary power, temporary roofing, debris removal/technical assistance, infrastructure assessment, and a commodities management subject-matter expert.
     
  • The U.S. National Guard ...

What to Expect When You Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance

What to Expect When You Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance

Release Date: 
September 18, 2017

Release Number: R4 DR-4337-FL NR 008

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.If you live in one of the disaster-designated Florida counties and experienced property damage or loss directly caused by Hurricane Irma, register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance – even if you have insurance. This can be an important step to begin the process of recovery.

You may register for assistance the following ways:

  • At www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • If you don’t have Internet access, you can call 800-621-3362.
  • People who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 800-462-7585.
  • For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
  • These toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (EST) seven days a week until further notice.

FEMA assistance for individuals may include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repairs to their primary residences, as well as funding for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or funeral costs. If you have insurance, FEMA may still be able to assist with disaster-related expenses that were underinsured or not covered by your policy.

After you apply, a FEMA inspector will contact you to schedule an inspection. The inspection generally takes 30-40 minutes or less and consists of a general verification of your disaster-related losses and a review of ownership or residence records. There is no fee for the inspection.

When a FEMA housing inspector comes to visit your home, be sure they show you proper identification. All FEMA inspectors have prominent photo identification badges. If you suspect someone is posing as a FEMA housing inspector, call our toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721, or call local law enforcement officials.

Once the inspection process is complete, your situation will be reviewed by FEMA. You will receive a letter by email or physical mail, depending on your preference, which outlines the decision about your claim. For more information about the inspection process, and documentation you will need to provide the inspector, visit the FEMA Individual Assistance Inspection Process page.

Know that you may receive a visit from more than one inspector throughout the recovery process. In addition to FEMA housing inspectors, representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, state and local officials and inspectors for private insurance coverage also visit neighborhoods in affected areas.

For more recovery information visit FEMA’s Hurricane Irma web page at www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma.

A call from a FEMA inspector. A brief inspector's visit. A decision letter. If you receive a SBA loan application completing it is an important step in finding out what aid may be available to you.

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‘Point of action is to disturb’: Silent protesters block St. Louis City Hall

‘Point of action is to disturb’: Silent protesters block St. Louis City Hall

Over 100 people rallied outside the City Hall in St. Louis, Missouri on Monday, in the fourth day of protests over a 2011 police killing of an African-American man. The former police officer involved was acquitted by a judge.

Clown mask panic: Dad charged as 6yo girl flees & hides in stranger’s apartment

Clown mask panic: Dad charged as 6yo girl flees & hides in stranger’s apartment

A father has been charged with child endangering and inducing panic after he chased his six-year-old daughter while wearing a clown mask in an attempt to discipline the child.

‘Whose streets, our streets’: Police accused of chanting on 3rd night of St Louis clashes (VIDEO)

‘Whose streets, our streets’: Police accused of chanting on 3rd night of St Louis clashes (VIDEO)

Police reportedly chanted ‘whose streets, our streets’ on a night when law enforcement used pepper ball projectiles to clear protesters from downtown St Louis, Missouri.

Protests grip St. Louis for 3rd day after ex-cop’s acquittal in fatal shooting (VIDEOS)

Protests grip St. Louis for 3rd day after ex-cop’s acquittal in fatal shooting (VIDEOS)

For a third consecutive day, hundreds of activists are marching through the streets St. Louis to protest the acquittal of a white former city police officer in the death of a black motorist. Two previous days of protest ended with clashes and vandalism.

Protests grip St. Louis for 3rd day after ex-cop’s acquittal in fatal shooting (VIDEOS)

Protests grip St. Louis for 3rd day after ex-cop’s acquittal in fatal shooting (VIDEOS)

For a third consecutive day, hundreds of activists are marching through the streets St. Louis to protest the acquittal of a white former city police officer in the death of a black motorist. Two previous days of protest ended with clashes and vandalism.

‘Mattis will take care of it’: Tillerson, Haley say N. Korea military option on table

‘Mattis will take care of it’: Tillerson, Haley say N. Korea military option on table

Speaking on political talk shows, both the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that despite seeking a peaceful solution, the Trump administration would not rule out the military option for North Korea.

ISIS suicide bombers killed in attack on US-led coalition base in Iraq

ISIS suicide bombers killed in attack on US-led coalition base in Iraq

A US-led coalition base in northern Iraq came under attack by several Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) suicide bombers on Sunday. The perpetrators were killed by security forces at the scene.

Trump calls Kim Jong-un ‘Rocket Man’ after call with South Korean leader

Trump calls Kim Jong-un ‘Rocket Man’ after call with South Korean leader

Donald Trump apparently has a new nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, labeling him ‘Rocket Man’ in a tweet after speaking with South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

Trump calls Kim Jong-un ‘Rocket Man’ after call with South Korean leader

Trump calls Kim Jong-un ‘Rocket Man’ after call with South Korean leader

Donald Trump apparently has a new nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, labeling him ‘Rocket Man’ in a tweet after speaking with South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

Pools of blood pictured on street outside Louisiana funeral home (PHOTO)

Pools of blood pictured on street outside Louisiana funeral home (PHOTO)

In a scene reminiscent of a horror film, pools of blood have been photographed on the road outside a funeral home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

American tourists doused with acid in Marseilles, one suspect arrested

American tourists doused with acid in Marseilles, one suspect arrested

Two American tourists are receiving hospital treatment for burns after being attacked by an unknown female at the Saint Charles train station in Marseilles, who hurled acid at the group of four young women.

‘Gigantic mob’ of bees attack in California, six people hospitalized

‘Gigantic mob’ of bees attack in California, six people hospitalized

Six people were hospitalized after a swarm of bees attacked people on the outskirts of Los Angeles on Saturday, forcing authorities to cordon off the area.

11 injured after man smashes car into crowd at Boise car show (VIDEOS)

11 injured after man smashes car into crowd at Boise car show (VIDEOS)

At least 11 bystanders have been injured and taken to hospital after a man driving a Porsche smashed into a crowd following an auto show outside the Boise Spectrum Center in Idaho.

7 detained as rival rallies face off over Confederate statue in Richmond (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

7 detained as rival rallies face off over Confederate statue in Richmond (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Several hundred protesters have outnumbered and surrounded a small number of activists which assembled at the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond Virginia to protect the historic heritage.

7 detained as rival rallies face off over Confederate statue in Richmond (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

7 detained as rival rallies face off over Confederate statue in Richmond (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Several hundred protesters have outnumbered and surrounded a small number of activists which assembled at the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond Virginia to protect the historic heritage.

Protesters march through St. Louis mall over ex-cop acquitted of black man’s killing (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Protesters march through St. Louis mall over ex-cop acquitted of black man’s killing (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Protests have gone on for a second day in St Louis after a white, former police officer was acquitted of the fatal shooting of a black suspect in 2011. Despite the tension between demonstrators and police, no major incidents were reported.

‘Narcos’ location scout found riddled with bullets in Mexico

‘Narcos’ location scout found riddled with bullets in Mexico

A location manager for the Netflix hit series ‘Narcos’ has been found shot dead in central Mexico where he was scouting for locations for the upcoming season of the show.

Juggalos march in Washington to protest FBI gang classification (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Juggalos march in Washington to protest FBI gang classification (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Juggalos are holding a mass march in Washington, D.C. to protest their designation by the FBI as a gang.

St Louis police knock older woman to ground & arrest her (PHOTO, VIDEO)

St Louis police knock older woman to ground & arrest her (PHOTO, VIDEO)

St Louis riot police were filmed pushing and then walking over an older woman protester during demonstrations Friday.

St Louis police knock older woman to ground & arrest her (PHOTO, VIDEO)

St Louis police knock older woman to ground & arrest her (PHOTO, VIDEO)

St Louis riot police were filmed pushing and then walking over an older woman protester during demonstrations Friday.

WATCH LIVE: Pro-Trump ‘Mother of All Rallies’ kicks off in Washington

WATCH LIVE: Pro-Trump ‘Mother of All Rallies’ kicks off in Washington

The ‘Mother of all rallies,’ or MOAR for short, in support of US President Donald Trump, is being held in Washington, DC.

WATCH LIVE: Pro-Trump ‘Mother of All Rallies’ kicks off in Washington

WATCH LIVE: Pro-Trump ‘Mother of All Rallies’ kicks off in Washington

The ‘Mother of all rallies,’ or MOAR for short, in support of US President Donald Trump, is being held in Washington, DC.

Irma: abandoned pets’ owners facing criminal charges

Irma: abandoned pets’ owners facing criminal charges

Pet owners who abandoned their animals during Hurricane Irma may face criminal charges in Florida. Palm Beach prosecutors said they intend to hold offenders accountable.

Pentagon says transgender troops can continue to serve in military – reports

Pentagon says transgender troops can continue to serve in military – reports

The Pentagon will reportedly allow transgender troops in the military to re-enlist over the next few months, in a blow to US President Donald Trump’s ban.

Tropical storm warning for Baja California as Hurricane Norma nears

Tropical storm warning for Baja California as Hurricane Norma nears

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the southern part of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula as Hurricane Norma approaches with 120kph (75mph) winds.

Baltimore officer acquitted in just 30mins over kicking suspect – and thanked for service

Baltimore officer acquitted in just 30mins over kicking suspect – and thanked for service

A Baltimore jury found police officer Christopher Spivey not guilty of assaulting a suspect in an incident caught on police helicopter cameras.

Baltimore officer acquitted in just 30mins over kicking suspect – and thanked for service

Baltimore officer acquitted in just 30mins over kicking suspect – and thanked for service

A Baltimore jury found police officer Christopher Spivey not guilty of assaulting a suspect in an incident caught on police helicopter cameras.

Google facing antitrust lawsuit for removal of Gab from app store

Google facing antitrust lawsuit for removal of Gab from app store

Gab, an alternative social networking platform, is suing Google over claims of antitrust violations. In the aftermath of the fatal rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, major tech companies began removing perceived hate sites from their services.

Google caves in to US government demands for overseas data

Google caves in to US government demands for overseas data

Google is to stop fighting most search warrants issued by US judges for data stored on overseas servers, according to a recent court document from the Department of Justice.

5 senators push for Cuba embassy closure, expulsion of diplomats

5 senators push for Cuba embassy closure, expulsion of diplomats

A group of hard-line Republican senators are urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to demand Cuba take action against alleged attacks on American diplomats or shut down the US embassy in Havana.

‘Killer cops have got to go’: Arrests at ‘largely peaceful’ St. Louis protest

‘Killer cops have got to go’: Arrests at ‘largely peaceful’ St. Louis protest

Protests in the streets of downtown St. Louis, Missouri have remained “largely peaceful,” but mace has been deployed after rocks and water bottles were thrown, threatening the legality of the gathering, police said.

Mysterious Hurricane Harvey ‘sea monster’ finally identified (PHOTOS)

Mysterious Hurricane Harvey ‘sea monster’ finally identified (PHOTOS)

The terrifying, eyeless, fanged sea monster that washed up on a beach near Texas City during Hurricane Harvey has finally been identified.

Mysterious Hurricane Harvey ‘sea monster’ finally identified (PHOTOS)

Mysterious Hurricane Harvey ‘sea monster’ finally identified (PHOTOS)

The terrifying, eyeless, fanged sea monster that washed up on a beach near Texas City during Hurricane Harvey has finally been identified.

Vatican recalls diplomat under investigation for child porn crimes in US

Vatican recalls diplomat under investigation for child porn crimes in US

The Vatican has recalled a high-ranking diplomat to Rome whom the US State Department believes may have broken child pornography laws.

Vatican recalls diplomat under investigation for child porn crimes in US

Vatican recalls diplomat under investigation for child porn crimes in US

The Vatican has recalled a high-ranking diplomat to Rome whom the US State Department believes may have broken child pornography laws.

Hurricane Irma Response and Relief Operations Continue with Full Federal Capability

Hurricane Irma Response and Relief Operations Continue with Full Federal Capability

Release Date: 
September 15, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues coordinating the efforts of the federal family, working alongside state and local emergency responders to help address the immediate needs of survivors, following Hurricane Irma.

Thursday, President Donald J. Trump visited Florida to meet with Governor Rick Scott and disaster survivors throughout the state. He was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, as well as federal, state, and local elected officials.

Tens of thousands of federal workers are supporting preparedness, response, and recovery to Hurricane Irma, including more than 3,100 FEMA staff with additional staff continuing to deploy.

Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, and other senior officials update the media on federal response efforts following Hurricane Irma.

Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, and other senior officials update the media on federal response efforts following Hurricane Irma. (Sept. 15, 2017, Jetta Disco)

Search and rescue efforts continue in the Caribbean and the U.S. mainland. FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) task forces stationed in the Caribbean have conducted 1,141 rescues, and, in Florida, FEMA US&R saved 1,006 lives. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has rescued 326 people and saved 53 pets. The U.S. Coast Guard has also answered more than 1,750 emergency phone calls at their headquarters facility.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is coordinating with its partners to facilitate communications, provide situational awareness, and expedite restoration efforts. More than 60,000 personnel are activated from more than 250 investor-owned electric companies, public power utilities, and electric cooperatives from all corners of the United States and Canada, who are dedicated to the essential work of power restoration. Patience is still required, but progress is being made, and private sector partners report that about 70 percent of power is restored across affected areas.As of September 15, 2017, FEMA transferred approximately 7.2 million meals, 5.5 million liters of water, and 41 generators to states in the Southeast, at the states’ requests. In addition, nearly 578,000 meals, 115,000 liters of water, 13,600 sheeting covers, 150 rolls of blue tarps, and 36 generators were transferred to St. Thomas and St. John. FEMA also transferred more than 36,000 meals and 3,600 liters of water to Puerto Rico.

Members of HHS’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team California-6 establish an operational area to support damaged medical facilities in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The San Francisco based medical team members are intermittent federal employees organized under the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to provide emergency medical care and to augment local medical capabilities during times of disaster.

Members of HHS’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team California-6 establish an operational area to support damaged medical facilities in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The San Francisco based medical team members are intermittent federal employees ...

‘Not satisfied’ till Assad gone: US pushes for regime change as war in Syria winds down

‘Not satisfied’ till Assad gone: US pushes for regime change as war in Syria winds down

The US will not be satisfied as long as Syrian President Bashar Assad is in power, US Ambassador to the UN said, commenting on a major de-escalation effort brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey without American participation.

‘Not satisfied’ till Assad gone: US pushes for regime change as war in Syria winds down

‘Not satisfied’ till Assad gone: US pushes for regime change as war in Syria winds down

The US will not be satisfied as long as Syrian President Bashar Assad is in power, US Ambassador to the UN said, commenting on a major de-escalation effort brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey without American participation.

Careful drivers leave US police strapped for cash

Careful drivers leave US police strapped for cash

Police in Michigan are facing a $3 million deficit in funding for road patrol services. Officials blame the lack of revenue on the decline in the number of traffic tickets issued to motorists, which appears to be a national trend.

