Pentagon plays down report on cost-cutting study

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon and the White House on Tuesday played down a report that the Defense Department had discarded an internal study that found it had a bloated bureaucracy and could cut $125 billion in administrative costs over five years.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rhode Island School of Design works with NASA on Mars suit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When scientists are trying to figure out how to live in near-isolation in a dome to simulate a Mars mission, the last thing they'll need is an ill-fitting space suit. So one of the nation's top design schools has come to the rescue.

  • Written by JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press

Soot swept up: Business unharmed by wildfires set to reopen

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) —€” Chirping and beeping filled the air as Marion Paul fired up her Gatlinburg video arcade Monday, the first time she's seen her business since deadly wildfires set much of the city ablaze a week ago. Sooty floors needed dusting. Spoiled food had to be tossed. Otherwise, she was set to reopen.

  • Written by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press