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May 3, 2013

Headlines May 3, 2013

News

Solar-powered plane takes off for cross-country flight

The first plane that can fly day and night powered only by the sun May 3 began a transcontinental journey that will reach Washington by mid-June. Solar Impulse, which lifted off from this World War II-era airfield shortly after 6 a.m., PDT, has room for only one person and an average cruising speed of about 43 miles per hour. But its Swiss developers say the technology suggests the possibilities of clean-energy flight.

 

Business

Boeing, SPEEA seek federal mediation to assist pilot talks

Boeing and its pilot and instructor bargaining unit will seek help from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service after talks between the two sides broken down.

Boeing loses five 747 orders, gains 777 order

Boeing said May 2 that it lost five orders for its 747 jumbo jet worth about $1.8 billion at list prices and gained one order for its 777 wide-body lane in the latest week.

Boeing plans to build world’s longest-range passenger jet

Boeing has shown airlines a blueprint for the world’s longest-range passenger jet, adding spice to the long-awaited revamp of its 777 wide-body jet, people familiar with the matter said.

Plane supplier Spirit AeroSystems posts higher profit

Spirit AeroSystems holdings, a supplier to Boeing and other jet makers, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as parts deliveries rose.

 

Defense

Pentagon debunks reports of anti-Christian policies

Christian conservatives have grown increasingly alarmed in recent weeks over reports and rumors that the Pentagon is considering new policies aimed at discriminating against Christians and disciplining or even court-martialing those who share their faith.

 

Veterans

Complaints spur DOD action on Tricare West

The Defense Department reacted swiftly to congressional concerns and press reports of massive customer service problems facing Tricare West region customers, issuing a memo May 2 saying it will allow Prime beneficiaries to receive recommended specialty care without first obtaining authorization from regional contractor UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans.

Veterans unemployment rate falls dramatically in April

The jobless rate for Post-9/11 veterans fell to 7.5 percent in April, a dramatic reduction that might be statistically invalid. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported May 3 the unemployment rate for veterans of all generations dropped to 6.2 percent in April, also a significant improvement.

Four shot down during Vietnam War are buried at Arlington

Larry Duthie remembers studying his dog tags as he waited to be captured in the forest 20 miles south of Hanoi. He knew he was to give the enemy only his name, rank and serial number, and he wanted to do it correctly.

Last surviving Second World War Dornier bomber is to be raised from its watery grave after 70 years in biggest recovery of its kind

A rare German bomber from the Second World War is set to be raised from the English Channel where it has lain for seven decades, it was announced May 3. The retrieval of the last surviving Dornier Do 17 from the Goodwin Sands off the coast of Kent will be the biggest recovery of its kind in British waters.

 

Space

ESA’s Vega rocket poised for second launch

Europe’s new small satellite launcher, Vega, is about to make only its second outing from the Kourou spaceport.

 

International

Defense cuts risk Britain’s NATO standing

Whitehall sources have suggested that new cuts in the defense budget could take British defense spending below 2 per cent of Gross Domestic Product, regarded by the U.S. as the minimum standard for a serious military power.

China’s rise as a force in drone warfare could affect regional power balance, arms exports

Determined to kill or capture a murderous Mekong River drug lord, China’s security forces considered a tactic they’d never tried before: calling a drone strike on his remote hideaway deep in the hills of Myanmar.

China invades India: Tensions mount as platoon of soldiers slip across border to claim disputed territory

A two week Chinese incursion has left India on the verge of crises, it has today been reported. India says Chinese troops set up a camp on its side of the ill-defined frontier in Ladakh region in the middle of April.

 

Viewpoint

Pentagon prejudice: The military declares war on Christians

The Washington Times

The administration continues to tie itself in knots to avoid offending Muslims, but offers no such courtesy to Christians. The latest example of official intolerance is the blocking of access on military bases to the Southern Baptists’ website because it contains “hostile content.”




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