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News Briefs July 14, 2014

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Tanks, military vehicles auctioned in California PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. – Collectors from around the world have snapped up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles amassed by a Silicon Valley engineer, auction officials said July 13. Jacques Littlefield’s collection, one of the nation’s most extensive and historic, was sold in the San Francisco Bay…

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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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News Briefs July 11, 2014

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Afghan aid is dropping, but how fast is too fast? Civilian assistance to Afghanistan was always slated to shrink with America’s military footprint, but U.S. aid officials were caught off guard when Congress became upset by testy relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and slashed civilian aid by 50 percent this year. War-weary lawmakers were…

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Headlines July 9, 2014

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News: Iran sends three attack planes to Iraqi government - An American official said that Su-25s had already carried out missions over Ramadi, Falluja in western Iraq and the Baiji refinery in northern Iraq. The official did not say whether the aircraft dropped any bombs but added that Iran had sent more Revolutionary Guards ground forces…

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News Briefs July 9, 2014

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Air Force reservist sues U.S. Steel over 2014 firing An Air Force reservist who serves near Pittsburgh says she was wrongly fired by U.S. Steel because she missed work due to her military deployments. The plaintiff, 33-year-old Rebecca Jackanic, of Coraopolis, says she had worked for U.S. Steel as an aircraft dispatcher since 2002. Jackanic…

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Headlines July 7, 2014

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News: DOD grounds entire F-35 fleet; Plane might not make U.K. debut - The European debut of the Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter is now in question after the Pentagon grounded the entire fleet late Thursday based on the initial findings of an investigation into a fire that broke out on one of the jets…

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News Briefs July 7, 2014

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Work for refueling tanker cheering contractors Preparations at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, for the arrival of the new KC-46A air refueling tankers are expected to boost contracting opportunities for businesses. A recent groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of the first $197 million in new construction projects. Congress has allotted a total of $219 million…

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California lawmakers OK stealth bomber tax break

Posted July 7, 2014 by Don Thompson

A corporate battle over a giant Pentagon contract to build stealth bombers spilled into the California Legislature July 3, as lawmakers grudgingly rushed through a $420 million tax credit for an aerospace contractor before adjourning for their month-long summer recess. The 15-year tax incentive would benefit one of the two major competitors, a joint bid…

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Headlines July 3, 2014

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News: Air Force sued over F-35 basing decision - The U.S. Air Force is being sued by a coalition of residents in Vermont who say the decision to base new F-35 fighters out of a local airport will be a nuisance and a potential safety risk.   Business: NASA finalizes contract to build the most powerful…

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Headlines June 30, 2014

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News: Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs - President Obama intends to nominate a former executive at Proctor and Gamble to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary, according to top members of Congress on veteran’s issues.  50 VA hospital workers claim retaliation for blowing whistle - When Valerie Riviello, a nurse at a Veterans Affairs…

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