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NORAD to track Santa’s global journey

Posted December 20, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

Air Force photograph by Michael Kucharek Santa Claus reviews his flight plan for his annual Christmas Eve trek across the globe in the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Current Operations Center at the NORAD and Northcom headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. On Christmas Eve, tens of thousands of children…

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News Briefs December 18, 2013

Posted December 18, 2013 by

Navy to christen USS Milwaukee in Marinette The U.S. Navy is preparing to christen its newest littoral combat ship the USS Milwaukee, which will make it the fifth naval vessel to bear the name of Wisconsin’s largest city. The ship will be christened Dec. 18 at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard, Marinette, Wisc., by Sylvia…

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NASA postpones Orbital launch, sets spacewalks to repair faulty station pump module

Posted December 18, 2013 by

NASA managers are postponing the upcoming Orbital Sciences commercial cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station to proceed with a series of spacewalks to replace a faulty pump module on the space station. Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft, atop its Antares rocket, now will launch no earlier than January. The postponement of the Antares launch…

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Feds grant Navy permit for sonar training

Posted December 18, 2013 by Julie Watson

Environmental organizations filed a lawsuit Dec. 16 against the National Marine Fisheries Service to demand it force the Navy to consider alternatives to its five-year plan that will intensify its sonar use off Southern California and Hawaii. Earthjustice, representing several groups, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Honolulu, only hours after the federal agency…

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Aircraft crash in Afghanistan kills six NATO troops

Posted December 18, 2013 by

KABUL, Afghanistan ó NATO says six service members have died in an aircraft crash in southern Afghanistan, in an area where there was no fighting reported at the time. The alliance says in a statement the crash occurred Dec. 17 and that it’s under investigation. It did not provide any further details nor on the…

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Headlines December 16, 2013

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News: Boeing reviewing 54 sites for 777X after union talks fail - Boeing is reviewing 54 sites in 22 states to build its 777X aircraft after union chiefs balked at contract concessions and said rank-and-file members wouldn’t vote on the company’s latest terms.   Business: AIG to sell aircraft leasing business in $5.4 billion deal - American…

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News Briefs December 16, 2013

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U.S. says Chinese warship nearly struck Navy cruiser U.S. military officials say a Chinese warship nearly collided with an American Navy guided missile cruiser operating in international waters. U.S. Pacific Fleet says it happened Dec. 5 in the South China Sea, and that the USS Cowpens maneuvered to avoid the collision. The State Department has…

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Headlines December 13, 2013

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News: Chinese try to halt U.S. cruiser in international waters - A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.   Business: Boeing must decide on F/A-18 production in March…

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News Briefs December 13, 2013

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Tuskegee airman William Booker dead at 90 William L. Booker, one of the black military aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen, has died at the age of 90. Booker’s family says he died Nov. 30 at a Kirkland, Wash., nursing home after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Booker served as a navigator and flight…

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Boeing issues statement on IAM talks, plans South Carolina expansion activities

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Boeing and the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 have completed a third day of meetings following an attempt last month to secure a contract extension. Dec. 12, in response to a proposal presented Dec. 11 by the union to secure 777X work in the Puget Sound region, Boeing presented a best…

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