Posts Tagged Government and politics

First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.

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Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

This Oct. 12, 2008 file photo shows a U.S. U2 reconnaissance plane taking off at the U.S. airbase in Osan, south of Seoul, South Korea. The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and helped avert the world’s nuclear annihilation a half century ago. Defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft nicknamed the Dragon Lady out of the sky. The Air Force wants to gradually retire the fleet of 32 planes that can soar to an altitude of 70,000 feet, collect intelligence on North Korea and Russia and rapidly send the data to U.S. commanders, a crucial capability with an unpredictable Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang and an emboldened Vladimir Putin in Moscow. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war.

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Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

Relatives of mountaineers, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, cry during the funeral ceremony in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 21, 2014. Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. The avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpas. Three other Sherpas remain missing and are presumed dead. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest’s base camp Wednesday, after the deaths of 16 of their colleagues in an avalanche exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.

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Summit League tourneys boost Sioux Falls economy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Sioux Falls economy received an $8.5 million boost from the recent Summit League men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

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Some drama off-camera in Mideast conflict film

In this photo taken Sunday, April 20, 2014, American director James Adolphus, 36 talks to the Associated Press during an interview in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The American director's short film about an Israeli army raid in a Palestinian refugee camp ends with a surprise _ literally involving a rabbit, though not one pulled from a hat. The story told in “The Warren” is meant to question preconceptions Israelis and Palestinians hold about each other in their long-running conflict.(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

AL-EIN REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — An American director’s short film about an Israeli army raid in a Palestinian refugee camp ends with a surprise — literally involving a rabbit, though not one pulled from a hat. The story told in “The Warren” is meant to question the ways Israelis and Palestinians see each other as a result of their long-running conflict.

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