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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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News Briefs July 9, 2014

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Air Force reservist sues U.S. Steel over 2014 firing An Air Force reservist who serves near Pittsburgh says she was wrongly fired by U.S. Steel because she missed work due to her military deployments. The plaintiff, 33-year-old Rebecca Jackanic, of Coraopolis, says she had worked for U.S. Steel as an aircraft dispatcher since 2002. Jackanic…

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Headlines August 11, 2014

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News: As strikes begin in Iraq, many options for Pentagon – The US campaign against a militant group that has taken control of huge chunks of Iraq has begun. Despite the near-total withdrawal of U.S. ground troops from the country in the past five years, the Pentagon has many options for more airstrikes – and many…

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NASA chooses American companies to transport U.S. astronauts to ISS

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U.S. astronauts once again will travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts NASA announced Sept. 16. The agency unveiled its selection of Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively, with…

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Headlines October 17, 2014

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News: Turkey OK’s American drones to fight ISIS – Turkey is now allowing the U.S. to launch unmanned aircraft to fly over Syria. But so far, traditional warplanes are out of the question. New Ingalls boss focusing on cost performance, agility – Brian Cuccias has been in the Gulf Coast shipbuilding business for 35 years, working for…

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News Briefs Nov, 17, 2014

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Second stealthy destroyer starting to take shape The second of three stealthy destroyers under construction in Maine is starting to take shape. The Navy says it has completed the hoisting of the 1,000-ton composite deckhouse onto the 610-foot hull of the future USS Michael Monsoor. It took four cranes to complete the job Nov. 14….

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Headlines December 24, 2014

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Business: Boeing, U.S. Navy in talks about stretching EA-18G jet production – The U.S. Navy Dec. 19 said it was in talks with Boeing Co about slowing production of its EA-18G electronic attack jets to keep the St. Louis facility running through the end of 2017, after Congress approved funding for 15 more planes. Navy’s $2.5…

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News Briefs February 4, 2015

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POW/MIA command in Hawaii has new name The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii now has a new name that reflects a merger of offices. The new agency is called the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The change involves a merger between JPAC in Hawaii, the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office in Washington, D.C., and some functions…

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Headlines March 11, 2015

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News: Seven Marines, four soldiers missing after helicopter crashes in Florida – Seven Marines and four soldiers were missing early March 11 after an Army helicopter crashed during a night training exercise at Elgin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle.   Business: Defense contractor sues Navy over damage to high-tech blimp in hangar collapse – A…

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Headlines April 17, 2015

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News: Army extends benefits to Hood shooting victims – The Army will provide “all possible benefits” to victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting who recently were awarded the Purple Heart, the service announced April 16.   Business: Rolls-Royce lands biggest deal in its 109-year history – U.K. engineering company Rolls-Royce has won the largest order in…

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