NASA launches last of its longtime tracking satellites


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites on Friday, a vital link to astronauts in orbit as well as the Hubble Space Telescope.


  • Written by By MARCIA DUNN , AP Aerospace Writer

Skeptics dismiss Bannon's call for economic war with China


WASHINGTON (AP) — White House adviser Steve Bannon isn't alone in pondering America's possibly generation-defining question about China's emerging superpower status — but his call for an "economic war" puts him far outside the mainstream.

  • Written by By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and PAUL WISEMAN , Associated Press

Estimates of North Korea's nuclear weapons hard to nail down


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. intelligence agencies' assessments of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the United States to develop a policy for deterrence and defend itself and allies in the region.


  • Written by By DEB RIECHMANN and MATTHEW PENNINGTON , Associated Press

After Charlottesville, colleges brace for more hate attacks

BOSTON (AP) — On college campuses, white supremacists and other far-right extremist groups see fertile ground to spread their messages and recruit followers. But for many colleges, last weekend's deadly attack at a rally near the University of Virginia exposed a new threat.


  • Written by By COLLIN BINKLEY and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN , Associated Press

Warship captain in collision that killed 7 to lose command


WASHINGTON (AP) — Poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to a collision between a Navy destroyer and a commercial container ship that killed seven sailors, Navy officials said, announcing that the warship captain will be relieved of command and more than a dozen other sailors will be punished.

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