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National & World Homeland Security chief: Budget stall muddies response to IS
The possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security threatens the Obama administration's efforts to counter the extremist appeal of the Islamic State group within the U.S. and to respond with emergency aid to communities struggling with winter snowstorms, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned on Sunday.
National & World AP Exclusive: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year AP Exclusive: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year
The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.
National & World Refinery workers strike spreads to biggest US location Refinery workers strike spreads to biggest US location
The first nationwide oil refinery strike in more than 30 years was expected to grow by four more plants over the weekend, including the largest refinery in the U.S., the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.
National & World Pentagon chief: US considering slowing exit from Afghanistan Pentagon chief: US considering slowing exit from Afghanistan
The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.
National & World VA's 'choice' program for health care off to slow start VA's 'choice' program for health care off to slow start
Far fewer veterans than expected are taking advantage of a new law aimed at making it easier for them to get private health care and avoid the long waits that have plagued Department of Veterans Affairs facilities nationwide.
National & World Russian conscripts tell of fears of being sent to Ukraine Russian conscripts tell of fears of being sent to Ukraine
Human rights groups have received dozens of complaints in the past month from Russian conscripts who say they have been strong-armed or duped into signing contracts with the military to become professional soldiers. The conscripts are then sent to participate in drills in the southern Rostov region bordering Ukraine.