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News Briefs May 8, 2015

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Bill reforms programs providing military equipment to police Two Missouri lawmakers are introducing legislation to reform federal programs providing military equipment to police, addressing concerns raised by those who believe that police overreached during protests in Ferguson by using armored vehicles and high-caliber weapons in a military-style response. On May 7, Sen. Claire McCaskill introduced…

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SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in first test of crew escape

Posted May 8, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

SpaceX chalked up another big test flight May 6, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. No humans were on board, just a life-size dummy, for the first-of-its-kind flight. The whole thing lasted just 1½ minutes, but represented a huge milestone in SpaceX’s effort to…

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Headlines May 6, 2015

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News: President nominates Gen. Joseph F. Dunford as Joint Chiefs chairman – President Obama nominated Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford May 5 as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, calling the commander of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan “a proven leader.”   Business: U.S. Air Force says may revisit rocket plan if firms do…

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News Briefs May 6, 2015

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NATO to briefly move command headquarters A top NATO commander says the alliance will briefly move an allied joint force command headquarters to Romania as NATO continues to hone its ability to react to Russia’s moves in Ukraine and other security challenges. U.S Navy Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III, commander of the Allied Joint Force…

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SpaceX demonstrates astronaut escape system for crew Dragon spacecraft

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A loud whoosh, faint smoke trail and billowing parachutes marked a successful demonstration May 6 by SpaceX of its Crew Dragon spacecraft abort system – an important step in NASA's endeavor to rebuild America's ability to launch crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.

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Headlines May 4, 2015

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News: Authorization Bill a prelude to U.S. spending showdown – The House Armed Services Committee handed the Pentagon and U.S. defense sector a victory by surgically protecting weapon programs and authorizing extra war funding – but a showdown with the White House looms.   Business: Canada plans major sub-life extension – Canada has begun work on a…

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New’s Briefs May 4, 2015

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Senator proposes extended military foreclosure protection Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says he has introduced legislation to help protect military service members from losing their homes to foreclosure. The Rhode Island Democrat said May 2 he has introduced a bill to extend one that is due to expire this year. The law protects service members for a…

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Headlines May 1, 2015

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Business: Airbus says it will file criminal complaint over U.S. spy claims – European aviation and aeronautics giant Airbus said April 30 it would file a criminal complaint against persons unknown following German media reports it had become a target of U.S. industrial espionage. Finmeccanica outlines way ahead in U.K. market – Details have emerged about how…

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News Briefs May 1, 2015

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U.S. commander says NATO to step up its intelligence-sharing The top U.S. commander for NATO says the alliance will begin to improve intelligence-sharing with members and cooperation about the movement of foreign fighters from Iraq and Syria to the U.S. and other Western countries. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove says individual nations have been sharing…

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House committee approves defense bill

Posted May 1, 2015 by Deb Riechmann

The House Armed Services Committee passed a nearly $612 billion defense policy bill early April 30 that seeks to change military retirement benefits, challenges President Barack Obama’s effort to shutter Guantanamo Bay and would keep the A-10 flying even though the Pentagon wants to retire the attack jet. The vote was 60 to 2. The…

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