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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazil's attorney general is accusing the nation's highest court of violating the constitution with an order for news organizations to withdraw some online reports on a corruption investigation that include references to one of the tribunal's justices.
The court told the news websites O Antagonista ...
The latest thriller from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan that helped resolve his superpowered universe left critics yawning and now looks to tempt viewers obsessed by the ultra-high definition format in Glass (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, rated PG-13, 129 minutes, 2.39:1 aspect ratio, $44.98).
Delivering the adventures of angst-ridden vigilante David ...
SAN FRANCISCO — Some of Samsung's new $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days.
Journalists who received the phones to review before the public launch say the Galaxy Fold screen started flickering and turning black before completely fizzling out. A couple of journalists say ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some of Samsung's new, almost $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days.
Journalists who received the phones to review before the public launch said the Galaxy Fold screen started flickering and turning black before completely fizzling out. Two journalists said ...
MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The chief of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on a Souris River flood protection project in northern North Dakota.
The Corps says in a release that Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite signed the final report Tuesday during a gathering of public officials in ...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Tony Evers says it's "unrealistic" to think that Foxconn Technology Group will employ 13,000 people in Wisconsin, given that the size of its planned manufacturing facility has been reduced.
Evers told reporters Wednesday that the state was working with Foxconn to look at revising the ...
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona House lawmakers will get to choose between three proposed laws that are designed to deal with distracted driving caused by cellphone use, Speaker Rusty Bowers announced after a closed-door meeting Wednesday of majority Republicans.
Bowers had held off on scheduling votes amid differences among Republicans about ...
Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:
Medford Mail Tribune, April 17, on Senate taking it easier on juvenile offenders:
Oregon's initiative process allows the people to enact laws directly when the Legislature cannot or will not do so. On Tuesday, the Senate voted to change Ballot Measure 11 to be ...
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical advances and questions about the definition of death.
The brains could not think or sense anything, researchers stressed. By medical standards "this is not a living ...
Twitter has taken a "proactive approach" to policing its platform of abusive tweets by leveraging the same technology used for detecting and removing spam, the company said Tuesday.
Donald Hicks, vice president of service for Twitter, and David Gasca, a product manager for the platform, touted the advancement in a ...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee House has advanced legislation banning motorists from holding cellphones while driving.
House lawmakers voted 53-38 on Wednesday after debating the measure at length. Supporters argued the bill is needed to enhance safety while critics warned the bill was a potential government overreach. The bill ...
NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market has been so hot this year that it might need an ice-cold Fruitopia, or a Zima.
The furious rally that's brought the S&P 500 to the brink of another record, so quickly on the heels of last year's scary tumble, is reminding some ...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill that would require Nebraska cities to get voter approval before raising occupation taxes on cellphones could be in jeopardy.
Lawmakers passed over the measure Wednesday without voting on it after some senators argued that it would hurt local governments.
Sen. Tony Vargas, of Omaha, ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Actress Taylor Swift, TV journalist Gayle King and soccer star Mohamed Saleh are among the six famous faces featured on the covers of Time's annual "100 Most Influential People in the World" issue.
The other cover stars also included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and actors Sandra ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Electric scooters are overtaking station-based bicycles as the most popular form of shared transportation outside transit and cars.
Riders took 38.5 million trips on shared electric scooters in 2018. That eclipsed the 36.5 million trips riders took on shared, docked bicycles, according to a report released ...
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A judge has delayed the trial of a Kansas online gamer allegedly involved in a deadly hoax while federal prosecutors consider an alternative to prosecution that would spare him from the criminal justice system.
The attorney for 20-year-old Shane Gaskill of Wichita has applied for pre-trial ...
Major U.S. stock indexes fell in morning trading Wednesday as losses by health care companies outweighed gains elsewhere in the market.
Anthem, Cigna and UnitedHealth Group were among the biggest decliners in the health care sector for the second straight day. Investors are hammering insurers amid fears over the potential ...
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Latest on a U.S. Senate hearing being held in Iowa in the wake of massive flooding in the region (all times local):
Officials at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say flood control and protecting human life are their top priorities anytime flooding ...
LONDON (AP) - Keir Giles' first thought was that the man's cheap-looking suit didn't seem right for a private equity executive. The man seated in front of him at the London hotel claimed to live in Hong Kong, but didn't seem overly familiar with the city. Then there was the ...
The recent deployment of six B-52H Stratofortresses bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana at the U.S. European Command area became a real hot topic in the media and in experts community.
B-52s have conducted flights near the Russian border in Baltic Region that probably to the annoyance of the Russian military. Moreover, Russian fighter jets repeatedly conducted an intercept of U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber over international waters of the Baltic Sea.
As previously reported, the Russian army also moved components of its S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems from Gvardeysk to Baltiysk, the westernmost town in Russia.
In a series of posts on Twitter on 22 March, military blogger Petri Mäkelä reported that Russian Defense Forces has deployed S-300 systems at the westernmost point of the enclave of Kaliningrad, near the border with Poland to counter potential air strike.
