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FILE - In this April 15, 1997 file photo, Air Force Lt. Jerome White stands at the door of his missile launch capsule 100-feet under ground where he and his partner are responsible for 10 nuclear-armed ICBM's, in north-central Colorado. Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years, repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps, the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)

AF admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide. Less certain is whether it will find all the right fixes, apply them fully and convince a doubting force …

University of Massachusetts Amherst awarded $5 million grant to run aviation research center at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee

Saturday, December 20, 2014

CHICOPEE — Westover Air Reserve Base, and its accompanying civilian airport, might see new life after military cutbacks are shrinking the size of its air fleet. The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $5 million state grant to run a major air traffic control research and training center there while plans are being considered to make the base the site of low-cost …

5 ways to make your personal email safer in case of a hack attack

Friday, December 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is by sending fake emails with malicious links to employee inboxes. Here are …

LA prosecutors won’t charge Cosby in alleged 1974 molestation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Bill Cosby will not be charged with a crime after a woman claimed he molested her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, Los Angeles prosecutors said Tuesday. In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judy Huth said she and a 16-year-old friend …

Reporter Risen told to testify at hearing before spy’s trial

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — New York Times reporter James Risen was ordered Tuesday to appear at a Jan. 5 hearing to give limited testimony in advance of the trial of a former CIA officer who is charged with revealing classified information, including embarrassing details of CIA operations in Iran that …

Vatican offers olive branch to ‘radical feminist’ US nuns

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

VATICAN CITY — A sweeping Vatican investigation into Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. that began amid fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up praising the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor …

Navajos buy back sacred masks at Paris auction

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PARIS — When diplomacy and a plea to return sacred ceremonial masks to an American Indian tribe in the United States failed, officials from the Navajo Nation traveled to the Paris auction house selling the items and started …

Robin Williams tops 2014 Google search list

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. The reaction to Williams’ death in August topped Google’s list of …

Study published in Psychological Science suggests that slower decisions produce healthier food choices

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Do you lack self-control when it comes to food? If so, maybe you need to slow down a bit. At least that’s the suggestion of researchers who recently exposed a group of 28 hungry college students to a series of computer images of food and asked them to …

Methane spike on Mars? Curiosity rover reignites mystery

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Methane is making a comeback on Mars. NASA’s Curiosity rover quashed the hopes of scientists and dreamers alike in 2013 when it found scant signs of methane on the Red Planet. On Earth, most of this gas is produced by living things, and a healthy dose of this …

Rain could jeopardize Calif. water conservation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — After California’s driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state’s …

Newtown victims’ families sue gun maker

Monday, December 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The families of nine people killed in the Newtown school massacre filed a lawsuit against the maker and sellers of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting, saying the gun should not have …

Police hunt Iraq war vet after 6 shot dead in Pa.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Officials in a Philadelphia suburb have yet to capture an Iraq war veteran they say carried out a shooting rampage early Monday that left six of his estranged family members dead, including his ex-wife and her 14-year-old niece. …