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Apr 20, 2014 — Instead of a public service announcement, the FBI has made Game of Pawns, a docudrama about a college student recruited by the Chinese government. The message is obvious: Don't be a spy.
Apr 19, 2014 — The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?
Apr 18, 2014 — In the fight against Islamic extremism, the president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council says that intervention within the community is more effective than external surveillance and secrecy.
Apr 18, 2014 — David Greene talks to Weekend All Things Considered host Arun Rath about his trip to Fort Irwin National Training Center located in the Mojave Desert in Southern California.
Apr 17, 2014 — Guest Host Celeste Headlee learns more about the United States' deportation policies from Muzaffar Chishti of the Migration Policy Institute.
Jack Burke won't be traveling to Sochi to watch Olympic competitions. Instead, he spent time in Europe watching his son Tim compete on the World Cup circuit. Photo: Brian Mann
Jack Burke won't be traveling to Sochi to watch Olympic competitions. Instead, he spent time in Europe watching his son Tim compete on the World Cup circuit. Photo: Brian Mann

For Olympic families, anxiety about Sochi

In these final weeks before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, there's growing of anxiety about safety and the threat of terrorism in Russia. The state department has issued a travel advisory for Americans traveling to the games. Some athletes in the US have been urging family members to say home.

Safety fears are only the latest complication for North Country families debating whether to make the trip to Sochi.  Go to full article
Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Reaper drone crashes in Lake Ontario

The search for an unmanned drone aircraft that went down in the waters of Lake Ontario yesterday, is expected to continue today. There were no reports of any injuries or damage to civilian property after the crash.

The M-Q-9 Reaper was involved in a routine student training mission with the 174th Attack Wing out of Mattydale, when it crashed about 20 miles northeast of Oswego.  Go to full article
NY Congressman Bill Owens at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Fort Drum's Warrior Transition Battalion Complex in May 2012. Photo: Army Medicine, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

What Owens still needs to know before Syria vote

North Country Congressman Bill Owens says he needs more information before deciding whether to vote for or against military action against Syria.

The Democrat says he believes President Obama has demonstrated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was behind a deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria last month.

Owens praises President Obama for seeking Congressional approval before authorizing military action against Syria. "There's been a fair amount of criticism against the executive branch over the last, probably, 30 or 40 years," says Owens, "for usurping Congress' prerogative relative to the declaration of war, so I thought this was a good move."

But how Owens will vote is another matter. He's still undecided. And he says he recognizes that Americans are weary of war.  Go to full article
Banford Elementary School in Canton. Photo: Canton Central School

School leaders seek answers on bomb hoaxes

The Newtown shootings and the Boston Marathon bombings have left all of America asking questions about security. But schools have been particularly on edge.
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The Via Rail/Amtrak train "Maple Leaf" (shown here near Niagara Falls) makes the Toronto to New York City run. Photo: <a href="">Diego Torres Silvestre</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Canada disrupts Al Qaeda-supported "major terror plot"

Canadian officials say they have disrupted a "major" terror plot involving two men in Montreal and Toronto who were planning to derail a VIA passenger train.
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Laura and Pat Monroe-Duprey on the way to yesterday's Boston Marathon.

Canton marathoner turned back by bombs

Federal investigators say no one has claimed responsibility for the Boston Marathon attack that killed three people and wounded more than 140.

Officials say the...  Go to full article
Student crews work on the MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Drones train above North Country Adirondacks

There's been a lot of news lately about the Obama Administration's use of drones, or unmanned military aircraft, to kill alleged terrorists. Critics have said the attacks...  Go to full article
Meeting of the Stop the F-35 Coalition. Photo: Sarah Harris

Burlington area residents debate F-35 noise

Last spring the Air Force announced that Burlington was one of two preferred sites for a fleet of new F-35 fighter jets. The F-35s are a lot louder than the F-16s that...  Go to full article

Fort Drum general says progress made in Afghanistan

A high-ranking officer with the Army's 10th Mountain Division says the U.S. has made significant progress in its war in Afghanistan.

Brig. Gen. Richard D. Clark...  Go to full article
Eric and Susan Olsen celebrate his homecoming from Iraq. NCPR file photo

The Road from 9/11: How the war on terror changed one North Country family

One of the uncomfortable truths about the terror attacks on 9/11 is that some families have carried a far greater burden during the months and years that followed. The Olsen...  Go to full article

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