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USAF: Colombia crash caused by plane hitting hill

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Air Force investigators say a plane crash that killed four people in Colombia this past fall occurred when the plane’s pilots failed to stay over water and slammed into a hill. In October, three Americans and one Panamanian were killed while conducting drug surveillance. Two U.S. contractors on the [...]

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Spacewalking astronauts tackle urgent repair job

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts are taking a spacewalk to replace a dead computer and get their orbiting home back up to full strength. The two Americans on board, Rick Mastracchio (muh-STRAK’-ee-oh) and Steven Swanson, stepped out Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 for the urgent repair job. The computer is a critical backup [...]

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E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They’re about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices. The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month. The rules will have big implications for a [...]

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High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being.The battle has moved out of viewers’ living rooms, where Americans once marveled at their [...]

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Teen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is “lucky to be alive” and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane’s wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. “Doesn’t even remember the flight,” FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on [...]

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Call of cyber duty: Military academies take on NSA

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen. A team of caffeine-fueled cadets is spending long days this week in a computer lab trying to fend off threats cooked up [...]

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Earnings drop at JPMorgan drags bank stocks lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase are dragging bank stocks lower in afternoon trading. All three major indexes are lower, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 index heading for its worst week since January. Technology stocks were still down a day after the worst rout for the Nasdaq composite index since 2011. [...]

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NASA’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed Friday that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon as planned, just three days after surviving a full lunar eclipse, something it was never designed to do. Researchers believe LADEE likely vaporized when it hit [...]

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‘Transcendence’ like a clunky TED talk

HAL has come a long way. First, we had Scarlett Johansson as a human-like operating system. Now, Johnny Depp has been uploaded. If the singularity — when artificial intelligence surpasses human smarts — is indeed coming, at least it has decent taste in movie star avatars. First-time director Wally Pfister’s “Transcendence” isn’t so much the [...]

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Updates with quotes from NASA teleconference. With AP Photos.

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who [...]

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Updates with quotes from school superintendent and state referee’s report, background.

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio teacher has been fired after a black student who said he wanted to become president claimed the teacher told him the nation didn’t need another black commander in chief. The Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 on Thursday night to fire science teacher Gil Voigt from Fairfield Freshman School, according [...]

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