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President accepts Shinseki’s resignation as VA secretary

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President Barack Obama said May 30 that “with considerable regret” he has accepted the resignation of Eric K. Shinseki as secretary of veterans affairs. Sloan Gibson, who has served as deputy VA secretary for the last three months, will head the department in an acting capacity until a permanent successor takes office. “Ric Shinseki has…

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Headlines May 28, 2014

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News: Report shows wait ‘schemes’ are ‘systemic throughout VA’ - Veterans at the Phoenix veterans hospital waited on average 115 days for their first medical appointment, which is 91 days longer than the hospital reported, the Department of Veterans’ internal watchdog said May 28.  McKeon glad to see Obama ‘speaking up’ about U.S. leadership - While President…

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News Briefs May 28, 2014

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Philippines insists U.S. military accord is legal The Philippine government insisted May 27 that its new accord letting the U.S. expand its military presence in the country is legal and is confident the agreement will withstand constitutional challenges. Two court petitions argue that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement violates the constitutional ban on foreign military…

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Headlines May 23, 2014

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Business: Success for first Aegis Ashore missile launch - The first launch of an anti-ballistic missile from a new shore-based version of the classic Aegis missile system was successfully carried out May 20 in Hawaii.   U.S. Navy looking to boost CH-53K helicopter sales by 50 percent - U.S. Navy is in talks with other governments to boost…

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News Briefs May 23, 2104

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80 U.S. Air Force personnel on ground in Chad Eighty U.S. Air Force personnel have arrived in Chad and have begun their mission to help locate nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped in neighboring Nigeria, a U.S. military spokesman said May 22. The girls and young women were kidnapped April 15 from a school in the northeast…

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Machinists union votes to settle Stennis strike

Posted May 23, 2014 by AP

Machinists union members at Mississippi’s Stennis Space Center have voted to accept a contract proposal from Lockheed Martin, settling a five-day strike. Union spokesman Frank Larkin said members of Machinists Lodge 2249 voted 41-7 May 20 to accept a contract with Lockheed Martin. The union represents about 115 workers who support NASA rocket testing at…

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House rebuffs Pentagon on defense spending

Posted May 23, 2014 by Donna Cassata

The House May 22 overwhelmingly backed a $601 billion defense authorization bill that spares planes, ships and military bases in an election-year nod to hometown interests. Ignoring a White House veto threat, Republicans and Democrats united behind the popular measure that authorizes spending on weapons and personnel for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The…

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Headlines May 21, 2014

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News: Body found in search for Marine who fell during Osprey training flight - The body of a Marine who fell from an MV-22 Osprey aircraft May 19 during a training flight near White Lake was recovered May 20 after an exhaustive search by more than 1,000 military and law enforcement personnel.    Business: Space industry…

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News Briefs May 21, 2014

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Russian army readies return from Ukrainian border The Russian Defense Ministry says its units in the western regions bordering Ukraine are preparing for a journey to their home bases in line with President Vladimir Putin’s order. Putin ordered the withdrawal May 19 in what could be an attempt to ease tensions with the West over…

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Headlines May 19, 2014

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News: VA’s top health official resigns amid scandal over delays in vets’ care - The Veterans Affairs Department’s top health official abruptly resigned May 16 amid the exploding scandal over delays in veterans’ care.   Business: Airbus looks to overseas, cyber to grow business - free-spending days of the mid-2000s are all but over for the defense…

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