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Cadets test skills in cyberdefense

WEST POINT (AP) -- A team of cadets at West Point will be preparing for cyberattacks this week.

The U.S. Military Academy is competing against four other service academies in the 12th annual Cyber Defense Exercise from Tuesday through Friday. The annual exercise teaches students how to defend vital information systems.

Each team must design and configure a computer network and protect it against attacks from the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense.

The NSA presents the winning team with a trophy. West Point is the defending champion and has won the trophy six times.


'Dirty Dancing' resort destroyed by fire

LOCH SHELDRAKE (AP) -- A 396-unit condominium complex that once was a classic Catskill resort has been destroyed by fire, a month after managers agreed to correct code violations that included inoperable alarms, sprinklers, fire doors and emergency lights.

The Middletown Times-Herald Record reports that more than 40 fire companies from Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties battled the fire for hours at Grandview Palace on Saturday evening. Buses took residents to the field house at Sullivan County Community College.

The condo complex in Loch Sheldrake, 85 miles northwest of New York City, opened in 1944 as Brown's Hotel, featured in the movie "Dirty Dancing."

A woman who answered the phone at the home of David Rajwan, president of the complex's board of managers, said "He's devastated." She said he had no comment about code violations.


Titanic launch ticket sold for $56,250

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York auction house has sold an original ticket to the launch of the Titanic and a dinner menu from the ill-fated ocean liner.

On the block Sunday at Bonhams were various items offered to mark the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic.

The historic ticket fetched $56,250, including the auction house premium. The menu sold for $31,250. Both went to private American buyers.

Gregg Dietrich, Bonhams maritime consultant, says one surprise of the auction is the comparatively low price paid for a telegraph message that read, "We have struck an iceberg."

That message -- sold for $27,500 -- was sent to Titanic's sister ship, the Olympic.

One important item that did not sell is a handwritten account from the captain of the Carpathia that rescued the survivors.