Careful drivers leave US police strapped for cash

Careful drivers leave US police strapped for cash

Police in Michigan are facing a $3 million deficit in funding for road patrol services. Officials blame the lack of revenue on the decline in the number of traffic tickets issued to motorists, which appears to be a national trend.

Most Americans back military response to North Korea, poll shows

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Trump calls for end to military spending sequester

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What happened? Amazon purging bad reviews of Clinton’s book

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Dallas removes Confederate statue dedicated by FDR

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FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program Enhances the Flood Claims Process and Extends Grace Period for Policy Renewals

Release Date: 
September 15, 2017

Release Number: HQ-17-118

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON — To support the ongoing disaster recovery, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is enhancing the flood insurance claims process, and extending the grace period for paying policy renewal premiums for insured survivors affected by Hurricane Irma.

Due to the wide-spread catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Irma, FEMA implemented temporary changes to rush recovery money into the hands of NFIP policyholders, for repair and replacement of flood-damaged properties. FEMA also wants to ensure continuous flood insurance coverage for current NFIP policyholders affected by this storm, even if the renewed policy premium cannot be paid at this time. FEMA is directing all NFIP private insurance partners to:

  • Provide advance payments on flood claims, even before visits by an adjuster;
  • Increase the advance payment allowable for policyholders who provide photographs or video depicting flood  damage and expenses, or a contractor’s itemized estimate;
  • Waive use of the initial Proof of Loss (POL) form; and
  • Extend the grace period for payment of NFIP flood insurance policy renewal premiums to 120 days. This waiver applies to all NFIP policies, whether issued by the NFIP Servicing Agent or a Write Your Own Company, written for properties in areas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and counties in Florida that have received a Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance (IA) under the Stafford Act.

Advance Payments

The NFIP is making it easier for policyholders to receive an advance payment for their flood claim to help them begin the process of recovery as quickly as possible. After filing a flood insurance claim, the policyholder can discuss advance payment with the insurer:

  • When a policyholder contacts his/her insurer and verifies his/her identity, he/she can receive an advance payment for up to $5,000 on a flood claim without an adjuster visit or additional documentation.  When the advance payment is issued, a letter is sent to the policyholder which explains that by accepting this payment the policyholder is certifying the damage.
  • Up to $20,000 may be advanced to a policyholder who provides photos and/or videos depicting damage, and receipts validating out-of-pocket expenses related to flood loss or a contractor’s itemized estimate. Policyholders with significant damage who have a contractor’s itemized estimate may be eligible for a larger advance payment and should discuss this with the adjuster.

Advance payments are deducted from a policyholder’s final claim settlement amount. Advance payments may only be used according to the terms of the policy. For example, if a policyholder has a building/structure flood insurance policy, the advance payment must be used to repair or rebuild the structure. Or if a policyholder has contents coverage, the advance payment must be used to repair or replace contents that were within the structure. Advance payments may not be used for temporary housing and living expenses.

If a policyholder’s property is mortgaged, the lender will also be named on the advance payment issued for a building/structure flood insurance policy. In this case, the policyholder and lender will both be required to sign the ...

St. Louis braces for violence after ex-cop is acquitted of murdering black man

St. Louis braces for violence after ex-cop is acquitted of murdering black man

Protests began in Saint Louis, Missouri following the ‘not guilty’ verdict for a former police officer who shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith under controversial circumstances. The officer is white, while Smith is African-American.

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Welcomes New U.S. Citizens during Constitution Week

Release Date: 
September 15, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

Duke Delivered the Keynote Address at a Naturalization Ceremony at the National Archives  

WASHINGTON – Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke addressed a group of new United States citizens at a naturalization ceremony in Washington, DC. The ceremony, held at the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom at the National Archives, was part of special programming celebrating Constitution Week. Acting Secretary Duke was also joined by Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director James McCament.

During the ceremony, 30 men and women from 22 countries, all of whom went through the legal U.S. immigration process, took an oath to uphold the Constitution. The group was also the first to be shown a video from President Donald J. Trump welcoming the new citizens to the United States.

Excerpts from Acting Secretary Duke’s prepared remarks are below.

“It is a privilege for me to join you and your families today, on your first day as citizens of the United States of America.

“It is especially an honor to stand here, in the Rotunda, among the Charters of Freedom, and reflect on the promise of this great nation.

“Throughout our history, people have come to the United States in pursuit of freedom and opportunity.  Whether they wanted to be free to practice their religion, free to choose their leaders, or free to speak their mind, this country is a place where freedom is a right for all of our citizens, whether natural-born or naturalized. 

“In choosing to become citizens of the United States, you’ve demonstrated that you value our country.  You value the rule of law.  You value the time and effort it takes to do things the right way.

“I know your journey to this moment has involved a lot of hard work.  I congratulate you, and I congratulate your families, and I wish you all the happiness in the world in celebrating this accomplishment.

“But as citizens, we still have work to do in pursuit of a more perfect union. So participate in your local community.  Vote in every election.  Voice your ideas.  Make your mark in the land of opportunity.

“I wish you all the best in living and achieving your American dream.  Welcome home, my fellow citizens.”

You can read her full remarks here.

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DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke visits Florida with President Trump to Assess Hurricane Irma Response and Recovery Efforts

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke visits Florida with President Trump to Assess Hurricane Irma Response and Recovery Efforts

Release Date: 
September 15, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke traveled to Fort Myers and Naples, Florida with President Donald J. Trump to meet with federal, state and local officials carrying out Hurricane Irma response and recovery efforts.

In Fort Myers, the President and the Acting Secretary, along with Vice President Mike Pence, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long, and Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry received a briefing on relief efforts. Florida Governor Rick Scott, Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, President & CEO of Florida Power & Light Company Eric Silagy as well as state, county, and local emergency management officials participated in the discussions. The Acting Secretary then traveled to Naples, Florida where she met with individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to our first responders, federal employees, and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to evacuate local communities and aid with recovery. Today, we saw the damage from Hurricane Irma firsthand, and connected with state and local officials to discuss the additional resources they need to continue recovery efforts,” said Acting Secretary Duke. “We also met with survivors, and heard their stories. Let me tell you this - Floridians are tough. The road to recovery will take time, but I am confident the administration’s efforts, along with our state and local partners, will help rebuild local communities quickly and put Florida back on track.”

The Department of Homeland Security’s top priority is to protect the American people from harm – this includes from natural disasters. Registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov is the quickest way for those affected to register for federal aid. The federal government continues to support Hurricane Harvey response and recovery efforts underway in Texas and Louisiana along with those impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Today, more than 40,000 federal personnel, including more than 2,650 FEMA staff, are working in support of preparedness and response to Hurricane Irma. Many federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Interior, and Homeland Security have deployed thousands of personnel to provide logistical support for commodities, employ search and rescue assets, as well as conduct damage assessments to develop and advance recovery efforts.

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke joins FEMA Administrator Brock Long to survey damage following Hurricane Irma. (DHS Official Photo/Jetta Disco)

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke joins FEMA Administrator Brock Long to survey damage following Hurricane Irma. (DHS Official Photo/Jetta Disco)

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke meets with members of  the U.S. Coast Guard responding to Hurricane Irma. (DHS Official Photo/PA2 Patrick Kelly)

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke meets with members of  the U.S. Coast Guard responding to Hurricane Irma. (DHS Official Photo/PA2 Patrick Kelly)

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Assange trolls ‘triggered’ Pompeo for ‘WikiLeaks an enemy of the US’ claim

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Pentagon falsifying paperwork to send arms worth $2bn to Syria, report finds

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The Pentagon continues to ship billions of dollars of weapons to Syria, according to a damning report by two monitoring groups that also reveals the US is falsifying documents to cover its tracks.

Pentagon falsifying paperwork to send arms worth $2bn to Syria, report finds

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The Pentagon continues to ship billions of dollars of weapons to Syria, according to a damning report by two monitoring groups that also reveals the US is falsifying documents to cover its tracks.

Attack in London carried out by ‘loser terrorist’ – Trump

Attack in London carried out by ‘loser terrorist’ – Trump

US President Donald Trump has called for “loser” terrorists to be dealt with “in a much tougher manner” and urged cutting off their main recruitment source following the London terrorist attack.

Attack in London carried out by ‘loser terrorist’ – Trump

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‘A mistake:’ Harvard rescinds Chelsea Manning’s visiting fellow invitation following backlash

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2 moms indicted for female genital mutilation, lawyer argues ‘cultural issues at play’

2 moms indicted for female genital mutilation, lawyer argues ‘cultural issues at play’

Federal prosecutors have filed charges against two mothers in Minnesota who allowed their daughters’ genitalia to be cut during an illegal religious procedure earlier this year. A Michigan-based doctor who performed the operation is also awaiting trial.

2 moms indicted for female genital mutilation, lawyer argues ‘cultural issues at play’

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‘Tip of the iceberg’: Trump condemns Susan Rice for unmasking aides

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Arrests at UC Berkeley as protesters oppose Ben Shapiro speech

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N. Korean IRBM put millions of Japanese into ‘duck and cover’ – Mattis

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North Korea’s intermediate range ballistic missile launch over Japan “put millions of Japanese into duck and cover” mode, said US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. The launch triggered an alert in Japan as it flew through the country’s airspace before landing in the Pacific Ocean.

Anti-war argument ‘winning’ despite setback in Congress – Ron Paul to RT

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Senator Rand Paul’s (R-Kentucky) fight to repeal post-9/11 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) went better than anticipated, considering the tight grip “pro-war” interests have on Congress, former Congressman Ron Paul told RT.

Ex-CIA chief resigns from Harvard protesting Manning fellowship

Ex-CIA chief resigns from Harvard protesting Manning fellowship

Former CIA Director Michael Morell has resigned from Harvard University in protest after it announced Chelsea Manning had been selected as a visiting fellow to the school.  

Ex-CIA chief resigns from Harvard protesting Manning fellowship

Ex-CIA chief resigns from Harvard protesting Manning fellowship

Former CIA Director Michael Morell has resigned from Harvard University in protest after it announced Chelsea Manning had been selected as a visiting fellow to the school.  

Federal Family Continues Response and Relief Operations Following Hurricane Irma

Federal Family Continues Response and Relief Operations Following Hurricane Irma

Release Date: 
September 14, 2017

Release Number: HQ-17-115

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is actively coordinating the efforts of the federal family, working alongside state and local emergency responders to help address the immediate needs of survivors.

More than 40,000 federal personnel are working in support of preparedness and response to Hurricane Irma, including more than 2,650 FEMA staff with additional staff continuing to deploy. Many federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Interior, and Homeland Security have deployed thousands of personnel to provide logistical support for commodities, employ search and rescue assets, as well as conduct damage assessments to develop and advance recovery efforts.

Members of FEMA's Task Force Teams from Tennessee and Virginia work together with Navy personnel to unload supplies at Key West during disaster relief operations for Hurricane Irma

Search and rescue efforts continue in the Caribbean and the U.S. mainland. FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) task forces stationed in the Caribbean have conducted 1141 rescues, and in Florida, FEMA US&R saved 1,006 lives. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) have rescued 326 people and saved 53 pets. The U.S. Coast Guard has also answered more than 1750 emergency phone calls at their headquarters facility.

FEMA Urban Search & Rescue team, Arizona Task Force 1, supporting #HurricaneIrma response efforts in the Florida Keys.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is coordinating with its partners to facilitate communications, provide situational awareness, and expedite restoration efforts. More than 60,000 personnel are activated from more than 250 investor-owned electric companies, public power utilities, and electric cooperatives from all corners of the United States and Canada, who are dedicated to the essential work of power restoration. Patience is still required, but progress is being made, and private sector partners report that about 50% of power is restored across the affected areas.

As of September 14, 2017, FEMA transferred approximately 6.6 million meals and 4.7 million liters of water to states in the Southeast, at the states’ requests. In addition, nearly 578,000 meals, 383,000 liters of water, 13,600 sheeting covers, 150 rolls of blue tarps, and 30 generators were transferred to St. Thomas and St. John. Currently, FEMA has the following commodities positioned in staging areas across the impacted areas, to be transferred to states and tribes upon their request:

  • Alabama: more than 7.2 million meals, more than 13.6 million liters of water;
  • Florida: more than 315,000 meals, more than 390,000 liters of water, 151 generators;
  • Georgia: more than 500,000 meals, 30 generators;
  • North Carolina: more than 340,000 meals, 2.1 million liters of water, 57 generators;
  • South Carolina: more than 717,000 meals, 1.8 million liters of water.

Survivors should not return home until local officials have deemed the area safe for return. Avoid downed power or utility lines; they may be live with deadly voltage. Stay away and report them immediately to your power or utility company.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and FEMA Advise Disaster Applicants to Beware of Rumors, Misinformation, ...

Coordinated Efforts Underway to Meet Survivor Needs and Restore Basic Services in Virgin Islands

Release Date: 
September 14, 2017

Release Number: NR002

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

St. Croix, Virgin Islands – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating a major federal effort in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to rush much-needed care and commodities to Hurricane Irma survivors while supporting the restoration of basic services.

One week since Hurricane Irma tore through the Virgin Islands, FEMA continues to work with the federal family, as well as territorial, local, private sector and voluntary agency partners, to respond to immediate survivor needs while jumpstarting the longer-term recovery effort.

“We know survivors are having a very tough time right now, but we want to assure them that FEMA, along with the entire federal family, is working tirelessly to help meet their needs,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel. “Recovery will require all of us, survivors included, working together.”

As of today, FEMA has sent more than 582,000 meals and 380,000 liters of water to the USVI for the response effort. These basic commodities, along with cots, diapers, baby formula, temporary roofing materials and other necessities, are going to local Points of Distribution in St. John and St. Thomas and to shelters operated by our recovery partner the American Red Cross and others. Additional commodities are arriving on a daily basis.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the Departments of Defense (DoD), and Health and Human Services (HHS) are some of the federal agencies participating in the massive federal effort to assist the Virgin Islands and its people.

Generators have arrived in St. Thomas for installation in St. Thomas and St. John critical facilities, including shelters, hospitals, emergency service buildings and water treatment plants. USACE has deployed a Power Planning and Response Team to assist with assessments and generator installations in these critical facilities.

The Coast Guard cutter fleet from Sector San Juan, along with other Coast Guard cutters, are supporting Hurricane Irma relief efforts by providing maritime security, assisting with port assessments, as well as transporting supplies, equipment, Coast Guard teams and other government agency responders to St. John and St. Thomas. USCG is also working with Virgin Island and federal responders on coordinating the transportation of people who need to be evacuated from the island.

For the first time in history HHS medical personnel were embedded with DoD search and rescue teams to evacuate dialysis patients requiring treatment from USVI. Additional HHS personnel are providing medical assistance at hospitals in St. Thomas and St. John. In all, approximately 10,000 DoD and 100 HHS personnel are supporting response operations in the USVI and Puerto Rico.

