February 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- John F. Kerry arrived at State Department headquarters Monday morning to begin his new role as secretary of State, telling employees that he wanted to answer the question: “Can a man actually run the State Department?” The former Massachusetts senator, who was preceded in the post by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, acknowledged that “I have big high heels to fill.” Kerry addressed the troops from the staircase rising from the headquarters lobby, the exact spot where Clinton gave good-bye remarks to a rapturous foreign service crowd last Friday.
June 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Driven in part by the global financial crisis, foreign intelligence services, corporations and computer hackers have stepped up efforts to steal technology and trade secrets from American companies, the FBI's top spy hunter told Congress on Thursday. A related threat - illegal sales of U.S. technology - was highlighted when a major military contractor, United Technologies Corp., and two subsidiary units agreed in federal court to pay a $75-million fine for illegally selling embargoed software and components to China that the country used to build a sophisticated attack helicopter called the Z-10.
September 7, 2010 |
When her peers at the Fletcher School of International Relations at Tufts University would ask Michelle Kwan what she does outside the classroom, she'd say she used to be a figure skater. If they pressed her for details she had a standard response. "I'm like, 'I was OK. I went to the Olympics,' " she said. "They don't know that side of my life. They see me doing presentations on North Korea and talking about Kim Jong Il. " After decades of performing the gravity-defying jumps and dazzling spins that lifted her to nine U.S. championships, five world titles and silver and bronze Olympic medals, the Torrance native is building a fascinating second career as a budding expert on North Korea's dictator and other weighty matters.
December 26, 2009 |
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton won praise in June after pushing to extend many federal benefits traditionally provided to diplomats' spouses to gay and lesbian partners. Since then, unmarried heterosexual couples have been lining up to ask for benefits too. They have approached the State Department's personnel office and the diplomats' union, arguing that they are entitled to equal treatment. At least one couple has threatened to challenge the rules in court as discriminatory.
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June 25, 2009 |
Heyward Isham, 82, a career State Department foreign service officer and a Russian scholar who held key posts during the Cold War and the conflict in Vietnam, died June 18 at a hospital near his home in Long Island, N.Y. He had suffered complications from an infection and pulmonary fibrosis. During the Vietnam War, Isham served in the early 1970s as a leader of the U.S. delegation to the Paris peace talks and was directly involved in negotiations with the Vietnamese. The talks led to the accords that ended direct U.S. military involvement in Vietnam.
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April 6, 2009 |
As a youngster, Frederic J. Gaynor was the rosy-cheeked boy in rolled-up jeans cradling the popular Daisy air rifle. His all-American image in advertisements on the back covers of Boys' Life magazine, comic books and other publications helped make the rifle a staple on the Christmas lists of countless baby boomers in the 1950s. Gaynor, who became a Foreign Service officer, died of cancer March 29 at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was 74. Frederic John Gaynor was born in Chicago in 1935.