Monday, January 8, 2018

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The List 4629

To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend. Great Bubba Breakfast this morning then a Crusader ball meeting and then some errands and just got home.
. This Day In Naval History – January 8, 2018
Jan. 8
            1847 - Battle of San Gabriel (Navy, Marines, Army defeat Mexicans in CA)
1863—During the Civil War, the screw steam gunboats Sagamore and Tahoma capture blockade running ships with cargo of salt and cotton in Florida.
1918: The Naval Overseas Transportation Service, (now the Military Sealift Command), is established to carry cargo during World War I.
1945—Task Group 17.21, led by Cmdr. Charles E. Loughlin coordinates a submarine attack against a Japanese convoy off northwest coast of Formosa, sinking two freighters and a tanker and damaging three other ships.
1945—During the continuing Japanese aerial kamikaze attacks on the Lingayen Gulf invasion force, escort carriers Kitkun Bay (CVE 71) and Kadashan Bay (CVE 76) are damaged, as well as USS Callaway (APA-35).
1963—Destroyer Benjamin Stoddert (DDG 22) is launched. A veteran of the Vietnam War, she is decommissioned in Dec. 1991.
1983—Fast Attack Submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) is commissioned.
1994—Fast Attack Submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) is commissioned.
Today in History January 8
The Treaty of Radzin ends a five year war between the Turks and the allied countries of Russia and Poland.
England, Austria, Saxony and the Netherlands form an alliance against Russia.
A rag-tag army under Andrew Jackson defeats the British on the fields of Chalmette in the Battle of New Orleans.
Prussian troops begin to bombard Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
A coal mine explosion kills 100 in McAlister, Oklahoma.
The Boers attack the British in Ladysmith, South Africa, but are turned back.
A subway line opens linking the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Great Britain begins rationing sugar, meat and butter.
President Harry S. Truman vows to stand by the Yalta accord on self-determination for the Balkans.
President Dwight Eisenhower proposes stripping convicted Communists of their U.S. citizenship.
President John F. Kennedy attends the unveiling of the Mona Lisa.
Ella T. Grasso becomes Governor of Connecticut, the first female governor in the US who did not come into office by succeeding her husband.
The United States advises the Shah to leave Iran.
AT&T agrees to divest 22 subdivisions as part of an antitrust agreement.
Valeri Polyakov, a Russian cosmonaut leaves earth, bound for the Mir space station; he will spend a record 437 days in space.
US President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act, intended to improve America's educational system.
The largest passenger ship in history, the RMS Queen Mary 2, is christened by Queen Elizabeth II, granddaughter of Queen Mary.
An attempted assassination of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords is part of a shooting spree in which Jared Lee Loughner kills 6 and wounds 13.
From the list archives a bit of humor
Thanks to Chuck
Great aviation story
On 1/5/2017 5:40 PM, wrote:
Byrum Teekel, a 90 year old insurance man, who once flew a twin Piper around the WORLD with a co-pilot friend who had been a Navy test pilot in the early days of jets told the funniest aviation story I'd heard in a long time. 
When the Navy first began test flights with jets, they were flying out of Carswell because the Chance-Vought plant was there in Ft Worth.  Gen. LeMay found out about it and had a stroke worrying that if "any of those Navy pukes" crashed a plane at Carswell, they might not be able to get the bombers off to start WWIII – so he kicked them out.  The Navy still wanted a long runway near Ft Worth and the C-V factory, and they settled on Ardmore, OK.  
Teek's buddy and his wingman became famous in the small OK town and couldn't buy a beer at any of the local taverns.  After their test flights every day, they'd do some bonus acrobatics for the locals, who loved seeing and hearing the jets fly.  One day the mayor called the test pilots and asked if they could do a flyover for a local parade. Seems that Gene Autry, a native of Ardmore, had a circus at the time and he always did a parade in his home town and a few shows en route to Madison Square Garden.  The Navy test pilots were asked to do a flyover for the big parade down the main street that preceded the circus performances. 
The Navy dudes went downtown and measured the width of the street, then called the mayor and asked if he wanted afterburners as well.  The mayor said, "hell yes – we want the whole show".  
On the day of the parade, with elephants, horses, giraffes, zebras and all manner of circus animals parading down Main Street, the two Navy jets cranked it up and made a low level, full AB pass down the street at VERY low level.  When they pulled up to come around and make a second pass, they observed complete chaos down below with animals in flight and handlers pursuing them down every street in the downtown.  The jet jocks decided to call off the second pass and RTB.  On landing, a ground crewman came running up to the lead pilot and told him the major was on the phone and it was urgent.  The flight lead didn't want to take the call but figured he had to.  When he got on the line, the mayor shouted, "You SOBs broke every goddam window in downtown Ardmore, Oklahoma with that low-level pass."  The pilot replied that the company would pay for fixing the windows, but what about all the animals – had they been rounded up?  The mayor replied, "well some of them are still running, but don't worry about the windows.  It was worth it to make sure that jerk Gene Autry won't bring that f______ circus to town and make us sit thru that awful parade again.  Nobody likes him anyhow."
Thanks to Bill
            : Responses
                        A group of 12 women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving
                        relationship with their husbands. The women were asked, "How many of
                        you love your husband?" All the women raised their hands.
                        Then they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband
                        you loved him?" Some women answered today, a few yesterday, and some
                        couldn't remember.
                        The women were then told to take out their cellphones and text their
                        husband "I love you, sweetheart."
                        Next the women were instructed to exchange phones with another woman
                        and read aloud the text message they received in response to their
                        Below are 12 actual replies from their husbands. If you have been
                        married for quite a while, you understand that these replies are a
                        sign of true love. Who else would reply in such a succinct and
                        honest way?
                        1. Who the hell is this?
                        2. Hey, mother of my children, are you sick or what?
                        3. Yeah, and I love you too. What's wrong?
                        4. What now? Did you wreck the car again?
                        5. I don't understand what you mean?
                        6. What the hell did you do now?
                        7. Are you sure this is for me?
                        8. Don't beat about the bush, just tell me how much you need?
                        9. Am I dreaming?
                        10. If you don't tell me who this message is actually for, someone will
                        11. I thought we agreed you wouldn't drink during the day.
                        12. Your mother is coming to stay with us, isn't she?
Thanks to Doctor Rich
Seems fair -- Hillary was just trying to outdo Bubba when she decided to use a private un-secure email server
Bill Clinton once lost the nuclear codes for months, and a 'comedy of errors' kept anyone from finding out
Jan. 3, 2018, 3:17 PM
The codes needed to launch a US nuclear strike are supposed to be kept close to the president at all times.
A department within the Defense Department is tasked with overseeing all aspects of the nuclear-launch process, including the codes.
During Bill Clinton's presidency, officials from that department discovered the codes had gone missing.

