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Air traffic control flaw exposed after U-2 spy plane grounds hundreds of Los Angeles flights

By Alwyn Scott and Joseph Menn NEW YORK (Reuters) – A common design problem in the U.S. air traffic control system made it possible for a U-2 spy plane to spark a computer glitch that recently grounded or delayed hundreds of Los Angeles area flights, according to an inside account…

Ron Paul calls Elizabeth Warren ‘a socialist’

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Tuesday declared that Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren was a “socialist.” At a campaign event earlier this year, Warren told supporters that there is “nobody in this country who got rich on his own.” “You built a factory out there — good for…

Stranded Mount Everest trekkers criticize Nepal officials

Foreign tourists trapped by heavy fog for six days in the foothills ofMount Everest told Monday of their ordeal as they waited to be rescued. Authorities were forced on Wednesday last week to close the only airstrip in Lukla, the gateway for climbers heading to Everest and surrounding mountains, grounding all flights in…

Venezuela tries to trim energy consumption by 10 percent

CARACAS — Venezuela, one of the world’s leading oil producers, is trying to limit its power consumption as the country’s decrepit power utilities struggle to keep up with the demand. The government on Monday said the biggest electricity consumers — shopping malls, factories, office buildings and even some homes —…

Senate approves two-year aviation bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Thursday approved a two-year, $35 billion blueprint for funding air traffic control services and the next steps for modernizing that system. Lawmakers approved the Federal Aviation Administration bill 87 to eight, throwing the issue over to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which is working…

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