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News Briefs October 17, 2014

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AM General laying off 60 from Indiana factory A company spokesman says AM General is laying off about 60 workers from the northern Indiana factory where it builds military vehicles. Company spokesman Jeff Adams says the layoffs are being made because of production schedule changes at its Military Assembly Plant in Mishawaka. Adams tells the…

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Headlines October 15, 2014

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Business: Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project – Lockheed Martin said Oct. 15 it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade. Pentagon announces contract agreement…

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News Briefs October 15, 2014

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Navy stops search for missing island worker The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard have suspended the search for a civilian employee working on the military’s San Clemente Island off Southern California. The Navy said Oct. 14 that U.S. Navy and Coast Guard helicopters, two Coast Guard cutters and Los Angeles County rescue crews combed the…

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Headlines October 13, 2014

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News: Turkey approves U.S. use of its bases to fight ISIS – Turkey will let U.S. and coalition forces use its bases, including a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border, for operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants, American defense officials said Oct. 12. Oil leak caused April Predator crash in…

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News Briefs October 13, 2014

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U.S. says Turkey OKs use of bases against militants American defense officials say Turkey will let U.S. and coalition forces use its bases, including a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border, for operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, The Obama administration has pressed Turkey for a larger role against…

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Headlines October 10, 2014

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News: Northrop faked tests of GPS systems, whistle-blower suit claims – An employee of defense giant Northrop Grumman Inc. claims in a lawsuit that the company’s workers repeatedly took risky shortcuts and faked tests of navigational systems made for use in military fighter jets, drones and submarines.   Business: Former AgustaWestland head cleared of corruption charge,…

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News Briefs October 10, 2014

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Australia launches first airstrike in Iraq An Australian jet fighter has made the country’s first airstrike against an Islamic State target in Iraq since the Australian government committed its air force to combat missions, defense officials said Oct. 9. The Australian Defense Force did not say what type of facility had been attacked or where…

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Judge rules for Boeing in whistleblower lawsuit

Posted October 10, 2014 by Roxana Hegeman

Three former workers at the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas, who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the aircraft maker and one of its suppliers failed to show Boeing defrauded the U.S. government in a $1.6 billion contract, a federal judge ruled Oct. 8. U.S. District Judge Monti Belot summarily ruled in favor of Boeing and…

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Headlines October 6, 2014

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News: Canada at war: Vote to launch combat mission against ISIS passes 157-134 in House of Commons – One by one, Conservative MPs in the House of Commons led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper voted late Sept. 7 to join the war in Iraq, passing a controversial motion that clears the way for Canadian CF-18s to…

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News Briefs October 8, 2014

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U.S. general: $750 million military cost in Liberia The Army general who commands U.S. troops in Africa says U.S. military efforts against the Ebola crisis in Liberia are expected to cost $750 million over six months. Gen. David Rodriguez tells reporters at a Pentagon news conference that a very small number of highly trained troops…

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