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NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts

NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts

On Tuesday, the space agency announced it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years.

Salt Lake City launches campaign to lure skiers

“It’s about time that we all got together and realized this whole valley is the base camp for the skiing that will happen in our four ski resorts,” said Tom Dolan, mayor of Sandy, a Salt Lake City suburb that sits down the hill from the ski areas.

Blacks, Hispanics have doubts about media accuracy

People of color who are “seeking out news about their communities, they can’t find it.

Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

“To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president,” Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committees, using an alternative name for the group.

Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

Officials also say that the number of children under 18 in poverty declined from the previous year for the first time since 2000.

Congress scrutinizes Obama military strategy 

Congress scrutinizes Obama military strategy 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were scheduled to testify Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the first in a series of high-profile Capitol Hill hearings that will measure the president’s ability to rally congressional support

Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

Industry analysts expect strong growth as the housing market improves, particularly in once hard-hit Sun Belt areas including Phoenix, Miami and San Diego, California, and aging Americans find value in growing old in their homes.

US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

“Rising income inequality is not just a social issue,” said Gabriel Petek, the S&P credit analyst who wrote the report.

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

“Qatar is always looking for the angle, and that’s really the best way to explain it,” said Daniel Benjamin, a former State Department counterterrorism coordinator who now directs Dartmouth’s Dickey Center for International Understanding.

Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq

Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq

“What’s important to us now is that the children continue receiving knowledge correctly, even if they lose a whole academic year and an official certification,” a Mosul resident who identified himself as Abu Hassan told The Associated Press, giving only his nickname for fear of reprisals.