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July 9, 2014

News Briefs July 9, 2014

Air Force reservist sues U.S. Steel over 2014 firing

An Air Force reservist who serves near Pittsburgh says she was wrongly fired by U.S. Steel because she missed work due to her military deployments.

The plaintiff, 33-year-old Rebecca Jackanic, of Coraopolis, says she had worked for U.S. Steel as an aircraft dispatcher since 2002.

Jackanic is also a sergeant in the reserves and deployed to Kuwait from 2003 to 2005, and at various times to other Middle East missions in 2009 and 2010.

Jackanic says she was fired after she was deployed for a training missing involving aircraft housed at the 911 Air Wing west of Pittsburgh in November 2012.

That deployment was to end in May, but she was fired in March in what U.S. Steel termed a ìreorganization.î
Jackanic contends that was a pretext. U.S. Steel declined comment. AP

Explorers find 1952 U.S. plane wreck in Lake Ontario

Underwater explorers say they’ve found the wreck of a U.S. Air Force twin-engine plane that crashed into Lake Ontario more than 60 years ago.

The C-45 flew for miles on its own after its three-man crew and two civilian passengers bailed out when one of the engines failed during a flight over central New York in 1952. The aircraft flew on automatic pilot for more than an hour before it crashed into the lake off Oswego.

A team of Rochester, N.Y., area explorers say July 8 that they located the nearly intact plane in deep water while searching for historic shipwrecks on the lake’s eastern end.

The C-45 was on a routine flight on Sept. 11, 1952, from Massachusetts to Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y., when it crashed. AP

Israel army authorized to mobilize 40,000 troops

The Israeli government has given the military permission to mobilize up to 40,000 additional reservists as it steps up an offensive in the Gaza Strip.

The July 8 decision came hours after Israel launched an offensive aimed at stopping weeks of heavy rocket fire out of Gaza.
The Israeli military said there were no immediate plans to call up the reservists, but the order was a contingency if the offensive needs to be expanded.

Israeli officials say the open-ended operation could go on for some time. AP

Vet sues after burial plot with gay partner denied

A U.S. Navy veteran is suing after the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife.

Seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor tried to make advance arrangements last year to have her ashes interred with Jean Mixner at the cemetery.

The couple was legally married in California in 2008, but cemetery employees refused her request because Idaho state law doesn’t recognize their marriage.

Taylor is represented in the case filed July 7 in federal court by the National Center of Lesbian Rights and Boise attorneys Deborah Ferguson and Craig Durham.

The legal team successfully sued to overturn Idaho’s gay marriage ban earlier this year. That case is currently on appeal before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. AP




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