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Report Slams Counterterrorism 'Fusion Centers'

After a two-year investigation, a Senate report released Wednesday criticizes the Department of Homeland Security's "fusion centers" as ineffective, expensive, and encroaching on civil liberties. The centers were created after Sept. 11 to improve communication between federal counter-terrorism agents and state and local law enforcement. A department spokesman called the report flawed.
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U.S. Border Agent Shot Dead In Arizona

The investigation continues into Tuesday's fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent near the Arizona-Mexico border. He was one of three agents responding to a ground sensor activated just north of the border. A second agent was wounded in the attack.
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Questions Persist About Deadly U.S. Consulate Attack

Two weeks after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, there remain many competing accounts of how it began. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Should security should have been better, and what role did al-Qaida play, if any?
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Army Seeks To Curb Rising Tide Of Suicides

Nearly all soldiers in the Army will stop what they are doing Thursday to take part in suicide-prevention training. The Army "stand down" is aimed at slowing an alarming increase in suicide rates — on average, one soldier dies of suicide every day.

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