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Israeli Prisoner Release Steps Toward Peace And Draws Controversy

A mockup of a Minuteman 3 nuclear missile used for training by missile maintenance crews at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.

9 Missile Commanders Fired, Others Disciplined In Air Force Scandal

The Air Force has announced the firing of nine midlevel nuclear missile commanders and the disciplining of dozens of junior officers involved in cheating on ICBM proficiency exams.

The measures come after an extensive investigation into a string of security lapses and failed safety inspections at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., where the cheating occurred.

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Doug and Barb Garrott assemble a Lido 2 grinder at their home in Troy, Idaho. They've spent the past three years perfecting their design for the hand-cranked machine.

The Search For The Perfect Cup Of Coffee Can Be Such A Grind(er)

In the tiny town of Troy, Idaho, Barb and Doug Garrott have spent the past three years perfecting a machine that could change the morning routines of coffee drinkers all over the country: a $175 hand-cranked coffee grinder.

It's called the Lido 2, the first run of 500 has already sold out on preorder, and coffee aficionados are asking for more.

The HealthCare.gov website has been a source of delays and confusion for those trying to sign up for health insurance under the ACA.

Obamacare Enrollment Exceeds 6 Million

With the enrollment deadline looming, the Obama administration says 6 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the exchanges set up by the federal government.

"With 4 days left for consumers to sign up for coverage, we are working hard to ensure that our systems can handle the unprecedented demand as people enroll before the March 31 deadline," Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a statement.

State numbers on autism probably don't accurately reflect children's health status, researchers say.

Higher Autism Numbers May Not Mean An Actual Increase In Kids

The government's latest estimate shows that 1 in 68 children in the U.S. have an autism spectrum disorder. That's a remarkable jump from just two years ago, when the figure was 1 in 88 and an even bigger jump from 2007, when it was just 1 in 150.

But officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say the agency's skyrocketing estimates don't necessarily mean that kids are more likely to have autism now than they were 10 years ago.

Texas Judge Orders State To Reveal Source Of Execution Drug

A Texas judge ruled the state must tell two death row inmates where it is buying its execution drugs from.

The AP reports that the inmates sued the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the information. The state has argued that it wants to keep the information secret, because its previous supplier backed out of the relationship when its name became public and it received threats.

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A worker uses a chain saw at the scene of the deadly mudslide near Oso, Wash.

Mudslide Volunteers: 'We're Going In Whether You Let Us Or Not'

When emergency personnel got to the scene of Saturday's mudslide near Oso, Wash., they kept people away. Much of a mountain had torn off, roared across the Stillaguamish River and destroyed about 50 homes and properties.

Congress Approves Ukraine Aid, Sanctions On Russia

The House and Senate approved $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine and sanctions on Moscow for Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Thursday's voice vote in the Senate and a 399-19 vote in the House for a different version of the bill came just hours after the International Monetary Fund pledged $18 billion in assistance for the former Soviet satellite.

Runners head out during the start of the 115th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011, in Hopkinton, Mass.

Marathon Training Lowers Heart Disease Risk In Middle-Aged Men

It seems like every cubicle dweller I know is training for a marathon. But then there are those tragic headlines about middle-aged runners keeling over dead at the finish line. Is this really a good idea?

Marathon training actually reduces a person's cardiovascular risk, according to a study presented Thursday at the American College of Cardiology's scientific sessions in Washington, D.C. That's true even if they're just average recreational runners, not elite athletes.

Former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York in December, 2006.

James Schlesinger, Who Held Cabinet Posts And Led CIA For 17 Weeks, Dies

James R. Schlesinger, who served three presidents from both parties in top Cabinet-level posts, has died at the age of 85. The Washington Post says he died Thursday at a hospital in Baltimore of complications from pneumonia.

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