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Russia: CIA Information Thwarted St. Petersburg Attack

The Kremlin said Sunday that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency provided Russian authorities with information that thwarted a series of Islamic State bombings planned in St. Petersburg. The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Donald Trump to thank him for the CIA information. Russia said the information was significant enough for its FSB security service to track down suspects who were planning suicide bomb attacks on Saturday on the two-century-old Kazan Cathedral and other sites. Moscow said Putin asked the U.S. leader to express his gratitude to the…

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New York Attack Could Tighten Immigration Rules

Authorities continue to seek information on terror suspect Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant and New York resident who prematurely detonated an explosive Monday morning, inside one of midtown Manhattan’s busiest transit centers. Following the attack, the White House renewed its calls for an end to “chain migration.” Ramon Taylor reports from New York. … Read the referenced story here: New York Attack Could Tighten Immigration Rules

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Peregrine Falcons Attack Like Missiles To Grab Prey Midair, Scientists Find

Enlarge this image A peregrine falcon in Germany. A new study finds the birds are able to dive at high speeds and catch moving prey using a mathematical principle that also guides missiles. Sebastian Willnow/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Sebastian Willnow/AFP/Getty Images Peregrine falcons, known for making spectacular dives to snatch smaller birds midair, conduct their aerial assaults in much the same way that military missiles hit moving targets, scientists have found. Peregrines have been known to dive at 200 mph or more, plummeting toward dinner with astonishing precision….

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[In Depth] Test blasts simulate a nuclear attack on a port

At a time when a nuclear bomb smuggled by terrorists is as big a concern as one from a foreign power, delivered by missile or airplane, an attack at a port is likely scenario. But nuclear forensic specialists, who rely largely on nuclear test data collected years ago in western deserts, lack a clear picture of how energy from a detonation would propagate in the highly saturated geology of many U.S. port cities. To remedy that, the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency last October quietly staged Humming Terrapin: a 2-week…

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