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WASHINGTON (AP) — The threat which has prompted the U.S. to shutter some diplomatic posts and issue a travel alert is reportedly based on intercepted communications.

The New York Times is reporting that the communications were between senior al-Qaida operatives.

The top U.S. military commander says there is what he calls "a significant threat stream." Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told ABC News that the threat was "more specific" than previous ones and that potential targets are Western, not just U.S. interests."

The State Department is urging American travelers to take extra precautions overseas. Potential dangers listed include public transportation systems and other prime sites for tourists.

The threat follows this week's White House meeting between President Barack Obama and Yemen's current president, Abdo Rabby Mansour Hadi.

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MOSCOW (AP) - For the first time since June 23rd, Edward Snowden is somewhere other than the Moscow airport. He was able to leave today and enter Russia after authorities granted him temporary asylum. There's no word on where he went. His lawyer says that will be kept secret, for security reasons.

 

   The man who leaked details of secret National Security Agency surveillance programs took refuge at the airport as he tried to evade espionage charges back home.

 

   Snowden now has asylum in Russia for a year -- but that can be extended indefinitely. And Snowden also has the right to seek Russian citizenship.

   In a statement released by WikiLeaks, Snowden is quoted as saying that the Obama administration has shown "no respect for international or domestic law" over the past eight weeks. But he said, "in the end, the law is winning."

 

   The White House -- which had demanded that Snowden be sent home to face prosecution -- is denouncing Russia's decision to grant him asylum. And Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham calls it "a game-changer in our relationship with Russia."

 
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top intelligence official says a previously undisclosed program for tapping into Internet usage is authorized by Congress, falls under strict supervision of a secret court and cannot intentionally target a U.S. citizen. And he says it was reckless to reveal it and another intelligence-gathering program.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has taken the rare step of declassifying some details of an intelligence program to respond to media reports about the government's counterterrorism techniques.

His statement and declassification on Saturday addresses the Internet scouring program, code-named PRISM, that allows the NSA and FBI to tap directly into the servers of major U.S. Internet companies such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and AOL. Like the phone-records program, PRISM was approved by a judge in a secret court order. Unlike that program, however, PRISM allows the government to seize actual conversations: emails, video chats, instant messages and more.

Clapper says the program, authorized in the USA Patriot Act, has been in place since 2008 and "has proven vital to keeping the nation and our allies safe."

Published in National News
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 10:28

US tests a new intercontinental missle

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force has launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from a California base, a month after the test flight was postponed because of tensions with North Korea.

Vandenberg Air Force Base says the Minuteman 3 lifted off at 6:27 a.m. PDT Wednesday. It later splashed down thousands of miles away in the Pacific.

It's the first Minuteman test-launch of the year. Several Minutemans are launched each year at from Vandenberg to determine the weapon system's accuracy and reliability.

Officials say the original mid-April flight plan was delayed to avoid it being misconstrued by North Korea during a time of heightened tensions. It was rescheduled for Tuesday morning but was pushed back a day due to a problem with range safety instruments.

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St. Louis is well-represented on the most recent Fortune 500 list of the largest companies in the country.

Express Scripts got the highest ranking of the nine area companies at number 24. The company jumped 60 spots after acquiring Medco Health Services in the last year. Some of the other companies on the list from the area, Emerson, Monsanto, and Ameren.

The top company in the country this year was Wal-mart. 

Here are the St. Louis companies that made the list:

24. Express Scripts Holding

123. Emerson

206. Monsanto

275. Reinsurance Group of America

303. Centene

315. Peabody Energy

373. Ameren

465. Graybar Electric

491. Jones Financial

 

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