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Obama administration stiff-arms lawmakers questioning secret refugee deal

Nearly 2,500 refugees from terrorism hotspots around the world are bound for the U.S. after being rejected by Australia, but not even top lawmakers can get answers about who they are. In an unprecedented move, the U.S. State Department has classified details on refugees to be resettled in America via a secret deal made with

Americans show up in the Panama Papers, too

Kevin G. Hall and Marisa Taylor, mcclatchydc No politicians of note are in files but plenty of others Among them: Retirees, scammers, and tax evaders All find a use for secrecy of offshore companies The passports of at least 200 Americans show up in this week’s massive leak of secret data on secretive offshore shell companies.

Clues About the Lost Malaysia Flight Found on Rooftop Antennas

 In the chaos immediately following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a crucial source of data came from four rooftop antennas installed by aviation enthusiasts living near the flight path. The volunteers, who host the gizmos for a Houston-based company called FlightAware, captured clues aiding the search for the plane that went missing more

Powerful earthquake strikes off Chile, triggers tsunami

NEW: U.S. Geological Survey reports at least nine significant aftershocks An 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday evening, generating a tsunami, authorities said. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake, which hit at at 6:46 p.m. local time, was centered some 60 miles northwest of Iquique at a depth of