The process the president has to go through to launch the US's nuclear weapons isn't as simple as pressing a button, but the key component of that process — the codes needed to authorize the launch — are never far from the president.
At least they're never supposed to be.
According to Gen. Hugh Shelton, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1997 to September 2001, the number of redundancies in the nuclear-launch process "is staggering." All of steps are "dependent on one vital element without which there can be no launch," he wrote in his 2010 autobiography, "Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior."
That element, the president's authorization codes, is supposed to remain in close proximity to the president at all times, carried by one of five military aides, representing each branch of the military. The codes are on a card called the "biscuit" carried within the "football," a briefcase that is officially known as the "president's emergency satchel."
 President Bill Clinton, with Defense Secretary William Cohen, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Henry "Hugh" Shelton, in Washington, DC, September 15, 1998. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
However, around 2000, according to Shelton, a member of the department within the Pentagon that is responsible for all pieces of the nuclear process was dispatched to the White House to physically look at the codes and ensure they were correct — a procedure required to happen every 30 days. (The set of codes was to be replaced entirely every four months.)
That official was told by a presidential aide that President Bill Clinton did have the codes, but was in an important meeting and could not be disturbed.
The aide assured the official that Clinton took the codes seriously and had them close by. The official was dismayed, but he accepted the excuse and left.
When the next inspection took place the following month, that official was on vacation, according to Shelton, and another official was dispatched to the White House. The new official was met with the same excuse — the president is very busy, but takes the codes very seriously and has them on hand.
"This comedy of errors went on, without President Clinton's knowledge I'm sure, until it was finally time to collect the current set and replace them with the new edition," Shelton writes.
"At this point we learned that the aide had no idea where the old ones were, because they had been missing for months," he added. "The President never did have them, but he assumed, I'm sure, that the aide had them like he was supposed to."
Shelton and then-Secretary of Defense William Cohen were alarmed. The problem of missing codes had been resolved by changing the codes, but they quickly acted to change the process itself, mandating that the Defense Department official visiting the White House physically see the codes — waiting there to do so if necessary.
Shelton and Cohen feared the saga would reach the press and become an embarrassing story. But word of the missing codes never made it out, and
Shelton's recounting of it in his 2010 book was, to his knowledge, the first time it had been shared publicly.
"This is a big deal — a gargantuan deal — and we dodged a silver bullet," Shelton writes, adding: "You do whatever you can and think you have an infallible system, but somehow someone always seems to find a way to screw it up."
Thanks to Al
Monday Morning Humor--Epiphany
Epiphany was last Saturday.  What is Epiphany you ask?  Epiphany is the 12th day of Christmas.  The word 'Epiphany' originates from Greek and means manifestation of the divine. It can also refer to a moment of revelation.  In western Christianity, the festival of Epiphany celebrates the Three Kings (also known as Wise Men or Magi) following the star of Bethlehem to visit the baby Jesus.  The Oxford English Dictionary says Epiphany represents "the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi" in the Bible.  The Gospel of Matthew in the Bible describes how the kings followed the star and brought Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

And now for some humor, and I begin with an old favorite…

Why weren't there any nativity scenes in Sacramento?  They couldn't find three wise men.

