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'Dilution' Not an Option for Fuel Spill

 | Apr 18, 2014

Air Force officials this week backed away from including a proposal that Albuquerque's water utility simply dilute contaminated water and deliver it to customers as one of the options if toxic chemicals from a massive Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill ever reach municipal drinking water wells. The dilution proposal, one of several water supply... more

Air Force Athletics to Cut 21 Positions

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Colorado Springs Gazette | Apr 18, 2014

The Air Force athletic department informed 21 individuals on Wednesday and Thursday that their positions will be eliminated as part of the Air Force-wide budget cuts announced in early March. The cuts include nine assistant coaches, four from the physical education department, two trainers, one equipment specialist and one from the sports infor... more

C-130s Take Part in 'Elephant Walk'

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Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Apr 18, 2014

It's a rare sight to see eight C-130 cargo planes in a line lumbering their way around Pope Field's flightline. Rarer still, is when those planes take off and return to drop dozens of static-line and high-altitude, low-opening (HALO) paratroopers back onto the tarmac. "This never happens," 82nd Airborne Division Sgt. Tory Hoskins said. In... more

Ukraine: Separatists Refuse to End Occupation

A pro-Russia demonstrator gestures as others storm the prosecutor-general's office during a rally in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, March 16, 2014.

 | Apr 18, 2014

Pro-Russian groups occupying a string of public buildings across eastern Ukraine have insisted that they would not end their occupation until a referendum to decide the status of the region had taken place. There was no sign of separatist groups pulling out from their positions at city halls and in town squares, although several said they would... more

Iran: Rouhani Talks Peace, Outreach at Army Parade

 Iranian President Hasan Rouhani speaks during an interview with state television at the presidency in Tehran, Iran.

Associated Press | Apr 18, 2014

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's president underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West in a speech Friday during a military parade on the country's National Army Day. Referring to the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the world powers over Tehran's controversial nuclear program, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran has shown it has no h... more

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