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  • US Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 8:59 AM ET

    Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.

  • While the rest of the world was watching BP and Europe this week, some U.S. lawmakers were working on a plan for a “kill switch” for the Internet.

  • NYPD Interviews Registered Owner of Car Bomb SUV Monday, 3 May 2010 | 3:26 PM ET
    Times Square bomb scare

    Investigators have spoken to the registered owner of a sport utility vehicle that contained a homemade bomb in the failed Times Square terrorist attack, but he is not considered a suspect, officials said Monday.

  • World's Top 10 Credit Card Issuers Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 | 4:38 PM ET
    Since the first widely accepted plastic charge card was issued in 1958 by American Express, the use of credit cards has skyrocketed. In fact, at the end February, more than 576 million credit cards were in circulation* in the United States alone, with US consumers' revolving debt rising to $864.4 billion*** (98 percent of which is made up of credit card debt) as of January.The average American household with credit card debt at that time was carrying more than $16,000** at an average rate of 14.

    Since the first widely accepted plastic charge card was issued in 1958 by American Express, the use of credit cards has skyrocketed. Check out the world's top 10 credit card issuers.

  • Counterfeit Combat: Hardest Notes to Fake Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010 | 10:31 AM ET
    In the United States alone, there's an estimated $70 million in fake currency floating around. Fortunately, as the technology counterfeiters use improves, so does that of authentic bills. All across the globe, experts are devising high-tech methods to combat counterfeiters. Color-changing ink, special polymers and holographs are just some of the innovative technologies incorporated into today's banknotes. In 2007, the International Association of Currency Affairs began picking the best new count

    In the U.S. alone, there's an estimated $70 million in fake currency floating around. Click to see some of the world's currencies that are most impervious to fraud.

  • Counterfeit Currency Monday, 29 Mar 2010 | 7:14 AM ET
    The portrait on a genuine US note appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat, and details merge into the background, which is often too dark or mottled.

    Only the very best counterfeiters in the world can pull off a bill so good that only experts can spot it as a fake.

  • Airport Body Scanners Spreading Across US Friday, 5 Mar 2010 | 11:33 AM ET

    Over one hundred body scanner machines bought with federal stimulus funds are due to arrive in American airports as soon as next week, with Boston's Logan Airport set to flip the switch on three new machines Monday.

  • Stocks You Should Have Bought Thursday Thursday, 25 Feb 2010 | 11:48 PM ET

    Don't worry, you'll probably get another chance eventually. But going forward, start buying the best companies when prices get this low.

  • Obama's TSA Nominee Withdraws Wednesday, 20 Jan 2010 | 10:10 AM ET
    Erroll G. Southers

    President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Transportation Security Administration withdrew his name Wednesday, a blow to an administration trying to explain how a man could attempt to blow up a commercial airliner on Christmas Day.

  • Police: Man Who Threatened Jews Taken Off Flight Thursday, 7 Jan 2010 | 12:34 PM ET

    An airline passenger who yelled "I want to kill all the Jews" on a Detroit-bound plane was arrested on disorderly conduct and other charges, but authorities said Thursday the incident didn't appear terrorism-related.

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  • Netherlands to Use Full Body Scanners for US Flights Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009 | 2:44 PM ET

    The Netherlands announced Wednesday it will immediately begin using full body scanners for flights heading to the United States, saying that could have stopped the attempted Christmas Day airline bombing.

  • US Struggles Anew to Ensure Safety as Gaps Are Revealed Tuesday, 29 Dec 2009 | 10:59 AM ET
    Sgt. Cliff Java of the San Francisco police department and his dog check the luggage in the ticketing area of the International Terminal at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California.

    In ways large and small, the Department of Homeland Security, once again, is struggling to strengthen an aviation security system it has already spent $40 billion rebuilding since the terror attacks of 2001. The New York Times reports.

  • Anti-Cyberattack Experts Seen in Short Supply Wednesday, 22 Jul 2009 | 7:31 AM ET
    Woman using a computer

    Federal agencies are facing a severe shortage of computer specialists, even as a growing wave of coordinated cyberattacks against the government poses potential national security risks, a private study found.

  • Experts David Lutz, managing director at Stifel Nicolaus Capital Markets and Jim Iuorio, director at TJM Institutional Services, weighed in on the best places to invest now.

  • At Airports, Lines Made for Speed Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 11:50 AM ET
    Expert Traveler

    The Transportation Security Administration is trying to speed up airport screening by asking passengers to choose a line based on their familiarity with checkpoint procedures, The New York Times reports.

  • GOP Congressman Proposes Hedge Funds Register With SEC Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | 4:05 PM ET

    Sen. Charles Grassley filed the legislation as an amendment to a Homeland Security bill now being debated by the Senate.

  • Consultant Blasts "Flag-Waving" In AMR Uproar Friday, 16 Feb 2007 | 11:42 AM ET

    The British are coming, the British are coming -- for American Airlines. Well, maybe not. Despite a Reuters report knocking down BusinessWeek's story of a possible takeover bid for American Airlines parent AMR, speculation abounds. And It would be a good thing, according to Mike Miller -- but he says it probably won't happen.

  • It's been a year since the Dubai Ports World (DPW) imbroglio. Tomorrow, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, will convene the HCFS to ask the question: Have we learned anything? That's also what Rob Nichols and Gary Hufbauer are asking.