The September 7 presidential disaster declaration for the Virgin Islands makes federal assistance available to eligible homeowners, renters and business owners affected by Hurricane Irma in St. John and St. Thomas.

Survivors who sustained uninsured or underinsured Irma-related damage to their homes, vehicles, personal property, business or its inventory beginning Sept. 6, 2017, and continuing should register for assistance.

Registration can be completed online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, in Spanish at www.DisasterAssistance.gov/es, or by phone at 1-800-621-3362 ...

FEMA Teams Canvassing Disaster Designated Counties to Help Survivors

Release Date: 
September 14, 2017

Release Number: R4 DR-4337-FL NR 004

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

ATLANTA – Outreach teams from FEMA are canvassing Florida communities affected by Hurricane Irma.

The teams are working in federally designated counties to help residents register for disaster assistance and to quickly identify and address immediate and emerging needs. The teams can also provide application updates and referrals to additional community resources for remaining needs.

These mobile team members can be easily identified by their federal photo identifications and FEMA clothing. Florida residents are reminded to ask for photo identification before providing personal information.

Housing inspectors contracted by FEMA will also be working in disaster-designated counties, inspecting damage sustained by survivors who have already registered with FEMA. When FEMA-contracted inspectors arrive at a home, they will display official photo identification. If the photo identification is not displayed, it is important to ask to see it. This helps prevent fraud.

Please keep in mind FEMA employees do not solicit or accept money from disaster survivors. Many legitimate disaster assistance employees may visit your property such as insurance agents, damage inspectors, and FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration staff.

Here are some tips to remember to safeguard against fraud:

  • Ask to see ID badges. All FEMA representatives wear a federal photo ID badge. A FEMA shirt or jacket is not proof of identity. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with anyone you encounter, please contact local law enforcement.
  • Beware of people going door-to-door. People knocking on doors at damaged homes or phoning homeowners claiming to be building contractors could be con artists, especially if they ask for personal information or solicit money. Be sure to verify federal ID badges of disaster assistance staff who may visit your home.
  • FEMA Disaster survivor assistance teams are in affected communities providing disaster assistance information and helping survivors apply for FEMA aid. They are wearing FEMA shirts and federal photo IDs. Disaster survivor assistance teams never ask for or accept payment for their services.
  • FEMA does not have “approved” contractors. Beware of contractors who say they are affiliated with FEMA. Don’t sign anything you don’t understand or contracts with blank spaces.

Again, federal workers do not solicit or accept money. FEMA staff never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or help with registration.

If you have knowledge of fraud, waste, abuse or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.

Always use licensed and bonded contractors and ask for credentials. Use Florida contractors if you can. You can verify a Florida contractor’s license online at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Never pay for anything in advance of work being done. If you have a complaint about anyone soliciting your business, contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Florida counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance include: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, ...

Statement by The Press Secretary on Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act

Release Date: 
September 14, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON - Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke applauds the U.S. House of Representatives on its passage of the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. This bill promotes public safety by denying criminal alien gang members admission into the United States and allowing law enforcement officers to quickly remove them from the United States when they are encountered here.

This legislation will greatly help the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to target and dismantle transnational gangs, like MS-13, who pose a direct threat to public safety.

MS-13 gang members are notorious for exploiting the communities in which they live and operate – victimizing community members through violence and intimidation, extorting local business owners, recruiting young children into the gang lifestyle, and creating a magnet for violence from rival gangs.  Their members are involved in myriad criminal activities, including murder, extortion, narcotics and weapons trafficking, human smuggling and human trafficking, and other crimes with a nexus to the border.

This legislation will help DHS in its continued efforts to identify, arrest, imprison and/or remove transnational gang members and to suppress violence and prosecute criminal enterprises.

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US Air Force sprays Harvey-stricken Texas with controversial chemicals

US Air Force sprays Harvey-stricken Texas with controversial chemicals

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‘Sneaky’ drug company pays Native Americans to shield pharma patent

‘Sneaky’ drug company pays Native Americans to shield pharma patent

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‘Godzilla coming to town’: Berkeley braces for violence ahead of conservative’s speech

‘Godzilla coming to town’: Berkeley braces for violence ahead of conservative’s speech

The University of California at Berkeley is preparing for a possible repeat of violent clashes, as it hosts conservative speaker Ben Shapiro. This time, police will be allowed to use pepper spray and tear gas to disperse a rowdy crowd.

Kaspersky Lab co-founder invited to testify before US Congress over security concerns

Kaspersky Lab co-founder invited to testify before US Congress over security concerns

Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of Moscow-based cyber-security company Kaspersky Lab, has been invited to appear before the US Congress, after the Trump administration ordered US government agencies to stop using the company’s software.

‘Amnesty Don’: Trump’s base furious over reported DACA deal with Democrats

‘Amnesty Don’: Trump’s base furious over reported DACA deal with Democrats

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US sanctions 11 Iranian persons and entities for ‘malicious cyber activities,’ missile efforts

US sanctions 11 Iranian persons and entities for ‘malicious cyber activities,’ missile efforts

The US Department of Treasury has imposed sanctions on a number of individuals and entities accused of aiding Iran’s nuclear program or engaging in “malicious” cyber activity. On the list are two companies based in Ukraine.

More mystery surrounds ‘health attacks’ on US diplomats in Cuba

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The mysterious stories of US diplomats in Cuba falling victim to bizarre "health attacks" including hearing loss and brain injuries have become even more bizarre, with AP discovering that some symptoms were limited to specific rooms or parts of rooms.

Fort Bragg explosion injures 15 special ops troops

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US govt halts bid to silence Facebook over covert user probe

US govt halts bid to silence Facebook over covert user probe

US federal prosecutors have retreated from a high-profile court battle with Facebook which threatened to impinge on social media users’ First Amendment rights.

Cop guilty of sex toy assault on women at traffic stop

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A former Ohio police officer pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two young women during an illegal traffic stop. Kenneth Bolton Jr used a sex toy to abuse the women during the stops in February.

Parking spaces for US consulate staff in Russia removed – State Dept

Parking spaces for US consulate staff in Russia removed – State Dept

The US State Department has claimed that Russia has removed parking spaces reserved for American consular staff outside mission buildings. US diplomats are set to challenge the move with the Russian Foreign Ministry.

‘Don’t tase me, I’m pregnant!’: Police deploy stun gun on mother-to-be (VIDEO)

‘Don’t tase me, I’m pregnant!’: Police deploy stun gun on mother-to-be (VIDEO)

A police officer repeatedly used her stun gun on a pregnant woman during a traffic stop in Mississippi. She was struck in the abdomen despite repeatedly pleading with officers not to hurt her.

Baltimore to keep statue of Star-Spangled Banner composer defaced with ‘Racist Anthem’

Baltimore to keep statue of Star-Spangled Banner composer defaced with ‘Racist Anthem’

A monument to the composer of the US national anthem, whose original third verse is an attack on slaves, has been defaced in Baltimore. City officials say they will not remove the statue, unlike other Confederate-era memorials around the country.

Baltimore to keep statue of Star-Spangled Banner composer defaced with ‘Racist Anthem’

Baltimore to keep statue of Star-Spangled Banner composer defaced with ‘Racist Anthem’

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‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli sent to jail after offering $5k for Clinton’s hair in cloning joke

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‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli sent to jail after offering $5k for Clinton’s hair in cloning joke

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FEMA Advises Disaster Applicants to Beware of Rumors, Misinformation, and Fraud

Release Date: 
September 14, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is raising awareness that Hurricane Irma disaster survivors, and their friends and family, should be alert for false rumors, scams, identity theft, and fraud. Although many Americans are working hard to help their neighbors now, during chaotic times, some will always try to take advantage of the most vulnerable.

To dispel some of the false rumors circulating on the internet and social media, FEMA has a dedicated website to address some of the most common themes. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Visit https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma-rumor-control to get the most accurate information from trusted sources.

Here are a few guidelines to protect yourself, or someone you care about, from disaster fraud:

  • Federal and state workers do not ask for, or accept, money. FEMA staff will never charge applicants for disaster assistance, home inspections, or help filling out applications. Stay alert for false promises to speed up the insurance, disaster assistance, or building permit process.
     
  • In person, always ask to see any FEMA employee ID badges. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams may be in impacted communities providing information and assisting survivors with the registration process or their applicant files.
     
  • A FEMA shirt or jacket is not proof of identity. All FEMA representatives, including our contracted inspectors, will have a laminated photo ID. All National Flood Insurance Program adjusters will have a NFIP Authorized Adjuster Card with their name and the types of claims they may adjust.
     
  • If you are unsure or uncomfortable with anyone you encounter claiming to be an emergency management official, do not give out personal information, and contact local law enforcement.
     
  • If you suspect fraud, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud’s hotline at 1-866-720-5721, or email the organization at [email protected]. You can also report fraud to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.  Learn more about the National Center for Disaster Fraud at www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud.
     
  • In Florida, disaster-related fraud information is available on the State Attorney General’s Office website at www.MyFloridaLegal.com, or by calling the office at 1-866-966-7226.

Hurricane survivors are also encouraged to notify local authorities to cases of lawlessness or violence, especially in hurricane shelters. In an emergency, call 9-1-1. For other cases:

  • In Florida, report suspicious/criminal activity to 1-855-352-7233.
  • In Puerto Rico, report suspicious/criminal activity to the Puerto Rico Police by calling 787-343-2020, or by calling your local FBI office at 787-754-6000.
  • In the U.S. Virgin Islands, report suspicious/criminal activity to:
    • St. Thomas - 519-631-1224
    • St. John - 340-693-8880
    • St. Croix - 340-778-4950

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‘As American as baseball’: Racism banner sparks uproar at Red Sox game

‘As American as baseball’: Racism banner sparks uproar at Red Sox game

Baseball fans were shocked by a “Racism is as American as baseball” banner at a Red Sox game. The message was seen as support for racists, but its owners’ later explained its intended meaning.

Monster from the deep: Mysterious & creepy fanged sea creature washes up in Texas (PHOTOS)

Monster from the deep: Mysterious & creepy fanged sea creature washes up in Texas (PHOTOS)

A mysterious and ugly carcass, washed up on a beach in Texas after Hurricane Harvey, has people baffled.

Elon Musk’s ‘sordid history’ of SpaceX highlights spectacular explosions (VIDEO)

Elon Musk’s ‘sordid history’ of SpaceX highlights spectacular explosions (VIDEO)

The failed attempts of SpaceX are reviewed by CEO Elon Musk in a light-hearted video posted to Instagram titled: ‘How not to land an orbital rocket booster.’

Off the wall: White House denies Democrats’ claim Trump agreed to DACA deal excl. wall funds

Off the wall: White House denies Democrats’ claim Trump agreed to DACA deal excl. wall funds

Two senior Democratic Party leaders claim President Donald Trump agreed to a deal that would protect young immigrants from deportation without funding for the border wall. However, that deal seems to have already hit a brick wall.

Off the wall: White House denies Democrats’ claim Trump agreed to DACA deal excl. wall funds

Off the wall: White House denies Democrats’ claim Trump agreed to DACA deal excl. wall funds

Two senior Democratic Party leaders claim President Donald Trump agreed to a deal that would protect young immigrants from deportation without funding for the border wall. However, that deal seems to have already hit a brick wall.

Florida victims begin road to recovery after Hurricane Irma devastation

Florida victims begin road to recovery after Hurricane Irma devastation

Floridians are returning to their homes and businesses amid the destruction left by fierce Hurricane Irma that also ravaged several states in the southeast US and islands in the Caribbean.

US wants ‘broad mandate’ for UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine

US wants ‘broad mandate’ for UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine

Washington supports the idea of placing a UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine to protect OSCE representatives who are monitoring the implementation of Minsk agreement, but only if the Blue Helmets also patrol the Russian-Ukrainian border.

State Dept propaganda team in disarray – report

State Dept propaganda team in disarray – report

Three members of the US government’s messaging arm, which was set up at the State Department to “counter narratives” from ISIS and Russia, quit last week, leaving the year-old operation in limbo.

Trump blocks $1.3bn sale of US tech company to China for ‘national security’ reasons

Trump blocks $1.3bn sale of US tech company to China for ‘national security’ reasons

President Donald Trump has blocked one of the largest attempted acquisitions of a US company by a Chinese firm, with the tough policy against China continuing, despite the exiting of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who favored “economic nationalism.”

Former refugee becomes world’s 1st hijab-wearing US supermodel (PHOTOS)

Former refugee becomes world’s 1st hijab-wearing US supermodel (PHOTOS)

A refugee born in a camp in Kenya and who was moved to the US at the age of seven has become the world’s first hijab-wearing supermodel, conquering the catwalks of major fashion shows across the globe.

Former refugee becomes world’s 1st hijab-wearing US supermodel (PHOTOS)

Former refugee becomes world’s 1st hijab-wearing US supermodel (PHOTOS)

A refugee born in a camp in Kenya and who was moved to the US at the age of seven has become the world’s first hijab-wearing supermodel, conquering the catwalks of major fashion shows across the globe.

Bikini-clad baristas are suing for their right to serve coffee semi-naked (PHOTOS)

Bikini-clad baristas are suing for their right to serve coffee semi-naked (PHOTOS)

Baristas in the Washington city of Everett have filed a lawsuit after city bosses banned them from serving coffee while sporting bikinis.

Bikini-clad baristas are suing for their right to serve coffee semi-naked (PHOTOS)

Bikini-clad baristas are suing for their right to serve coffee semi-naked (PHOTOS)

Baristas in the Washington city of Everett have filed a lawsuit after city bosses banned them from serving coffee while sporting bikinis.

US limits visas for African, Asian nations over deportations

US limits visas for African, Asian nations over deportations

The US State Department said it will stop issuing certain kinds of visas to citizens of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone, because of their refusal to take back deported citizens.

15 Marines injured in training accident at Camp Pendleton

15 Marines injured in training accident at Camp Pendleton

An accident at Camp Pendleton in California has left 15 US Marines hospitalized. The land-based accident involved an amphibious vehicle.

Bernie Sanders introduces ‘Medicare for all’ single-payer healthcare reform

Bernie Sanders introduces ‘Medicare for all’ single-payer healthcare reform

Fifteen Senate Democrats are now backing a single-payer healthcare plan which would expand Medicare coverage into a universal health insurance program for all Americans. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) introduced the Medicare for All Act on Wednesday.

DHS Announces Implementation of Visa Sanctions on Four Countries

Release Date: 
September 13, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone Have Failed to Accept Removed Nationals

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced, in coordination with the State Department, the implementation of visa sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone due to lack of cooperation in accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United States.

