Wisconsin woman pleads guilty to terrorism charges
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin mother of seven pleaded guilty Monday to trying to plan terrorist attacks on behalf of the Islamic State group by distributing information online on how to make...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man has been arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on charges of mailing letters containing a white powder and threatening to kill police and government officials,...
Scientists: US military program could be seen as bioweapon
NEW YORK (AP) — A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be seen as a potential biological weapon.
Russia claims US running secret bio weapons lab in Georgia
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Defense Ministry said Thursday that the United States appeared to be running a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia, allegedly flouting international conventions and posing a direct security threat to Russia — allegations the Pentagon angrily rejected.
The exceptional accusations from Moscow came the same day U.S., British and Dutch officials accused Russian military intelligence of being behind multiple cyberattacks.
U.S. regulators Friday approved the first treatment for smallpox — a deadly disease that was wiped out four decades ago — in case the virus is used in a terror attack.
Smallpox, which is highly contagious, was eradicated worldwide by 1980 after a huge vaccination campaign.
But people born since then haven't been vaccinated, and small samples of the smallpox virus were saved for research purposes, leaving the possibility it could be used as a biological weapon.
The Latest: US calls for meeting on weapons proliferation
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local):
The United States is calling a ministerial meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday afternoon on "the acute threat" posed by the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their delivery systems.
Fifty-three years ago, Vida native John Olsen spent three months aboard a U.S. Navy tugboat in the South Pacific as part of a secret U.S. military chemical and biological weapons testing program.
AP Explains: What chemical weapons N. Korea possesses
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea may have found a new use for its large stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, which are meant to attack South Korean and U.S. troops in case of another war.
UN: Threat of a hacking attack on nuclear plants is growing
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The "nightmare scenario" is rising for a hacking attack on a nuclear power plant's computer system that causes the uncontrolled release of radiation, the United Nations' deputy chief warned Thursday.
Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a Security Council meeting that extremists and "vicious non-state groups" are actively seeking weapons of mass destruction "and these weapons are increasingly accessible."
UN chief calls for renewed focus on mass destruction weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that technological advances have made it easier for terrorist and criminal groups to obtain materials needed to make weapons of mass destruction, and some are actively trying to obtain nuclear, biological and chemical weapons to target civilians.