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Airbus edges Boeing in orders race at Paris air show

Posted June 19, 2015 by Greg Keller and Jamey Keaten

Europe’s Airbus glided past Boeing to take top overall honors in their annual competition to sell commercial jets at the Paris Air Show. The U.S. plane maker, however, inked more deals for wide-body planes. As the final tally came down June 18, the two archrivals together booked more than $107 billion in orders and commitments…

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Headlines June 15, 2015

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News: Arlington burial approved for Guardsman killed in crash – Army Secretary John McHugh has approved an exception to policy that will allow a Louisiana Guard soldier killed in a March 10 helicopter crash to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, officials announced June 12.   Business: Bomber contract loser won’t lack work, Air Force’s…

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News Briefs June 15, 2015

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Minister: U.S. weighing placement of army equipment in Poland Poland’s Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says the U.S. will “soon” take a decision to place heavy army equipment in warehouses in Poland for decades to come. Poland believes its security is threatened by Russia’s hostile actions in eastern Ukraine and is seeking permanent U.S. and NATO…

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Headlines June 12, 2015

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News: Trainers intended as lift, but quick Iraq turnaround Is unlikely – Obama’s plan does not call for small teams of American troops to accompany Iraqi fighters onto the battlefield, to call in airstrikes or advise on combat operations. Nor is it likely to significantly intensify an air campaign in which American warplanes have been…

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Headlines June 10, 2015

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News: Obama plan could send 1,000 more U.S. troops to Iraq – A day after President Obama was criticized for saying he lacked a “complete strategy” for training Iraqi troops, the White House tried gamely to explain June 9 what he really meant.   Business: U.S. Air Force to use new Lockheed spacecraft for next…

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Headlines June 8, 2015

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News: Russian bomber flights buzzing U.S. airspace doubled last year – The number of long-range Russian strategic bomber flights that buzzed U.S. airspace doubled last yaer from their norm, forcing American jets to frequently scramble and capturing the attention of hawks in Congress who believe the Kremlin is sending a veiled warning to President Obama to…

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Headlines June 5, 2015

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News: McCain, Reid spar over fate of Defense Bill – Two of the U.S. Senate’s old bulls squared off on the chamber floor June 4, trading barbs over the fate of a Pentagon policy bill. Ex-Pentagon official: Obama isn’t bluffing about Defense bill veto – President Obama is likely to follow through on his threat to veto…

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Report: Black Hawk pilots lost control, crashed in thick fog

Posted June 5, 2015 by Kevin McGill

A Black Hawk helicopter crashed last March, killing 11 servicemen, because two veteran Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter pilots got disoriented and lost control after failing to switch from visual-based to instrument-based flight procedures in a thick fog during a training exercise, the military said Thursday. The pilots, two other Louisiana guardsmen and seven Marines…

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Headlines June 3, 2015

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News: $579 billion defense bill passed by House panel – House appropriators June 2 advanced a $579 billion defense budget bill for fiscal 2016 that Republicans lauded as a responsible step toward funding national security and Democrats decried as another step toward fiscal chaos. U.S. bears arms in India-China rivalry – Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected…

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News Briefs June 3, 2015

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Army sergeant accused of taking bribes in Afghanistan An Army sergeant from Fort Campbell, Ky., has been accused of taking $100,000 and a Rolex watch in bribes from vendors seeking contracts in Afghanistan. A document filed June 1 in U.S. District Court in Paducah, Ky., charges 43-year-old Ramiro Pena Jr. with conspiring to commit bribery…

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