Pursuant to her authority under Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke notified Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the governments of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have denied or unreasonably delayed accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United States. As a result, Secretary of State Tillerson has ordered consular officers in these countries to implement visa restrictions on certain categories of visa applicants, determined on a country-by-country basis.  Without an appropriate response from the impacted countries, the scope of these sanctions may be expanded to a wider population. The suspension will remain in place on each of these respective countries until the Secretary of Homeland Security notifies Secretary Tillerson that cooperation on removals has improved to an acceptable level.

“International law obligates each country to accept the return of its nationals ordered removed from the United States,” said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke. “Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have failed in that responsibility. The United States itself routinely cooperates with foreign governments in documenting and accepting its citizens when asked, as do the majority of countries in the world. However, these countries have failed to do so, and that one way street ends with these sanctions.”

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Zadvydas v. Davis, with narrow exceptions, aliens with final orders of removal, including aliens determined to pose a threat to the community or considered a flight risk, may not be detained beyond a presumptively reasonable period of six months if there is no “significant likelihood of removal in the reasonably foreseeable future.” By delaying or refusing to issue travel documents to their citizens, the most common of which is a passport, or refusing accept their nationals within this time period, these countries have forced U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release thousands of dangerous criminals into communities across the United States. Without a travel document issued by an alien’s home country to confirm identity and nationality, ICE cannot complete the removal process, with very limited exceptions.

“American citizens have been harmed because foreign governments refuse to take back their citizens. These sanctions will ensure that the problem these countries pose will get no worse as ICE continues its work to remove dangerous criminals from the United States,” said ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan.

These four countries have not established reliable processes for issuing travel documents to their nationals ordered removed from the United States. For this reason, ICE has been forced to release into the United States approximately 2,137 Guinean and 831 Sierra Leone nationals, many with serious ...

Written testimony of I&A for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence hearing titled “Sixteen Years After 9/11: Assessing Suspicious Activity Reporting Efforts”

Release Date: 
September 13, 2017

210 House Capitol Visitor Center

Chairman King, Ranking Member Rice, and members of the subcommittee, thank you for the invitation to be here and to represent the men and women who serve in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI).

Today’s hearing addresses a topic critical to the security of our Nation, as we have seen time and time again the vital role that law enforcement and a vigilant public play in keeping our communities safe. In the years since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the NSI program has become a critical facet in our overall counterterrorism posture. Further, in the five years since the Department took over the reins of the NSI, the NSI Program Management Office has continued its work to advance the program and provide the tools, training, expertise and assistance called for by our partners, the law enforcement officers, fusion center analysts and community stakeholders who all perform critical roles within the NSI information sharing framework.

Assessing the Need

As we all know, the threat to our Nation, our citizens, and our communities has not diminished since the attacks of 9/11. Our major cities remain attractive terrorist targets, as reflected in the Boston bombing attacks and the repeated attempts to perpetrate terrorist attacks in New York City. We have also seen terrorist attacks carried out in our mid-size cities and smaller communities. Attacks such as those in San Bernardino, Orlando, and recently in Charlottesville all reflect the evolving threat landscape we now face.

As we continue to adapt our efforts to meet the changing nature of this threat picture, the infrastructure we have built to further our counterterrorism efforts remains critical. The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) was developed in response to a number of separate drivers, to include the 9/11 commission report, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) and a number of separate but related activities that respond directly to the mandate to establish a “unified process for reporting, tracking, and accessing ” as called for in the National Strategy for Information Sharing (October 2007). In 2009, the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), working with a number of federal, state, and local partner organizations, conducted an “evaluation environment” at five state fusion centers and seven DHS recognized major urban area fusion centers, in coordination with DHS and the FBI’s eGuardian system, to test and evaluate policies, procedures, and technology needed for a unified process for the gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing and sharing of suspicious activity determined as being observed behaviors reasonably indicative of preoperational planning related to terrorism or other criminal activity.

Those early efforts by PM-ISE and others led to the creation of the NSI and the NSI PMO. Subsequently, in 2012, the Under Secretary of I&A sent a notice to Congress of our intent to take responsibility for the management and support of the NSI Program Management Office (PMO). The FBI co-manages the ...

1 dead, 5 injured in Spokane, Washington high school shooting

1 dead, 5 injured in Spokane, Washington high school shooting

One person has been killed, and five injured in a shooting at the high school in Freeman, south of Spokane, in the US state of Washington. Ambulances and medical helicopters were called to the scene and area schools were put on lockdown.

DHS Statement on Extending the Jones Act Waiver

Release Date: 
September 13, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke extended the limited Jones Act Waiver initially signed on September 8 at the recommendation of the Departments of Defense and Energy. Due to the severe disruptions of the oil supply system resulting from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the extended waiver will facilitate movement of refined petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, to be shipped from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico.  Effective immediately, this waiver applies to covered merchandise laded on board a vessel through and including September 22, 2017.     

The Jones Act prohibits the transportation of cargo between points in the U.S., either directly or via a foreign port, or for any part of the transportation, in any vessel other than a vessel that has a coastwise endorsement (e.g. a vessel that is built in and owned by persons who are citizens of the United States). The last Jones Act waiver was issued in December 2012, for petroleum products to be delivered for relief assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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Tesla implicated in first death from self-driving car crash – report

Tesla implicated in first death from self-driving car crash – report

A recent report into a fatal 2016 crash involving a Tesla Model S car and an articulated truck has found that both drivers and the company share the blame for the incident, reigniting debate about the future of self-driving cars.

DHS orders departments & agencies to remove Kaspersky products over ‘Russian intelligence ties’

DHS orders departments & agencies to remove Kaspersky products over ‘Russian intelligence ties’

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ordered all government agencies to “develop plans to remove” all “information security products, solutions, and services” produced by Kaspersky Lab, the Russian multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider.

US Senate votes against amendment to stop ‘endless’ war in Iraq & Afghanistan

US Senate votes against amendment to stop ‘endless’ war in Iraq & Afghanistan

The US Senate has voted 61-36 to kill the amendment, proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) which would repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Afghanistan and Iraq.

‘Go Congress, go!’: Trump pushes lawmakers to cut taxes

‘Go Congress, go!’: Trump pushes lawmakers to cut taxes

US President Donald Trump has urged the Republican-majority Congress to pass legislation that would substantially cut taxes, hoping to get support from the minority Democrats. Republicans have traditionally favored the measure.

DHS Statement on the Issuance of Binding Operational Directive 17-01

Release Date: 
September 13, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – After careful consideration of available information and consultation with interagency partners, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke today issued a Binding Operational Directive (BOD) directing Federal Executive Branch departments and agencies to take actions related to the use or presence of information security products, solutions, and services supplied directly or indirectly by AO Kaspersky Lab or related entities.

The BOD calls on departments and agencies to identify any use or presence of Kaspersky products on their information systems in the next 30 days, to develop detailed plans to remove and discontinue present and future use of the products in the next 60 days, and at 90 days from the date of this directive, unless directed otherwise by DHS based on new information, to begin to implement the agency plans to discontinue use and remove the products from information systems.

This action is based on the information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products on federal information systems. Kaspersky   anti-virus products and solutions provide broad access to files and elevated privileges on the computers on which the software is installed, which can be exploited by malicious cyber actors to compromise those information systems. The Department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks. The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates U.S. national security.

The Department’s priority is to ensure the integrity and security of federal information systems. Safeguarding federal government systems requires reducing potential vulnerabilities, protecting against cyber intrusions, and anticipating future threats. While this action involves products of a Russian-owned and operated company, the Department will take appropriate action related to the products of any company that present a security risk based on DHS’s internal risk management and assessment process.

DHS is providing an opportunity for Kaspersky to submit a written response addressing the Department’s concerns or to mitigate those concerns. The Department wants to ensure that the company has a full opportunity to inform the Acting Secretary of any evidence, materials, or data that may be relevant. This opportunity is also available to any other entity that claims its commercial interests will be directly impacted by the directive. Further information about this process will be available in a Federal Register Notice.

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Federal Family Continues Response and Relief Operations Following Hurricane Irma

Release Date: 
September 13, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is actively coordinating the efforts of dozens of federal agencies as recovery and relief efforts following Hurricane Irma continue, in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), Puerto Rico, and Florida.

More than 38,000 federal personnel are working in support of preparedness and response to Irma, including more than 2,600 FEMA staff with additional staff continuing to deploy. Many federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Interior, and Homeland Security have deployed thousands of personnel to Florida to provide logistical support for commodities, employ search and rescue assets, as well as conduct damage assessments to develop and advance recovery efforts.

Search and rescue efforts continue in the Caribbean and the U.S. mainland, with 127 lives and 53 pets saved in the past 24 hours by the U.S. Coast Guard. The U.S. Coast Guard is also coordinating with cruise ships and interagency partners to continue evacuating U.S. tourists from St. Thomas. Three FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) task forces and partner agencies continue US&R operations on St. John and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, having completed targeted searches of more than 2,000 structures on the islands. The U.S. National Guard supported the evacuation of 1,200 evacuees from the U.S. Virgin Islands, with an estimated 12,000 evacuees from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland in the past 48 hours.

As of September 12, 2017, FEMA transferred approximately 3.8 million meals and 3.4 million liters of water to states in the Southeast, at the states’ requests. In addition, nearly 443,000 meals, 270,000 liters of water, 56 rolls of blue tarps, 13 infant/ toddler kits, and one generator were transferred to St. Thomas and St. John. Currently, FEMA has the following commodities positioned at Incident Support Bases (ISBs) and Federal Staging Areas (FSAs) across the impacted areas, to be transferred to states and tribes upon their request:

  • Alabama: more than 7 million meals, more than 10.6 million liters of water
  • Florida: more than 488,000 meals, more than 365,000 liters of water, 112 generators
  • Georgia: more than 200,000 meals, 30 generators
  • North Carolina: more than 300,000 meals, 2 million liters of water, 57 generators
  • South Carolina: more than 550,000 meals, 1 million liters of water

The top priority of the federal government is protecting the lives and safety of those in affected areas. First responders, federal teams and voluntary agencies are working tirelessly to help those in need through search and rescue, staffing emergency shelters, providing meals, and offering comfort. 

For those in designated areas in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, registering online, at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, is the quickest way to register for federal assistance, including FEMA assistance.

Federal Efforts Underway as of September 12, 2017 

  • The American Red Cross (ARC) is operationally focused on safety, shelter, food which includes shelf stable meals, and positioning of personnel and supplies. On short notice, an estimated 108,200 people sought refuge from Hurricane Irma in as many as 530 government and Red ...

Charlottesville activists target founder Jefferson

Charlottesville activists target founder Jefferson

A group of 100 student activists at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville have covered the statue of its founder Thomas Jefferson with a black tarp, calling him a racist and a rapist and sending a list of demands to the administration.

College won’t remove ‘insensitive’ anti-war banner hung on 9/11 anniversary, citing ‘free speech’

College won’t remove ‘insensitive’ anti-war banner hung on 9/11 anniversary, citing ‘free speech’

Amherst College has slammed a “deeply insensitive” anti-war banner which emerged on the 9/11 anniversary, while the institution remembered those killed in the attacks. However, the college says it will not be removed, falling under the right to free speech.

Chainsaw-wielding nun helps clear Irma destruction (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Chainsaw-wielding nun helps clear Irma destruction (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Miami was spared the worst of Hurricane Irma’s wrath but trees, power lines and at least three cranes were felled by the ferocious winds. As the clean up operation begins in earnest, one chainsaw-wielding nun is leading by example.

Safety v ratings: Media slammed for sending reporters straight into Hurricane Irma’s path

Safety v ratings: Media slammed for sending reporters straight into Hurricane Irma’s path

When Irma hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, various TV channels sent reporters into the middle of its path, competing for the most dramatic footage. Some have accused the stations of being "irresponsible" and fishing for ratings at any cost.

Safety v ratings: Media slammed for sending reporters straight into Hurricane Irma’s path

Safety v ratings: Media slammed for sending reporters straight into Hurricane Irma’s path

When Irma hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, various TV channels sent reporters into the middle of its path, competing for the most dramatic footage. Some have accused the stations of being "irresponsible" and fishing for ratings at any cost.

Jimmy Carter brands US ‘oligarchy’ & urges Trump to sign N. Korea peace treaty

Jimmy Carter brands US ‘oligarchy’ & urges Trump to sign N. Korea peace treaty

Former US President Jimmy Carter said the US works more like an "oligarchy than a democracy," while also lambasting Trump's “hopeless” approach to solving the Israel-Palestine issue, and the increasing tension with North Korea.

North Korea sanctions ‘nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen’ – Trump

North Korea sanctions ‘nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen’ – Trump

Donald Trump has expressed doubt that the new sanctions on Pyongyang will have “any impact,” but said it was “nice” of UNSC to unanimously approve the US-drafted resolution watered down to accommodate Russian-Chinese concerns.

‘Unlimited war’ and transgender troops: Amendments seek limits to military spending bill

‘Unlimited war’ and transgender troops: Amendments seek limits to military spending bill

A rushed Senate vote on a military and defense spending will consider amendments on transgender troops after only two progressive lawmakers and libertarian-leaning Republican Senator Rand Paul urged more debate before voting.

Trump admin waives more environmental laws to expedite border wall construction in California

Trump admin waives more environmental laws to expedite border wall construction in California

The US Department of Homeland Security has waived another set of environmental laws that would impede construction of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the US-Mexico border, this time specifically near Calexico, California.

Seattle mayor resigns after 5th child molestation charge comes from cousin

Seattle mayor resigns after 5th child molestation charge comes from cousin

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced his resignation after a fifth man came forward to accuse him of sexual abuse. The mayor has denied accusations that he repeatedly molested his 13-year-old cousin decades ago.

Apple unveils new iPhone, Face ID feature fails in demo (VIDEO)

Apple unveils new iPhone, Face ID feature fails in demo (VIDEO)

After detailing all the new bells and whistles that come with their newest iPhone, an Apple executive’s attempt to demonstrate the device’s facial recognition system failed several times.

Written testimony of USCG for a Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control for a hearing titled “Adapting U.S. Counternarcotics Efforts in Colombia”

Release Date: 
September 12, 2017

226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Good morning Mr. Chairman and distinguished Members of this caucus. It is a pleasure to be here today to discuss the United States Coast Guard’s role in combating Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) and how we address the drug smuggling methods of these networks, which move cocaine primarily out of Colombia through the maritime environment.

Drug trafficking has destabilized regional states, undermined the rule of law, terrorized citizens, and driven both families and unaccompanied children to migrate to the U.S. To be clear, the flow of illicit drugs funds TCOs, which, in turn, pose a significant and growing threat to national and international security.

