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In the shooting of former Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, some court data will be unsealed.
In the shooting of former Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, some court data will be unsealed. (AP)
Posted: July 06, 2013

Interceptor fails U.S. missile test

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - A weapon designed to blast nuclear missiles out of the sky has been tested at a Southern California coastal base, but failed to hit its target.

The Missile Defense Agency says a ground-based interceptor missile was launched Friday. Its target: a missile launched 4,000 miles away from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. The interceptor did not hit its target. Officials will try to determine the cause of the unsuccessful intercept.

The interceptor is one of about 30 deployed in Alaska and at Vandenberg under a missile-defense program begun in 2004. In March, the Pentagon announced it would spend $1 billion to place an additional 14 interceptors in Alaska - a military response to North Korean progress on nuclear weapons. - AP

Some rampage files stay sealed

TUCSON, Ariz. - A federal judge has unsealed about 60 documents in the 2011 Tucson shooting rampage that wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

But U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ruled that about 20 other documents would remain under seal. Some of those documents, he said, contain confidential reports from the Bureau of Prisons about Jared Lee Loughner, 24, the man charged in the shooting rampage.

Loughner was sentenced in November to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years. He pleaded guilty to 19 federal charges in the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting that left six people dead and 13 others wounded, including Giffords. - AP

9/11 remains are firefighter's

NEW YORK - Authorities say remains of a firefighter killed in the Sept. 11 attacks have been identified more than 11 years after his death at the World Trade Center.

Lt. Jeffrey Walz's remains were collected before May 2002, the city Medical Examiner's Office said Friday, but were only recently retested and identified.

Walz, 37, was an engineer before he decided to follow his father's example and become a firefighter in 1992. He was killed in the trade center's North Tower, leaving a wife and toddler son. - AP

17 new zones for solar energy

WASHINGTON - Federal officials have taken another step toward establishing 17 new "solar-energy zones" on public lands in the West by barring new mining claims that could impede renewable-energy development on the sites.

The Interior Department said Friday that it has withdrawn nearly 304,000 acres of public lands in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah from new mining claims.

Since 2009 the Bureau of Land Management has approved 25 solar projects in the West that, when built, will be able to power about 2.4 million homes. - AP

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