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Postal Service May End Saturday Delivery

In an interview with USA Today published Wednesday, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Saturday mail delivery could end soon and three-day-a-week delivery could arrive within 15 years. The Postal Service projects a $8.3 billion loss this year, with a $5.5 billion payment due Sept. 30 to cover future retirees’ health …

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Energy Department Installs Fuel Cells at Military Posts

The Energy Department will install 18 fuel cell backup power systems at 8 U.S. military posts as part of a partnership with the Defense Department, Reuters reports. The $6.6 million-project will test how the fuel cells perform in emergency situations or real-world operations, and to help manufacturers address technical problems. …

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FAA Shutdown Possible in House-Senate Dispute

If the House of Representatives and the Senate cannot agree by Friday over a labor provision as part of a funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration, the FAA could shut down, the AP reports. The FAA has operated under short-term extensions since Sept. 30, 2007, because lawmakers cannot agree …

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Army Giving Soldiers Smartphones Soon

The U.S. Army is winding down a six-week program testing the viability of using touchscreen phones and tablets in combat. According to CNN, Army officials are encouraged by the results and smartphone-equipped soldiers could be sent overseas later this year. “These young soldiers grew up with this technology,” said Michael …

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NIST Selects First Chief Manufacturing Officer

The National Institute of Standards and Technology hired manufacturing industry executive Michael F. Molnar to be the agency’s first-ever chief manufacturing officer, the agency announced July 8. Molnar will serve as NIST’s central point of contact to the White House, the Commerce Department and other agencies on technical and policy …

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DoD Space Program Expands International Partnerships

The Defense Department announced Tuesday it is expanding partnerships with space-faring companies and nations to maintain the country’s strategic advantage in space, AFPS reports. Ambassador Gregory L. Schulte, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, spoke with reporters from the Defense Writers Group about the future of both the …

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House Approves Debt Reduction Bill

The House of Representatives passed a Republican-backed plan Tuesday to extend the country’s borrowing capacity in return for a future cap on government spending and a balanced budget amendment, the LA Times reports. The “Cut, Cap and Balance” proposal, largely symbolic, was voted on to give voice to conservative Republicans …

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