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US judge sentences cartel lieutenant to 22 years

- Associated Press

A U.S. judge sentenced a reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to 22 years in prison Monday for his role in a $1 billion trafficking conspiracy, saying the stiff sentence should send a message to traffickers everywhere.

Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy, left,  talks with Marines Lt. Gen. John Paxton, director for operations, the Joint Staff, talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, prior to their testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Michele Flournoy is front-runner to replace Hagel as Defense Secretary

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s short list of possible replacements for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel includes Michele Flournoy as its front-runner, sources close to the administration said Monday, creating the possibility that the former undersecretary of defense for policy could become the first women to head the Pentagon.

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, before the House Intelligence Committee. Morell, who edited the widely debunked talking points on the 2012 Benghazi attack, answered questions from the House intelligence committee in a rare open session. The hearing provides Morell with a chance to explain why he deleted references to al-Qaida.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

CIA detected no ‘credible threat’ before Benghazi attacks

- The Washington Times

The CIA’s main reason for setting up shop in Benghazi was to uncover the plans of al Qaeda-linked extremists, yet its officers there detected no sign that terrorists were set to launch the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and the agency’s own compound, a new House Intelligence Committee report shows.

Joe Abbey, Arxan Technologies' director of software engineering, displays on his computer how he hacked into a phone app during a demonstration at the Black Hat USA 2014 cyber security conference Aug. 6 in Las Vegas. Federal systems grow more susceptible to attack as the government's online offerings expand to user-friendly websites and apps, experts say. (Associated Press)

Cybersecurity lapses leave government agencies vulnerable to hackers

- The Washington Times

Even though there have been at least two dozen mass breaches of government computer systems since 2013, many federal agencies continue to have a lax culture and poor security provisions to repel the growing threat from hackers and cyberattacking states such as Russia, Iran and China, internal investigative reports show.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State John F. Kerry held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on Sunday. (Associated Press)

U.S., Iran may extend nuclear talks

- The Washington Times

U.S. and Iranian officials appeared close on Sunday to extending the high-stakes talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear program after failing to meet a self-imposed deadline for a deal that would open the program to close international scrutiny in exchange for a withdrawal of crippling Western sanctions on Tehran.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry address the media after the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran, in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Facing still significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the Monday deadline and extended their talks for another seven months. The move gives both sides breathing space to work out an agreement but may be badly received by domestic sceptics, since it extends more than a decade of diplomatic efforts to curb Iran's nuclear prowess. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Iran nuclear talks to be extended until July

- Associated Press

Facing still significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the Monday deadline and extended their talks for another seven months.

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, file photo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to a question during a briefing at the Pentagon. A senior administration official says Secretary of State Chuck Hagel is resigning from President Barack Obama's Cabinet.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

- Associated Press

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers.

Thai editor sentenced to jail for defaming king

- Associated Press

A military court in junta-ruled Thailand sentenced a Web editor to 4 1/2 years in jail Monday for publishing an article five years ago that it said defamed the nation's king.

Hagel: US on stronger course toward security

Associated Press

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration has put the Defense Department and the United States on a stronger course toward stability and security.

Britain's Home Secretary Teresa May speaks during the counter-terrorism awareness week conference at the Royal United Services Institute in  London  Monday Nov. 24, 2014.  British authorities are outlining a new set of counterterrorism measures, including a ban on insurance companies reimbursing ransom payments. The bill to be outlined Monday by Home Secretary Theresa May reinforces Britain's long-held position that there should be no ransom payments to terrorists because payments to groups such as Islamic State merely place more people at risk. (AP Photo/John Stillwell/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

UK: 'Severe' terror threat requires new powers

- Associated Press

Britain faces its greatest-ever threat from terrorism, the interior minister said Monday, announcing measures to control suspects, strengthen online scrutiny and prevent insurance companies from paying terrorist ransoms.

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2010 file photo, United Technologies Chairman & CEO Louis Chenevert listens as President Barack Obama holds a roundtable discussion with CEO's and business leaders in Mumbai, India. Aerospace and building systems giant United Technologies announced Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, the abrupt retirement of Chenevert, and named Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes to succeed him. Chenevert, 56, is also stepping down as chairman. He had been appointed to both jobs in 2008.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

United Technologies CEO retires, succeeded by CFO

- Associated Press

Aerospace and building systems giant United Technologies announced Monday the abrupt retirement of CEO Louis Chenevert, and named Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes to succeed him.

VA deputy says wait time still too lengthy in Ala.

- Associated Press

The deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs says the wait for veterans to get health care is still too long at the Central Alabama Veterans system but that some improvements have been made after a leadership shake-up.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, prior to a bilateral meeting of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. The U.S. and five other nations trying to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran are turning away from attempting to reach an agreement by deadline and have started internal discussions on extending the talks, diplomats said Sunday. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, pool)

The US-Iran differences that blocked a nuke deal

- Associated Press

Renewed failure by Iran and the U.S. to reach a nuclear agreement by a Monday deadline reflects the difficulties each side has with crossing red lines they brought with them to the negotiating table.