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News Briefs – January 6, 2014

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Florida space center home to secret spacecraft Kennedy Space Center will be the testing site for a top-secret Air Force space plane. Boeing is working on the spacecraft, and the company announced Jan. 3 that it will convert a former space shuttle building for the X-37B orbital test vehicle program. An undisclosed number of workers…

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Headlines January 4, 2014

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News: Issa bill would end Saturday mail to repeal military pension cut - A top House Republican has proposed legislation that would  replace the controversial new cut in pension benefits for working-age military retirees by allowing the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery.   Business: Critical vote looms for Boeing machinists - Members of Boeing’s largest…

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News Briefs January 4, 2014

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,162 As of Dec. 31, 2013, at least 2,162 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,788 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines December 30, 2013

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News: Drones to take flight at six test sites chosen by FAA - The U.S. approved drone test centers in six states, including New York, as the start of research efforts to eventually allow civilian unmanned aircraft widespread access to the nation’s airways. Afghanistan war poll shows support falling to below Iraq, Vietnam levels - More than…

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News Briefs December 30, 2013

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Man charged with bilking VA for travel expenses Prosecutors say a Memphis, Tenn., man has been charged with improperly billing the Veterans Affairs Medical Center more than $5,000 in mileage for trips to and from Mississippi that he never made. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reimburses disabled veterans 41.5 cents per mile if they…

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Headlines December 28, 2013

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News: Obama signs defense law, calls it a ‘welcome step’ toward closing Guantanamo Bay prison - President Obama signed a sweeping defense policy law Dec. 26 that cracks down on sexual assault in the military and eases restrictions on transferring detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the custody of foreign countries. Boeing…

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News Briefs December 28, 2013

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Nader says Boeing pressure on union ‘unseemly’ Consumer activist and failed presidential candidate Ralph Nader has some words for Boeing. In an open letter to Boeing CEO Jim McNerney Dec. 26, Nader said the company’s effort to squeeze worker pensions and pay is “unseemly.” He cited McNerney’s salary as one reason and the tax advantages…

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Headlines December 23, 2013

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Business: Why acquiring Beechcraft would be great for Textron, Inc. - Textron investors were left smiling Dec. 20, when shares of the defense and aerospace conglomerate jumped more than 14 percent following an encouraging bit of acquisition news from the folks over at the Financial Times. Navy orders more JSOW Glide Bombs from Raytheon - The Department of Defense…

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News Briefs December 23, 2013

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NATO begins SOFA negotiations with Afghanistan NATO began Status of Forces Agreement negotiations with the government of Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued Dec. 21. Kirby’s statement reads as follows: “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was pleased to learn that NATO has begun negotiations with the Government of…

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Headlines December 20, 2013

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Defense: General orders review of tracking battlefield awards - The top U.S. commander for the Persian Gulf has ordered a review of how recommendations for battlefield awards are tracked by the Afghanistan command, which lost the paperwork for a Medal of Honor nominee and for other heroes.   Space: Gaia ‘billion-star surveyor’ lifts off - Europe has…

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