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October 3, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games: MORNING Air Force (1-4) at Navy (2-1) 8:30 a.m., Channel 2 It is one thing to shut down the government and national monuments but quite another to impede on the Saturday ritual of watching college football. We can't say it took an act of Congress to get the Air Force-Navy game played because Congress isn't acting on much of anything these days.
October 2, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Service academy football games involving Air Force, Army and Navy this weekend are still on hold as a result of the government shutdown, although there is a decent chance the games will be played. Air Force is at Navy in a CBS game on Saturday while Army has a scheduled game at Boston College. ESPN has reported arrangements are being made for those games to be played and await only  final approval from U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The Coast Guard, however, will be hosting Western New England in New London, Conn., this weekend no matter what happens.
October 1, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
It's one thing to shut the government down and throw the country into chaos but quite another to start messing with college football. However, the Capital Gazette is reporting Tuesday the political impasse in Washington could also shut down Saturday's government game between Air Force and Navy in Annapolis, Md. "It's a possibility," Troy Garnhart, Air Force's associate athletic director, said. It seems that upper-class cadets at Air Force are considered military personnel and could be restricted from travel this weekend.
August 27, 2013 | By Nika Soon-Shiong
  Missy Lynn, an active-duty member of the United States Air Force and freelance makeup artist, won the NYX Fine Artistry of Cosmetic Elites (FACE) Awards competition on Saturday, beating out 1,000 other online beauty gurus for the title of Beauty Vlogger of the Year. The 23-year-old Louisiana native submitted this video, showing how to create a beautiful alien face worthy of a feature film, to earn her place among the six finalists.  And then she came out on top in the final, live challenge during the BeautyCon convention in Los Angeles.
August 23, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 4.2 earthquake was reported Friday evening 25 miles from Vandenberg Air Force Base, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:16 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 8.1 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 26 miles from Lompoc, 33 miles from Orcutt, 37 miles from Santa Maria and 277 miles from Sacramento. In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service, and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.
August 19, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
For Air Force Capt. Daniel "Swoop" Welch, flying a B-52 bomber has become the family business. His father, retired Lt. Col. Don Welch, was trained to drop nuclear bombs with the aircraft during the height of the Cold War. His grandfather, retired Col. Don Sprague, flew B-52 combat missions in Vietnam. "It is definitely a testament to the robust design of the B-52," said Welch, 28. "Getting to fly the same aircraft as my father and grandfather has been pretty cool. " Despite the bomber's more than half-century of service, the Air Force believes that modifications and overhauls have made the B-52 ageless.
August 15, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Even film critics don't have the chance to see everything, and this week I want to celebrate three recent DVDs that will give me a chance to catch up on films I've somehow missed. At the top of list is "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek," a racy 1944 film starring Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken and directed by the great genius of studio sound comedy, Preston Sturges. Much more serious is Howard Hawks' 1943 "Air Force," which stars John Garfield, Gig Young and Harry Carey in what looks to be a tense story of men at war. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood Finally, there is  " Cavalcade," a Blu-Ray/DVD reissue of an epic of British life that won the Oscars for best picture and best director in the 1932-33 year.
July 22, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Help wanted: At least 130 veteran military aviators for nine-year commitment to fly fighter jets. Salary: $34,500 to $97,400. Plus good benefits and a $225,000 signing bonus - guaranteed. Contact: U.S. Air Force by Sept. 30. That's the offer from the Pentagon, which is so short of Air Force fighter pilots that it's boosting its salary package to make the job more enticing. It may be hard to imagine that life as a high-flying fighter jock has lost its swagger, but the Air Force revealed it has a shortage of 200 fighter pilots this year.
July 19, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
The U.S. Air Force will consider leasing land on Vandenberg Air Force Base for private companies to extract offshore oil and gas from land-based drills on the central California coast. The proposal, opposed by environmental groups, would require the first new offshore lease in state waters since the 1960s, said Mark Meier, chief counsel for the State Lands Commission. It would allow companies to use onshore equipment with extended-reach "slant drilling" technology to reach offshore deposits.
July 17, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
The U.S. Air Force will consider leasing land on Vandenberg Air Force Base for private companies to extract offshore oil and gas from the central California coast, officials said Wednesday. The proposal would allow oil companies to use onshore equipment with new extended reach “slant drilling” technology to access deposits several miles offshore. Sunset Exploration and Exxon Mobil recently asked the Air Force to revisit their proposal to use the technology to build an oil and gas drilling project on the base near Lompoc, officials said.
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