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News Briefs: August 21, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,126 As of Aug. 20, at least 2,126 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 1,763 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of…

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Judge sentences Manning to 35 years confinement

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Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning was sentenced at Fort Meade, Md., Aug. 21 to 35 years of confinement, reduction to the lowest enlisted rank, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances for his July 30 conviction on a variety of charges related to publication of government information on the WikiLeaks website. Army…

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4 crew names released from B-1B bomber crash

Posted August 21, 2013 by Newsfinder from AP

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AP) _ The Air Force has released the names of the four South Dakota crew members who safely ejected from a B-1B bomber that crashed in Montana. Maj. Frank Biancardi II and Capt. Curtis Michael were the instructor pilots on board. Capt. Chad Nishizuka and Capt. Brandon Packard were weapons…

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Headlines August 19, 2013

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News: U.S., China to expand military exchanges amid rows over cyber security, territory The United States and China agreed Aug. 19 to expand military exchanges and exercises as part of efforts to build more stable ties, despite tensions over cyber security and East Asian territorial disputes.   Business: South Korea targets growing Asian defense market…

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News Briefs August 19, 2013

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17 punished for placing sex ads while deployed The Marine Corps says 17 people have been punished for placing ads on the Internet seeking sex while they were deployed to Afghanistan. The Los Angeles Times reports Aug. 17 those punished included 11 military personnel and six civilian employees of the Department of Defense. The ads…

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B-1 Lancer crashes in Montana

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A B-1B Lancer with the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., crashed near Broadus, Mont., during a routine training mission Aug. 19. A crew of two pilots and two weapon systems officers†were on†board. All four members of the aircrew safely ejected with some injuries. “We are actively working to ensure the safety of…

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Crews rush to clean up former California nuke lab

Posted August 19, 2013 by Alicia Chang

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – The sun was barely up at a former Cold War rocket test site when crews in hard hats, neon vests and steel-toe boots collected jars of dirt as part of a massive effort to clean up from a partial nuclear meltdown a half century ago. Parties that inherited the toxic mess…

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Headlines August 16, 2013

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News: U.S.-Egypt military ties strained; Obama cancels joint maneuvers President Obama Aug. 15 canceled joint military maneuvers between U.S. and Egyptian troops scheduled for next month as he seeks to find levers the U.S. can use to quell deadly clashes in the North African nation and force both sides back into negotiations. States jockey to…

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News Briefs August 16, 2013

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Employer sued over Reserve airman’s firing The U.S. Attorneyís Office is suing an employer on behalf of a military member whose job was terminated after he returned from required military training. Regal Contractors fired Lon Fluman, a senior airman at Dover Air Force Base, Del., from his job as a maintenance technician last year after…

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Headlines August 14, 2013

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Business Textron Systems eyes rising foreign demand for drones, weapons Textron Systems, a unit of Textron Inc , says strong demand from the Middle East and Asia for unmanned systems, ground vehicles and smart weapons will help expand foreign sales to about half of the division’s total revenues in coming years. Israeli drones over Brazil’s…

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