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Headlines February 13, 2015

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News: Twenty-two Marines hurt in California training accident – Nearly two dozen Marines were treated for exposure to a fire retardant gas Feb. 12 after an extinguishing system accidently went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries, officials said. Senate approves Ashton Carter as new SecDef in 93-5…

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Military jet crashes in southern Russia, two crewmen missing A Russian military jet crashed Feb. 11 while trying to land in southern Russia and the fate of its two crewmembers is unknown, the Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the Su-24 bomber went down as it was approaching its base in the southern Volgograd region…

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SpaceX launches observatory on third try, nixes landing test

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SpaceX launched an observatory inspired by former Vice President Al Gore toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away Feb. 11.

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Headlines February 11, 2015

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News: White House weighs adjusting Afghan exit plan to slow withdrawal of troops – The Obama administration is considering slowing its planned withdrawal from Afghanistan for the second time, according to U.S. officials, a sign of the significant security challenges that remain despite an end to the U.S. and NATO combat mission there.   Business: L-3…

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Pentagon No. 2 sounds alarm over tech erosion The Pentagon’s second-ranking official is sounding alarm bells about an erosion of America’s military technological edge and warning that a return to automatic budget cuts would be an ìunmitigated disasterî for the Pentagon. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work made the assertions Feb. 10 in remarks prepared for…

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Headlines February 9, 2015

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News Victims of 2009 Hood shooting to receive Purple Heart The Army will award the Purple Heart and its civilian counterpart to victims of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, the Army announced Feb. 6. http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/2015/02/06/fort-hood-shooting-purple-heart/22982217/ Fitzhugh ‘Fitz’ Fulton, revered military and NASA test pilot, dies at 89 Pilot Fitzhugh “Fitz” Fulton Jr., known…

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News Briefs February 9, 2015

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U.S. shipload of weapons and ammunition arrives in Lebanon The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon says $25 million worth of military assistance has arrived in Beirut in the latest American aid shipment to Lebanon’s army. David Hale says the equipment includes more than 70 howitzers and over 26 million rounds of ammunition and artillery ìof all…

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SpaceX launch of observatory, landing test off until Feb. 10

Posted February 9, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

A deep-space observatory has to wait yet another day before flying. SpaceX called off the Feb. 8 launch attempt because of trouble with the Air Force rocket-tracking radar. The company targeted Feb. 9, but decided to wait until Feb.10 for better weather. That gives SpaceX time to replace a video transmitter on the first-stage booster…

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Headlines February 6, 2015

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News: A-10 warplane tops list for friendly fire deaths – The Air Force A-10 attack jet has killed more U.S. troops in friendly fire incidents and more Afghan civilians than any other aircraft flown by the U.S. military, according to data declassified and obtained by USA TODAY. Internal Navy email: Safety of Sea Dragons in question –…

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News Briefs February 6, 2015

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Box of live ammo falls from military chopper during training A box of live ammunition accidentally fell from a U.S. military helicopter during a night training exercise over populous South Florida. Miami-Dade police said the box was lost Feb. 4 over an area in the northwest part of the county. Authorities were urging anyone who…

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