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US adds ‘low yield’ nuclear weapon to its submarine arsenal

By ROBERT BURNS | February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has deployed a new addition to its nuclear arsenal — a long-range missile armed with a nuclear warhead of reduced destructive power. The so-called low-yield missile joins other, more powerful weapons aboard stealthy...

Uneasy quiet in Mideast, month after Iran strike against US

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | February 2, 2020

ABOARD THE USS HARRY S TRUMAN (AP) — Nearly a month after Iran launched a rare direct military attack against United States forces in Iraq, an uneasy quiet has settled across the Mideast.Watching fighter jets roar off the flight deck of the aircraft...

Airbus paying $4 billion to end global corruption probes

By ANGELA CHARLTON | January 31, 2020

PARIS (AP) — U.S., British and French authorities approved an unprecedented agreement Friday with Airbus that will see the planemaker pay up to $4 billion to end years of damaging corruption investigations.All three countries called it the largest global...

Grand Canyon visit inspired Kobe Bryant’s pilot to fly

By STEFANIE DAZIO | January 31, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ara Zobayan's passion for helicopters began as a teenager and took flight years later after a life-changing trip soaring above the vast Grand Canyon.The freedom felt by the man who would become Kobe Bryant's pilot was transformational,...

Los Angeles high-rise that caught fire lacked sprinklers

By BRIAN MELLEY and STEFANIE DAZIO | January 30, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 25-story West Los Angeles apartment tower that caught fire, forcing firefighters to pluck stranded people from the rooftop and a ledge, had no sprinklers even though the same building burned seven years ago, authorities said.Flames...

‘I thought I was going to die.’ Tenants flee high-rise fire

By BRIAN MELLEY and STEFANIE DAZIO | January 30, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters made a dramatic ladder rescue of a man who appeared about to jump from a burning Los Angeles apartment building on Wednesday and helicopters plucked people from the roof of the 25-story high-rise as other terrified residents...

Kobe Bryant’s death throws spotlight on crash-warning system


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The crash that killed nine people including Kobe Bryant has led to calls for crash-warning systems to be installed in more helicopters, but regulators and pilots worry that the instrument can trigger too many alarms and prove distracting."Another...

NASA shutting down space telescope, infrared eyes to cosmos

By MARCIA DUNN | January 29, 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is pulling the plug on one of its great observatories -- the Spitzer Space Telescope -- after 16 years of scanning the universe with infrared eyes.The end comes Thursday when ground controllers put the aging spacecraft...

Kobe Bryant helicopter lacked recommended safety device


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant didn’t have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to land but it’s not clear it would have averted the crash that killed nine because the pilot may have lost control...

Astronaut craves salsa and surf after record 11 months aloft

By MARCIA DUNN | January 28, 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After nearly 11 months in orbit, the astronaut holding the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman can't wait to dig into some salsa and chips, and swim and surf in the Gulf of Mexico.NASA astronaut Christina Koch told...

Airbus nears settlements with US, UK, French investigators

January 28, 2020

PARIS (AP) — Airbus said Tuesday it has reached preliminary settlement deals with authorities in the U.S., Britain and France investigating alleged fraud and bribery. While it did not disclose the size of the settlements, it put aside 3.6 billion euros...

Watchdog: China is 2nd largest arms producer behind the US

January 27, 2020

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — China is the second-largest arms producer in the world behind the United States but ahead of Russia, a Swedish arms watchdog said Monday.The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, said the research is...