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Pentagon forming rapid-response Ebola team to help if other US cases arise

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that a 30-person emergency medical support team is being created to provide assistance if additional Ebola cases arise in the United States.

US domestic and international drug policies at odds, says Brookings panel

While the United States has conditionally tolerated the regulated use of marijuana in two states – Washington and Colorado – national drug policy is at odds with the international drug control regime, said panelists at an Oct. 17 discussion at the Brookings Institution.

FBI director: Device encryption makes law enforcement, nat'l security investigations harder

FBI Director James Comey said that the public has several "misimpressions" that law enforcement and national security officials will be able to get around device encryption to capture suspected terrorists and other bad guys.

California on track to complete early earthquake warning system by 2016, state senator says

Emergency officials in California say that an early warning system, which could give anywhere from 10 seconds to a minute's notice before an earthquake hits, is expected to be completed in 15 months, according to a state senator who held a hearing on the issue last week.

Federal appeals court rejects Arizona law denying bail for undocumented immigrants

A federal appeals court struck down an Arizona law Oct. 15 that denied bail to undocumented immigrants charged with certain serious felonies even if they're not a flight risk or dangerous.

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Federal departments and agencies were instructed to adopt the use of security-enhanced cards, such as those that use chip-and PIN technology "as soon as possible" in an Oct. 17 executive order signed by President Obama. Chip-and-PIN technology – which uses an embedded chip in credit, debit and other payment cards, in lieu of a magnetic strip, and a personal identification number – has greatly reduced financial fraud and identity theft in Europe.

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Representatives from 175 countries will discuss topics such as Internet governance, online security and privacy, and the Internet of Things, as the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union, or ITU, kicked off three weeks of meetings Oct. 20 in Busan, South Korea.