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FEMA Considers Boats as Disaster Housing for Sandy Victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is considering housing victims of Hurricane Sandy at sea. The agency Tuesday released a solicitation seeking only information on the possibility of putting disaster victims in New York and New Jersey on boats. In asking for input on "maritime-based solutions for providing interim housing to disaster survivors," FEMA said… Keep Reading

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Bombers Target Israeli Diplomats in Georgia, India; Israeli PM Says Iran Responsible

NEW DELHI (AP) — Assailants targeted Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia in near-simultaneous strikes Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on archenemy Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah. The bombing of an Israeli diplomat’s car in New Delhi by an attacker apparently on a motorcycle wounded four people, officials said. Israel said… Keep Reading

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Toll Tallied From Midwest Twisters

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Caught in a relatively uncommon night-time twister yesterday, six people were killed when blocks of homes in Harrisburg, Ill., were flattened by overnight storms that raked the nation’s midsection, killing at least 12 people in three states. In southern Missouri, one person was killed in a Buffalo trailer park while two… Keep Reading

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Border Security Expo Draws Record Crowd

A Border Security Expo held in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 6 and 7 drew a record 1,460 people from 42 states and 18 countries, including attendees from Asia, Europe and Latin America. Vendors displayed a wide variety of border-related technology and hardware. Aurora Flight Services received an excellence in technology award for its Aurora Skate, a… Keep Reading

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Yemen Officials: US Drone Kills 7 Al Qaida Members

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A USdrone strike killed seven suspected Al Qaida members believed to be heading toward a restive province where Yemeni forces have been intensely battling the terror group, Yemeni officials said. The unmanned drone targeted a vehicle in the province of Bayda, south of the capital of Sanaa, killing the seven people… Keep Reading

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Axis Introduces Miniature HDTV Cameras for Discreet Surveillance

Axis Communications has introduced its new AXIS P12 Network Cameras, a series of uniquely designed cameras for exceptionally discreet indoor and outdoor surveillance. The cameras’ form factor and small size enable easy integration into very limited spaces, making them ideal for discreet or covert surveillance in stores, banks, ATMs, hotels and offices. They can be… Keep Reading

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TerraHawk Joins Border Security Technology Consortium

Dallas, Texas-based TerraHawk has joined the newly formed Border Security Technology Consortium (BSTC). The mission of the BSTC is to execute research and development and prototyping/piloting initiatives using innovative contracting methodologies and to enhance innovation andresponsiveness in a dynamic border security environment. The consortium will offer the United States government greater technology and prototype acquisition… Keep Reading

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Okla. Rolls Out New Driver License System by MorphoTrust USA

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has launched a newly designed driver license and driver license issuance system supplied by MorphoTrust USA, which provides driver license issuance solutions for 41 states and the District of Columbia. The process of upgrading the systems is proceeding as planned and will help achieve the goal of ‘one person,… Keep Reading

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No, Really: Government Warns of ‘Zombie Apocalypse’

WASHINGTON (AP) — "The zombies are coming!" the Homeland Security Department says. Tongue firmly in cheek, the government urged citizens Thursday to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, part of a public health campaign to encourage better preparation for genuine disasters and emergencies. The theory: If you’re prepared for a zombie attack, the same preparations will… Keep Reading

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Firefighters Making Headway Against Neb. Blazes

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Some firefighters who have battled the western Nebraska and South Dakota wildfires for nearly a week are being sent home, a fire official said Monday. The three fires have burned nearly 260 square miles, but firefighters have made considerable progress on the Douthit and West Ash fires near Chadron, Neb., said… Keep Reading

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Knowledge Congress Offers Live Webcast on Cyber Insurance

The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series has announced that Neil Robinson, a RAND research leader, will speak at a webcast entitled: “Cyber Insurance: What You Need to Know in 2012.” This event is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m., Aug. 27. Businesses face evolving risks with regard to cybersecurity and data. The webcast… Keep Reading

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New York-New Jersey Port Authority Selects C. Mer Industries for Radio System at One World Trade Center

The Mer Group, a systems integrator, announced the New York-New Jersey Port Authority has selected the company’s First Responders Public Safety solution for highrise in-building radio communications to be installed at One World Trade Center in New York City, NY. The $11.8 million contract was awarded to a joint venture between TechMer, a subsidiary of… Keep Reading

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CACI Awarded $261 Million in Intelligence Contracts

CACI International Inc. announced it has been awarded more than $261 million in previously unannounced contracts with federal government clients in the Intelligence Community. They were awarded in the fourth quarter of CACI’s 2012 fiscal year. The work includes $233 million in new business. CACI is providing expertise, technical innovation and in-demand services across multiple… Keep Reading

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R+L Carriers Developing Technology for Compliance with New US-Canada Shipping Requirements

Beginning Nov. 1, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will require all road and rail carriers to submit electronic transmission of cargo information before freight reaches the border. R+L Carriers, a less-than-truckload freight company, is working to update its e-communication process with its patented in-cab scanning devices to achieve compliance. The new CBSA requirements are… Keep Reading

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BORDERPOL Announces Preliminary Conference Program

BORDERPOL has announced the program of its conference to be held Oct. 16-17 in London, UK, including many leading international organizations and border agency speakers. The conference will focus attention on border management in a world that is experiencing a global financial crisis and its impact on the movement of persons and goods. It will… Keep Reading

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Trade Technologies Names Frank Pelly as Vice President of Sales

Trade Technologies, Austin, Texas, a provider of international trade document solutions, announced that Frank M. Pelly was hired as vice president of sales. In his new role, Pelly will assume responsibility for the company’s sales team and the continued development of its strategic initiatives to introduce its proprietary technology solutions across the supply chain. Prior… Keep Reading

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