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Russia to station military unit in the Arctic by 2018

MOSCOW A Russian military unit will be permanently stationed in the Arctic by 2018, the defence minister said on Thursday.

Sergei Shoigu told Russian news agencies on Thursday that the “creation and arming” of the Arctic military unit should be completed by 2018. Shoigu also said Russia is building several new bases in the Arctic as well as rebuilding six Soviet-era air bases there.

By Ken Dilanian The Associated Press

WASHINGTON The State Department was among the worst agencies in the federal government at protecting its computer networks while Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary from 2009 to 2013, a situation that continued to deteriorate as John Kerry took office and Russian hackers breached the department’s email system, according to independent audits and interviews.

Analysis points to continuing cyberattacks on US companies after Chinese pledge to stem abuses

WASHINGTON Chinese hacking attempts on American corporate intellectual property have occurred with regularity over the past three weeks, suggesting that China almost immediately began violating its newly minted cyberagreement with the United States, according to a newly published analysis by a cybersecurity company with close ties to the U.S. government.

Alaska creates hunt for doomed musk oxen that float away from Bering Sea islands on sea ice

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Alaska big game officials have legalized an unusual hunt that will take a boat and a bold hand.

Starting Thursday, Alaska residents can harvest musk oxen that wander onto Bering Sea ice and become stranded when floes break and drift off.

Musk oxen stranded on ice are doomed to drown or starve, said Patrick Jones, assistant state area biologist.

Rare letter that Mozart penned to Austrian friend sells for $217,000 at Massachusetts auction

BOSTON A rare letter that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed to a friend has sold at auction for $217,000.

The Boston-based RR Auction house says the one-page German note was written in 1786 to Austrian botanist Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, a close friend of Mozart’s.

Vatican family meeting takes new twist with letter complaining about ‘predetermined results’

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis’ divisive meeting on family issues took another controversial twist Monday with revelations that several conservative cardinals wrote to the pontiff expressing serious concerns about “predetermined results” coming out of the meeting ‚Äî only to have doubts arise over both the content of their letter and the cardinals responsible.