In brief: Electric problems found at NSA center

Salt Lake City – The Army Corps of Engineers says it has found electrical problems at the National Security Agency’s $1.7 billion data center in Utah that could delay the new facility’s long-awaited opening this fall.

The data center is filled with super-powered computers designed to store massive amounts of information gathered secretly from phone calls and emails.

When it opens, the facility will be the NSA’s largest data storage center in the U.S.

The Army Corps of Engineers discovered the problem during tests ahead of the scheduled Oct. 1 opening of the facility south of Salt Lake City. Corps spokeswoman Diedra Cordell did not provide details about the exact nature of the electrical problem.

Christie won’t rule out presidential bid

Trenton, N.J. – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie refused to rule out a 2016 presidential run Tuesday night during the first debate in his gubernatorial re-election campaign.

The Republican governor said he could “walk and chew gum at the same time,” balancing the demands of a second term and his political future.

“I am not going to declare tonight … that I am or I’m not running for president,” Christie said and later added, “I won’t make those decisions until I have to.”

The comments underscored the broader stakes for the outspoken governor during an event that could be a tuneup for a prospective presidential campaign.

Should he run, Christie would begin campaigning in the midst of his second term as governor.


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