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October 31, 2013

Headlines October 31, 2013

News:

U.S. military commandos made it to Benghazi -

Masked from public view, two of the U.S. military’s elite special operations commandos have been awarded medals for bravery for a mission that further undercuts the Obama administration’s original story about the Benghazi tragedy.

 

Business:

Boeing said to near 777X order haul of up to $87 billion -

Boeing is in talks with four airlines on talks on orders for its redesigned 777X jetliner valued at as much as $87 billion ahead of next month’s Dubai Airshow, people familiar with the matter said.

European aerospace earnings seen at risk from dollar weakness -

European aerospace and defense companies from Rolls-Royce to Finmeccanica face in increased risk to earnings as the dollar weakens against the euro and pound, according to industry analysts.

Boeing assigns much of 777X work away from Seattle -

Boeing assigned much of the design work for its upgraded 777X wide-body jet away from the Seattle area, where the plane maker historically has done most of its engineering and production.

Bombardier profit dips as aircraft deliveries, orders fall -

Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier reported a 15 percent fall in net profit, and said both aircraft orders and deliveries fell in the third quarter.

 

Defense:

F-35 fighter drops first guided bomb against ground target -

The Lockheed Martin F-35 dropped a 500-pound bomb this week hitting a tank at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and marking the first time the new airplane has fired a weapon, the Pentagon said Oct. 30.

USS Zumwalt hits the water as largest Navy destroyer ever -

The USS Zumwalt, a massive 610-foot modern-day destroyer with an advanced rocket system, launched into the water off a Maine dock on Monday, in a surprisingly quiet ceremony, given the vessel’s record-breaking size and unusual shape.

Bigger and better: MQ-8C takes to skies -

The Fire Scout system has proven itself in numerous and diverse operational deployments, supporting troops on the ground in Afghanistan, completing weapons Rapid Deployment Capability testing with the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, continuing deployments on Guided Missile Frigates class ships, and now preparing to welcome a new air vehicle to its ranks. This week the newest Fire Scout variant, MQ-8C Fire Scout, will take to the skies for the first time.

 

Veterans:

Deadline extended for grant applications to help women vets -

Newman’s Own Foundation has extended its deadline to Nov. 1 for applications for grants that will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that help female veterans with career development.

Spas and limos? VA work amounted to paid vacation for some feds -

Planners at the Department of Veterans Affairs accepted thousands of dollars in meals, spas, gift baskets and limo and helicopter rides from hotels hoping to host the VA’s lavish conference business, a congressional investigation has found.

U.S. Second World War bomber found in China -

Four Chinese fishermen who were searching for crabs in a river have accidentally discovered what is believed to be a World War II bomber. The men were trauling through the Yangtze River in Zhanghu County, Anqing, eastern China’s Anhui Province, when they came across the wreckage.

 

Space:

The lava-Earth where years are only 8.5 hours long -

With its size and rocky composition, this small hot planet orbiting a star 700 light years away bears striking similarities to Earth, scientists say. Kepler 78b is the smallest exoplanet whose mass and size are known. It is just 1.2 times bigger than Earth, 1.7 times more massive, and has an almost identical density.

Coldest place in universe identified -

A ghostly nebula shining about 5,000 light-years from Earth is also the coldest known object in the universe. The dead star creating the Boomerang Nebula is sloughing off gas from its shell, which is producing the strangely shaped cosmic object, astronomers have discovered. The gas is cooling as it flows away from the white dwarf star in a process similar to how refrigerators stay cold by using expanding gas.

 

International:

Putin oversees massive military exercise involving Russia’s nuclear forces -

President Vladimir Putin oversaw a massive exercise of Russia’s nuclear forces Oct. 30 that involved multiple test launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, a formidable demonstration of Russia’s resurgent military power.

Iraq seeking new aid after pushing out U.S. troops -

A bloody resurgence of al Qaeda in Iraq is prompting Baghdad to ask the U.S. for more weapons, training and manpower, two years after pushing American troops out of the country.

Confident China unveils its secretive nuclear submarine fleet -

For more than 40 years, its fleet of nuclear submarines has been shrouded in mystery. But now, China has unveiled the older generation of vessels, which can fire destructive rockets from under the sea.

Russia test fires series of nuclear-capable missiles -

Russia Oct. 30 test-fired a series of short- and long-range nuclear-capable missiles as part of an unannounced check of the readiness of its massive Soviet-era force.




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