Dan Elliott, Associated Press Updated 10:13 pm, Friday, May 11, 2018 Now Playing: Despite moving out 10 ago years ago, NORAD's deep underground bunker mythologized by movies such as "Dr. Strangelove" is still operational. The joint U.S.-Canadian defense partnership is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. (May 11) Media: Associated Press CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. (AP) — A quarter-century has passed since the end of the nuclear standoff between the United States and the former Soviet Union, but the famous U.S. military command center inside Colorado's Cheyenne Mountain is still alive, tracking new threats from new enemies. The U.S. blasted a warren of tunnels out of the mountain's hard granite in the 1960s so officers of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, could survive a nuclear attack. Although NORAD called off its "nuclear watch" in 1992 after the Soviet Union disintegrated, Cheyenne Mountain is still teeming with … [Read more...] about Things to know: ‘The most secure facility in the world’
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This year’s Catholic Congress (Katholikentag) in the western town of Münster has already welcomed high-profile guests such as Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The gathering runs from May 9th to May 13th. Since 1950, the congress - which attracts tens of thousands of Christians and non-Christians from Germany and beyond - has taken place every two years in a different German city. Alternating yearly with the Protestant Congress (Kirchentag), in 2016 it was held in Leipzig and two years prior to that in Regensburg. Chancellor Merkel addressing a crowd at Katholikentag on Friday. Photo: DPA The aim of the five-day event is to raise questions having to do with the church and society and to pray, discuss and celebrate with one another. The motto of the 2018 edition is “Seeking Peace”. 1. History of Catholicism in Germany Unlike religions like Islam, which first arrived in Germany in the 1600s, the history of Catholicism in the … [Read more...] about Six things to know about Catholicism in Germany
Stay in the know in 60 seconds. Lydia Belanger Published 11:23 am, Friday, May 11, 2018 Photo: Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Getty Images Elon Musk Plans Free Rides in His First Boring Company Tunnel. 3 Things to Know Today. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery May the gender bias be ever in your favor! Women-led businesses may receive only 1.3 percent of venture capital funding, but it turns out that women founders pursuing crowdfunding are perceived by backers as more trustworthy than male entrepreneurs, according to research from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Could your city be the "pilot" for UberAIR? The ride-hailing company is asking cities around the world to bid to become the test site for its proposed air taxi service. Speaking of getting from place to place, Elon Musk … [Read more...] about Elon Musk Plans Free Rides in His First Boring Company Tunnel. 3 Things to Know Today.
Stay in the know in 60 seconds. Stephen J. Bronner Published 10:20 am, Thursday, May 10, 2018 Photo: Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Getty Images Google Creates an AI That Sounds Human and Ford Suspends F-150 Production. 3 Things to Know Today. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The voice making an appointment isn't coming from a person, but an artificial intelligence created by Google. This new functionality of Google Assistant will eventually roll out after testing, but for now this is an incredible demonstration. A fire at a parts factory in Michigan has caused Ford to suspend production of the F-150 pickup, America's best-selling vehicle. A Ford executive said the company will have to rebuild its entire supply chain. Airbnb has announced that it will donate all fees from … [Read more...] about Google Creates an AI That Sounds Human and Ford Suspends F-150 Production. 3 Things to Know Today.
Kevin Kamenetz, a long-time public servant in Maryland and a leading Democratic candidate for governor, died suddenly Thursday morning after experiencing cardiac arrest, authorities said. Kamenetz, who was serving out his second term as Baltimore County Executive, woke at 2 a.m. feeling ill and was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center. He was pronounced dead soon after, the county said in a statement. He was 60, and survived by his wife and two teenaged sons, the Baltimore Sun reports. Here are five things to know about Kamenetz: Kamenetz attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore School of Law, before starting a career in public service as a prosecutor in Baltimore city. In 1994, he was elected to the Baltimore County Council, where he served four terms. In 2010, he was elected as Baltimore County’s 12th County Executive, and was reelected in 2014. He joined the gubernatorial race last October as one of several Democrats hoping to defeat … [Read more...] about 5 things to know about Kevin Kamenetz, whose death shakes up Maryland politics