Watchdog: Air traffic control system is a hacking risk
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Watchdog: Air traffic control system is a hacking risk

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s system for guiding planes and other aircraft is at “increased and unnecessary risk” of being hacked, according to a report by government watchdog released Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration has taken steps to protect the air traffic control system from cyber-based threats, but “significant security control weaknesses remain, threatening … Continue reading

Ag secretary: Smartphones could tell buyers what’s in food
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Ag secretary: Smartphones could tell buyers what’s in food

  WASHINGTON (AP) — In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone. Vilsack told members of Congress on Wednesday that consumers could just use their phones to scan special bar codes or other symbols on food packages in the grocery store. All sorts … Continue reading

Anti-vaccine mothers discuss their thinking amid backlash
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Anti-vaccine mothers discuss their thinking amid backlash

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse.These three mothers — all of them educated, middle-class professionals — are among the vaccine skeptics who have been widely ridiculed since more than 100 people fell ill in a measles … Continue reading

Governors: No clear plan if health care subsidies fall
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Governors: No clear plan if health care subsidies fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people could lose health insurance subsidies in the coming months if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.And one thing was clear this weekend as the nation’s governors gathered in Washington: Many of the states that could be affected are not prepared for the … Continue reading

World Health Organization approves 1st quick test for Ebola
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World Health Organization approves 1st quick test for Ebola

  BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization has approved a quick test for Ebola that will dramatically cut the time it takes to determine with reasonable accuracy whether someone is infected with the deadly virus. The Geneva-based U.N. agency says the ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test Kit, made by the U.S. company Corgenix, meets sufficient … Continue reading

Bush technology chief quits in wake of insensitive comments
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Bush technology chief quits in wake of insensitive comments

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after apologizing for making insensitive remarks on Twitter, the technology chief of Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign-in-waiting has resigned. Ethan Czahor, hired in January to serve as chief technology officer of the former Florida Republican governor’s Right to Rise political action committee, had posted messages on his personal Twitter account before his hiring that … Continue reading

SpaceX launches observatory on 3rd try, nixes landing test
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SpaceX launches observatory on 3rd try, nixes landing test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched an observatory inspired by former Vice President Al Gore toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away Wednesday, February 11. The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on the third try in four days, successfully hoisting the spacecraft for NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and … Continue reading