Today’s Coast Guard is a direct descendant of the Revenue Cutter Service, created by Alexander Hamilton in 1790 to stem the flow of maritime contraband into our newly-formed Republic. It is one of the nation’s five Armed Services, and the only branch of the military within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Coast Guard’s missions and responsibilities have grown significantly since our inception; the Coast Guard addresses a full range of national security and safety concerns and our anti-smuggling roots continue to be an essential part of the Service. The Coast Guard is the lead federal maritime law enforcement agency, the lead federal agency for drug interdiction on the high seas, and the only agency with both the authority and capability to enforce national and international law on the high seas, outer continental shelf, and within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

For over two centuries, the Coast Guard has built a reputation as one of the most agile and adaptive agencies within the Federal Government; these qualities have served the Nation in the Service’s efforts to combat smugglers’ ever-evolving conveyances and tactics. The modern role of the Coast Guard in this fight can be traced to the demand for a variety of illegal drugs.

From 1973 through 1991, the Coast Guard removed over 26 million pounds of marijuana, targeting and interdicting a variety of smuggling conveyances including commercial fishing vessels, ocean-going cargo freighters, and pleasure craft. Beginning in the late 1990s through the present day, cocaine has been the predominant drug trafficked via maritime routes. During this time, drug traffickers have continued to find innovative yet increasingly risky ways to subvert Coast Guard counter-narcotics tactics. Cocaine cartels initially used some of the very same conveyances used by marijuana smugglers; they transported multi-ton loads of cocaine on slow vessels with high cargo capacity that were vulnerable to interdiction by Coast Guard forces. These cartels quickly adapted to Coast Guard interdiction efforts and expanded tactics to include the ubiquitous “go-fast vessel,” as well as more modern conveyances, including the purpose-built Self-Propelled Semi-Submersible (SPSS), to disperse loads onto conveyances that are even more difficult to detect.

Today we face a sophisticated and well-funded adversary that leverages high-tech conveyances such as low profile vessels and semi-submersibles, employs multiple go-fast vessels to outnumber interdicting forces in the Western Hemisphere Transit Zone

Kremlin used Facebook to subvert Twin Falls, Idaho – Daily Beast

Kremlin used Facebook to subvert Twin Falls, Idaho – Daily Beast

A long-canceled Facebook event in Idaho, attended by only four people, is highlighted by the Daily Beast as an example of the Russian government’s alleged campaign to influence the US 2016 presidential election.

SCOTUS restores Trump travel ban of refugees, blocking lower court

SCOTUS restores Trump travel ban of refugees, blocking lower court

The US Supreme Court decided in favor of the Trump administration's request to block the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' restriction on banning refugees from entering the US.

US threatens to ‘cut China off’ from dollar if it does not uphold sanctions against N. Korea

US threatens to ‘cut China off’ from dollar if it does not uphold sanctions against N. Korea

The US could impose economic sanctions on China if it does not implement the new sanctions regime against North Korea, the US Treasury Secretary has warned. Steven Mnuchin said the restrictions could involve cutting off Beijing’s access to the US financial system.

How to Save Damaged Family and Personal Treasures

Release Date: 
September 12, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

Many valuable and cherished personal items damaged by flood waters often can be rescued. Here are some tips on how to save some of your family treasures:

  • If an object is still wet, rinse it gently with clean water. If dry, remove silt and other foreign material with a soft brush or damp cloth.
  • Air dry wet things indoors. Sunlight might be too intense. Keep humidity as low as possible to prevent mold accumulation.
  • Flood water may be contaminated. Wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles.
  • Do not try to separate photos or negatives that are stuck together. Soak them in water for up to 48 hours until you can safely pull them apart. Hang them with clips or clothespins to dry.
  • Put wet books in a sturdy covered plastic container, spine side down. Place the container in a freezer and keep it there for several weeks, even months. Then remove and let dry.
  • With fabrics or textiles, remove mud and debris with gently flowing clean water or fine spray from a hose. Press out the excess water with your hand. Do not try to wring out the water. Allow to dry.
  • Clean wooden objects, like furniture, with a damp sponge; blot and let dry slowly inside the house, not under the sun.
  • Rinse metal objects with clear water and blot dry immediately with a clean, soft cloth. Fans or low-heat hairdryers will hasten drying rate.
  • For broken pottery or ceramics, put all the pieces in an open container and mark what it is. Don’t try to glue the pieces back together until they are dry, and watch for mold. If mold appears, spray the pieces with Mold-Ex or a similar product.

For more information, log onto preservecollections.org. To find a professional conservator, log onto conservation-us.org/membership/find-a-conservator.

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FEMA Officials and Federal Family Supporting Local Response to Hurricane Irma

Release Date: 
September 12, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its National and Regional Response Coordination Centers and liaisons to the National Hurricane Center, is actively monitoring the track of Tropical Storm Irma and supporting local authorities as they respond to the damage already caused in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), and Puerto Rico.

More than 32,600 federal personnel are working in support of preparedness and response to Hurricane Irma, including more than 2,300 FEMA staff. Additional staff continue to deploy.

Tropical Storm Irma remains dangerous; numerous Tropical Storm, Storm Surge, and Flash Flood Warnings remain in effect throughout Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Those in the storm’s path must stay vigilant and continue to monitor local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information, and follow the direction of state, tribal, and local officials.

Local curfews may be lifted, but survivors should expect and prepare for significant, ongoing impacts, and disruptions to daily activities, and remember that returning home before storm debris is cleared is dangerous. FEMA recommends survivors return to their homes only when authorities indicate it is safe, as preemptively returning can pose significant safety risks to both survivors’ safety, as well as that of first responders.

Shelters remain open across the affected areas. Download the FEMA mobile app (available in English and Spanish) for a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, directions to open shelters, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) remains open 24/7 for free help coping with the stress of the storm.

As of September 11, FEMA transferred approximately 2.4 million meals and 1.4 million liters of water to the state of Florida, at their request. FEMA also transferred more than 628,000 meals and 900,000 liters of water to the state of Georgia, at their request.  In addition, nearly 443,000 meals, 146,000 liters of water, 56 rolls of blue tarps, and 13 infant/ toddler kits were transferred to St. Thomas and St. John, per their request. The following commodities are at FEMA staging areas and distribution centers, should they be needed and requested by the U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico:

  • U.S. Virgin Islands- More than 210,000 meals and 115,200 of water
  • Puerto Rico- More than 161,000 meals, 592,000 liters of water, and 70 generators

Federal Efforts Underway as of September 11, 2017 

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will continue to ensure that households displaced in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and those who may be experiencing the imminent threat of Hurricane Irma get the food they need. USDA stands ready to assist families by coordinating with state, local, and voluntary organizations to provide food for shelters and other mass feeding sites. In addition, USDA will be looking for ways to allow state flexibility in program design and administration, to support the continuation of nutrition benefits to participants during this time of natural disaster.
  • The American Red Cross (ARC) is operationally focused on ...

No charges for police officers in Freddie Gray’s case – justice dept

No charges for police officers in Freddie Gray’s case – justice dept

The Justice Department won't bring federal charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Gray died shortly after being held in police custody and his death prompted weeks of protests over police brutality.

Columbus statue vandalized in New York’s Central Park

Columbus statue vandalized in New York’s Central Park

Vandals defiled a 125-year-old bronze statue of Christopher Columbus in New York’s Central Park overnight, covering its hands in ‘blood’ red paint and scrawling in white paint “Hate will not be tolerated” on its pedestal.

No happy ending: CIA to keep Bin Laden’s porn stash secret

No happy ending: CIA to keep Bin Laden’s porn stash secret

Osama Bin Laden’s pornography collection will not be made public, according to CIA director Mike Pompeo. Details of the deceased’s dirty stockpile will go to the grave with him, as other documents seized in the deadly raid is being made public.

Shooter at New Hampshire’s largest hospital ‘contained’ – report

Shooter at New Hampshire’s largest hospital ‘contained’ – report

The Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire has confirmed an active shooter on site, saying he is “contained,” local media reported.

Everyone’s fault but hers: Media reviews Hillary Clinton’s ‘What Happened’

Everyone’s fault but hers: Media reviews Hillary Clinton’s ‘What Happened’

News outlets across the political spectrum are weighing in on Hillary Clinton’s new memoir ‘What Happened’ about her presidential campaign and her defeat.

White House on lockdown for second time in 2 days

White House on lockdown for second time in 2 days

The White House has been locked down for the second time this week, due to reports of a suspicious package. Media waiting for the daily press briefing were told to stay indoors.

Porsche owner shoots homeless man over alleged noise plea

Porsche owner shoots homeless man over alleged noise plea

A 26-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder after shooting a homeless man who allegedly asked her to move her Porsche because she was playing music in the car at 3am.

US hurricanes: Causes, trends & what the future holds (VIDEO)

US hurricanes: Causes, trends & what the future holds (VIDEO)

Atlantic hurricane season has reached its peak and as Florida deals with devastation wrought by Irma, RT takes a look at where the phenomena come from and if they are really becoming more frequent?

Google Drive down in parts of US

Google Drive down in parts of US

Google Drive services are down in parts of the US. The outage has been confirmed by Google, which says it’s working on resolving the issues.

Plane smashes into tree during landing attempt (VIDEO)

Plane smashes into tree during landing attempt (VIDEO)

A small plane attempting to land at a Connecticut airport smashed straight into a tree before slamming down on a parking lot.

DHS Issues Waiver to Expedite Border Construction Project in Imperial Valley, CA

Release Date: 
September 12, 2017

For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers in the vicinity of the international border near Calexico, California.    The waiver was published in the Federal Register today.

This waiver is pursuant to authority granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security by Congress and covers a variety of environmental, natural resource, and land management laws.

The Department has exercised the waiver authority in Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), as amended, on five previous occasions from 2005 to 2008, as well as exercising this waiver authority earlier this year for a project in the San Diego area, which was announced in August.

This current waiver covers certain border infrastructure projects in the United States Border Patrol’s El Centro Sector, a critical sector for border security. In fiscal year 2016 alone, the United States Border Patrol apprehended more than 19,400 illegal aliens and seized approximately 2,899 pounds of marijuana and approximately 126 pounds of cocaine in the El Centro Sector.

The El Centro Sector remains an area of high illegal entry, and replacing the existing fencing, which was built in the 1990s and no longer meets the Border Patrol’s operational needs, is a high priority.  To begin to meet the need for additional border infrastructure in this area, DHS will implement a border fence replacement project. This project will focus on an approximately three-mile segment of the border within the El Centro Sector that starts at the Calexico West port of entry and extends westward, replacing approximately two miles of the existing primary pedestrian fence with a new bollard wall. Congress funded the project in the FY 2017 DHS Appropriations Act.

Congress provided the Secretary of Homeland Security with a number of authorities necessary to carry out DHS’s border security mission. One of these authorities is found at section 102 of the IIRIRA.

Section 102(a) of IIRIRA provides that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take such actions as may be necessary to install additional physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the United States border to deter illegal crossings in areas of high illegal entry into the United States. In section 102(b) of IIRIRA, Congress has called for the installation of additional fencing, barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors on the southwest border. Finally, in section 102(c) of IIRIRA, Congress granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive all legal requirements that the Secretary, in his sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of the barriers and roads authorized by section 102 of IIRIRA.

The Department is implementing President Trump’s Executive Order 13767, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, and continues to take steps to immediately plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the southern border.

While the waiver ...

DHS Issues Waiver to Expedite Border Construction Project in Imperial Valley, CA

Release Date: 
September 12, 2017

For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers in the vicinity of the international border near Calexico, California.    The waiver was published in the Federal Register today.

This waiver is pursuant to authority granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security by Congress and covers a variety of environmental, natural resource, and land management laws.

The Department has exercised the waiver authority in Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), as amended, on five previous occasions from 2005 to 2008, as well as exercising this waiver authority earlier this year for a project in the San Diego area, which was announced in August.

This current waiver covers certain border infrastructure projects in the United States Border Patrol’s El Centro Sector, a critical sector for border security. In fiscal year 2016 alone, the United States Border Patrol apprehended more than 19,400 illegal aliens and seized approximately 2,899 pounds of marijuana and approximately 126 pounds of cocaine in the El Centro Sector.

The El Centro Sector remains an area of high illegal entry, and replacing the existing fencing, which was built in the 1990s and no longer meets the Border Patrol’s operational needs, is a high priority.  To begin to meet the need for additional border infrastructure in this area, DHS will implement a border fence replacement project. This project will focus on an approximately three-mile segment of the border within the El Centro Sector that starts at the Calexico West port of entry and extends westward, replacing approximately two miles of the existing primary pedestrian fence with a new bollard wall. Congress funded the project in the FY 2017 DHS Appropriations Act.

Congress provided the Secretary of Homeland Security with a number of authorities necessary to carry out DHS’s border security mission. One of these authorities is found at section 102 of the IIRIRA.

Section 102(a) of IIRIRA provides that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take such actions as may be necessary to install additional physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the United States border to deter illegal crossings in areas of high illegal entry into the United States. In section 102(b) of IIRIRA, Congress has called for the installation of additional fencing, barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors on the southwest border. Finally, in section 102(c) of IIRIRA, Congress granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive all legal requirements that the Secretary, in his sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of the barriers and roads authorized by section 102 of IIRIRA.

The Department is implementing President Trump’s Executive Order 13767, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, and continues to take steps to immediately plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the southern border.

While the waiver ...

Power surge: 800 lightning bolts strike San Francisco in 1 day  (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Power surge: 800 lightning bolts strike San Francisco in 1 day (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

After a spell of intense heat in the Bay Area, a huge storm finally broke over San Francisco on Monday, unleashing more than 800 lightning strikes in mere hours, according to the National Weather Service.

Rand Paul threatens to hold up defense bill unless Congress votes to end wars in Afghanistan & Iraq

Rand Paul threatens to hold up defense bill unless Congress votes to end wars in Afghanistan & Iraq

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has vowed to delay a $700 billion defense bill until he is promised a vote on amending the use of military force in Afghanistan and Iraq, aiming to end the wars in the two countries.

‘Stay inside & lock doors’: Active shooter search closes schools in Kentucky

‘Stay inside & lock doors’: Active shooter search closes schools in Kentucky

Schools in Harrison County, Kentucky, were cancelled Tuesday as police continue their search for a shooter who reportedly fired at a utilities helicopter before shooting at sheriff’s officers.

Ted Cruz ‘likes’ porn video on Twitter, internet comes down hard

Ted Cruz ‘likes’ porn video on Twitter, internet comes down hard

The Twitter account belonging to conservative Republican Senator Ted Cruz ‘liked’ a porn video on Monday night, prompting a deluge of reactions on the social media site.

Ted Cruz ‘likes’ porn video on Twitter, internet comes down hard

Ted Cruz ‘likes’ porn video on Twitter, internet comes down hard

The Twitter account belonging to conservative Republican Senator Ted Cruz ‘liked’ a porn video on Monday night, prompting a deluge of reactions on the social media site.

Secret ‘furry’ life revelations force Connecticut councilor to resign

Secret ‘furry’ life revelations force Connecticut councilor to resign

A Connecticut town councilor was forced to resign after his profile on a website for people who like to dress up in animal costumes was posted online.

