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FDA releases new warning labels for cigarette packages

June 21, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration released new warning labels for cigarette packages on Tuesday morning, with photographs showing a dead body after an autopsy, a man exhaling smoke through a tracheostomy, and other images of health problems meant to deter smokers. Tobacco companies have until next year to put them...

U.S. helps dissidents ditch Internet censors

June 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is helping dissidents evade Internet censors in countries trying to repress them, smuggling in "shadow" Internet and cellphone systems, the New York Times reported on Sunday. It says the State Department and Pentagon have spent at least $50 million to create an independent cellphone network in Afghanistan...

Apple's Jobs looks to the cloud

June 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A thin but energetic Steve Jobs appeared onstage in San Francisco on Monday, fielding cheers and applause as he opened Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple is scheduled to unveil its newest venture at the conference later on Monday, taking iPods and iPads straight into the ether with the new iCloud...

Space shuttle Endeavour makes its final landing

June 1, 2011 The space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six landed for the last time early Wednesday morning, completing their 16-day mission to outfit the International Space Station. At 2:35 a.m., shuttle commander Mark Kelly touched down on a brightly lit landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center. Kelly left behind...

Space shuttle Endeavour gets set to attempt its final landing

May 31, 2011 The space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to land for the last time on Wednesday after a 16-day mission to outfit the International Space Station. It is the last mission for Endeavour and the second-to-the-last for the U.S. space-shuttle program, which will end after the Atlantis mission scheduled for July. Endeavour's...

NASA formally announces replacement astronaut vehicle

May 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA formally confirmed on Tuesday that it will replace the Orion program with a new mission and a new name: the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, or MPCV. President Obama had already directed the space agency to change its focus from the Bush-era Orion approach, which targeted the moon, in favor of...

Shuttle safely takes off with Giffords watching

May 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The space shuttle Endeavour took off Monday morning, with astronaut Mark Kelly commanding and his injured wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, watching. Endeavour, on its last mission ever, launched as scheduled at 8.56 a.m. from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The shuttle hit 17,500 m.p.h. as it entered orbit, according...

Sony says second hack attack took credit card numbers

May 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sony reported a second cyber-hack on Monday, this one giving attackers a lode of names, addresses, e-mails, birth dates, phone numbers, and other information from 24.6 million PC games customers, AFP and Reuters reported. This attack targeted the Sony Online Entertainment PC games network, which hosts games played over the...

NASA scrubs shuttle launch due to engineering problem

April 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA scrubbed the last scheduled launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on Friday, citing problems with failed heaters. Astronauts on buses heading to the shuttle turned around mid-route. The next possible launch date is Sunday. Commander Mark Kelly, husband of injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was leading the mission and...

NASA scrubs shuttle launch due to engineering problem

April 29, 2011 NASA scrubbed the last scheduled launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on Friday, citing problems with failed heaters. Astronauts on buses heading to the shuttle turned around mid-route. The next possible launch date is Sunday. Commander Mark Kelly, husband of injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was leading the mission and...

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