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Causes of False Missile Alerts: The Sun, the Moon and a 46-Cent Chip

As emotional and disruptive as the false alert was, it was not the most dangerous episode of its kind because it did not reach the military’s chain of command or decision-makers in government, he said.Here is a look at a few cases when it did:Photo” data-mediaviewer-credit=”” itemprop=”url” itemid=”https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/01/14/us/14xp-falsealarms-4/14xp-falsealarms-4-master675.jpg”/>The command post for North American Aerospace Defense Command operations in 1982. In 1960, Norad was sent to its maximum alert level because of a “moonrise over Norway.”Oct. 5, 1960: The moon tricks a radarA false alarm came when an early warning radar in Greenland reported to North American Air Defense Command headquarters that it had detected dozens of inbound Soviet missiles.The report thrust Norad to its maximum alert level, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, but officials later determined that the radar had been fooled by the “moonrise over Norway.”Nov. 9, 1979: A ‘war game’ tape causes six minutes of worryComputers at Norad indicated that the United States was under attack by missiles launched by a Soviet submarine.Ten jet interceptors from three bases in the United States and Canada were scrambled, and missile bases went on “low?level alert,” The New York Times reported.When satellite data had not confirmed an attack after six minutes, officials decided that no immediate action was necessary, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists and The Times.Investigations later discovered that a “war game” tape had been loaded into the Norad computer as part of a test […]

As North and South Korea Begin to Talk, Trump Watches From Sidelines

Above all, the officials said, the Trump administration will resist efforts by the North to drive a wedge between the United States and its ally. North Korea, they said, has a long history of using such overtures to sow dissent between South Korea and the United States, particularly at times, like now, when the countries have governments with divergent politics.The White House also reiterated that Mr. Trump would continue to defy Mr. Kim, regardless of any diplomacy underway. The press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, defended the president’s Twitter message late Tuesday about Mr […]

Europe Edition: Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, Ryanair: Your Friday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo • This Afghan police officer used a bear hug to restrain a suicide bomber trying to enter a wedding hall in Kabul, a selfless act that held the death toll to 14. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • Israel’s top general, in an unprecedented interview with a Saudi news outlet, said that his country was willing to share intelligence with Riyadh. [Haaretz] • At the U.N. climate conference in Bonn, Germany, 19 countries including France and Britain formed an alliance aimed at phasing out the use of coal power by 2030. The gathering ends today. [The New York Times] • Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution extending a panel trying to identify who is using chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war. [The New York Times] • Our reporters found hints of new ways to confront North Korea, like cyberweapons and armed drones, in a White House emergency funding request to Congress […]

New York Today: New York Today: The Big Chill

Weather.init(); }()); In the News • Across the region, both urban and suburban Democratic voters turned out to defeat Republicans, shifting a focus toward 2018. [New York Times] Photo Laura Curran became the first woman to hold the county executive office in Nassau County. Credit Vincent Tullo for The New York Times • A judge’s rule to order prosecutors to search files and disclose all evidence in a timely manner could favor the defense in future cases. [New York Times] • A day after being re-elected, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to make some “bold changes.” [New York Times] • According to jurors, a court video clearly showed self-defense in the case of Officer Wayne Isaacs’ fatal shooting of a motorist in 2016. [New York Times] • The trial for a Queens man charged with the fatal shooting of a police officer painted two pictures of the defendant: a person wrongly identified, and a career criminal. [New York Times] • The Pan Am Foundation will honor the 24 passengers and seven crewmembers of a no-fatality plane crash that occurred over the ocean about 61 years ago. [New York Times] Photo in 1956, Pan Am World Airlines Flight 6 ditched into the Pacific Ocean. No one was killed. Credit Pan Am Historical Foundation • A profile of the newly elected governor of New Jersey explores his political inexperience and progressive roots. [New York Times] Continue reading the main story • Hoboken’s mayor-elect Ravi Bhalla is the first Sikh elected to lead a New Jersey city, and one of only a few Sikhs in the country to ever become mayor […]

Paul Manafort’s Ambition Set the Stage for His Downfall

“He could have kept running campaigns for the Yanukovychs of the world, and nobody would have cared,” said Hector T. Hoyos, one of Mr. Manafort’s closest friends and business partners. “But he took on the Trump campaign because he believed that the country was going down the wrong path, and he wanted to make a difference,” Mr. Hoyos said of Mr. Manafort, who is the godfather of Mr. Hoyos’s daughter.Had things not gone south, Mr. […]

‘My Stomach Dropped’: Harrowing Night for Twin Brothers of the Las Vegas Police

Branden Clarkson, meanwhile, was at the police department’s command post, helping direct officers and keeping track of who was where on a whiteboard.Finally, a lieutenant came up to him and said, “Hey, your brother is O.K.”“And I’m like, O.K., cool,” he said.But his brother was not exactly O.K. “Then she said: ‘He’s at Valley Hospital, you know, he got shot in the neck,’” Sergeant Clarkson recalled.“And my stomach dropped and I’m like, ‘Oh my god.’”On the whiteboard, under the names of the injured, he wrote his brother’s name.How a pair of 33-year-old twins wound up in the midst of one of the worst mass shootings in American history is a reflection of the incomprehensible scale of the tragedy. All hands were on deck, and since policing is a family business, it was not surprising that both brothers would be called into action.But the brothers’ roles could hardly have been more different. One brother carried out careful plans he helped devise. […]

A Burst of Gunfire, a Pause, Then Carnage in Las Vegas That Would Not Stop

VideoMass Shooting in Las VegasAt least 59 people were killed and hundreds injured when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival near the Mandalay Bay casino.By CAMILLA SCHICK, DAVE HORN and CHRIS CIRILLO on Publish Date October 2, 2017.Photo by David Becker/Getty Images.Watch in Times Video »embed LAS VEGAS — At first, it sounded like fireworks — a loud, crackling noise. Then the awful realization began to spread, unevenly, through the huge crowd.It dawned on people when they heard screams, when they saw bloodied victims collapse around them, or when others stampeded for the exits, trampling some of the people in their way.Many of the terrified concertgoers followed their instincts and crouched or lay flat, not realizing that they remained exposed to a gunman lodged high above them. Others surged into surrounding streets and buildings, leaving behind debris lost in the panic — drink cups, shoes, and cellphones that kept ringing for hours, as relatives and friends tried to reach their loved ones and find out if they were safe.By sunrise on Monday, the staggering toll at an outdoor country music festival on a cool desert night was becoming clear: at least 59 people killed, the police said, and 527 injured, either by gunfire or in the flight to safety.A lone gunman perched on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino had smashed the windows of his hotel suite with a hammer, taken aim at a crowd of 22,000 people, and committed one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history. Late on Monday, law enforcement officials said they still had no idea what the motive was.The gunman had 17 firearms, including a handgun, in his suite, according to Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. And when the police searched the shooter’s house on Monday, “we retrieved in excess of 18 additional firearms, some explosives, and several thousand rounds of ammo,” Sheriff Lombardo said […]