15 dead in hepatitis outbreak as San Diego starts street washing

15 dead in hepatitis outbreak as San Diego starts street washing

Sanitary street washing will begin in San Diego where a “fecally contaminated environment” has led to an outbreak of hepatitis A that has killed 15 people and hospitalized 300 others, mostly from the city’s homeless population.

President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Alabama

Release Date: 
September 11, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Alabama to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Irma beginning on September 8, 2017 and continuing.

The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe. This declaration is for all 67 counties and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribe of the state of Alabama.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

Warren J. Riley has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.  Riley said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further evaluation.

FEMA Hiring Texas Residents for Hurricane Harvey Recovery Jobs

Release Date: 
September 11, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

AUSTIN, Texas – In partnership with the State of Texas, FEMA is hiring workers across the state for administrative, logistical and technical jobs related to hurricane recovery.

Those hired will join the recovery team – local, state and federal workers, voluntary agencies and community organizations – already in place. Through temporary local employees, FEMA gains valuable community insights, provides jobs and puts Texans to work helping Texans.

Jobs posted recently pay between $14 and $34 per hour. Some of the jobs include: administrative support assistant, civil engineer, communications specialist, construction cost estimator, courier, crisis counselor, customer service specialist, environmental specialist, floodplain management specialist, graphics specialist, hazard mitigation outreach specialist, historic preservation specialist, registered nurse and voluntary agency liaison, among others.

The first step is to register at WorkinTexas.com, the Texas Workforce Commission’s website, where application instructions are posted. FEMA will announce more jobs soon.

Santa Monica Pier evacuated due to bomb threat

Santa Monica Pier evacuated due to bomb threat

A bomb threat at the Santa Monica Pier in California is being investigated by police who have evacuated the popular tourist destination. The timing of such a scare on the 16th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks may elevate security concerns.

Feds working on dozens of chemical spills in Texas

Feds working on dozens of chemical spills in Texas

The US Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency are assisting Texas state regulators in cleaning dozens of toxic spills from the vast network of petrochemical plants and refineries in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Lawmakers push Trump admin to put Harriet Tubman on $20 bill

Lawmakers push Trump admin to put Harriet Tubman on $20 bill

Legislation seeking to replace Andrew Jackson’s portrait on 20-dollar bills with that of slavery abolition icon Harriet Tubman was introduced in the House of Representatives, after the treasury secretary said the change was not a priority.

Supreme Court blocks 9th Circuit restrictions on Trump’s refugee ban

Supreme Court blocks 9th Circuit restrictions on Trump’s refugee ban

The US Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a lower court’s ruling which outlined exemptions from the Trump administration’s temporary ban on refugees.

On 9/11, vigils for African-American motorist killed by police (VIDEO)

On 9/11, vigils for African-American motorist killed by police (VIDEO)

Activists in Washington, DC are holding day-long vigils on 9/11, calling for police accountability in the shooting death of Terrence Sterling, an unarmed African-American who was killed by police a year ago.

9 arrested after ‘antifa’ activists clash with far-right protesters in Oregon & Washington (PHOTOS)

9 arrested after ‘antifa’ activists clash with far-right protesters in Oregon & Washington (PHOTOS)

At least nine people were arrested after clashes in Oregon and Washington saw 'antifa' activists attack police officers, and far-right demonstrators and other rival groups scuffled in the streets, while a driver rolled his pickup truck towards a crowd.

Crane crash halts removal of Confederate monument in Texas

Crane crash halts removal of Confederate monument in Texas

The scheduled removal of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Dallas, Texas has been delayed, after the crane dispatched for the purpose was involved in a crash that killed one, city officials said.

Federal Family Responds to Hurricane Irma

Release Date: 
September 11, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners are closely monitoring the situation in the Southeastern United States as Hurricane Irma – a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 135 miles per hour when it made landfall in Marco Island, Florida just after 3:30 p.m. EDT Sunday -- continues moving over Florida. Hurricane Irma first made landfall in the U.S. mainland at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys just after 9 a.m. on Sunday according to the National Weather Service.

Shelter in place and evacuation orders are in effect for parts of Florida and Georgia.  All those in potentially affected areas should listen to the directions of state, local, territorial, and tribal officials. If instructed to evacuate or shelter in place, follow that direction.

Once the storm passes, survivors should expect and prepare for significant, ongoing impacts, and disruptions to daily activities. Although response efforts may not be immediate due to weather impacts, first responders, federal teams, and voluntary agencies will work tirelessly to help those in need as soon as it is safe to do so. Teams are already staffing emergency shelters, providing meals, and offering comfort. The top priority of the federal government, as we work together to support authorities in Florida, is protecting the lives and safety of those in affected areas.

Those who have evacuated should continue to monitor local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information. Evacuees should not return to evacuated areas until they are told by local officials that it is safe to do so. Preemptively returning can pose significant safety risks to both evacuees and first responders.

Shelters are open across the affected areas. Download the FEMA mobile app (available in English and Spanish) for a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, directions to open shelters, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service.

To date, FEMA has staged eight Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) task forces, two Hazardous Equipment Push Packages (HEPP), one Incident Support Team in Florida. There are an additional four US&R task forces and one HEPP pre-positioned in Georgia. FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT) are deployed to the state Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama.
FEMA transferred 2.4 million meals and 1.4 million liters of water at the state’s request. Additional, FEMA has pre-positioned the following commodities should they be needed and requested by potentially impacted states or tribes:

  • Alabama: More than 5 million meals, 100,000 tarps, more than 2 million liters of water, 47,000 blankets, nearly 19,000 cots.
  • North Carolina: More than 700,000 meals and more than 2.1 million liters of water
  • New Jersey: More than 360,000 liters of water

More than 21,800 federal personnel are working in support of preparedness and response to Hurricane Irma, including more than 2,100 FEMA staff. Additional staff continue to deploy.

Additional Federal Efforts Underway as of September 10, 2017 

  • The American Red Cross (ARC) has its operational focus on assuring the ...

‘America cannot be intimidated’: Trump at Pentagon on 9/11 anniversary

‘America cannot be intimidated’: Trump at Pentagon on 9/11 anniversary

Terrorists who hoped to intimidate America only strengthened US resolve to pursue them to the ends of the earth, President Donald Trump said at the Pentagon commemoration of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

‘America cannot be intimidated’: Trump at Pentagon on 9/11 anniversary

‘America cannot be intimidated’: Trump at Pentagon on 9/11 anniversary

Terrorists who hoped to intimidate America only strengthened US resolve to pursue them to the ends of the earth, President Donald Trump said at the Pentagon commemoration of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke’s Statement On The Anniversary Of 9/11

Release Date: 
September 11, 2017

For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Sixteen years ago today, Americans were reminded that threats to our values and our way of life still exist in this world. Nearly 3,000 lives were taken from us during those horrific terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon. Today, we remember the victims and honor the first responders who so bravely gave their lives in the service of others.

The Department of Homeland Security was formed in response to those attacks. In our darkest hour, we came together and made it clear we would never allow terrorists to defeat us. We at the Department don’t often take the time to think about how the work we do every day safeguards our American way of life. Today is a solemn reminder of our responsibility, and a chance to recommit ourselves to the mission.

I am deeply proud of the dedicated men and women at the Department of Homeland Security and I thank them for their tireless service to our nation.

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US DOJ uses WWII-era legislation to demand that RT supplier register as a ‘foreign agent’

US DOJ uses WWII-era legislation to demand that RT supplier register as a ‘foreign agent’

The company that supplies all services for RT America channel, including TV production and operations, in the US, has received a letter from the US Department of Justice, claiming that the company is obligated to register under FARA due to the work it does for RT.

Massive manatees dragged 100 yards to safety as Irma drains bay (PHOTO, VIDEOS)

Massive manatees dragged 100 yards to safety as Irma drains bay (PHOTO, VIDEOS)

A group of locals are being hailed as heroes for coming to the rescue of a pair of manatees left stranded and running out of time after Hurricane Irma drained the waterways around Florida’s Tampa Bay on Sunday.

4 dead as Hurricane Irma rocks Florida, leaving 3.5mn without power (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

4 dead as Hurricane Irma rocks Florida, leaving 3.5mn without power (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

At least four people have been killed in Florida as Hurricane Irma batters the state, bringing heavy rains and flooding. Around 3.5 million people have been left without power in the storm, declared a major disaster by President Trump.

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Puerto Rico

Release Date: 
September 10, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to supplement the Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma from September 5, 2017, and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the Culebra and Vieques municipalities. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to the Commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Irma in the Culebra and Vieques municipalities.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout the Commonwealth. 

Alejandro De La Campa has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. De La Campa said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov/es or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Florida

Release Date: 
September 10, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma from September 4, 2017, and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, in all 67 counties in the state.   For a period of 30 days from the start of the incident period, assistance for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, is authorized at 100 percent of the total eligible costs.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. 

Justo Hernández has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Hernández said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

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‘No 100% safety’: Florida toxic materials could leak as Irma hits, EPA ‘aggressively’ securing sites

‘No 100% safety’: Florida toxic materials could leak as Irma hits, EPA ‘aggressively’ securing sites

Scores of Environmental Protection Agency staff have been working to secure equipment and isolate hazardous materials at Florida’s 54 Superfund sites in the hours before Hurricane Irma made landfall – two weeks after similar sites were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Private email server was my ‘most important mistake’ – Hillary Clinton

Private email server was my ‘most important mistake’ – Hillary Clinton

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has opened up about the mistake she feels had the greatest impact on her 2016 election campaign and why she insists she isn’t finished with politics.

President Donald J. Trump Amends U.S. Virgin Islands Disaster Declaration

Release Date: 
September 10, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Donald J. Trump made additional disaster assistance available to the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands by authorizing an increase in federal funding for certain eligible costs.

The President’s action today authorizes 90 percent federal cost share for debris removal, including direct federal assistance; and a 100 percent federal cost share for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, for 30 days from the start of the incident period, and then a 90 percent federal cost share thereafter.

Under the President’s major disaster declaration issued for the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands on September 7, 2017, federal funding was made available for public assistance, hazard mitigation, and other needs assistance at 75 percent federal funding of total eligible costs.

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Looks like an ocean: Miami’s ‘Wall Street of the South’ underwater following Irma pounding (VIDEOS)

Looks like an ocean: Miami’s ‘Wall Street of the South’ underwater following Irma pounding (VIDEOS)

Luxury seafront apartments and global banking firms in Miami’s Brickell district, dubbed “the Wall Street of the South,” are being battered by Hurricane Irma, with the city’s renowned financial area literally “turning into ocean.”

Stormchasers ignore dire storm warnings to measure Hurricane Irma windspeed (VIDEO)

Stormchasers ignore dire storm warnings to measure Hurricane Irma windspeed (VIDEO)

Residents have fled large parts of Florida due to the threat of extreme winds and flash flooding. But while millions have been evacuated, two daredevil stormchasers are facing the wrath of Hurricane Irma head-on.

Coordinated Response in Caribbean to Hurricane Irma Strengthens: Federal Family Supports Survivors with Recovery and Rebuilding

Release Date: 
September 10, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners are actively coordinating the federal response to Hurricane Irma, a catastrophic storm that moved through the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and is battering southern Florida now.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Irma is a dynamic, active, and dangerous hurricane that will produce storm surge up to 15 feet in southwest Florida, very heavy rain, inland flooding and tornadoes. The eye of Irma should move over the Lower Florida Keys this morning, then move near or over the southwestern coast of the Florida Peninsula later today through tonight.  Hurricane and storm surge watches and warnings are in effect along Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina coasts.

FEMA is concurrently coordinating the federal response to Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean as well as preparing for impact in the Southeastern United States. Shelters are open in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and across Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.

FEMA has two incident management assistance teams (IMAT) on site at Florida’s emergency operations center (EOC), one IMAT at the Georgia EOC, one IMAT at the South Carolina EOC, one IMAT at the Virginia EOC, two IMATs in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and one IMAT on site in San Juan, Puerto Rico. These IMATs allow FEMA to identify ways federal assistance could be used to best support the response and recovery efforts of the affected areas. There are also eight strategically located incident support bases (ISB) that will allow the quick mobilization of commodities following the storm.

FEMA maintains commodities strategically located at distribution centers throughout the United States and its territories.  FEMA pre-staged commodities in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and on the U.S. mainland in advance of the storm, and is delivering more supplies to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, as areas become more accessible.

Federal Efforts Underway as of September 9, 2017 

  • The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) activated more than 160 AmeriCorps members, including two FEMA Corps teams, to provide support to FEMA and the American Red Cross in impacted areas. Additional FEMA Corps teams are being held at the Vicksburg Campus and all other AmeriCorps and Senior Corps Disaster Response Teams are on standby. CNCS is coordinating with Volunteer Florida and other local partners to provide thousands of locally-serving AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members any additional disaster training or certifications necessary to be able to support immediate response needs. In addition, CNCS is calling upon its network of alumni, nonprofits, and other volunteer-organizations to answer the call for volunteers in the state of Florida, a critical need.
     
  • The U.S. Department of Education is actively coordinating with affected stakeholders in the Caribbean and with those who remain in the path of the Hurricane Irma. The Department continues to prepare and distribute administrative and regulatory flexibility documents to alleviate the regulatory burden on our stakeholders when they start the rebuilding process.
     
  • The ...

FEMA Urges Florida Evacuees to Remain Vigilant: Follow Local Officials’ Instructions before Returning

Release Date: 
September 10, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to urge residents and visitors in areas forecasted to be affected by severe weather to follow local officials’ updates and instructions for evacuation or shelter-in-place procedures.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Hurricane Irma is a dynamic, active, and dangerous hurricane that will produce storm surge up to 15 feet in southwest Florida, very heavy rain, inland flooding and tornadoes. The eye of Irma is moving over the Lower Florida Keys this morning, then move near or over the southwestern coast of the Florida Peninsula later today through tonight.  Hurricane and storm surge watches and warnings are in effect along Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina coasts. The primary concern over the next few days continues to be the effects of destructive winds, storm surge, isolated tornadoes, and prolonged heavy rain, which has the potential to produce flash flooding in much of central and south Florida.

Those who have evacuated should continue to monitor local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information. Evacuees should not return to evacuated areas until they are told by local officials that it is safe to do so. Preemptively returning can pose significant safety risks to both evacuees and first responders.

Download the FEMA mobile app (in English and Spanish) for shelter information, disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips. Residents in or displaced from areas affected by this storm should use social media sites like Facebook or Twitter to reconnect with loved ones.

To date, FEMA has pre-positioned the following commodities at Incident Support Bases in Alabama, North Carolina, and New Jersey:

  • Alabama: More than 2 million meals, 19,000 tarps, nearly 8 million liters of water, nearly 53,000 blankets, nearly 20,000 cots.
  • North Carolina: More than 126,000 meals and over 940,000 liters of water
  • New Jersey: More than 360,000 liters of water

As of this morning, FEMA transferred 2.4 million meals and 1.4 million liters of water to the state of Florida, at their request.

FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT) are deployed to the emergency operations centers (EOC) in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina to support ongoing preparation and response efforts and to ensure there are no unmet needs from the states and tribes. Additional teams and staff from around the country continue deploying to the field.

For more information about Hurricane Irma, including resources deployed and updated information, go to: www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma.

Safety

The following are important safety points if you’re in an area that will be, has been or is still being impacted by the storm:

  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions. If the storm is still impacting your area and local officials give the order to evacuate, do so immediately. If you evacuated and are planning to return home, return to the area only when local officials indicate it is safe to return.
  • Avoid debris, downed power lines, and flood water, which may be electrically charged and hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away. Avoid downed power or ...

Coordinated Response in Caribbean to Hurricane Irma Continues while Supporting Preparations in the U.S. Mainland

Release Date: 
September 9, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners are actively coordinating the federal response to Hurricane Irma, a catastrophic storm that moved through the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and is taking aim for the U.S. mainland as early as Saturday.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, is one of the most powerful Atlantic Hurricanes ever observed, and is considered to be extremely dangerous. The National Hurricane Center said Irma is “a life-threatening situation,” urging people to follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.

On September 8, President Donald J. Trump issued an emergency declaration for Georgia in advance of Hurricane Irma for 30 counties, and for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and their associated lands.  Everyone still in the storm’s potential path is urged to listen to local officials and follow their direction. Destructive winds, heavy rainfall and flash flooding are possible, as well as potentially deadly storm surges.

Storm surge and inland flooding pose a significant threat for drowning and can occur before, during, or after the center of a storm passes through an area. Storm surge can cut off evacuation routes, so do not delay leaving if an evacuation is ordered for your area.

Staff from the FEMA Caribbean Area Division are on the ground in Puerto Rico to provide support to Commonwealth and local officials as requested.  Additionally, FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT) are deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Incident Support Team-Advance element and Virginia Task Force Two (VA-TF2) are on the ground on the U.S. Virgin Islands conducting operations.  Six Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) personnel also are deployed to support communications needs for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

FEMA maintains commodities strategically located at distribution centers throughout the United States and its territories. More than 209,000 meals and 114,000 liters of water are positioned across the U.S. Virgin Islands, and more than 290,000 meals and 600,000 liters of water are positioned in Puerto Rico.

Federal Efforts Underway on September 8, 2017

  • The American Red Cross (ARC) has 27 shelters open in Florida, with a population of 1,679 habitants. Currently ARC has 550 responders in Florida with 385 additional personnel, 120 emergency response vehicles, and shelter supplies en route. ARC also has a major response in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
     
  • The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) deployed three teams of AmeriCorps members serving with FEMA Corps to support logistical preparations and another 13 teams of AmeriCorps members to impacted areas with the American Red Cross, bringing the total active members to more than 160. All additional AmeriCorps and Senior Corps Disaster Response Teams are on standby. CNCS is coordinating with Volunteer Florida and other local partners to provide locally-serving AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members the appropriate disaster training and certifications in advance of Hurricane Irma so they ...

How to Volunteer for Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief

Release Date: 
September 9, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON - As Hurricane Irma rapidly approaches Florida, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies, along with non-profit, faith- and community-based organizations, and volunteers will be working together to provide services and assistance to help those affected by the destructive storm.

“Right now where we need citizens, neighbors helping neighbors, is in the life safety mission,” said Brock Long, FEMA Administrator. “The objectives are clear: restore power, ensure lifesaving and life sustaining supplies, provide emergency medication, and maintain security. This response and recovery will take the whole community...”

FEMA expects thousands of volunteers to be needed to support mass care activities for evacuation shelters in Florida, and potentially other southeastern states in the path of Hurricane Irma.

Individuals seeking to volunteer in Hurricane Irma’s aftermath should not self-deploy, but rather, coordinate with local and state organizations to ensure appropriate volunteer safety, training, and housing. Volunteers acting alone and attempting to enter impacted zones may find themselves turned away by local authorities.

In Florida, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FEDM) is coordinating with volunteer organizations across the state and partnering with the American Red Cross (ARC) to provide shelter operations training to volunteers and AmeriCorps grantees.

Those interested in volunteering to assist in Florida are encouraged to learn about opportunities at www.volunteerflorida.org, the website of Volunteer Florida, the state's lead agency for volunteerism and national service that administers federal, state, and local funding for service programs.   Individuals looking to volunteer at shelters, should complete shelter operations training online and submit a registration form. Since the damages are unknown as of now, potential volunteers are asked to seek opportunities with charitable organizations that are currently stocking supplies.  The website is frequently updated, so please check back for new information. 

If you are a nurse and available to volunteer, please email BPRCHDPreparedne[email protected] to volunteer.

Individuals who register online and have completed the training, should note that if not contacted, please do not unexpectedly travel to disaster areas to volunteer, as it will create a burden on organizations and first responders. Volunteers should only go into affected areas with a specific volunteer assignment, proper safety gear, and valid identification.

Volunteering in the Southeast in Response to Hurricane Irma

As the storm is anticipated to affect other areas in the Southeast, the need for volunteers is expected to extend beyond Florida.  Anyone looking to get involved after Hurricane Irma has passed, is encouraged to volunteer with local and nationally known organizations. A list of volunteer websites are available at www.nvoad.org.

Volunteer generosity helps impacted communities heal from the tragic consequences of disasters, but recovery will last much longer. There will be several volunteer needs in the coming months and years, so please continue to sign up after the disaster.

Hurricane Irma is still considered extremely dangerous, with the potential to impact additional areas than Florida. As the situation changes, needs may also change in these areas, so please continue to monitor traditional and social media channels ...

Coordinated Federal Response to Hurricane Irma Continues in Caribbean

Release Date: 
September 9, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners are actively coordinating the federal response to Hurricane Irma in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico, while preparing for the storm to make landfall in the U.S. mainland this week. 

FEMA had Incident Management Assistance teams positioned in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico before the storm started, coordinating closely with territorial and commonwealth officials to prioritize support to the islands.  FEMA also pre-staged commodities in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in advance of the storm, and is delivering more supplies as areas become more accessible. 

President Donald J. Trump issued a major disaster declaration for the U.S. Virgin Islands as a result of Hurricane Irma, making federal funding available to affected individuals on the islands of St. John and St. Thomas.  Federal funding is also available to territorial and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities for all areas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

On September 5, President Trump issued federal emergency declarations in advance of Hurricane Irma’s landfall for the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Additional federal support to response efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico:

  • U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) is providing urban search and rescue capabilities to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to assist with lifesaving and life-sustaining efforts following Hurricane Irma. The USS Wasp, located near the U.S. Virgin Islands, is conducting medical evacuations for critical care patients from St. Thomas to St. Croix, and performing damage assessments in support of the local government.  The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has approximately 700 Marines embarked aboard the USS Kearsarge in the Caribbean responding to Hurricane Irma.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has medical teams providing care at an overwhelmed hospital emergency department on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. HHS and the U.S. Department of Defense began evacuating dialysis patients from USVI today, and HHS medical teams are accompanying Urban Search and Rescue teams in locating dialysis patients whom authorities were unable to reach in order to evacuate the patients. More than 370 HHS personnel are engaged, including three teams from the National Disaster Medical System and U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, providing support in Puerto Rico and the USVI. Additional teams are on alert. To aid Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in receiving care unimpeded, HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D., signed public health emergencies declarations for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
  • The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is coordinating with local agencies to deploy outreach services to affected veterans. VA is also prepared to deploy staff and mobile medical assets to support veteran patient care and to citizens as part of the National Disaster Medical System. Go to www.va.gov for additional updates and resources.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) ...

President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Seminole Tribe of Florida

Release Date: 
September 9, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the Seminole Tribe of Florida to supplement the tribe’s response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Irma beginning on September 4, 2017 and continuing.

The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and associated lands. 

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

Justo Hernández has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.  Hernández said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the tribe and warranted by the results of further evaluation.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

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Riders on the storm: Sailor livestreams Hurricane Irma from his boat (VIDEO)

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Five of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the US (PHOTOS)

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‘Don’t shoot at Hurricane Irma’: Cops forced to issue warning after idea goes viral

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‘Don’t shoot at Hurricane Irma’: Cops forced to issue warning after idea goes viral

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Worst case scenario? Massive damage feared in Tampa as it awaits Irma’s wrath

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Group finds & films experimental Canadian fighter jet model at bottom of Lake Ontario

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Thousands left without electricity as Florida braces for ‘most catastrophic storm’

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Paradise islands bowled over by Hurricane Irma (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

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Images of the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma have filled social media, showing how the deadly storm system has reduced tranquil Caribbean island paradises to ruins.

Paradise islands bowled over by Hurricane Irma (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Paradise islands bowled over by Hurricane Irma (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Images of the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma have filled social media, showing how the deadly storm system has reduced tranquil Caribbean island paradises to ruins.

Deserted Florida: Miami transforms into ghost town ahead of Hurricane Irma (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Two charged with abuse of 9yo girl trapped in dog cage (PHOTOS)

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A man and a woman have been charged in a child abuse investigation in Wisconsin, where a nine-year-old girl was discovered locked in a dog cage.

Two charged with abuse of 9yo girl trapped in dog cage (PHOTOS)

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‘US taboo’: Assange rubbishes climate change denial in hurricane tweet

‘US taboo’: Assange rubbishes climate change denial in hurricane tweet

Julian Assange is trolling the US over climate change denial as the country prepares for more hurricane devastation at the mercy of Hurricane Irma.

‘US taboo’: Assange rubbishes climate change denial in hurricane tweet

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How to Help Disaster Survivors Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Release Date: 
September 9, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – The compassion and generosity of the American people is never more evident than during and after a disaster. It is through individuals, non-profits, faith- and community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies working together that will most effectively and efficiently help survivors cope with the cataclysmic impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Please follow a few important guidelines below to ensure your support can be the most helpful for Hurricane Irma disaster survivors.

DONATE TO RELIEF EFFORTS

The most effective way to support disaster survivors in their recovery is to donate money and time to trusted and reputable organizations.

Cash donations offer voluntary agencies and faith-based organizations the most flexibility to address urgently developing needs. With cash in hand, these organizations can obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location. This inflow of cash also gives these organizations flexibility in determining what is most needed once on-scene after a natural disaster.

Please do not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine, or perishable foodstuffs at this time. While donators have loving intentions in providing these articles, when used personal items are donated, the helping agencies must redirect their staff away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

Donate through a trusted organization.  At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. Individuals, corporations, and volunteers, can learn more about how to help on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website. This can be the first step if you want to support response and relief operations in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands or the U.S. mainland.

TO PERSONALLY VOLUNTEER IN THE DISASTER AREAS

Hurricane Irma remains a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center said Irma is “a life-threatening situation,” urging people to follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials. It is not advisable for volunteers to self-deploy to damaged areas, as it could create an additional burden for first responders.

To ensure volunteer safety, as well as the safety of disaster survivors, volunteers should only go into affected areas with a specific volunteer assignment, proper safety gear, and valid identification.

At this time, potential volunteers are asked to register with a voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already in impacted areas supporting survivors on the ground.

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is registering volunteers to help survivors affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

In addition to the national members, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) is coordinating with volunteer organizations across the state and partnering with the American Red Cross (ARC) to provide shelter operations training to volunteers and AmeriCorps grantees. To volunteer, visit the Volunteer Florida website or call 1-800-FL-Help-1.

Most importantly, please be patient. Although the need is great, ...

Stream of planes flees Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma (IMAGES)

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Air traffic data shows Florida residents are making a mass exodus from the state as Hurricane Irma rolls on towards the US coast.

ISIS supporters hail Hurricane Irma as ‘soldier of Allah’ & ‘another 9/11’

ISIS supporters hail Hurricane Irma as ‘soldier of Allah’ & ‘another 9/11’

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Neo-Confederates’ plan for unpermitted rally has Richmond police ‘preparing for the unknown’

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‘In the national interest’: Trump extends Cuba embargo for 1 year

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US citizen pleads guilty to providing material support to Al-Shabaab terrorist group

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Leapin’ loser! Detroit police chase ends with suspect jumping onto oncoming minivan (VIDEO)

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Phoenix-area police to start using drones in operations

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DHS Signs Jones Act Waiver

Release Date: 
September 8, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Today, in recognition of the severity of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke approved a waiver of the federal Jones Act.  This waiver will ensure that over the next week, all options are available to distribute fuel to states and territories impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, both historic storms. The waiver will be in effect for seven days after signature and is specifically tailored to transportation of refined products in hurricane-affected areas.

“This is a precautionary measure to ensure we have enough fuel to support lifesaving efforts, respond to the storm, and restore critical services and critical infrastructure operations in the wake of this potentially devastating storm,” said Acting Secretary Duke.

“Hurricane Harvey significantly disrupted the distribution of fuel across the Southeastern states, and those states will soon experience one of the largest mass evacuations in American history while at the same time we’ll see historic movements through those states of restoration and response crews, followed by goods and commodities back into the devastated areas.”

The Jones Act prohibits the transportation of cargo between points in the U.S., either directly or via a foreign port, or for any part of the transportation, in any vessel other than a vessel that has a coastwise endorsement (e.g. a vessel that is built in and owned by persons who are citizens of the United States). The last Jones Act waiver was issued in December 2012, for petroleum products to be delivered for relief assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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‘The World According to Jesse’: RT America launches new Ventura show

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Hurricane Harvey flesh-eating bacteria leaves Texas man fighting for life

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FEMA and its Partners Provide Reunification Guidance for Hurricane Irma Survivors

Release Date: 
September 8, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – As the United States responds to Hurricane Irma’s damage to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and prepares for impacts to the mainland, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is connecting community partners with disaster survivors to reunite families separated as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Working in close collaboration with the American Red Cross, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and other partners, FEMA helps to facilitate the reunification of children who have been separated from their parents or legal guardians as a result of disaster.

Survivors with internet access are encouraged to connect with friends and loved ones via social media platforms. When those are not available, the below resources are suggested for those in, and outside of, the impacted areas.

American Red Cross  

The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available, open to the public, and available in English and Spanish.  There are a number of ways to use this service:

  • Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website.
  • Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English.
  • To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative, please contact 1-800 Red Cross (1-800-733-2767).

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) activated its National Emergency Child Locator Center at 1-866-908-9570. If your missing child has a disability or has access and functional needs, please indicate that when making a report to NCMEC.  

Anyone who finds a child who may have been separated from parents or caregivers, please contact the local police and enter basic information and/or a photo into the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Unaccompanied Minors Registry. If you have found an unaccompanied child, please indicate whether the child has a disability or has access and functional needs in the appropriate field in the Unaccompanied Minors Registry. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 1-866-908-9570.

