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News Briefs September 30, 2013

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No. 2 nuke commander suspended amid casino probe Officials say the No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces is suspected in a case involving counterfeit gambling chips at a western Iowa casino and has been suspended from his duties. Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina has not been…

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Navy accepts delivery of future USS Coronado (LCS4)

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Austal USA photograph The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducts at-sea acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the U.S. Navy, which is planned for later this fall. The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Coronado (LCS 4) during a ceremony…

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Airbus may lead to more development in Mobile

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Downtown Mobile, Ala., faces unprecedented development opportunity with Airbus setting up shop just minutes down the road, but savvy developers will need to time their participation almost perfectly to maximize mounting revitalization efforts. Downtown is prepared to absorb many new businesses and employees. Our development and real estate communities are working closely together to accommodate…

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Affordable Care Act will impact federal civilian employees

Posted September 30, 2013 by Gloria Kwizera

Starting in January, all individuals must maintain minimum health care coverage for themselves and all dependents claimed on their federal tax return, or must qualify for an exemption. Those who do not will be charged a penalty beginning with their 2014 federal tax return. Under, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148…

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NASA awards synthetic aperture radar Distributed Active Archive Center contract

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NASA has selected the University of Alaska at Fairbanks to develop and operate the Synthetic Aperture Radar Distributed Active Archive Center for NASAĆ­s Earth Observing System Data and Information System. The maximum total value of this cost-no-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract is about $49 million. The contract begins Oct. 1 and extends through Sept. 30, 2018….

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Boeing delivers first Next-Generation 737-900ER to Delta Air Lines

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Boeing and Delta Air Lines have celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range). The delivery is part of Delta’s 100-airplane order placed in 2011 to renew its single-aisle fleet with more fuel-efficient airplanes. “We have been looking forward to celebrating this delivery with Delta and are proud to see the Next-Generation…

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Soldier input aids Army researchers

Posted September 30, 2013 by Jake Dorsey

When Army researchers needed feedback on a new combat vehicle, they went to the real experts – the users. They visited experienced brigades – including 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, a Stryker brigade combat team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord – to get the opinions of Soldiers whose lives could depend on the new vehicles and…

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Hagel issues message to workforce as potential shutdown looms

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With a government shutdown possible in the absence of federal funding beyond fiscal 2013, which ends at midnight tonight, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Sept. 30 issued a message to the Defense Department workforce. Here is the text of the secretary’s message: As you know, the government’s annual funding could expire at midnight tonight. I have…

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Astronauts Chamitoff, Garan depart NASA

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NASA astronauts Gregory Chamitoff and Ronald Garan are leaving the agency. Chamitoff is joining the faculty of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and the University of Sydney in Australia. Garan will work on a range of new entrepreneurial and humanitarian efforts. “Greg and Ron will certainly be missed by the Astronaut Office,” said…

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft finds ingredient of household plastic in space

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, on Saturn’s moon Titan. This is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth. A small amount of propylene was identified in Titan’s lower atmosphere by Cassini’s Composite…

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