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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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Military chiefs called to task on spending issues

Posted September 20, 2013 by Pauline Jelinek

The head of the House Armed Services Committee on Sept. 18 told the nation’s top military brass that their credibility is on the lineî if they don’t give greater details about how budget cuts will affect national security. ìGentlemen, for two years you or your predecessors have come to this committee describing the consequences of…

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News Briefs October 21, 2013

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DOD begins the transfer of airbase in Kyrgyzstan The U.S. Department of Defense has begun the process of relocating from the Transit Center at Manas International Airport and plans to complete the transfer of areas and facilities to the government of Kyrgyzstan by July 2014. The current agreement between the U.S. and Kyrgyz governments on…

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Headlines November 22, 2013

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News: U.S. has deal on Afghan pact before tribal leaders meet - U.S. and Afghan officials have reached an accord permitting some American forces to remain in Afghanistan after next year, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Nov. 21. Karzai lauds U.S. accord as Afghans debate keeping troops - Afghan President Hamid Karzai hailed a pact…

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News Briefs December 28, 2013

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Nader says Boeing pressure on union ‘unseemly’ Consumer activist and failed presidential candidate Ralph Nader has some words for Boeing. In an open letter to Boeing CEO Jim McNerney Dec. 26, Nader said the company’s effort to squeeze worker pensions and pay is “unseemly.” He cited McNerney’s salary as one reason and the tax advantages…

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Headlines – January 31, 2014

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Business: Northrop profit, sales top view; eyes higher EPS in 2014 - Northrop Grumman, maker of surveillance drones and other military equipment, Jan. 30 reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings despite a drop in revenues and said share buybacks would drive earnings per share higher in 2014.  Raytheon fourth-quarter earnings beat estimates, foreign sales strong - U.S. arms maker…

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Headlines – March 10, 2014

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News: DOD budget: Expect big changes in five-year spending priorities - Just before Maj. Gen. Jim Martin, the U.S. Air Force budget director, walked into the Pentagon briefing room on March 4, an aide slipped him a note.  Boeing reports wing cracks on 787 Dreamliners in production - Boeing said March 7 that “hairline cracks” had been…

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Boeing to give California workers $47 million in back pay

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PALMDALE, Calif. – Boeing will pay $47 million to hundreds of current and former Southern California employees who are owed back pay and benefits, a union announced April 18. An arbitrator ruled against the aerospace giant in January and laid down guidelines for the payments and interest, but it took months to cull through records…

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News Briefs May 19, 2014

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Fire crews make progress on Camp Pendleton fires Marine Corps officials say fire crews are continuing to make progress in battling three fires at Camp Pendleton. Lt. Ryan Finnegan said May 18 that the largest fire has chewed through 15,000 acres and is 55 percent contained. Finnegan says another fire that started at a Naval…

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Air Force awards new combat rescue helicopter contract

Posted June 27, 2014 by SSgt. Carlin Leslie

The Air Force awarded a $1.28 billion contract for the initial engineering and manufacturing development phase of the new combat rescue helicopter to Sikorsky Aircraft Company on June 26. The contract also includes procurement of the first four of the program’s planned 112 aircraft. “Over the last 10 years, the Air Force has discussed upgrading…

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