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News briefs, November 9th, 2012

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Navy jet makes emergency landing in San Diego   The Navy says a fighter jet training 100 miles off the San Diego coast has made an emergency landing. U-T San Diego says the F/A-18 jet was training with the aircraft carrier Nimitz Nov. 6 when it was diverted. It landed safely at Marine Corps Air…

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News briefs, November 7th 2012

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British prime minister in Gulf seeking to boost military ties   British Prime Minister David Cameron is visiting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to expand military and trade links despite strained relations over probes into human rights issues. A main goal of Cameron’s trip to the two Gulf states is to push through…

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News Briefs – November 5, 2012

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Pentagon saw chance for hostage mission in Libya The Pentagon says that the U.S. military was ready within a few hours of the terrorist attacks on U.S. outposts in eastern Libya to respond to numerous possibilities, including hostages. Pentagon press secretary George Little said Nov. 2 that when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered several U.S….

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Iraq war contractor ordered to pay $85 million

Posted November 5, 2012 by Nigel Duara and Steven Dubouis

A jury Nov. 2 ordered an American military contractor to pay $85 million after finding it guilty of negligence for illnesses suffered by a dozen Oregon soldiers who guarded an oilfield water plant during the Iraq war. After a three-week trial, the jury deliberated for just two days before reaching a decision against the contractor,…

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Judge backs NASA lab in work discrimination case

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A California judge has tentatively ruled in favor of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by a former computer specialist who alleged he was singled out in part because of his belief in intelligent design. Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige issued a tentative ruling Nov. 1 saying he was leaning toward…

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News Briefs – November 2, 2012

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,015 As of Oct. 30, 2012, at least 2,015 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 1,680 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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News Briefs – November 1, 2012

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U.S. military chief in Israel to oversee joint drill   The American military chief is in Israel to observe the largest armed forces drill between the two countries. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, was meeting Oct. 28 with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the beginning of his visit….

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News Briefs – October 29, 2012

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Navy sending fewer ship mattresses to landfills The Navy is sending fewer of its shipboard mattresses to landfills. The mattresses from two Virginia-based aircraft carriers and another ship are having their parts recycled by a South Carolina company this year for other uses. In all, the Navy plans to recycle 13,000 mattresses from the USS…

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News Briefs – October 26, 2012

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,012 As of Oct. 23, 2012, at least 2,012 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 1,679 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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NASA Dryden F/A-18 to chase ‘FaINT’ sonic booms

Posted October 26, 2012 by timchisham

NASA photograph by Jim Ross NASA’s F/A-18B mission support aircraft 852 is pictured flying over the high desert near the Tehachapi Mountains northwest of Mojave, Calif. The aircraft will be flying a series of low-supersonic, high-altitude flight profiles during the Farfield Investigation of No Boom Threshold, or FaINT, flight research project at NASA Dryden. NASA’s…

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