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October 4, 2013

Headlines October 4, 2013

News:

Gaps emerge in U.S. efforts to shield troops, vets from shutdown -

When President Barack Obama signed the “Pay Our Military Act” Sept. 30, the goal was to ensure that U.S. troops get their salaries on time during the federal government shutdown along with essential payments like housing allowances.

 

Business:

Pentagon contract winners go unannounced as shutdown lingers -

The Pentagon may have awarded millions or billions of dollars in contracts since the U.S. government partially closed Oct. 1. The exact amount will remain a mystery for now, because the military said this week it has stopped publicly announcing contract awards.

Finmeccanica said to mull $1.6 billion Ansaldo unit offer -

Finmeccanica SpA board members are meeting Oct. 4 to discuss the sale of most of the Italian aerospace and defense company’s stake in power-plant division Ansaldo Energia, three people familiar with the matter said.

Bombardier need grows for jet order from AMR’s American -

Bombardier’s bet on winning a plane order from American Airlines, a deal stalled by antitrust opposition to a merger with US Airways Group, is becoming increasing crucial for the regional jet pioneer.

 

Defense:

Lawmakers press Hagel on same-sex benefits enrollment -

Two key Democrats are pressing the Defense Department about the refusal of several states to help same-sex military spouses apply for benefits at National Guard installations.

 

Veterans:

Unclaimed remains of 11 veterans laid to rest -

Eleven Utah veterans whose remains went unclaimed after they died have been honored with a military funeral. The Missing in America Project organized the ceremony Oct. 3 at Veterans Memorial Chapel in Bluffdale, Utah. The organization identifies veterans whose families haven’t come forward to collect their remains, and works to find the next of kin.

 

Space:

Sputnik anniversary, World Space Week put spotlight on spaceflight firsts -

The Space Age has been filled with exciting firsts. The one that started it all came 56 years ago today, when on Oct. 4, 1957 an antenna-studded satellite called Sputnik 1 became the first manmade object to orbit the earth. Other important space firsts followed, including the first man in space, the first woman, the first spacewalk, and, of course, the first man on the moon.

Clouds on alien planet mapped for first time -

Scientists have created the first-ever cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system. Although the roughly Jupiter-size Kepler-7b lies far closer to its star than scorching-hot Mercury does to the sun, astronomers using NASA’s Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have determined that clouds exist high up in the western portion of the exoplanet’s atmosphere.




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