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News Briefs October 11, 2013

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U.S. cutting hundreds of millions in aid to Egypt The United States Oct. 9 cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to its Mideast ally Egypt, responding to the military ouster last summer of the nation’s first democratically elected president and the crackdown on protesters that has sunk the country into violent turmoil. While…

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Headlines October 9, 2013

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News: Pentagon chief attends arrival of four war dead - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled to Dover Air Force Base Oct. 9 for the arrival of the remains of four U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Joining Hagel on the trip from Washington were Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. Shutdown…

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News Briefs October 9, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,147 As of Oct. 8, 2013, at least 2,147 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 1,775 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines October 7, 2013

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News: Most furloughed DOD civilians will return to work Oct. 7 - Most furloughed Defense Department civilians are returning to work Oct. 7. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced just before 3 p.m. Saturday that “most DOD civilians placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown will be asked to return to work beginning next week.”  …

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News Briefs October 7, 2013

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United Technologies cancels furlough plans United Technologies Corp. has canceled plans to furlough employees at its aerospace businesses following the recall of Defense Contract Management Agency inspectors responsible for auditing and approving operations throughout the manufacturing process for military products. United Technologies greatly appreciates the efforts of those in the Administration and Congress who facilitated…

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Headlines October 4, 2013

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News: Gaps emerge in U.S. efforts to shield troops, vets from shutdown - When President Barack Obama signed the “Pay Our Military Act” Sept. 30, the goal was to ensure that U.S. troops get their salaries on time during the federal government shutdown along with essential payments like housing allowances.   Business: Pentagon contract winners go…

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News Briefs October 4, 2013

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Miramar air show cancelled amid gov’t shutdown Marine Corps officials say the federal government shutdown has forced cancellation of the Miramar Air Show in San Diego this year. Marine Corps officials in a statement Oct. 3 apologized for the inconvenience the cancellation may have caused the sponsors and those planning to attend the event that…

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Innaugural West Coast launch a huge success for SpaceX

Posted October 4, 2013 by Peter W. Merlin

SpaceX successfully launched its next-generation Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 29. This was the sixth launch of a Falcon 9 and the maiden flight of the upgraded F9 (v.1.1) model. It was also the inaugural flight from the companys new West Coast launch complex. All previous Falcon rockets were launched…

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Air Force mechanics at Utah base protest shutdown

Posted October 4, 2013 by Paul Foy

The government shutdown has furloughed some civilians at Hill Air Force Base while forcing thousands more to continue working without any hope of receiving a paycheck, a union leader said Oct. 2. People are angry, demoralized. I’ve never seen it this bad in the 31 years I’ve been a federal employee, said Monty Lewis, president…

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Headlines September 30, 2013

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News: Senate approves bill to pay military during shutdown - Senate Democrats are vowing to reject House Republicans’ last-minute bid to delay ObamaCare by attaching new amendments to a must-pass spending bill. But the Senate has accepted one Republican idea – a bill that would pay the military in the event of a shutdown. The Senate easily approved…

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