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Audit: US gov. not ready for large-scale catastrophe...Poll: Americans skeptical of drone revolution...Swimmer Phelps heads to trial

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 19, 2014 at 1:51 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional audit says the federal government is not fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe. The report by the Government Accountability Office says the government lacks effective coordination and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment. And it says the Federal Emergency Management Agency didn't always keep track of disaster efforts by agencies, even after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani military is going after militants, following the Taliban assault earlier this week on a school that killed 148 people, mostly children. The military says in operations carried today and yesterday, it's killed at least 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region of Khyber, near the Afghan border.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans say they are skeptical that the benefits of the drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety. An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that by a 2-1 margin, those who have an opinion oppose using drones for commercial purposes, with just 21 percent favoring commercial use. A majority of those polled do approve the use of small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas.

HONG KONG (AP) — A jury in Hong Kong jury has found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption in a high profile trial. Property magnate Thomas Kwok was convicted today of conspiracy for making payments to a former city official. Kwok's younger brother Raymond, also a billionaire, was found not guilty.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps is expected to go to trial in Baltimore today on drunken driving and other charges. The 18-time gold medalist was arrested Sept. 30 after police pulled him over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line on a highway. They say Phelps registered a .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test — almost twice the legal limit in Maryland.

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