Pentagon eyes expanding DARPA future warfare research office

Pentagon eyes expanding DARPA future warfare research officeThe U.S. Department of Defense is close to expanding its legendary future warfare and technology agency DARPA by combining it with the Pentagon office in charge of adapting existing weapons to new uses, people familiar with the plans said. The Defense Applied Research Projects Agency would absorb the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) and centralize more research units under the Pentagon's Chief Technology Officer Michael Griffin. SCO reported directly to the defense secretary, removing it from traditional bureaucratic channels at the Pentagon.



National Spelling Bee drops perfection as a prerequisite to entry

National Spelling Bee drops perfection as a prerequisite to entryThe bee, which begins on Tuesday in an auditorium outside Washington and ends on Thursday with a live telecast on ESPN, will test the spelling mettle of a record 565 young people, age 7 to 15. While a handful of regions have traditionally sent more than one participant to the national contest, the new RSVBee program opens a door for dozens of others. It is a question of fairness, said Valerie Miller, a spokeswomen for the bee, which started in 1925.



Democrats grapple with 'electability' question as white men lead diverse field

Democrats grapple with 'electability' question as white men lead diverse fieldDemocrats seeking to unseat Republican U.S. President Donald Trump in 2020 will choose from the largest and most diverse set of candidates in history - yet, so far, two older white men are leading the pack. The early dominance of former Vice President Joe Biden, 76, and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, 77, is raising uncomfortable questions about whether Democratic voters think a woman or minority candidate has what it takes to defeat Trump, the likely Republican nominee.



Trump campaign views healthcare as a 2020 campaign weapon

Trump campaign views healthcare as a 2020 campaign weaponU.S. President Donald Trump's campaign believes he can turn Republicans' biggest liability from last year's congressional elections - the debate about the future of healthcare in America - into a winning issue for his reelection. Some candidates have suggested abolishing private insurance in favor of a single government-run plan, sometimes referred to as "Medicare for All," while others favor more modest reforms. Trump's campaign is betting that whoever emerges with the Democratic nomination next year will have been forced to embrace a sweeping healthcare reform proposal that may spook moderate voters.



Wisconsin man could face life in prison for kidnapping girl, 13, murdering parents

Wisconsin man could face life in prison for kidnapping girl, 13, murdering parentsJake Patterson, 21, in March admitted to committing the October killings and abduction in Barron County, Wisconsin. The 1:30 p.m. CDT (1830 GMT) sentencing on Friday in Barron County gives Patterson and his lawyers a final chance to explain why he shot the girl's parents at close range then held the eighth grader for 88 days in his rural cabin. Patterson faces a maximum of life in prison for each of the homicide counts along with up to 40 years in prison for the count of kidnapping, according to prosecutors.







Close Window