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Yes, Antarctica has a fire department

Yes, Antarctica has a fire department

Science
Fire prevention in one of the coldest places on Earth might not sound like the most likely job, but every year the US Antarctic Program recruits a team of fire-fighters to head poleward."'Are there fires in Antarctica?' That's always the question I get," says Megan Branson, who spent over 24 months "on the ice" as a fire-fighter and paramedic between 2007 and 2010.And the answer?Yes. Though rarely, if the the Antarctic Fire Department can help it. In the busy summer season of October - March, there are over 1,000 residents at the US Antarctic Program's McMurdo Station, making it the largest settlement in the region. Flights landing at the base must, by law, have a fire crew on hand, but McMurdo i...
Sale of SeaSparrow missiles to Mexico approved by State Department

Sale of SeaSparrow missiles to Mexico approved by State Department

Business
Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale to Mexico of six Evolved SeaSparrow surface-to-air missiles and two Evolved SeaSparrow telemetry missiles for an estimated $ 41 million. The order, announced Thursday by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, includes one eight-cell MK 56 VLS launcher, eight MK30 canisters, eight MK783 shipping containers, spare parts, support and testing equipment, training and technical assistance, in addition to the missiles. The missiles will strengthen U.S. national security by boosting the maritime capabilities for a close ally, DSCA said in a press release. The missiles will be provided by Raytheon Missile Systems out of Tucson Ariz. The ESSM surface-to-air missile is an international program to improve the RIM-7...
GOP risks fallout from Justice Department move on health law

GOP risks fallout from Justice Department move on health law

Health
The Trump administration's decision to stop defending in court the Obama health law's popular protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions could prove risky for Republicans in the midterm elections — and nudge premiums even higher. The Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, beginning with the unpopular requirement that people carry health insurance, but also including widely-supported provisions that guarantee access for people with medical problems and limit what insurers can charge older, sicker adults. Friday, the insurance industry warned in stark terms of "harm that would come to millions of Americans" if such protections are struck down, causing premiums "to go even higher for older...
US ambassador to Mexico resigning in another big loss for State Department

US ambassador to Mexico resigning in another big loss for State Department

World
The U.S. ambassador to Mexico is retiring amid tense relations between the two countries - another loss of a senior American diplomat. Amb. Roberta Jacobson announced on Twitter that after 31 years of government service, she is leaving in May. A State Department official told ABC News she is resigning her position and will retire from the civil service shortly thereafter. It's another loss of a top diplomat for the State Department - the second this week after U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Joseph Yun announced on Tuesday his sudden retirement. Her departure also comes at a pivotal moment for U.S.-Mexico relations, with the seventh round of NAFTA talks underway this week and Mexican concern over new steel tariffs just announced by the White House. Tensions are high over P...
Justice Department announces charges in $500 million senior fraud schemes

Justice Department announces charges in $500 million senior fraud schemes

Finance
The Justice Department announced a broad enforcement sweep targeting financial fraud against the elderly, resulting in charges filed against more than 250 defendants.U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussed the charges during a press conference in Washington on Thursday.Justice coordinated with other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general, in building the cases.The perpetrators allegedly used mass mailing and telemarketing to rip off seniors, as well as individual incidences of identity theft and financial abuse by guardians."Today's actions send a clear message: We will hold perpetrators of elder fraud schemes accountable wherever they are," said Sessions.The defendants allegedly harmed more than a million victims, most o...