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These hybrid termites, now living in a controlled colony in a Florida lab, are proof that the world's two most destructive varieties of termites are compatible. A huge hybrid swarm is now predicted to emerge, say concerned scientists. (University of Florida)

Termite menace: Giant hybrid swarm of world’s most destructive species set to invade Florida

- The Washington Times

It’s not hurricanes and high water that is threatening Florida. It’s termites. Two of the most destructive species of the termite kingdom are now swarming simultaneously in South Florida - and scientists are worried. The Asian and Formosan subterranean termite clans are about to meet, mate and produce an unprecedented number of feisty hybrid offspring - hundreds of thousands of alates, or winged males and females.

Amish buggy. By Ad Meskens, via Wikimedia Commons

Police put yellow tape around Wisconsin Amish home

- The Washington Times

Law-enforcement officers strung yellow police tape across the door of a Wisconsin Amish home and declared it unfit for habitation Thursday in a dispute over the family’s refusal to comply with county rules on modern appliances such as smoke alarms.

In this April 18, 2013, photo, memorials for Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, and Krystle Campbell, killed in the bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, stand among other artifacts at a makeshift memorial in Copley Square in Boston. Thousands of items from the original memorial went on display at the Boston Public Library in April 2014 to mark the anniversary of the attacks. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Boston woman charged with marathon injury fraud

Associated Press

A Boston woman has been indicted on charges of fraudulently receiving tens of thousands of dollars in benefits by claiming she was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.

New York City firefighters on ladders spray water at the scene of a fire and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York on Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Utility: Inspectors found faulty work before NYC blast

- Associated Press

An hour before an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19 people, utility company inspectors decided the work being done there was faulty.

The Golden Hammer

Inmates gone wild at Brooklyn half-way house

- The Washington Times

Inmates at a halfway house in Brooklyn, New York, were allowed to come and go from the facility as they pleased, did not receive mandatory drug testing, and didn’t have required verification of employment, according to a new audit report from the Department of Justice.

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Con man with fake gov't IDs sentenced to prison

- The Washington Times

A federal judge sentenced a 55-year-old Florida man to a year and a day in prison for possessing fake government identification badges, including one designed to help him pass as a special agent for the Pentagon's Defense Criminal Investigative Service.

FILE - This Jan. 15, 2014, file photo, a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body cameras during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles. A small number of Cleveland patrol officers will take to the streets Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, equipped with new city-owned body cameras, technology that officials hope will provide more accountability within the troubled department and close the gap of mistrust of police within the community. Cleveland joins a growing roster of big cities that equip officers with body cameras, including Los Angeles, which announced a plan in December to provide them to 7,000 officers. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Rand Paul backs police body-camera pilot programs

- The Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is teaming up with a few Democrats to push a measure that would help state and local law enforcement cover the cost of purchasing or leasing body-worn cameras as part of pilot programs that will test whether the equipment could help increase public trust in law enforcement and bolster public safety.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

DHS chief: Court should have known part of amnesty was in effect

- The Washington Times

A federal judge should have known Homeland Security was carrying out at least part of President Obama's new deportation amnesty beginning last year, department Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Thursday as the administration continued to struggle with what's become a thorny legal issue.

This image released by Amplify Releasing shows Rinko Kikuchi in a scene from "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter." (AP Photo)

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter'

"Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" is a sad and lonely movie about a sad and lonely woman who embarks on an impossible quest for something that cannot possibly be real.

Uniformed Secret Service agents patrol the top of the White House as seen from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. According to the Secret Service a letter sent to the White House tentatively tested positive for cyanide. The letter was received at an off-site mail screening facility on March 16 and additional testing Tuesday returned a "presumptive positive" for cyanide. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Republicans push Secret Service reforms

- The Washington Times

Top House Republicans on Thursday introduced legislation to clean up the Secret Service after a string of embarrassing scandals and security lapses, most recently involving two allegedly drunk agents driving into a barrier near the White House.

First responders work to free a man from a pile of rubble after a round of severe weather hit a trailer park near 145th West Avenue and West 17th Street in Sand Springs, Okla., Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The slow start to the nation's tornado season came to a blustery end Wednesday when tornadoes hit Arkansas and Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Matt Barnard)

Tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Arkansas; 1 dead, several injured

- Associated Press

The first batch of severe weather in this year's tornado season has devastated an Oklahoma mobile home park, and storms across the area damaged buildings, tore off roofs and left debris strewn across roads. One person was killed and several were injured.