Daily Archives: October 19, 2014

When Obama’s credit card was declined at New York restaurant

US President Barack Obama has revealed that his credit card had been declined at a New York restaurant. The 53-year-old told the crowd at the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, that during a UN General Assembly meeting as he had stepped out for a bite at a restaurant, his own credit card had been declined.

The bill had to be paid by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the President added that the restaurant staff believed that there had been some fraud. Obama’s revelation coincided with his announcement on new protections for debit cards used to deliver federal benefits.

An estimated 100 million Americans have been affected by identity theft in the past year, including high-profile security breaches at retailers like Target and Home Depot.

“I was trying to explain to the waitress, you know, I really think that I’ve been paying my bills,” Obama said. “Even I’m affected by this.”

As 100 million people had faced breaches last year, Obama has introduced a new data protection plan, in which all government-issued credit cards shall have an internal chip that would replace the old magnetic strips to reduce the potential for fraud and protect from identity theft.

The US president is paid $400,000 (£250,000) per year, as well as given a non-taxable $50,000 expense account.

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US plane on secret mission returns to Earth after 22 months in orbit

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
After spending about 22 months orbiting the Earth on a secret mission, a US Air Force X-37B unmanned, reusable space plane has finally returned. The spacecraft which blasted off in December 2012 for its third space mission touched down at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday, Xinhua reported.

“The mission is our longest to date and we’re pleased with the incremental progress we’ve seen in our testing of the reusable space plane,” the US Air Force said in a statement.

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Picture provided by the US Air Force shows personnel inspecting the X-37B after landing on December 3, 2010 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (AFP Photo handout-US Air Force)

The programme is being run by the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office, and there are two space planes in the fleet, both built in tight secrecy by Boeing.

The X-37B space planes look much like NASA’s retired space shuttles, only much smaller.

Each X-37B spacecraft is about 8.8 metres long and 4.5 metres wide.

The aim of the spacecraft is to “demonstrate a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the US Air Force,” the statement added.

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