Against the backdrop of growing tensions between Russia and the U.S., many began to wonder who would win in battle of B-52 bomber vs. S-400 missile defense systems.Airmen assigned to the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load AGM-86/B Air-Launched Cruise Missiles onto the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 3, 2015, during Exercise Global Thunder 16. Photo by Airman 1st Class Justin Armstrong
Developed in the 1950s, the B-52 heavy bomber has been the mainstay of the United States Air Force for 64 years. Venerable B-52 bomber saw service in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the War on Terror in both Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria. And of course, he was a cornerstone of American Cold War nuclear deterrence for decades.
Even at his age, B-52 Stratofortress is capable of dropping or launching the widest array of weapons in the U.S. inventory, includes gravity bombs, cluster bombs, precision guided missiles, and joint direct attack munitions. The basic B-52 design evolved from an aircraft capable of dropping their bombs from 30,000 feet to the real Stratofortress that can launch long-range cruise missiles.
It is worth noting that Russian military sources claim that five U.S. Air Force’s B-52H Stratofortress bombers conducted a mock nuclear strike against targets in Russia, include Moskov and St. Saint Petersburg during training flights on 28 March.B-52H’s missile range when deployed over the Norwegian Sea
The training flight of U.S. B-52H bombers with Norwegian F-16 fighter jets over the Norwegian Sea was one of the examples of dummy cruise missile attacks outside the detection zone by air-defense radars, as well as outside the combat radius of MiG-31 supersonic interceptor aircraft.
The classic B-52 cannot penetrate adversary air defenses; therefore it needs the long-range missile. But, according to Airforce Technology website, B-52H is capable of carrying some missile systems, included AGM-86A air-launched cruise missiles (with range 1500 miles), AGM-84 Harpoon missiles (with range 77 miles), AGM-86C conventional air-launched cruise missiles (with range 1500 miles) for the full range of strike operations.
A total of 744 B-52s were built with the last, a B-52H, delivered in October 1962. “H” modification is the only variant still in use by the U.S. Air Force.
Even though B-52 is the oldest aircraft in the history of the Air Force, it still remains deadly for enemies of the United States around the world.Photo by Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation
As for Russian S-400, it is one of the most modern and controversial defense missile systems in the world currently.
S-400 surface to air missile system, previously known as the S-300 PMU-3, developed in the 1990s by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau as an upgrade of the S-300 family. It has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007. Open sources report the S-400 uses four missiles to fill its performance envelope: the very-long-range 40N6 (248 miles), the long-range 48N6 (155 miles), the medium-range 9M96E2 (74 miles) and the short-range 9M96E (25 miles).
But a recently published report by the Swedish Defense Research Agency, commonly known as FOI, questioned the capability of modern Russian S-400 anti-aircraft system.
In closer inspection, Russia’s capabilities are not quite as daunting, especially if potential countermeasures are factored in.
The analysis shows that the actual range of the new Russian anti-aircraft system is actually only 90-125 miles. Against low-flying missiles launched from a B-52 bomber, the S-400’s range may be as short as 12 miles.Photo by Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation
According to a report, the missile with a purported 248-miles range, the 40N6, is not yet operational and has been plagued by problems in development and testing. In its current configuration, the S-400 system should mainly be considered a threat to large high-value aircraft such as AWACS or transport aircraft at medium to high altitudes, out to a range of 125-155 mile. In contrast, the effective range against agile fighter jets and cruise missiles operating at low altitudes can be an as little 12-20 miles.
Moreover, despite its sophistication, an S-400 battery is dependent on a single engagement radar and has a limited number of firing platforms. It is thus vulnerable both to munitions targeting its engagement radar and to saturation attacks. If and when the 40N6 missile goes online, its 248-miles technical range cannot be effectively exploited against targets below approximately 3000 meters unless target data can be provided and updated during the missile’s flight by airborne or forward-deployed radars.
As a result, only a real conflict can give an exact answer. It is not easy to fully predict who would win in an epic battle between a B-52 bomber and S-400 missile system. Thousands of other factors, such as the weather, crew, electronic warfare, and more, can affect the real situation.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire officials have launched an online database that gives users access to more than 16,000 historical documents.
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources says the support tool, available by subscription, is for anyone interested in the state's history and its historic places.
It says ...
The Royal Navy (United Kingdom’s naval warfare force) is moving forward with a plan to develop an autonomous version of an existing large underwater vehicle or unmanned submarine.
According to recently notice by Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), the Royal Navy has requested tenders from the industry for the large unmanned underwater vehicle as a testbed for future Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (XLUUV) technology.
The Royal Navy is looking for a flexible UUV capable of hosting different payloads/sensors which will be utilized in a range of testing scenarios.
The unmanned submarine should be able to:
The contract will have two stages, a research, design and re-fit stage and a testing and trialling stage. In the latter stage it is expected that the system will be tested in representative environments for extended periods; the sea trials in Stage 2 may be up to 2 years long. This range of tests will determine capability limits of a UUV, to assist in the development of future requirements and the design of future capabilities.
The total funding available for this competition is £1m for Stage 1 (research and development of an autonomous control system and re-fit of an existing manned submersible to implement this innovative autonomy); and a further £1.5m for Stage 2 (rent and testing of the novel autonomous functions of the submersible at a manufacturer-proposed operating base for up to 2 years). Tasking of Stage 2 is dependent on the success of the Stage 1 capability demonstrations.
The competition closes at midday (BST) on 11 June 2019.
According to the British Ministry of Defence, contact for the new underwater system will be signed 01 August 2019.
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