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Exclusive-Pentagon nears deal on F-35 jet worth about $30 billion – sources
The US Department of Defense is set to strike a deal with Lockheed Martin Corp for about 375 F-35 fighter jets over three years, three sources said Monday, amid expectations of a price hike of the most common version of the plane due to lower quantities and inflation. The first F-35A cost $221 million when it rolled off the production line in 2007. Since then, production quantities and craftsmanship have increased, driving the price of the fifth-generation stealth fighter down to $79 million as it gained buyers.
USA Blue Angels name first female pilot in team history
The US Navy’s famed Blue Angels air display team on Monday named the first female pilot in the squadron’s history, the organization said. Lt. Amanda Lee is one of six new core members selected for the team, which was founded 76 years ago, the Navy said. He said Navy and Marine Corps women have served with the Blue Angels for 55 years, but never before as pilots.
Texas State Police to conduct internal review of Uvalde shooting response
Texas State Police will form an ‘internal committee’ to review state law enforcement’s response to the May elementary school mass shooting in Uvalde, after an investigation by lawmakers of Texas blamed “systemic failures” and a lack of leadership, the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) said Monday. The report released Sunday into the Texas House of Representatives committee investigation marked the most comprehensive attempt yet to determine why it took police and other officers more than an hour to confront and kill the 18-year-old Robb Elementary School shooter on May 24. Nineteen students and two teachers were killed in the massacre.
Two New York residents charged with funneling Chinese investors’ money to Trump campaign
Two New York state residents have been charged with illegally using funds from Chinese and Singaporean investors to donate $600,000 to President Donald Trump’s 2017 re-election campaign, US prosecutors announced on Monday. The program was part of an effort by Sherry Li and Lianbo Wang to showcase political connections as they seek funding to build a China-themed park in upstate New York, prosecutors said, adding that they raised $27 million in investment, but never completed the project. .
US successfully tests Raytheon hypersonic weapon – Pentagon
The United States has successfully tested a hypersonic air-breathing weapon from Raytheon Technologies Corp capable of speeds greater than five times the speed of sound, making it the third successful test of this class of weapon since 2013, it said on Monday. the Pentagon in a statement. The Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon (HAWC) concept development program is managed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Corp are both competing for the ultimate contract award.
West Virginia judge blocks abortion ban ahead of Roe v. wade
A West Virginia judge stopped authorities on Monday from enforcing a 19th-century abortion ban after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade of 1973 which recognized the nationwide right of women to terminate a pregnancy. Kanawha County Circuit Judge Tera Salango’s ruling paves the way for the resumption of services at the state’s only abortion clinic, which she suspended for fear of lawsuits following the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States of June 24.
Armed bystander credited with preventing more deaths in Indiana shooting
The shooter who killed three people at a mall near Indianapolis likely would have taken their lives multiple times but for the “heroic” actions of an armed bystander who shot the suspect and stopped the attack, police said Monday . Elisjsha Dicken, 22, who was legally carrying a concealed firearm at the time, ‘engaged’ the suspect on Sunday almost as soon as he opened fire with a rifle in a food court at Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Indiana, authorities said. Police said they did not know the motive for the rampage.
Wave of shark attacks prompt New York governor to step up beach surveillance
The governor of New York on Monday ordered state agencies to step up surveillance of Long Island beaches after a series of five shark attacks over the past two weeks. The sudden wave of summer shark attacks that has left Long Island beachgoers on edge began June 30 at Jones Beach and included two on Wednesday. None of the bites proved fatal.
Claes Oldenburg, who turned everyday life into art, dies at 93
Swedish-born artist Claes Oldenburg, who transformed everyday objects like a clothespin, baseball bat or flashlight into giant public art sculptures in the United States and around the world, has died Monday at the age of 93, the Paula Cooper Gallery announced. Oldenburg rose to prominence in New York in the 1950s, being part of the pop art movement that elevated the ordinary, and later worked in collaboration with his wife, Coosje van Bruggen, who died in 2009 at age 66. year.
Grand jury subpoenas US lawmaker in Georgia election probe
A Georgia grand jury has subpoenaed U.S. Representative Jody Hice as Fulton County continues its criminal investigation into alleged wrongdoing regarding former President Donald Trump’s attempts to influence the results of the 2020 United States election. Condition, according to documents. The Fulton County Special Grand Jury called Hice, a Georgia Republican, to appear on Tuesday, according to court and congressional documents first reported by Politico and The Associated Press earlier Monday.
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