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A rendering of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s SR-72, the planned successor to the U.S. Air Force's famous SR-71 Blackbird (Lockheed Martin)

'Son of the Blackbird': Lockheed Martin plans 'game-changer' spy plane

Hypersonic missiles? Check. Speeds up to Mach 6? Check. A spy plane so advanced that adversaries wouldn't have time to react? Check. That's what Lockheed Martin Corp. plans for the SR-72 'Son of Blackbird,' the successor to the U.S. Air Force's SR-71 Blackbird. Published November 5, 2013

This Oct. 30, 2013 photo released by the State of Alaska Central Region Department of Transportation & Public Facilities shows passengers departing a Delta Airlines plane on a runway in Cold Bay, Alaska. A Delta Airlines flight made an emergency landing in a remote Alaska community near the Aleutian Islands Wednesday morning after a warning message flashed on an engine control panel. San Francisco-bound Flight 208 landed safely at Cold Bay at 6 a.m. with 167 passengers and 11 crew members on board, Delta spokesman Michael Thomas said. (AP Photo/State of Alaska Central Region Department, Jeff Doerning)

Delta to allow usage of electronics during all phases of flight

Delta Airlines pounced quickly Thursday after the Federal Aviation Administration approved portable electronic devices on flights, announcing that passengers' usage of such devices will be allowed during all phases of their flight as early as Friday. Published October 31, 2013

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N.Y.'s Obamacare website sends enrollees to cupcake shop

Due to glitches in New York's health care exchange website, citizens attempting to navigate the Obamacare enrollment process are winding up at a cupcake shop in Brooklyn, the New York Post reported. Published October 30, 2013

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Sandcastle contest washed away by shutdown

An annual San Francisco sandcastle contest for elementary school children has been indefinitely scrapped this year because of the government shutdown. Published October 9, 2013

In this Oct. 8, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama pauses as he talks about the the budget and the partial government shutdown in the Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. A new poll says Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown. The Associated Press-GfK survey finds plenty of disdain to go around as people size up the federal impasse. Most now disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job. And Congress’ approval rating is a perilous 5 percent.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Big glitch: Obamacare site must reset passwords on registrants

Americans who took time to register for Obamacare at have been given a tough pill to swallow: Phone support has told individuals that passwords are being reset to fix many of the login problems and "glitches" that President Obama has acknowledged. Published October 9, 2013