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At 80, Shipyard Skipper to Step Back After Zumwalt Trials

By David Sharp BATH, Maine (AP) — Captain Earl Walker wasn’t about to retire before seeing the Navy’s futuristic Zumwalt destroyer safely down the Kennebec River to the Atlantic Ocean. The 80-year-old river pilot and sea captain extended his contract at Bath Iron Works to ensure he could pilot the 610-foot warship safely through three […]

New Exhibits Ready for Takeoff at Marine Corps Museum

By Kristin Davis TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) — In October 1943, as war raged in Europe, a student pilot crashed an SBD Dauntless dive-bomber into Lake Michigan during a training mission. The pilot was rescued. The aircraft sank to the lake bottom, where it would remain for half a century. By the time the National Museum of […]

Rebuild of 1907 Steam Locomotive Slowly Chugging Along

SPRINGFIELD, Wis. (AP) — The American Locomotive Co. was once one of the largest builders of steam engines in the world. In 1907, six years after the New York company was formed by a merger of the Schenectady Locomotive Works and seven other companies, ALCO, as it was then known, set a production record. Its […]

‘Whiskey Rebellion’ Tourism Eyed for Pennsylvania County

By Ryan Brown BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) — Crowds of onlookers filled Bedford’s streets Oct. 19, 1794, as the President of the United States rode into town. A witness recalled that 62-year-old Washington — “the Father of His Country,” as he was already widely called — appeared pleased as he passed down a street, removed his […]

Badger Motor Car Co. Features History and Beer

By Barry Adams COLUMBUS, Wis. (AP) — Darvin Frey is well aware of the gamble he has taken with his Badger Motor Car Co. The 1920s-era building he bought a few months ago was built to make burial vaults and caskets and is nestled between the railroad tracks and Crawfish River. The 10,000-square-foot space is […]