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November 2, 2012

News Briefs – November 2, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,015

As of Oct. 30, 2012, at least 2,015 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

At least 1,680 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 118 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is four more than the department’s tally.

The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 17,834 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department. AP

Curtiss-Wright buying Williams Controls

Aerospace and defense supplier Curtiss-Wright Corp. said Nov. 1 that it will buy sensor and throttle control systems maker Williams Controls Inc. in a deal worth about $119 million.

Curtiss-Wright agreed to pay $15.42 per share for Williams Controls, a premium of 41.3 percent to the stock’s closing price on Wednesday.

Curtiss-Wright is based in Parsippany, N.J., and it expects about $2.1 billion in revenue in 2012.

Williams Controls shares rose $4.46, or 41 percent, to $15.37 in afternoon trading. The Portland, Ore., company’s stock last traded at those prices in March 2008. AP




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