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With ban on printed 3-D guns set to end next month, US senators seek extension

ALBANY, N.Y. - As the technology to print 3-D firearms advances, a federal law that banned the undetectable guns is about to expire. U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says he's seeking an extension of the law before it expires Dec. 9. He said the technology of so-called 3-D printing has advanced to the point anyone with $1,000 and an Internet connection can access the plastic parts that can be fitted into a gun. Those firearms can't be detected by metal detectors or X-ray machines.

All-plastic guns: Newest addition to weaponry comes as firearms control law is set to expire

WASHINGTON - With a law banning undetectable firearms about to expire, federal agents are focusing attention on the latest twist in high-tech weaponry: guns made entirely out of plastic. 3-D industrial printers that can create plastic models and prototypes now can make guns that can't be picked up by metal detectors. A longtime ban on undetectable firearms is scheduled to expire Dec. 9 and two Democratic senators, Chuck Schumer of New York and Bill Nelson of Florida, have called for a ban on plastic guns.

White House tech expert gets subpoena to testify on

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a subpoena on Friday to compel Todd Park, the chief technology officer at the White House, to testify at a hearing next week about what went wrong with the Obamacare website. The White House called the subpoena "unfortunate and unnecessary" and said that Park was busy fixing the website. The White House earlier had said he was willing to appear voluntarily in December.

States hit by Sandy to get next $5 billion of recovery funding

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal officials on Monday unveiled plans for a second round of Superstorm Sandy disaster relief totaling $5 billion for five states and New York City, and they pledged that the pace of spending would pick up after a slow start. Announced just a day shy of the anniversary of the storm's New York-area landfall, the funds will come from nearly $48 billion in federal funds earmarked for disaster recovery. As of August, just under a quarter of that package had been obligated to areas hit by the storm.

FBI orders new agents to see Martin Luther King memorial

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new FBI chief on Monday ordered all new agents and analysts to visit the national memorial to late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. as a reminder not to repeat the abuses of the U.S. investigative bureau's past. In a similar gesture in 2000, the FBI added a stop at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to its required training for new agents. Both sites, along with FBI headquarters, are in Washington.

Key House Republican presses tech companies on Obamacare glitches

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of a key congressional oversight committee has asked Google, Microsoft and three other U.S. companies to provide details on their possible involvement in a "tech surge" aimed at fixing a website implementing President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

Arkansas Republican Griffin drops U.S. House re-election run

By Suzi Parker LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) - Arkansas Republican U.S. Representative Tim Griffin said on Monday he will not seek a third term in Congress, a surprise announcement made just days after the end of a government shutdown that polls show damaged the Republican Party. Griffin, 45, had no announced opponent and had raised more than $500,000 for his re-election bid to the U.S. House of Representatives. In a statement, Griffin cited family as the main reason for his decision.

Navy Yard shooter seemed to aim at random, FBI chief says

By David Ingram and Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The contract worker who opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard this week appeared to have no particular target as he moved through a building and shot and killed 12 people, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday. Comey, whose agency is leading the investigation into the shooting, said that in surveillance video the man identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis "appears to be moving without particular direction or purpose."

Washington gunman 'hunted' his victims

The gunman who slaughtered 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard stalked his victims as if he was "hunting" them, officials said Thursday as they painted a chilling portrait of how the carnage unfolded. FBI Director James Comey told reporters that former Navy sailor Aaron Alexis had roamed the offices and corridors of the Navy Yard's 197 building, blasting victims at random with a sawed-off shotgun before being shot dead. Alexis, 34, was killed in a gun battle with police after being cornered following Monday's bloody spree.

New FBI chief warns budget cuts may put agents on furlough

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday that the U.S. budget stalemate may force him to put agents on furlough, leaving the agency, which investigates major crimes and national security threats, potentially short-handed.
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