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Capt. David Vincent, left, congratulates retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Yeager after their F-15 re-enactment flight.


Yeager re-enacts historic flight

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE - Sixty-five years after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager is still making noise. The 89-year-old flew in the back seat Sunday of an F-15 Eagle as it broke the sound barrier at more than 30,000 feet above California's Mojave Desert - the same area where he first achieved the feat in 1947 while flying an experimental rocket plane.

The F-15 carrying Yeager took off from Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas and broke the sound barrier at 10:24 a.m. Sunday, exactly 65 years to the minute the then-Air Force test pilot made history.


Endeavour finally reaches museum

LOS ANGELES - It was supposed to be a slow but smooth journey to retirement, a parade through city streets for a shuttle that logged millions of miles in space. But Endeavour's final mission turned out to be a logistical headache that delayed its arrival to its museum resting place by about 17 hours.

After a 12-mile trek through city streets that included thousands of adoring onlookers, flashing cameras and even the filming of a TV commercial, Endeavour finally arrived at the California Science Center Sunday

'Taken 2' takes down 'Argo' at box office

LOS ANGELES - Liam Neeson's "Taken 2" has defended its box-office title with a narrow win over Ben Affleck's "Argo."

Sunday studio estimates put 20th Century Fox's action sequel "Taken 2" at No. 1 with $22.5 million in its second weekend, raising its domestic total to $86.8 million.

Affleck's "Argo," an Iran-hostage thriller from Warner Bros., opened in second-place with $20.1 million.


East Coast hikers missing in park

KALISPELL, Mont. - Rescue teams at Glacier National Park searched in wintry conditions and rugged terrain Sunday for two East Coast hikers reported missing by family members.

Park officials said 50 searchers were looking for 32-year-old Neal Peckens of Virginia and 32-year-old Jason Hiser of Maryland.


Colleges mull impact of Mormon change

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah State University, the University of Utah and Brigham Young University are weighing the impact on school enrollment of the Mormon church's new lower minimum-age requirements for missionaries, the Deseret News reported.

James Morales, vice president for student services at Utah State, said the age change represents a potentially major shift in the way Utah students apply for admission and scholarships.

The Associated Press