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National lab details $13B in building plans over next decade

Aug. 17, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory have plans for $13 billion worth of construction projects over the next decade at the northern New Mexico complex as it prepares to ramp up production of plutonium cores for the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal. They outlined their plans...

Prosecutor: Police officer fires round, no injuries

Aug. 17, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey police officer fired a round after a suspect produced a weapon when ordered to stop, but no one was injured. The Union County prosecutor's office says one of the Elizabeth police officers who responded to a location at about 10 p.m. Friday ordered the...

Yemen rebel drone attack targets remote Saudi oil field

Aug. 17, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia's sprawling desert on Saturday, causing what the kingdom described as a "limited fire" in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry. The attack on the...

Uruguayan military ship makes stop in Connecticut

Aug. 17, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A military ship from Uruguay is making a stop in Connecticut and will be open for free public tours this weekend. The Capitan Miranda is scheduled to be at the New London Pier and will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The 210-foot,...

Tech startup hopes to turn NASA funding into big business

Aug. 17, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

FINCASTLE, Va. (AP) — A handful of micro assemblers spend their days peering through microscopes on the second floor of a nondescript downtown office building, tweezers in hand as they piece together components small enough to rest on the tip of a pencil. There's a delicate diamond wafer that's the width...

Ceremony honors Ohio woman turning 110

Aug. 17, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A world of changes has passed before the eyes of Valentina Williams. She's lived through two world wars, seen the development of the automobile industry and the space program. She's seen world leaders rise and fall, and she's lived through the administrations of nearly 20 U.S....

NASA picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for lunar lander job

Aug. 16, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA picked Alabama's "Rocket City" on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville beat out Johnson Space Center in Houston, which managed the Apollo lunar lander a half-century ago. The new lunar lander —...

Putin gives pilot who landed in cornfield Russia's top medal

Aug. 16, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday awarded the nation's highest medal, the Hero of Russia, to the pilot who managed to smoothly land his disabled passenger plane in a cornfield after a flock of birds hit both engines and knocked them out. The experienced captain, 41-year-old Damir...

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism

Aug. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored headquarters...

NASA scientists fly over Greenland to track melting ice

Aug. 15, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

ABOARD A NASA RESEARCH PLANE OVER GREENLAND (AP) — The fields of rippling ice 500 feet below the NASA plane give way to the blue-green of water dotted with irregular chunks of bleached-white ice, some the size of battleships, some as tall as 15-story buildings. Like nearly every other glacier on Greenland,...