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Cheating alleged in U.S. nuclear missile force PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 07:11

WASHINGTON (AP) — In what may be the biggest such scandal in Air Force history, 34 officers entrusted with land-based nuclear missiles have been pulled off the job for alleged involvement in a cheating ring that officials say was uncovered during a drug probe.

The 34 are suspected of cheating several months ago on a routine proficiency test that includes checking missile launch officers' knowledge of how to handle an "emergency war order," which is the term for the authorization required to launch a nuclear weapon.

The cheating scandal is the latest in a series of Air Force nuclear stumbles documented in recent months by The Associated Press, including deliberate violations of safety rules, failures of inspections, breakdowns in training, and evidence that the men and women who operate the missiles from underground command posts are suffering burnout. In October the general who commands the nuclear missile force was fired for engaging in embarrassing behavior, including drunkenness, while leading a U.S. delegation to a nuclear exercise in Russia.

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Pot amnesty boxes going up at Colorado airport PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:57

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Amnesty boxes are going up at the Colorado Springs airport for those who didn't realize that it's illegal to carry pot on a plane.

Under the Colorado law legalizing recreational marijuana, it is legal to leave the drug in a parked car at the airport. Bringing marijuana inside is, however, prohibited. Officials are encouraging people to leave their marijuana behind, but they also want to help people who broke the law and don't want to miss their flights. Installation of the boxes begins on Wednesday.

According to KKTV-TV (http://tinyurl.com/mju3yna ), the ban on pot at the airport applies to both recreational and medical marijuana. If passengers are caught trying to bring pot onto a plane, they could face up to $2,500 in fines and possible jail time.

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Information from: KKTV-TV, http://www.kktv.com/


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Four rescued from disabled sailboat in Atlantic PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 09:19

 

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted four people from a disabled sailboat about 300 miles off Virginia's coast.

The 42-foot Be Good Too was headed to the British Virgin Islands from New York when the crew contacted the Coast Guard on Monday. The Coast Guard says the crew reported that the sailboat was disabled and adrift.

Because of the distance, the Coast Guard says responding with a cutter wasn't feasible. The Navy sent the USS Ross to serve as a refueling platform for the helicopter.

The sailboat's crew was rescued around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Matthew Brooks with the Coast Guard's 5th District Command Center says in a news release that the Coast Guard didn't want to transfer the crew from the sailboat at night because it would be risky.


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4.4-magnitude earthquake rattles Los Angeles area PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 09:18

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — A 4.4-magnitude earthquake has rattled the Los Angeles area.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck 3 miles north of Fontana at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday. That's about 30 miles east of Los Angeles.

The Fontana Police Department and San Bernardino Sheriff's Department both say there are no reports of damage or injuries.

Most residents posting to the USGS community Internet intensity map reported the quake felt light to weak. Some residents of Fontana and San Bernardino reported the shaking as moderate.


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Fraternity members sued over Yale-Harvard game death PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:47

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Eighty-six current and former members of a Yale University fraternity are being sued over a deadly tailgating crash at the 2011 Yale-Harvard football game.

A rental truck carrying beer kegs heading to the Sigma Phi Epsilon tailgating area outside the Yale Bowl fatally struck 30-year-old Nancy Barry of Salem, Mass., and injured two other women. The Yale student who was driving entered a probation program that erased the criminal charges against him.

Lawyers for Barry's family and one of the injured women sued the fraternity members late last month. They say insurance for the national Sigma Phi Epsilon organization doesn't cover the local chapter, so they have to sue the local fraternity and its members.

Fraternity members declined to comment.

Yale tightened tailgating rules in the wake of the crash.


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