U.S. taking serious note of N. Korea’s ‘provocative’ threats, Hagel says

Ernesto Londoño, Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

U.S. officials are taking seriously a string of provocative threats from the North Korean government, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday, hours after the U.S. military dispatched stealth planes capable of dropping nuclear-armed missiles for a training exercise in South Korea.

The sorties by B-2 bombers marked a rare show of force by the Pentagon on the Korean Peninsula and followed a decision this month to bolster nuclear defenses along the U.S.

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$151,306 found in cans at Stanton bridge

Annette Arrigucci, El Paso Times
Special to In Homeland Security

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $150,000 in cash hidden in soft drink cans on Wednesday at the Stanton Street international bridge, CBP officials said.

Juan Francisco Dominguez Morales, 59, of San Diego, was driving a pickup into Mexico about 3:40 a.m. when a Border Patrol agent checking southbound traffic pulled over the truck for a search.

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Army veteran charged after fighting with Syrian rebel group linked to al-Qaeda

Sari Horwitz, Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

A U.S. Army veteran was charged with conspiracy Thursday for fighting alongside a Syrian rebel group linked to al-Qaeda.

Eric Harroun, 30, known to Syrians as “the American,” crossed into northern Syria in January and joined members of Jabhat al-Nusra to fight against the Syrian military, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit in support of a criminal complaint filed by prosecutors in federal court in Alexandria.

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Considering a North Korean Collapse

By William Tucker North Korea severed the military hot-line with the South today in a continuing response to the recent UN sanctions that were levied against the hermit country. The escalation in rhetoric is nothing new, and there are other developments regarding the Korean peninsula that are far more important. Indeed, Pentagon spokesman George Little said that North Korea's threats “followed a pattern designed to raise tensions."
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Loaded gun found at National Airport checkpoint

Mark Berman, Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

Heading to the airport soon? Just remember: Even though you may be able to bring knives onto planes in the near future, loaded guns are still forbidden.

The Transportation Security Administration reported that a traveler flying from Reagan National Airport to Montreal on Monday was stopped at a security checkpoint after a loaded handgun was found in the man’s carry-on bag.

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Syria rebel coalition calls for use of Patriot missiles

Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Special to In Homeland Security

BEIRUT — A Syrian opposition coalition was seated as the legitimate government of Syria at an Arab League summit Tuesday, and the coalition’s outgoing leader promptly pushed for the United States to use Patriot missile defense batteries against Syrian warplanes.

Moaz Khatib, who resigned Sunday from the opposition coalition amid reports of deep divisions in its ranks, said he put the Patriot missile request to U.S.

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