30 Jun 2015

Indonesian Military Plane With 113 Aboard Crashes Into City

“An Indonesian military aircraft with 113 people aboard crashed into a neighborhood in the city of Medan on Tuesday, according to the head of the country’s air force. Forty-nine people were confirmed to have been killed, but the toll appeared certain to rise. Air Chief Marshal Agus Supriatna said in

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25 Jun 2015

French Anti-Uber Protest Turns To Guerrilla Warfare As Cabbies Burn Cars, Attack Uber Drivers

“Today’s taxi driver protest is getting out of hand. According to the police, 2,800 taxi drivers are protesting today against UberPOP, the European equivalent of UberX. With UberPOP, everybody can become an Uber driver — taxi drivers see the service as unfair competition as they have to get a special

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02 Jun 2015

All US United Flights Grounded Over Mysterious Problem

“ALL UNITED AIRLINES flights in the US were grounded this morning for nearly an hour, over ‘dispatching information.’ Though United hasn’t indicated the cause for the grounding, tweets from onboard passengers and a news report have indicated various possible reasons. ‘United began delaying flights at approximately 8 a.m. CT to

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27 May 2015

SpaceX cleared for US military launches

“The US Air Force has certified the private company SpaceX to launch military and spy satellites. A joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing has had a monopoly on those launches since 2006. Founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX has already won contracts with NASA to ferry cargo and crews

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26 May 2015

Americans Find Ways to Visit Cuba Despite Tourism Ban

“‘Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No.’ That’s what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig rum samples after trudging

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15 May 2015

Amtrak Train May Have Been Struck By Object Before Crash

“An assistant conductor on an Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday near Philadelphia told investigators she thought she heard the engineer say that an object had struck the locomotive before it crashed, killing eight people, a member of National Transportation Safety Board said Friday. Robert Sumwalt, a member of the NTSB,

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12 May 2015

50 Hurt After Amtrak Train Derails in Philly

“At least 50 people were hurt after an Amtrak train derailed in the Frankford section of Philadelphia Tuesday night, according to officials. Officials say eight to ten cars derailed on the 2000 block of Wheatsheaf Lane. At least 50 people were injured though officials have not yet revealed their conditions. Officials

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29 Apr 2015

American Airlines planes grounded by iPad app error

“A faulty app caused American Airlines to ground dozens of its jets on Tuesday. The glitch caused iPad software, used by the planes’ pilots and co-pilots to view flight plans, to stop working. The firm’s cockpits went ‘paperless’ in 2013 to save its staff having to lug heavy paperwork on

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21 Apr 2015

Feds Heighten Scrutiny of TSA Screeners and Aviation Staff to Thwart Insider Threat

“Transportation Security Administration and aviation industry employees will be subjected to heightened electronic surveillance following several incidents involving insiders who abused their badges to traffic guns, federal officials announced Monday.” Source: Feds Heighten Scrutiny of TSA Screeners and Aviation Staff to Thwart Insider Threat – Nextgov.com

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20 Apr 2015

The Latest Disruptive Space Technology Is a Battery-Powered Rocket Engine

“The next technology that could upend the space business might be batteries. Rocket Lab, a US and New Zealand-based defense research company, has exploited the increasing power packed by small batteries to develop a new rocket it’s calling the Electron. It says it will cost $4.9 million to launch small

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