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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
The U.S. Air Force will consider leasing land on Vandenberg Air Force Base for private companies to extract offshore oil and gas from land-based drills on the central California coast. The proposal, opposed by environmental groups, would require the first new offshore lease in state waters since the 1960s, said Mark Meier, chief counsel for the State Lands Commission. It would allow companies to use onshore equipment with extended-reach "slant drilling" technology to reach offshore deposits.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Two defense contractors have been sentenced to three years in prison for their part in a fraud and bribery scheme involving phony payments for the repair of military aircraft at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado. Robert Ehnow and Joanne Loehr, owners of Poway-based companies, were convicted in San Diego federal court of showering Navy officials with gifts and cash in exchange for millions of dollars in payments for work supposedly done on planes at the Fleet Readiness Center.
WORLD
May 4, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Rescue teams found remains of two crew members Saturday morning at the site of a U.S. military plane crash in Kyrgyzstan, an official said. “Fragments of two bodies have already been found as we are continuing the search,” Abisharip Bekilov, spokesman for the Kyrgyzstan Emergency Ministry, said in a phone interview from Bishkek, the capital of the former Soviet country in Central Asia. “Rescue workers in the field are still looking for black boxes [flight recorders]
BUSINESS
April 30, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
A team of federal investigators and representatives from Boeing Co. are headed for Afghanistan to examine a cargo plane crash that took place Monday at U.S.-operated Bagram Air Base.  The cause of the accident is unknown, but the plane's operator, National Air Cargo, confirmed that all seven American civilian crew members were killed and the aircraft, a Boeing 747 jumbo jet, was completely destroyed. "Safety is always our top priority at National Airlines," company President Glen Joerger said in a statement.
WORLD
April 29, 2013 | By David Zucchino and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A civilian cargo plane crashed at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on Monday afternoon, according to a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force. There was no immediate word on casualties or the cause of the crash. Zamaray Khan, the local district police chief, said only that the plane crashed on takeoff on an airport runway. Bagram is about an hour's drive north of the capital, Kabul, and is one of the two largest air bases serving coalition forces in Afghanistan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Almost three decades ago, as heavy rain threatened to breach the levees protecting the Sacramento area, the state parks department urgently dispatched workers to warehouses holding some of California's most important heirlooms - gold-mining tools, pioneer pottery, antique rifles. They were prepared to load the objects onto trucks and drive them to safety if disaster struck. As luck would have it, the levees held. But despite that scare, the state left much of its collection in those aging warehouses in the West Sacramento flood plain, where it has languished without adequate protection from heat and humidity.
WORLD
February 12, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Syrian opposition forces said Tuesday that they had captured a strategic military air base near the embattled northern city of Aleppo, the latest air facility reportedly overrun by insurgents. The reported capture of the Jarrah air base, about 40 miles east of Aleppo, came after a 17-day siege during which forces loyal to President Bashar Assad were cut off from supplies, said a representative  - reached by Skype  - of the Liwa al Islam group, one of the rebel units reported to have taken the airfield.
NATIONAL
January 23, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Moody Air Force Base in Georgia was locked down for about 90 minutes Wednesday while officials investigated a reported threat that turned out not to exist, an official said. Emergency personnel investigated and found there was no threat, a spokeswoman said by telephone. No details on the initial report were available. Moody, about nine miles northeast of Vladosta, Ga., is the home of the 23rd Wing of the Air Combat Command. The first report came in about 1:25 p.m. and the base went on lock down, the spokeswoman said.
NATIONAL
January 23, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Top Air Force brass told a congressional panel Wednesday that they had made progress in addressing the underlying problems of culture and discipline that led to repeated cases of sexual misconduct at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, calling sexual assault in the ranks "a cancer. " The generals' accounts were challenged by victims, who called sexual assaults in the military "epidemic" and insisted that alleged perpetrators be independently investigated and prosecuted outside the military chain of command.
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