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2008-06-18 21:00:07

CHICAGO _ The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday called on the Air Force to reopen the bidding process on a $35 billion contract to overhaul the service's Eisenhower-era aerial refueling tankers. The GAO decision represents a stunning victory for Chicago-based Boeing Co. which lost out on one of the richest contracts in Pentagon history to a partnership of the Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman and European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. A contract to lease new tankers was...

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2008-06-18 21:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The Government Accountability Office Wednesday sustained Boeing's protest of the Air Force's awarding of the multi-billion-dollar refueling tanker contract to Northrop Grumman. Boeing's St. Louis-based defense business had challenged the decision, which had sparked widespread outrage on Capitol Hill and among unions representing Boeing's workers, which objected to the fact that much of Northrop's work would be performed overseas by its European partner EADS. "Our review of the...

2008-06-18 09:00:46

By Bryon Okada, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jun. 18--D/FW AIRPORT -- Many of the flights in and out of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport are being monitored by newly hired air traffic controllers, some with little training or experience, according to a new federal study. Nearly two of every five tower controllers at D/FW are trainees. Only one other major airport -- New York LaGuardia Airport -- has a higher percentage, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. (The study, issued...

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2008-04-04 07:05:00

NASA officials said Thursday that they are developing special shock absorbers for a new moonship to stop potentially fatal vibrations. The design of the space shocks, theoretically similar to the equipment used to lessen the shake, rattle and roll on an off-road pickup, should be ready by fall for the Ares 1 rocket. The rocket, which also is in the design stage, will carry the Orion moon capsule into orbit by March 2015. Space agency officials outlined their strategy to dull the vibrations...

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2008-04-03 00:45:00

A report from the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday criticized federal and state agencies for the record number of bison deaths in Yellowstone National Park.Yellowstone is home to almost 3,600 free-roaming bison, some of which routinely migrate from the park during winter for food. This has been a concern to many local officials as it increases the risk of spreading brucellosis"”a contagious bacterial disease that some fear could be transmitted to livestock.In late 2000,...

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2006-09-29 08:47:44

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A congressional committee promised Thursday to scrutinize NASA and its spending as the agency proceeds with a program to take astronauts to the moon and Mars. The space agency faces hidden costs by starting development of the spacecraft and rockets for the program without knowing the price tag of the new technology, a watchdog official warned Thursday in Washington at a hearing of the House Committee on Science. "When you don't abide by those particular principles -...

2006-08-28 15:57:58

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military paid at least 75 Army National Guard and reserve soldiers a total of nearly $900,000 in the months after they deserted their units, the Government Accountability Office said. The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, said its investigation was limited and probably significantly understated the amount the Department of Defense paid to soldiers who had deserted. It said the problem was not unique to the guard and reserve...

2006-08-14 13:44:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Allegations of wrongdoing by U.S. military recruiters jumped by 50 percent from 2004 to 2005, and criminal violations such as sexual harassment and falsifying documents more than doubled, a congressional agency said on Monday. The Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative agency, said the full extent of violations by military recruiters is unknown because the Defense Department does not have an oversight system. While the GAO said available...

2006-07-28 13:01:27

By Maggie Fox WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Home DNA kits that claim to inform people of their risk of certain diseases, ranging from cancer to osteoporosis, offer little real guidance and are often misleading, according to a Congressional report released on Thursday. An investigation into 14 companies that sell the tests showed many gave meaningless information and some tried to sell consumers expensive "customized" supplements that were little different from grocery store vitamin pills....

2006-07-27 17:33:30

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Home DNA kits that claim to warn people of their risk of diseases ranging from cancer to osteoporosis offer little real guidance and are often misleading, according to a Congressional report released on Thursday. An investigation into 14 companies that sell the tests showed many gave meaningless information, and some then tried to sell consumers expensive "customized" supplements that were little different from...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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