Patrol Spots Chinese, Russian Navy Ships Off Alaska Island

Patrol Spots Chinese, Russian Navy Ships Off Alaska Island

ANCHORING, Alaska — A US Coast Guard ship on routine patrol in the Bering Sea encountered a guided-missile cruiser from China, officials said Monday. But it turned out that the cruiser wasn’t alone as it sailed about 86 miles (138 kilometers) north of Alaska’s Kiska Island on September 19. Two other Chinese naval vessels and … Read more

Alabama execution canceled due to time and medical concerns

Alabama execution canceled due to time and medical concerns

ATMORE, ala. — Alabama officials canceled Thursday’s lethal injection of a man convicted of a 1999 workplace shooting due to time constraints and difficulties accessing the inmate’s veins. Alabama Corrections Commissioner John Hamm said the state has halted the planned execution of Alan Miller after determining they could not get the lethal injection before the … Read more

Suits to save southern icons dropped in South Carolina

Suits to save southern icons dropped in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, SC — Lawsuits filed to stop the removal of memorials to Confederate leaders and a pro-slavery congressman in a South Carolina town have been dropped. The Post and Courier reports that the American Heritage Association helped fund one of the lawsuits. It was filed by descendants of John C. Calhoun, a former congressman and … Read more

Iran briefly seizes 2 US naval drones in Red Sea amid tensions

Iran briefly seizes 2 US naval drones in Red Sea amid tensions

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Iran said Friday that the navy seized two US naval drones in the Red Sea before releasing them, the latest naval incident involving the US Navy’s new drone fleet in the Middle East. cmdr. Timothy Hawkins, a spokesman for the Navy’s 5th Fleet in the Middle East, acknowledged the incident … Read more

New rule to thwart rail efforts to reduce train crews to 1

New rule to thwart rail efforts to reduce train crews to 1

OMAHA, Neb. — The railways must maintain two-person crews under a new rule announced on Wednesday that will thwart industry efforts to reduce crew numbers to one. The Federal Railroad Administration said in a rule published in the Federal Register that, in most cases, railroads must continue to use two-person crews when moving all types … Read more

These are America’s 10 Best States for Workers

These are America’s 10 Best States for Workers

If you’re a good worker with marketable skills, you’ve never been more in demand than you are now. With 5 million more job openings in the US than there are employees to fill them, companies are desperate for talent. And increasingly they are willing to go where the workers are. “Workforce is always the single … Read more

US and Russian astronauts switch seats on rockets again

US and Russian astronauts switch seats on rockets again

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — NASA astronauts will once again ride Russian rockets under an agreement announced Friday, and Russian cosmonauts will hitchhike with SpaceX to the International Space Station starting this fall. The agreement ensures that the space station will always have at least one American and Russian on board to keep both sides of … Read more

Monkeypox Vaccine Demand Overwhelms NYC System

Monkeypox Vaccine Demand Overwhelms NYC System

NEW YORK — Rising demand for the monkeypox vaccine caused the appointment system to crash in New York City, one of several places where supplies are running low as soon as they arrive. City health officials acknowledged frustration at the limited supply of the vaccine and pledged to build a “stable appointment infrastructure” as vaccine … Read more

Amazon handed Ring footage to police without user’s consent

Amazon handed Ring footage to police without user’s consent

Amazon has provided ring doorbell footage to law enforcement officers 11 times this year without user consent, a revelation that will undoubtedly raise privacy and civil liberty concerns over its video-sharing agreements with law enforcement agencies across the country. The disclosure came in a company letter made public on Wednesday by U.S. Senator Edward Markey, … Read more

US destroyer patrol stirs dispute in South China Sea

US destroyer patrol stirs dispute in South China Sea

BEIJING — The US Navy sailed a destroyer near China-controlled islands in the South China Sea on Wednesday in what Washington says was a patrol aimed at ensuring freedom of navigation through the strategic seaway. The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold sailed past the Paracel Islands and then continued operations in the South China Sea. The … Read more