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2 American students accuse Italian police of rape

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13 Fort Hood soldiers arrested in prostitution sting

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Hurricane blame: Harvey & Irma ‘punishment’ for Trump & gay mayor, internet says

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Late-night host Colbert gives Trump Nazi salute

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59k Americans hoping fan machines & blow guns will defeat Hurricane Irma (PHOTOS)

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Suspect arrested following active shooter situation at Ohio high school – police

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Take Action: Heed Warnings from Local Officials in Hurricane Irma’s Path

Release Date: 
September 8, 2017

Washington – As destructive winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall move through the Caribbean, with the threat of potential impacts in Florida and the mid-Atlantic region later this week into next, FEMA continues to encourage residents to take action now, heed local warnings and prepare for a potentially life-threatening situation.  

All those in potentially affected areas should listen to the directions of state, local, territorial, and tribal officials. If told to evacuate, evacuate.

Storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly. Don’t be caught unaware. Take advantage of advance warning to get yourself and your family safe before it becomes too dangerous to do so.

If told to evacuate:

  • Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.
  • Call or email the out-of-state contact in your family communications plan. Tell them where you are going.
  • Secure your home by closing and locking doors and windows.
  • Unplug electrical equipment such as radios, televisions and small appliances. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding. If there is damage to your home and you are instructed to do so, shut off water, gas and electricity before leaving.
  • Leave a note telling others when you left and where you are going.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and a hat.
  • Check with neighbors who may need a ride.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
  • Be alert for road hazards such as washed-out roads or bridges and downed power lines. Do not drive into flooded areas.

For those in the Caribbean where the storm system is already impacting the area, remain in a safe shelter away from windows. Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary, so if you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored. Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

Download the FEMA mobile app (available in English and Spanish) for a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters. Visit www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov for more severe weather and hurricane preparedness information and resources.
 

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands

Release Date: 
September 8, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands to supplement territory recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma from September 6, 2017, and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals on St. John and St. Thomas islands. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is available to the territory and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in all the islands in the territory.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout the territory. 

William L. Vogel has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Vogel said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

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Hurricane Irma will devastate the US – FEMA

Hurricane Irma will devastate the US – FEMA

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chief Brock Long told a press conference Friday that Hurricane Irma is “going to devastate the United States.”

Dennis Rodman offers to ‘straighten things out’ between Trump & N. Korea’s Kim

Dennis Rodman offers to ‘straighten things out’ between Trump & N. Korea’s Kim

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman, who regularly visits North Korea and meets its leader Kim Jong-un while promoting sports, wants to “straighten things out” between Donald Trump and Kim.

Google says it found no trace of Russia’s interference in US election on its ad platforms

Google says it found no trace of Russia’s interference in US election on its ad platforms

Google has said it has failed to unearth any facts that would implicate Moscow in exploiting its advertising tools to manipulate the US elections. It comes after Facebook said it had found dozens of Russia-linked fake pages promoting divisive US-related issues.

Credit company warns 143mn people may be affected in data breach

Credit company warns 143mn people may be affected in data breach

Equifax Inc. says a breach of their system may affect 143 million people in the US. About 209,000 credit card numbers were also compromised, marking one of the worst breaches in US history due the scope and importance of information exposed.

Ultrasonic hack ‘DolphinAttack’ sends inaudible voice commands to Siri, Alexa

Ultrasonic hack ‘DolphinAttack’ sends inaudible voice commands to Siri, Alexa

Hackers can take control of smart devices using ultrasonic frequencies the human ear cannot detect, according to a new study. Tablets, phones or even in-car interfaces with major voice recognition platforms are all at risk.

Ultrasonic hack ‘DolphinAttack’ sends inaudible voice commands to Siri, Alexa

Ultrasonic hack ‘DolphinAttack’ sends inaudible voice commands to Siri, Alexa

Hackers can take control of smart devices using ultrasonic frequencies the human ear cannot detect, according to a new study. Tablets, phones or even in-car interfaces with major voice recognition platforms are all at risk.

College rape policy a ‘failed system’ says DeVos, sparking outrage

College rape policy a ‘failed system’ says DeVos, sparking outrage

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is vowing to replace an Obama-era rule regarding rape prosecutions on college campuses. Now, protesters and activists are calling her out before any replacement has been proposed.

Grandkids, cousins among relatives exempt from Trump travel ban – US appeals court

Grandkids, cousins among relatives exempt from Trump travel ban – US appeals court

A US appeals court has ruled that President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries will not be enforced against grandparents and other relatives of US persons, previously limited to immediate family members. The US Justice Department will appeal the decision.

Hurricane Irma on track for direct hit on Miami

Hurricane Irma on track for direct hit on Miami

The anticipated path of Category 5 Hurricane Irma now threatens Miami, according to the National Hurricane Center. South Florida is under a state of emergency as residents evacuate or prepare to take cover, following the historic storm's deadly destruction in the Caribbean.

Florida shutting down its 2 nuclear plants ahead of Hurricane Irma

Florida shutting down its 2 nuclear plants ahead of Hurricane Irma

While Governor Rick Scott said Florida’s two nuclear power plants will be shutdown before Hurricane Irma hits, little has been said about over a dozen chemical plants around the state, many of which manufacture highly combustible fertilizer.

‘Are you working for RT?’: State Dept’s Nauert to reporters asking about diplomatic row with Russia

‘Are you working for RT?’: State Dept’s Nauert to reporters asking about diplomatic row with Russia

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert was left lost for words when grilled by reporters about the searches carried out by US agents on the Russian consulate building in San Francisco and other Russian premises, which she described as a “tour.”

Congress approves $15.25bn natural disaster aid package & raises US debt ceiling

Congress approves $15.25bn natural disaster aid package & raises US debt ceiling

The US Senate has approved a $15.25 billion relief package for areas affected by hurricanes and has tied it to measures that would raise the US government’s borrowing limit through December, following President Donald Trump’s deal with Democrats.

Pro-Clinton ‘sanctuary’ Verrit draws mockery online

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A website designed to act as a "sanctuary" for Americans who wanted Hillary Clinton to win the election – endorsed by Clinton herself – has been ridiculed online, with critics calling it anything from "echo chamber" to completely useless.

Hitler’s ‘surprisingly large’ underpants expected to fetch $5k at US auction (VIDEO)

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A pair of Adolf Hitler's monogrammed size 39 underpants, together with a rare signed copy of his rambling “Mein Kampf” manifesto and other Nazi memorabilia, are due to be auctioned off in Maryland.

US would be ‘extremely upset’ if Assad used chemical weapons – Trump

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At a meeting with the emir of Kuwait, US President Donald Trump claimed to have “very little to do with Syria”, but would be very upset if it turned out the government was using chemical weapons.

FEMA Supporting Hurricane Irma Response Efforts while Encouraging the Public to Take Safety Actions

Release Date: 
September 7, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON Following catastrophic impacts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hurricane Irma continues to progress towards the Bahamas. In the aftermath, various elements coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are prepositioned in the Caribbean to provide support as needed to survivors of the disaster.

FEMA teams deployed to the Caribbean in advance of the storm include urban search and rescue teams, incident management assistance teams, as well as commodities – meals and water on Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John – pre-staged and available for use by Commonwealth and territory officials as soon as the weather cleared.

The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available (in English and Spanish) and open to the public.  Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website. Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English. To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative, please contact 1-800 Red Cross (1-800-733-2767).

Hurricane Irma is still an incredibly dangerous storm, and its destructive winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall are now predicted to begin impacting the U.S. mainland as early as Saturday.

As of this morning, FEMA had nearly 11 million liters of water and nearly 7.5 million meals, as well as cots, blankets, generators, durable medical equipment, infant care kits, plastic sheeting and tarps for roofs, staged at the Incident Support Base at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Additionally, FEMA has staged more than 500,000 meals and more than 1 million liters of water in Selma, Alabama.

Now is the time for all those in potentially affected areas to listen to the directions of state, local, territorial, and tribal officials. If told to evacuate, evacuate.

Storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly. Don’t be caught unaware. Take advantage of advance warning to get yourself and your family safe before it becomes too dangerous to do so.
If told to evacuate:

  • Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.
  • Call or email the out-of-state contact in your family communications plan. Tell them where you are going.
  • Secure your home by closing and locking doors and windows.
  • Unplug electrical equipment such as radios, televisions and small appliances. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding. If there is damage to your home and you are instructed to do so, shut off water, gas and electricity before leaving.
  • Leave a note telling others when you left and where you are going.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and a hat.
  • Check with neighbors who may need a ride.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
  • Be alert for road hazards such ...

Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Two Counties

Release Date: 
September 7, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272
 

AUSTIN, TexasTwo State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017: in Goliad County in the city of Goliad, and in Fort Bend County in Missouri City.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new centers are at the following locations:

Goliad Memorial Auditorium
925 S. State Hwy 183
Goliad TX  77963
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m
Fort Bend County Sienna Annex
5855 Sienna Springs Way
Missouri City TX  77459
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
  • Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.

The following information is helpful when registering:

  • Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
  • Current mailing address.
  • Current telephone number.
  • Insurance information.
  • Total household annual income.
  • Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
  • A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton may be eligible for help.

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DEA agent kept job & security clearance despite sexual misconduct – probe

DEA agent kept job & security clearance despite sexual misconduct – probe

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) allowed an agent to stay employed even after he had sex in the office with a criminal and allowed her to listen to wiretaps, according to a report by the agency’s internal watchdog.

US Army prepares forces in South Korea for WMD attack

US Army prepares forces in South Korea for WMD attack

The US Army wants its forces deployed in South Korea to train for a potential attack with the use of hazardous materials, which could be radioactive or chemical.

Written testimony of CBP for a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing titled “Examining the Shipment of Illicit Drugs in International Mail”

Release Date: 
September 7, 2017

2154 Rayburn House Office Building

Chairman Meadows, Ranking Member Connolly, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear today to discuss the role of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in combating the flow of dangerous illicit drugs into the United States, specifically through international mail and express consignment carrier (ECC) shipments.

As America’s unified border agency, CBP plays a critical role in the Nation’s efforts to keep dangerous drugs from harming the American public. CBP’s Office of Field Operations (OFO) interdicts drugs at our ports of entry (POEs) and multiple mail and ECC facilities, leveraging targeting and intelligence-driven strategies, and working with our partners to combat Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) as part of our multi-layered, risk-based approach to enhance the security of our borders. This layered approach reduces our reliance on any single point or program and extends our zone of security outward ensuring our physical border is not the first or last line of defense, but one of many.

Illicit Drug Trends, Interdictions, and Challenges

While most illicit drug smuggling attempts occur at Southwest land POEs, the smuggling of illicit synthetic drugs in the mail and ECC environment is a growing threat that we need to work to address. Several different types of illicit synthetic drugs, also called “designer drugs”, are currently being sold and shipped to end-users in the United States, including synthetic opioids such as fentanyl,1 synthetic cannabinoids,2 and synthetic cathinones.3 CBP seizures of fentanyl, the most frequently seized synthetic opioid,4 remain relatively small compared to other opioids such as heroin,5 but have significantly increased over the past three years, from approximately two pounds seized in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 to approximately 544 pounds seized in FY 2016.6

Illicit synthetic drugs are often purchased from foreign sellers through online transactions. The drugs are then shipped to the United States and delivered to domestic purchasers – ...

Trump to meet new Russian Ambassador to US Antonov on Friday

Trump to meet new Russian Ambassador to US Antonov on Friday

The new Russian Ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov will present his credentials to US President Donald Trump on Friday, the White House has confirmed.

Russia conspiracy theorist Louise Mensch fires lawyer over Twitter spat

Russia conspiracy theorist Louise Mensch fires lawyer over Twitter spat

Former British MP Louise Mensch, a leading voice of conspiracy theorists accusing Russia of hacking the 2016 US presidential elections and claiming President Donald Trump has already been impeached, has fired her lawyer over a Twitter argument.

SpaceX deploys covert US military satellite as Hurricane Irma closes in (VIDEO)

SpaceX deploys covert US military satellite as Hurricane Irma closes in (VIDEO)

SpaceX is well-known for taking risks but launching a classified US military satellite into orbit with a 50 percent chance of success and a category five hurricane bearing down on the launch pad is a whole new frontier.

White Christians a minority in US, study finds

White Christians a minority in US, study finds

In news sure to strike fear into the hearts of white supremacists, less than half the population in the US are white Christians – and evangelical Protestants are on the decline. However, 69 percent of the population is Christian, and 72 percent are white.

Tillerson fell into ‘bad company,’ will hopefully return to ‘right path’ – Putin

Tillerson fell into ‘bad company,’ will hopefully return to ‘right path’ – Putin

The US secretary of state has “veered off” the track of cooperation after falling into “bad company,” despite previously receiving Russia’s Order of Friendship, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

1 dead in Puerto Rico as Irma sustains 185mph gusts – reports

1 dead in Puerto Rico as Irma sustains 185mph gusts – reports

One person has reportedly died and 300,000 are without power in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Irma. Winds of 185 mph could worsen an already dire situation relating to the US territory’s power grid and economic woes.

At least 1 injured after explosion at post office in East Chicago

At least 1 injured after explosion at post office in East Chicago

An explosive device detonated inside a US post office building in East Chicago, Indiana, injuring at least one employee, officials have confirmed.

Florida sheriff offers jail as ‘secure shelter’ for those with warrants fleeing Hurricane Irma

Florida sheriff offers jail as ‘secure shelter’ for those with warrants fleeing Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma's destructive path nears Florida, a sheriff is warning sex offenders to beware of officers checking IDs at shelters. But now people are worried the rules will also affect others with outstanding warrants.

Texas woman slips off handcuffs, steals police car & leads cops on high-speed (VIDEO)

Texas woman slips off handcuffs, steals police car & leads cops on high-speed (VIDEO)

Video released by police shows how a woman cuffed and stuffed in the back of a police car was able to slip out of her restraints, crawl into the front seat and lead law enforcement officers on a 100mph chase for more than 20 minutes.

Tropical triple threat: Irma followed by Hurricanes Katia & Jose

Tropical triple threat: Irma followed by Hurricanes Katia & Jose

Two other giant storms – Katia and Jose – have grown to hurricane levels, and now trail the calamitous Category 5 Hurricane Irma, which has battered the Caribbean and is headed toward the southern coast of Florida.

Tropical triple threat: Irma followed by Hurricanes Katia & Jose

Tropical triple threat: Irma followed by Hurricanes Katia & Jose

Two other giant storms – Katia and Jose – have grown to hurricane levels, and now trail the calamitous Category 5 Hurricane Irma, which has battered the Caribbean and is headed toward the southern coast of Florida.

Trump calls Dem senator ‘good woman’ in North Dakota tax reform speech

Trump calls Dem senator ‘good woman’ in North Dakota tax reform speech

The divide between President Donald Trump and his own party may deepen, as he has just paid a compliment to an embattled Democratic senator. This as he traveled to North Dakota to pitch his tax reform plan and after making a deal with Democratic leaders to extend the debt ceiling by three months.