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US Air Force draws criticism for spending $1,220 on each coffee mug

WASHINGTON: The US Air Force has found itself in a brewing scandal after it emerged that the service has been spending more than $1,000 to replace high tech coffee cups with fragile handles. The mugs in question aren't your usual porcelain caffeine containers, rather a special copper-and-chrome plated beaker that can plug into aircraft electrical systems to keep the cherished contents nice and warm. According to Travis Air Force Base in California, which has "poured" over the numbers, the cups have risen in cost from…

Apparent false ‘active shooter’ alarm shutters US air base

CHICAGO: A report of an active shooter briefly shut down a US Air Force base on Thursday in the state of Ohio, before police gave the all-clear signal in what was potentially a false alarm. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said the report of an active shooter came at 12:40 pm (1640 GMT). The all-clear signal for most of the base was sent out less than two hours later, a base spokeswoman told AFP. Emergency personnel "responded to a reported active shooter incident at the base hospital," spokeswoman Laura McGowan…

US warplane downs Syrian army jet in Raqqa province

DAMASCUS: A U.S. warplane shot down a Syrian army jet on Sunday in the southern Raqqa countryside, with Washington saying the jet had dropped bombs near U.S.-backed forces and Damascus saying the plane was downed while flying a mission against Islamic State militants. A Syrian army statement released on Syrian state television said the plane crashed and the pilot was missing in the first such downing of a Syrian jet by the United States since the start of the conflict in 2011. The army statement said it took place on…

SpaceX launches classified payload for US government

MIAMI, USA: SpaceX on Monday blasted off a secretive US government payload, known only as NROL-76, marking the first military launch for the California-based aerospace company headed by billionaire tycoon Elon Musk. The payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which makes and operates spy satellites for the United States, soared into the sky atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 7:15 am (1115 GMT). The launch was initially planned for Sunday, but was postponed in the last seconds before liftoff due to a sensor issue with…