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News Briefs August 30, 2013

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Iran to work with Russia to stop strike on Syria Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country will press forward with efforts to ward off military action by the U.S. and its allies against the Tehran-backed regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Iranian state TV reported Aug. 29. The report said the remarks came late…

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Headlines August 26, 2013

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News: Obama awards Medal of Honor to SSgt. Ty Carter for heroism in Afghanistan Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter, the latest recipient of the nation’s highest military honor, hopes to use the award to help others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which has afflicted him since a 2009 battle in eastern Afghanistan that cost…

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News Briefs August 26, 2013

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Commander of U.S. nuclear weapons unit removed The Air Force has removed the commander of a nuclear weapons unit at a Montana base following a failed safety and security inspection this month that marked the second major misstep this year for one of the military’s most sensitive missions. Military leaders say the decision to relieve…

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California races other states to capture new space industry

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As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability should travelers get injured…

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Bales sentenced to life in prison, no chance of parole

Posted August 26, 2013 by Gene Johnson

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. ñ A military jury Aug. 23 sentenced a U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year to life in prison without a chance of parole. The decision came in the case of SSgt. Robert Bales, 40, who pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty. Bales…

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Headlines August 21, 2013

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News Pentagon weights firing thousands under 2014 spending cuts The Defense Department may have to fire at least 6,272 civilian employees if automatic cuts known as sequestration slice $52 billion from its fiscal 2014 budget, according to a Pentagon planning document.   Business Lockheed eyes 40 percent savings on next F-35 logistics contract Lockheed Martin…

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News Briefs: August 23, 2013

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South Dakota flights resuming three days after B-1B crash Flights were resuming out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota Aug. 22, three days after a B-1B bomber crashed in a remote area of southeastern Montana, an Air Force official said. Two pilots and two weapons system officers safely ejected Monday morning before the…

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Retired NASA astronaut, research test pilot Gordon Fullerton dies

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C. Gordon Fullerton, who compiled a distinguished career as a NASA astronaut, research pilot and Air Force test pilot spanning almost 50 years, died Aug. 21. He was 76.

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Headlines August 21, 2013

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News: F-35 support costs fall 22 percent, Pentagon manager estimates A fleet of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighters will cost $857 billion over 55 years to operate and support, 22 percent less than previously estimated, according to the head of the Pentagon office developing the plane.   Business: 10 U.S companies profiting most from U.S. military…

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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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