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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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News Briefs September 30, 2013

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No. 2 nuke commander suspended amid casino probe Officials say the No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces is suspected in a case involving counterfeit gambling chips at a western Iowa casino and has been suspended from his duties. Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina has not been…

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Hagel issues message to workforce as potential shutdown looms

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With a government shutdown possible in the absence of federal funding beyond fiscal 2013, which ends at midnight tonight, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Sept. 30 issued a message to the Defense Department workforce. Here is the text of the secretary’s message: As you know, the government’s annual funding could expire at midnight tonight. I have…

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Headlines September 27, 2013

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News: Airplanes fly as mail delivered even if government shuts - Planes will still fly and land safely with the aid of federal air traffic controllers even if Congress can’t reach a deal to fund the federal government. FBI agents will investigate crimes, mail will be delivered, Social Security checks and Medicare payments will go out…

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