Thursday's alert went into effect at the Pentagon shortly after Capitol Hill police opened fire on a female suspect who had attempted to break through a security barrier near the Capitol.
The suspect’s vehicle first struck a police car, and the suspect’s car eventually crashed into a barricade, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said.
Officers shot at the suspect’s car attempting to bring it to a stop, and the woman was killed, police said.
Dine said it was likely an "isolated incident" after Capitol Police secured the scene and lifted the lockdown order.
House continues piecemeal approach: The House on Thursday passed legislation to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Guard and Reserves as the government shutdown showed no signs of nearing an end.
The House’s measures went to the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has made clear they are considered dead on arrival. President Obama has also threatened a veto.
The piecemeal bills are part of the House’s efforts to pin the shutdown on the Democrats for opposing funding bills to veterans and the military.
Democrats say Republicans are to blame and they should pass a full stopgap funding measure to pay for the programs they are funding.
First drone base in Japan: For the first time, American surveillance drones will fly intelligence missions from bases inside Japan.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry and their Japanese counterparts agreed to begin "rotational deployments" of the Air Force's Global Hawk long-range surveillance drones from Japan.
Navy P-8 Orion maritime surveillance planes, as well as the Marine Corps' version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, would also begin operating from Japan in 2017, according to the new deal.
Former Pentagon chief Leon Panetta and Japanese Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto agreed to begin Global Hawk surveillance flights from Japan last August.
The move was an attempt by the Pentagon to quell growing territorial disputes and regional tensions between China, Tokyo and other American allies in the Pacific.
It also helped advance the Obama administration's efforts to shift U.S. military power from the Mideast into the Asia-Pacific region.
The new deployments agreed to in the first "2+2" meetings held on Japanese soil between the two allies "preserves and promotes a peaceful, prosperous and secure Asia-Pacific region" according to a joint statement released Thursday.
"Our mutual cooperation is to expand over time, and we are committed to working in partnership with other like-minded countries to build sustainable patterns of cooperation," it adds.
Iraq visas bill clears Congress: A bill to extend a special visa program for Iraqis who aided the United States during the Iraq War passed Congress on Thursday, heading to Obama for his signature.
The bill was passed unanimously in both chambers. Most of the heavy lifting was done on Wednesday, when the Senate agreed to consider the bill passed if the House approved it, and the House then passed the measure hours later.
The legislation that passed would extend the visa program, which expired on Tuesday, for three months.
The visa program, which began in 2007, provides visas for interpreters and other Iraqis who helped the U.S. military and now face risks in Iraq.
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