Self-styled militia group joins Oregon occupation, could raise tensions

BURNS, Ore. (Reuters) – Several members of self-described militia groups have joined armed protesters occupying the headquarters of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, threatening to raise tensions in the week-long siege over land rights.

Thermo Fisher to buy Affymetrix for $1.3 bln

Jan 8 (Reuters) – Scientific instruments maker Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc said it agreed to buy Affymetrix Inc for $1.3 billion in cash, to add genetic analysis products serving research, clinical…

Why SpaceX Is Changing Its Rocket Landing Location

jrti SpaceX has confirmed that they will attempt another, more difficult, rocket landing on their next launch January 17th. Their Falcon 9 is scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with NASA’s Jason-3 satellite on board. This time the rocket will be returning to a “drone ship” (an autonomous floating platform) in the ocean rather than a launchpad on… Read More

Next week, five states’ IDs will stop working in federal facilities

Starting next week, certain state ID cards will no longer be accepted at federal facilities. Five states, along with the territory of American Samoa, aren’t compliant with the 2005 “Real ID” law and haven’t received an extension from the Department of Homeland Security. On Sunday, January 10, a “grace period” will end and enforcement of the Real ID rules will begin, DHS officials told reporters on a press call today.

The bigger concern for many citizens is whether ID cards from non-compliant states will be accepted for air travel. On that point, there’s some breathing room. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement today that the law will be enforced with regard to air travel beginning on January 18, 2018. At that time, travelers with ID cards from states that don’t meet the law’s requirements “must present an alternative form of identification acceptable to the Transportation Security Administration in order to board a commercial domestic flight.”

Johnson’s statement also says that on October 1, 2020, every air traveler will need a Real ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of ID, such as a passport. (That’s essentially the same rule as the 2018 deadline, but there’s no talk of states still having “extensions” in 2020.)

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Vietnamese man pleads guilty in U.S. to helping al Qaeda affiliate

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Vietnamese man who prosecutors said traveled to Yemen to join an al Qaeda affiliate and was instructed there to detonate an explosive at London’s Heathrow Airport pleaded guilty to U.S. terrorism charges on Friday.

Mexico ‘proud’ of those who captured ‘El Chapo’: Pena Nieto

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praises the law enforcement officials who he says worked day and night to locate and arrest the world’s most wanted drug-lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Rough Cut – Subtitled (no reporter narration).