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Majority of US states pursue nuclear power for emission cuts

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As climate change pushes states in the U.S. to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels, many are coming to the conclusion that solar, wind and other renewable power sources might not be enough to keep the lights on....

 

B-17 crash raises questions about vintage plane safety

The roar of its four engines, the plexiglass nose, the bristling machine guns — for history buffs and aviation enthusiasts, few thrills compare with that of a flight aboard aircraft like the B-17 Flying Fortress, the World War II bomber that...

 

Reports of unwanted sexual contact up at Coast Guard Academy

Almost half of female cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy said they were sexually harassed, and about one in eight women reported experiencing unwanted sexual contact, according to a Pentagon survey released Wednesday. The anonymous 2018 gender...

 

US Naval War College is getting its 1st female president

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A helicopter pilot who heads a military command in Guam will be the first female leader of the U.S. Naval War College, the Navy announced Friday, days after removing the college president who came under investigation over...

 

AP Interview: Navy's top admiral discusses war college probe

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Navy's top admiral said Wednesday that he felt he had enough information to warrant removing the president of the Naval War College from his post this week, days after The Associated Press reported on the investigation at t...

 

APNewsBreak: Navy probing claims against war college leader

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The military is investigating the president of the U.S. Naval War College amid allegations that he spent excessively, abused his hiring authority and otherwise behaved inappropriately, including keeping a margarita machine in...

 

Bills seek special consent for pelvic exams under anesthesia

Savanah Harshbarger estimates she performed as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients before gynecologic surgeries, feeling for fibroid tumors or other abnormalities. The Duke University medical student said the experience was a revelation....

 

Trump signed Bibles. Heresy? Many religious leaders say no

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — President Donald Trump was just doing what he could to raise spirits when he signed Bibles at an Alabama church for survivors of a tornado outbreak, many religious leaders say, though some are offended and others say he coul...

 

Blackface scandal prompts others to confront their memories

Mark Acosta remembers so many of the details. He was in fourth grade in a predominantly Hispanic mining town in Arizona and his teachers painted his face black for a play where he portrayed comedian Flip Wilson and his character Geraldine. Acosta,...

 

Military women, female veterans are shifting away from GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — It had been months since retired Lt. Cmdr. Michele Fitzpatrick paid attention to news coverage. She was turned off by President Donald Trump's tweetstorms and attacks on critics such as the late Republican Sen. John McCain, a war...

 

US Navy now allows women to wear ponytails, lock hairstyles

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Navy says it will now allow servicewomen to sport ponytails and other hairstyles, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said it makes...

 

US Navy leaders looking to light 'a fire in our gut'

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A top military commander asked scholars on Tuesday for bold ideas on how the U.S. Navy can maintain superiority at sea. Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, addressed the 69th annual Current Strategy Forum at...

 

Flynn stumps for GOP candidates while awaiting sentencing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is campaigning for Republican candidates around the country as he awaits sentencing for lying to the FBI, an unusual and risky course that has set off speculation and...

 

Trump directive sparks criticism among transgender troops

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Active-duty transgender troops say a policy change that puts them at risk of being removed and indefinitely bars transgender people from enlisting in the military is a step backward for civil rights that will promote inequality in...

 

War college holds conference about women, peace and security

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — An annual conference is being held at the U.S. Naval War College to discuss empowering women in conflict prevention and peace. The fifth-annual Women, Peace and Security Conference is taking place at the college's campus in...

 

Women in the military: US Navy redesigning its submarines

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Every submarine in the U.S. fleet was designed with the height, reach and strength of men in mind, from the way valves are placed to how display screens are angled. That's going to change. With women now serving aboard...

 

As Obama era closes, goal to end veteran homelessness unmet

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Pledges by President Barack Obama and a national nonprofit organization to end homelessness among veterans did not meet their goal. But advocates see improvement, and the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs said...

 

Newest members of many college police departments: Bomb dogs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — More colleges are getting bomb-sniffing dogs in a time of always-looming security threats, with two in New England among the latest. Black Labradors named Figaro and Bella attended the same training class and arrived in Octo...

 

1st US offshore wind farm opens off Rhode Island's coast

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The nation's first offshore wind farm has opened off the coast of Rhode Island, ushering in a new era in the U.S. for the industry. Deepwater Wind built five turbines 3 miles off Block Island to power about 17,000 homes, a...

 

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...

 

Army and Tufts study how people think, respond under stress

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Army and Tufts University are working together to learn more about how people think and respond under stress. Their new cognitive sciences center officially opened Tuesday in Medford, Massachusetts. The research aims to help...

 

Navy secretary defends his unusual picks for ship names

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has raised a few eyebrows with some of the names he has picked for naval ships. Why, critics questioned, would he name a ship in honor of the late gay rights leader Harvey Milk or after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords whe...

 

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