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Pacific Northwest prepares for earthquakes, tsunamis with help from UW scientists

Scientists at the University of Washington are helping prepare the Pacific Northwest for earthquakes and resulting tsunamis, including the development of the first tsunami evacuation structure in the United States and a prototype earthquake early warning system.

CBP needs to enhance oversight of high-risk maritime shipments coming to US, GAO says

According to CBP policy, high-risk shipments should be scanned with radiation detection and nonintrusive inspection equipment. However, CBP agents can waive that examination if the shipment meets a "standard exception" or "articulable reason."

TSA seizes more than 2,200 firearms at airports in 2014, a 22-percent hike from prior year

TSA provided a rundown of seizures – and photos of the items – that officers made last year of prohibited items and those that appeared dangerous. The agency said it screened more than 653 million passengers last year, which was an increase of 14.8 million from the prior year.

TSA over-classified parts of DHS IT security report on JFK airport, says IG

The Homeland Security Department's inspector general said Transportation Security Administration officials are unnecessarily concealing information in a new report that highlighted the vulnerabilities of security controls of DHS technology systems at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Despite fewer aircraft and flying hours, CBP's aviation maintenance contract rises, IG finds

The Homeland Security Department's inspector general said it could not reconcile maintenance labor hours to see if they were being recorded accurately. And the agency doesn't have adequate internal controls to address the problems.

House, Senate Republicans introduce border security bills, say Obama failed

Sponsors of both bills say the measures are needed because the Obama administration has failed to plug the southern border, a problem that's been exacerbated by the president's executive action on immigration, they contend.

2014 warmest year on record, NOAA and NASA scientists conclude

Temperatures collected around the globe show that every ocean had parts that were record warmest as well as many portions of Europe. Still, there were a few land areas where temperatures were actually cooler than average, most notably in North America and particularly across the United States.

US gov't issues cybersecurity guidance to help energy sector protect critical infrastructure

The new guidance is designed to help the energy industry meet the goals of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cybersecurity Framework that contains voluntary standards, guidelines and practices to help bolster critical infrastructure protection.

Short emergency messages not as effective in alerting people about imminent threats, study finds

The study from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, or START also found that rearranging the content within the message and including a map showing an area that's been affected by a hazard could also improve public responses.

DHS IG: CBP's drone program for border security ineffective, nix expansion

The agency had been planning to acquire 14 more drones – in addition to the 10 operational ones it has now – at a cost of about $443 million that the IG said could be put to better use by investing into alternatives such as manned aircraft and ground surveillance.