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Hot on Santa's Trail: NORAD

Annual Santa watch is growing, depending more on social media

(Newser) - Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are monitoring Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to "track" St. Nick over spots ranging from Australia to South America and on to the... More »

US Jets Intercept 6 Russian Jets Near Alaska

Canada intercepts 2 more, while Sweden complains about 2 entering its airspace

(Newser) - Russian military pilots seem to be getting a little adventurous these days. A pair of US military jets intercepted six Russian aircraft near the coast of Alaska Wednesday evening, reports AP . The Russian pilots never entered US airspace, but instead remained in something called the Air Defense Identification Zone, which... More »

'Unresponsive' US Couple Crashes Plane Near Jamaica

US fighter jets followed plane as far as Cuba

(Newser) - A real estate developer and his wife flew "apparently incapacitated" on a 1,700-mile flight today before crashing off the coast of Jamaica, reports the AP . Rescue teams from the US are investigating, but the Democrat and Chronicle reports that Larry and Jane Glazer, both 68, have died. They... More »

Jet Makes U-Turn to Toronto After Passenger's Threats

Suspect's father says his son is unstable but not violent

(Newser) - Passengers flying from Toronto to Panama had to make a U-turn just 45 minutes into their flight yesterday after a man aboard the plane started yelling about bombing Canada, reports the CBC . The captain felt threatened enough to notify NORAD, and two US fighter jets escorted the Sunwing Airlines jet... More »

NORAD Drops Google Maps for 'Santa Tracker'

Google launches its own map for St. Nick

(Newser) - After five years of tracking Saint Nick, Google and NORAD are going their separate ways. The North American Aerospace Defense Command announced this week that it was now working with Microsoft Bing to follow Santa's worldwide progress, the Guardian reports. Google has launched its own "Santa tracker" including... More »

Your Friendly NORAD Operator: Michelle Obama

First lady takes kids' calls, questions

(Newser) - For little kids who just wanted to know what time Santa was going to hit the roof, the voice at the other end of the phone might have raised other questions: "Hello, this is the first lady, Michelle Obama, with NORAD, tracking Santa. How can I help you?" While... More »

Keep an Eye on Your Presents: Track Santa Online

Once again, NORAD keeps an eye on the big guy and his reindeer

(Newser) - The North American Aerospace Defense Command (aka NORAD) is back on the hunt for Santa by way of its Father Christmas Tracker . Developed three years ago, the Father Christmas Tracker site has racked up more than 2 billion hits, as eager kiddies take to the Internet to keep an eye... More »

NORAD Sets Sights on Santa

Bizarre tradition dates back to misprinted Christmas ad in 1955

(Newser) - The North American Aerospace Defense Command is ready for its busiest night of the year, when it puts mundane tasks like looking for wandering Russian bombers or North Korean missiles on the back burner and tracks Santa Claus. As it has every Christmas for more than 50 years, NORAD offers... More »

Cockpit Recorder No Help in Northwest Flight Probe

Device captures just half an hour; record of 78-minute gap lost

(Newser) - Because the aircraft has an old cockpit voice recorder, the world may never know why the pilots of Northwest Flight 188 lost contact with ground control for 78 minutes. The recorder on the Airbus A320 has a maximum memory of 30 minutes, after which it tapes over itself. So investigators... More »

Plane Thief Wanted Air Force to Shoot Him Down

(Newser) - The plane thief who led US fighter jets on a chase across six states yesterday did so as part of a bizarre suicide attempt, according to the Missouri trooper who arrested him. Yavuz Berke was hoping that if he flew the Cessna stolen in Canada into the US he’d... More »

Canadian Plane Thief Nabbed on Mo. Highway After Wild Chase

US fighter jets tracked Cessna lifted in Ontario

(Newser) - The pilot of a stolen Cessna has been captured after landing the plane on a Missouri highway and attempting to flee on foot, CNN reports. The plane had been intercepted and tracked by US fighter jets since heading into American airspace shortly after it was stolen from a flight school... More »

Before Obama Visited Canada, Russian Bomber Did

(Newser) - On the day before President Obama’s recent visit to Canada, that nation’s warplanes turned back a Russian bomber, the National Post reports. The plane did not enter Canadian airspace, but the incident still alarmed officials, who have striven to enforce sovereignty. “When we see a Russian bear... More »

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