As many as 75 scientists working in U.S. federal government laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria and are being offered treatment to prevent infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.
Three phony distress calls have sent rescue workers scrambling around Washington state's Puget Sound, costing taxpayers more that $200,000 in recent weeks — and Coast Guard officials believe the fake mayday calls are the work of a serial hoaxer.
President Obama announced Thursday that he's dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East in response to the crisis in Iraq, and is preparing to send up to 300 military advisers and set up "joint operation centers" to aid the Iraqi military.
In a GOP leadership shuffle, Republican lawmakers voted Thursday for California Rep. Kevin McCarthy to succeed Rep. Eric Cantor as House majority leader after Cantor's unexpected primary defeat last week.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, coordinated fundraising with conservative groups as part of a nationwide "criminal scheme" to violate election laws, prosecutors said in court documents unsealed Thursday.