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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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News Briefs September 27, 2013

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Minuteman missile test-launched from California The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California. The missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:33 a.m., PDT, Sept. 26 It was the second Minuteman launch from Vandenberg this week. The first was launched early Sunday. No details of the…

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News Briefs November 1, 2013

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Navy kickback mastermind seeks shorter prison term The mastermind of a kickback scheme that cost the Navy $18 million is asking a judge to sentence him to a split term of prison and community service, rather than the more than 10 years behind bars that prosecutors are seeking. Ralph M. Mariano is set to be…

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Headlines December 6, 2013

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News: Arlington Cemetery wreath laying tradition faces donations shortfall - There may be a shortage of wreaths to lay on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery this year because corporate donors that help cover the cost are spreading their funds to include other veteran’s cemeteries across the nation, the Washington Post reported Dec. 5. Rocket with…

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Headlines – January 10, 2014

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News: Air Force crew members ‘made the ultimate sacrifice’ - The bodies of the four American air crew killed in a helicopter crash on the north Norfolk coast were removed from the wreckage today as their commander paid tribute to their ‘ultimate sacrifice.’ Captains Christopher S. Stover and Sean M. Ruane and TSgt. Dale E. Mathews…

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Headlines – February 12, 2014

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News: House votes to cancel cuts to military benefits - Acting to appease furious veterans’ groups, the House passed a bill Feb. 11 to undo about $6 billion worth of cuts to military retirement benefits.   Business: Singapore air show to focus on F-16s, F-35s - F-16 upgrade programs and F-35 deals in the region are expected…

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Headlines March 24, 2014

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Business: Lockheed Martin F-35’s software delayed, GAO says - Delays in testing critical software for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet are threatening to delay the Pentagon’s most expensive weapon and boost development costs, according to congressional investigators.  Boeing U.S. tanker program seen $1 billion over budget - The U.S. Air Force on Friday estimated that Boeing’s development of…

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Headlines April 30, 2014

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News: House panel rejects benefits cuts in 2015 defense budget - In the first official congressional action on the Pentagon’s proposed 2015 budget, House lawmakers have rejected proposed cuts in housing allowances and commissary funding, as well as an overhaul of the Tricare system that would increase out-of-pocket costs for some beneficiaries.  New U.S. stealth jet…

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News Briefs June 2, 2014

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Australia resettles more than 500 Afghan helpers Australia revealed June 1 that it had resettled in recent months more than 500 Afghans who had jeopardized their own safety by helping the Australian military in their war-ravaged homeland. The Afghans, mainly interpreters and their families, were granted refugee visas. Most were resettled in Australia since late…

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Headlines July 11, 2014

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Business: F-35 engine fire may be one-time incident, U.S. says - The engine fire that led the Pentagon to ground its fleet of F-35 fighters may have been caused by an isolated flaw, according to the Defense Department’s top weapons buyer.  Window closing on F-35 appearance at RIAT - The F-35 joint strike fighter won’t be appearing…

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