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Politics Dec 07Homeland Secretary: U.S. to roll out new terror alert system
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will announce changes to the terror alert system "in the coming days," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday.
Politics Nov 19How does the refugee vetting process work?
Lawmakers and more than half of U.S. governors, mostly Republicans, have raised questions about the vetting process for Syrian refugees being brought to the United States. Some said they were worried that Islamic extremists may try to take advantage of…
Nation Nov 06U.S. adding air security ‘enhancements’ amid crash probe
The Homeland Security Department announced Friday a series of new security efforts aimed at international airports in the wake of the crash of a Russian jetliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
Nation Oct 15Federal agents launch nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs
Federal drug agents have arrested more than 100 people across the country in the latest phase of a national crackdown on manufacturers and purveyors of synthetic drugs, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday.
Politics Oct 06U.S. deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade
The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to government figures obtained by The Associated Press.
Nation Oct 05Federal watchdog reopening latest probe of Secret Service
The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog is reopening the investigation into efforts by the Secret Service to discredit a congressman who was investigating the agency.
Nation Sep 30Secret Service tried to discredit U.S. lawmaker, investigation reveals
Scores of U.S. Secret Service employees improperly accessed the decade-old, unsuccessful job application of a congressman who was investigating scandals inside the agency, a new government report said Wednesday.
Nation Sep 29Report: U.S. failing to stop most people trying to join the Islamic State
The House Homeland Security Committee says the U.S. is failing to stop most people trying to go overseas to join terrorist groups, including the Islamic State.
Nation Sep 25Immigration group planned girl’s encounter with Pope Francis for a year
WASHINGTON — Sophie Cruz's brief encounter with Pope Francis during his parade in Washington this week appeared to be the kind of spontaneous moment that is so endearing about this pope: an initially hesitant young child wrapping an arm around…
Nation Sep 10Homeland Security taking to the sky in drug smuggling fight
ABOVE THE CARIBBEAN SEA — As soon as the aging P-3 surveillance plane rumbles off the island runway, a crew of three agents for U.S. Customs and Border Protection begins hunting with high-tech radar for anything that looks out of…