News for 2011-05-17

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Military Contracting Last Defense in Bad Economy
It's career day in Charlottesville, Virginia, and for one industry, business is booming. More than 1.6 million Americans work in defense contracting companies that supply the Department of Defense with everything from bombers to forks. And Americans aren't wrong to think a defense job is a good job...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Steps Up Face-to-Face Peace Talks With Taliban
Discussions were initiated before the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2 but American and British diplomats believe that the death of the al-Qaeda leader could give added impetus to the talks and the drawdown of Nato troops, due to begin in July. President Barack Obama, whose hand has been...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Taxpayers for Common Sense: Bill to Repeal Oil Tax Breaks Doesn't Go Far Enough
Fiscal watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense said Tuesday that a proposal by Democrats to eliminate a series of tax breaks for the five largest oil companies doesn’t go far enough. “Congress needs to go further," Taxpayers for Common Sense Vice President Steve Ellis said. "We cannot afford to just...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Navy Recruits Gamers to Help in Piracy Strategy
The US Navy is turning to the wisdom of the crowd to forge military strategy, inviting the public to join an online game in which Somali pirates have hijacked commercial ships. The Office of Naval Research plans this month to launch the US military's first online war game to draw on the ideas of...
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Osama bin Laden's Guns Found 'Only After' US Navy Seals Killed Him
The American soldiers who killed Osama bin Laden found his two guns only after he was dead, while they photographed his remains, according to a detailed new account of the al-Qaida leader's final moments. The Associated Press revelation will add further fuel for critics who say US forces acted...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Scientists Cast Doubt on TSA Tests of Full-Body Scanners
The Transportation Security Administration says its full-body X-ray scanners are safe and that radiation from a scan is equivalent to what's received in about two minutes of flying. The company that makes them says it's safer than eating a banana .
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[title] Well, That Was Fast - Comcast/NBC Merger
Disney requests a trademark for the name "SEAL Team 6," and the FCC approves the Comcast/NBC merger.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fukushima Shutdown for January
Japan still believes it can end its nuclear crisis within months, while accepting damage from March's quake and tsunami was worse than first thought. The government and the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant recently revealed the No 1 reactor suffered a near complete meltdown within...
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GOP Budget Cuts Would Hit Poor Hard
It’s Back to the Future, and who woulda’ thought: Bill Clinton’s the new target. After campaigning on the promise to roll back spending to Bush-era levels, House Republicans have overshot their mark and landed in the last years of the Clinton administration — at least in the case of cuts from labor...
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[title] The Last Thing the Middle East Needs: A Glenn Beck Rally or an Erik Prince Army
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[field_image_caption-raw] NATO Airstrikes Pound Tripoli Targets
A security services building and the headquarters of Libya's anti-corruption agency in Tripoli have been set ablaze after being hit by apparent NATO air strikes. The two buildings on Al-Jumhuriya Avenue are close to the residence of leader Muammar Gaddafi, in an area where two explosions were heard...
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