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Glitch knocked 50 U.S. missiles offline

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Glitch knocked 50 U.S. missiles offline in wyo.

A communications malfunction at a Wyoming Air Force base on Saturday knocked 50 intercontinental ballistic missiles offline for 45 minutes while technicians scrambled to diagnose the problem, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. The glitch in the underground cable system linking launch control centers at F.E. Warren Air Force Base to the missile silos affected one-ninth of the U.S. land-based intercontinental ballistic missile force, a key part of the nation's nuclear deterrent, they said. The officials stressed that there was no possibility of accidental launch or indications that a foreign government or terrorists had hacked into the system. They said the Minuteman III missiles could have been fired using backup systems, if necessary.

HAITI

Cholera fears spark protest

Protesters attacked a cholera treatment center as it was preparing to open in the city of St. Marc on Tuesday, aid workers said. Some of the roughly 300 students and other protesters said they feared the Doctors Without Borders clinic would bring more of the disease to their seaside town, which is one of the hardest hit in the epidemic that has killed 284 people and infected 3,769, according to United Nations figures. Witnesses said the protesters threw rocks and at least one Molotov cocktail. There were no reports of injuries.

Elsewhere

Washington: The same gun was used to shoot at the Pentagon and the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia this month, the FBI said Tuesday. A third military office — a Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly, Va. — was shot at overnight Monday.

Washington: President Barack Obama has appointed more openly gay officials than any other president in history, gay activists said Tuesday. The more than 150 appointments so far surpass the previous high of about 140 during two full terms under President Bill Clinton.

United Nations: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and diplomats from many nations said Tuesday it's time for actions — not more words — to end sexual violence in war and include women in decisions on peacemaking.

China: In a move to call global attention to the imprisonment of her husband, the wife of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has invited 143 Chinese activists, academics and celebrities to the award ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

Mexico: The bodies of two men, one of them decapitated, were found in Ciudad Juarez on Tuesday, and police suspect they may have been behind the massacre of 14 young people at a birthday party on Friday.

Times wires

Glitch knocked 50 U.S. missiles offline

10/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 12:25am]

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