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NSA director: China can damage US power grid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- China and "one or two" other countries are capable of mounting cyberattacks that would shut down the electric grid and other critical systems in parts of the United States, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command....

Panel predicts China will keep confronting US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tensions between the U.S. and China have deepened during the rule of China's president, Xi Jinping, and the risk of an inadvertent military clash in the Asia-Pacific is growing, a congressional advisory panel said Thursday....

Country of origin label for meat cuts endangered
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered face an uncertain future after successful trade challenges from Canada and Mexico....

Defying GOP, Obama to spare 5M from deportation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defying Republicans and bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama prepared to invoke his executive authority Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation. Millions more will remain in limbo....

Main elements of Obama's immigration overhaul
A look at the central provisions of an immigration overhaul that President Barack Obama intended to announced Thursday night, according to individuals briefed on the plan:...

New enforcement focus in Obama's immigration plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson says President Barack Obama's immigration plan will focus enforcement efforts on immigrants who are serious criminals - and those who crossed into the U.S. illegally or were ordered from the country in the last year....

Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in Vienna
VIENNA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held out hope of a last-minute nuclear deal with Iran Thursday, as he prepared to add his diplomatic muscle to talks aimed at overcoming deep differences with Tehran over the size and scope of its future atomic activities....

AP Exclusive: Some in NSA warned of a backlash
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say....

5 things to watch in Obama's immigration speech
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After years of wrangling with Congress over how to fix the country's immigration system, President Barack Obama is ready to announce his plan to take action alone....

Does Obama have authority for immigration changes?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's announcement of sweeping changes to the nation's immigration system is likely to lead to a battle over legality. Is he on solid legal ground?...

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