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North Korea makes "significant" nuclear reactor progress: IAEA

North Korea

North Korea has made significant progress in the construction of a light water atomic reactor over the past year, a U.N. watchdog report said, a facility that may extend Pyongyang's capacity to produce material for nuclear weapons.

Senh: Coming a day after a report that Iran has doubled their nuclear capacity, this is not good.


Iran doubles underground nuclear capacity: IAEA

Iran Nuclear Site

Iran has doubled the number of uranium enrichment machines it has in an underground bunker, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Thursday, showing Tehran's defiance towards Western pressure to stop its atomic work and the threat of Israeli attack.


U.N. nuclear watchdog sets up "Iran Task Force"

The United Nations' nuclear watchdog has set up a specialized Iran Task Force to handle its inspections and investigation of the Islamic state's disputed atomic activities, an internal document showed on Wednesday.


Consumer Watchdog Fines Capital One for Deceptive Credit Card Practices

Capital One

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau delivered its first enforcement action against the financial industry, fining Capital One for pressuring and misleading more than two million credit card customers.


Senate furniture stolen and sold illegally, report says

The U.S. Senate is out of town this week, and somebody may want to make sure its furniture is safe and secure. An employee assigned to care for furniture used by Senate offices stole and illegally sold more than $13,700 worth of tables and chairs to a used furniture dealer in Virginia, according to a new watchdog report and people familiar with the investigation.


Climate change skepticism seeps into science classrooms

Global Warming

Some states have introduced education standards requiring teachers to defend the denial of man-made global warming. A national watchdog group says it will start monitoring classrooms.


FAA's new air traffic system hits turbulence

FAA's new air traffic system hits turbulence

The government's program to modernize the nation's air traffic control system has run into serious problems that threaten to increase its cost and delay its completion, a government watchdog said....


Watchdog: Ex-SEC lawyer Becker should face criminal probe

Former Securities and Exchange Commission General Counsel David Becker had a conflict of interest when he handled Bernard Madoff legal matters for the SEC and should be criminally investigated, the agency's watchdog said on Tuesday.


Executive pay is zooming skyward again after pausing a few years for the recession

Executive pay is zooming skyward again after pausing a few years for the recession

But corporate watchdogs are hopeful that the most egregious pay practices can be reined in as new 'say-on-pay' votes and other investor-friendly rules take effect. The $6.4 million that Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. paid Chief Executive Craig Martin last year normally wouldn't have raised many eyebrows.


Report Cites Fannie, Freddie Executive Pay

A federal watchdog criticized federal regulators' oversight of executive pay packages for top officials at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a report published Thursday. The top six executives at the mortgage giants earned $35 million in the last two years, according to the report from the inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates the mortgage giants.


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