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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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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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Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A pair of convicted sex offenders had proven once before that there were limits to how well GPS devices could track their whereabouts. Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon had cut the devices from their ankles, hopped a Greyhound bus from California, and holed up in a Las [...]

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Britain-Phone-Hacking

    LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that he listened to hacked voicemail messages while he was editor of the tabloid. Coulson told a London jury that he was “shocked” in 2004 when a reporter at the newspaper — owned by magnate Rupert [...]

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Bill Nye says he underestimated debate’s impact

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — TV’s “Science Guy” Bill Nye said he underestimated the impact of a February debate in Kentucky on evolution and creationism that drew a massive online audience. When Nye agreed to the debate at The Creation Museum with its founder Ken Ham, he said he believed it would draw about [...]

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Space station launch Monday despite dead computer

  CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station is about to get some fresh groceries and material for an urgent repair job. An unmanned SpaceX rocket was scheduled to blast off at 4:58 p.m. Monday, April 14th, 2014 with more than 2 tons of supplies. NASA spent much of the weekend debating whether [...]

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