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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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Air Force photograph by MSgt. Chuck Marsh

‘NORAD Tracks Santa’: Bringing him to a home near you

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Headlines December 24, 2014

Business: Boeing, U.S. Navy in talks about stretching EA-18G jet production - The U.S. Navy Dec. 19 said it was in talks with Boeing Co about slowing production of its EA-18G electronic attack jets to keep the St. Louis facility running through the end of 2017, after Congress approved funding for 15 more planes. Navy’s $2.5...
 
 

News Briefs December 24, 2014

Chinese military plane crashes; two deaths reported A Chinese military plane crashed in the country’s northwest Dec. 22 and a news website says at least two people were killed. The plane crashed at about 3 p.m. near the city of Weinan, about 600 miles west of Beijing, in Shaanxi province, according to the local fire...
 

 

Headlines December 22, 2014

News: Report: DOD bomb hunters pried into U.S. firms, citizens - During some of the bloodiest days of U.S. combat in Afghanistan and the roadside bomb threat there, the Pentagon’s Joint IED Defeat Organization “improperly collected” intelligence on U.S. citizens and corporations to try to stem the threat, a Pentagon Inspector General report has found.  ...
 
 

News Briefs December 22, 2014

U.K., Canadian military leaves to join Ebola fight Reservists and troops from Britain and Canada have left for Sierra Leone to help in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak. British officials said Dec. 20 that 16 reservists and 100 regular military personnel left on a morning flight from the Brize Norton military airbase....
 
 

Navy helicopter crashes in Kuwait; all crewmembers ok

A U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 (HSC 26) crashed at 11:22 a.m., EST, Dec.21, while on an overland training flight at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. All six personnel aboard the helicopter survived the crash and were transported to nearby medical facilities for evaluation. Three of the six crewmembers sustained minor...
 




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