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News Briefs April 24, 2015

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German defense minister: widely used rifle has no future A widely used assault rifle has “no future” with the German military in its current form, Germany’s defense minister said April 22, escalating a dispute over the weapon’s alleged shortcomings. Ursula von der Leyen said last month that a study showed the G36 rifle has a…

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Headlines April 22, 2015

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News: Virgin Galactic will fly again – Virgin Galactic hopes to begin testing a new version of SpaceShipTwo by the end of the year according to the company’s chief executive.   Business: Poland selects Patriot, Caracal helos – Poland has selected the U.S. Patriot system and the Airbus Caracal helicopter as the European nation faces an increasingly…

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News Briefs April 22, 2015

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U.S. says ship’s mission off Yemen is to protect navigation The White House says the U.S. aircraft carrier heading to the waters off Yemen is there to protect freedom of navigation and commerce. Navy officials said April 20 that the USS Theodore Roosevelt would beef up security following reports of Iranian ships heading toward Yemen,…

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Headlines April 20, 2015

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News: Sale of U.S. arms fuels the wars of Arab states – As the Middle East descends into proxy wars, sectarian conflicts and battles against terrorist networks, countries in the region that have stockpiled American military hardware are now actually using it and wanting more. U.S. spending $1 billion to reassure European allies – From Army rotations…

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News Briefs April 20, 2015

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Last two Raiders give congressional medal to Ohio museum The last two ìDoolittle Tokyo Raidersî have presented their Congressional Gold Medal for permanent display at a museum in southwest Ohio. The medal arrived at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton in a ceremonial B-25 bomber flight. The medal was awarded by…

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Headlines April 17, 2015

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News: Army extends benefits to Hood shooting victims – The Army will provide “all possible benefits” to victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting who recently were awarded the Purple Heart, the service announced April 16.   Business: Rolls-Royce lands biggest deal in its 109-year history – U.K. engineering company Rolls-Royce has won the largest order in…

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News Briefs April 17, 2015

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Army orders financial benefits for 2009 Fort Hood victims Dozens of soldiers and surviving family members of the 2009 Fort Hood, Texas, shooting are receiving additional Army pay that they felt was long overdue. The announcement from Army Sec. John McHugh April 16 comes a week after 36 Purple Hearts were awarded to victims and…

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Union: S.C. reps threatened at gunpoint, Boeing vote canceled

Posted April 17, 2015 by Bruce Smith

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Machinists union is delaying its attempt to organize Boeing workers in South Carolina, announcing April 17 that is withdrawing a petition to hold a union vote next week because of what it called a toxic atmosphere and political interference. Almost 3,200 production workers at Boeing facilities in North Charleston, where the…

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Headlines April 15, 2015

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News: Blackwater guards sentenced – A federal judge has sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison for his role in the 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others. SpaceX launches cargo capsule, fails to nail rocket landing – SpaceX launched a shipment of groceries to the International Space Station…

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News Briefs April 15, 2015

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U.S. Air Force grounds T-6A Texan II training aircraft The U.S. Air Force has grounded all its T-6A Texan II training aircraft because of a potential malfunction in the oil line of the aircraft’s engine. The grounding, first reported April 14 by the Enid News & Eagle, includes Vance Air Force Base in Okla.; Columbus…

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