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Navy to give public tours of 3 warships in Va.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy is inviting the public to come aboard and tour three of its warships in Virginia. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the guided-missile destroyers USS Gravely and USS Gonzalez will be open to public viewing on Oct. 18. The tours at Naval Station Norfolk are part of Fleet [...]

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NASA-WILDFIRE DRONE

NORFOLK — NASA is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to test the use of drones to spot wildfires in the Great Dismal Swamp in southeastern Va. and northeast N.C. In 2011, a wildifre in the swamp burned for nearly four months and caused poor air quality in the heavily-populated Hampton Roads region on some days [...]

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Va. governor formally presents energy plan

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe formally rolled out his energy plan for Virginia on Tuesday, advocating more renewable sources such as solar and wind, efficiency and traditional resources including natural gas. Federal dollars that have sustained the economies of northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, which has a huge military footprint, can’t be relied on in [...]

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Contract awarded for new facility at NASA Langley

  HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A New York City-based company has been awarded a $23 million contract to build a new computational research facility at the NASA Langley Research Center. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Turner Construction Company will build the new 40,000 square-foot facility in Hampton. The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1Cvg0uo) that [...]

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Quiet ‘whiz kid’ now public face of Ebola fight

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Last May, as Ebola crept across West Africa, America’s top infectious disease expert told a group of Harvard students in a commencement speech to always second-guess their assumptions because “overconfidence can kill.” Five months later in a hearing room on Capitol Hill, Tom Frieden was accused of not following his own [...]

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Feminist speaker questions Utah’s campus gun laws

  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s campus gun laws are in the spotlight after a feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University once she learned the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat to kill her and others in a mass shooting. University officials were set to go ahead with the event [...]

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Los Angeles schools superintendent resigns

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy resigned as head of the nation’s second-largest school system after failing to overcome technological problems, clashing with the teachers union and losing allies on the school board. The resignation was announced Thursday in a joint statement by Deasy and the board. A separate statement [...]

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NASA drones in national airspace to spot wildfires

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — NASA plans to fly small drones to spot fires in a wildlife refuge along the Virginia and North Carolina border next spring, marking the first time the agency has integrated drones into the National Airspace System for wildfire spotting on the East Coast, officials said Wednesday. NASA has previously used [...]

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FBI director warns against cellphone encryption

  WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive. Privacy advocates and technology experts called the concerns [...]

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Feminist cancels speech at Utah State amid threat

  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A feminist speaker has canceled a speech at Utah State University after learning the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat against her. Anita Sarkeesian was scheduled to give a presentation on the portrayal of women in video games on Wednesday evening. She made the decision to [...]

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CDC: Nurse exposed to Ebola should not have flown

NEW YORK (AP) — A top federal health official said Wednesday, Oct. 15, that a Texas nurse exposed to the Ebola virus never should have taken a flight from Cleveland to the Dallas area. She has now been diagnosed with Ebola and officials are now contacting other passengers on the plane. “The level of risk [...]

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