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CDC head says "pattern" of poor safety in handling pathogens at labs

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admitted that a recent incident potentially exposing staff to anthrax has revealed a "pattern" of poor safety measures in handling such dangerous pathogens over the years.

NATO seeks software to help it prevent chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents

According to a solicitation posted on FedBizOps July 8, NATO's Communications and Information Agency is seeking commercial-off-the-shelf software that will provide command and control functionality, which would also protect forces from effects of such incidents.

Report: Crime, violence, poverty, family may be contributing to influx of migrant childen

Crime, poverty, educational and economic opportunities, and family reunification may be several reasons behind the recent surge of unaccompanied, mostly Central American children into the Southwest border of the United States, a recent report says. But the precise combination of these "push" and "pull" motives is still unclear, the Congressional Research Service authors wrote.

Report outlines new CDC actions after staff potentially exposed to anthrax

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's taken several actions to prevent future incidents similar to one in June when dozens of Atlanta-based employees were potentially exposed to anthrax.

CDC: Decades-old vials containing smallpox virus detected at FDA lab

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that recently discovered decades-old vials at an unused part of a storage room of a federal lab contained smallpox virus DNA. But the agency said it will take a couple of more weeks to determine whether the material is viable.

Obama: 'Constructive conversation' with Texas' Perry about immigration crisis at border

Visiting Texas for the first time since the immigration crisis at the Southwest border, President Obama said July 9 that he had a "constructive conversation" with Gov. Rick Perry about the surge of unaccompanied child migrants and what can be done to stem the tide.

Obama asks Congress for $3.7B to deal with thousands of child migrants in southwest border

President Barack Obama is seeking $3.7 billion in emergency appropriations from Congress to help deal with the thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the southwest border.

Texas wants $500M reimbursement from federal government for border security

Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked the federal government to reimburse his state for a decade of contributions to border security during a House hearing July 3.

DHS to step up security measures at overseas airports, no specific threat cited

Citing unnamed global threats, the Homeland Security Department said July 2 that it will implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.

FCC issues proposed rules for improving Emergency Alert System

The Federal Communications Commission is making several recommendations that it says will help improve the nation's public warning system, including a requirement to ensure that even people with disabilities get emergency alerts.