     In a small Southern town there was a nativity scene that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothered me. The three wise men were wearing firemen's helmets.  Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left.
At a Quick Stop on the edge of town, I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets. She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, "You #@*% Yankees never do read the Bible!"
     I assured her that I did, but simply couldn't recall anything about firemen in the Bible.
     She jerked her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled through some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage. Sticking it in my face she said, "See, it says right here, 'The three wise man came from afar.'"

Rumor has it that after the three wise men left, the three wise women arrived bringing fresh diapers, lots of formula, and casseroles for the week.

I saw an Epiphany infomercial selling gold and frankincense…but wait, there's myrrh!

I wonder if the three wise men said to Jesus, "Just to be clear, these gifts are for your birthday AND Christmas."

Nothing is recorded about the fourth wise man.  He brought fruitcake.

What was the three wise men's favorite Christmas carol?  O camel, ye faithful.

     Three modern-day wise men went to church. Everything was going on well till it was time for the offering. Since they didn't have money, they started whispering among themselves. As the offering plate got nearer, one of them collapsed and the remaining two carried him out of the church.

Have a great week,
Item Number:1 Date: 01/08/2018 CANADA - MILITARY STILL SHORT THOUSANDS OF PERSONNEL DESPITE UPTICK IN RECRUITMENT (JAN 08/CP)  CANADIAN PRESS -- The Canadian military last year demonstrated some progress in reversing a decline in its personnel strength, reports the Canadian Press.   The latest figures show that at the end of March 2017, there were about 450 more personnel in uniform than in the previous year. About half of the additional troops were in the active force with the balance being reservists.   This was the first real growth in the military's endstrength in several years.   Nevertheless, the Canadian armed forces find themselves short about 2,000 active-duty personnel and 5,300 reservists.   The military has suffered from numerous recruiting challenges, increased attrition and budget cuts in recent years. Military leaders have prioritized streamlining the recruitment system and addressing attrition. However, it is expected to be several years before personnel goals are met
Item Number:2 Date: 01/08/2018 CHINA - CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY ON THIRD AIRCRAFT CARRIER, SOURCES SAY (JAN 08/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- China has started work on its third aircraft carrier, reports the South China Morning Post.   The Jiangnan Shipyard Group in Shanghai has received approval to begin construction on the CV-18, military sources told the newspaper. Work began last year.   The shipyard is currently building the vessel's hull, which is expected to take two more years, the sources said.   The CV-18 is expected to be more advanced than its predecessors, the Liaoning-class, a repurposed Soviet ship, or the domestically-built Type 001A, which is expected to enter service later this year.   In a departure from the previous two carriers, this third vessel will feature an electromagnetic aircraft launch system, rather than a ski-jump design.   The new carrier is expected displace 80,000 tons and enter service by 2030
Item Number:3 Date: 01/08/2018 CHINA - NEW 10,000-TON DESTROYER FITTING OUT IN SHANGHAI (JAN 08/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Chinese navy is outfitting the first ship in a new class of destroyers at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Workers are installing conduits and cables in the 10,000-metric-ton warship, a military official told the People's Liberation Army Daily.   The destroyer was launched in late June 2017. It is being armed with new air defense, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons, the official said.   The as-yet-unnamed warship is also being constructed with new materials and techniques. Some of the materials are designed to protect against shock and noise to improve comfort for sailors. Increased ventilation equipment is being installed in living quarters, said the official.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 01/08/2018 INDIA - 4 POLICE DIE IN KASHMIRI MARKET BLAST (JAN 08/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Four police officers have been killed in a bomb blast in Indian-administered Kashmir, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   An improvised explosive device detonated in a market in the town of Sopore on Saturday, said a police spokesman. The officers were patrolling in the area when it went off.   Ten nearby shops were also damaged.   The attack coincided with the 25th anniversary of the Sopore massacre, in which Indian security forces killed at least 54 civilians.   The IED was intended to hit additional troops deployed to the town in response to a strike marking the anniversary, noted the Indian Express.   Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack.   This was the first rebel IED attack in Kashmir since 2015, a Kashmiri police official told the Times of India. Security forces will need to develop new strategies to deal with the threat, he said
  Item Number:5 Date: 01/08/2018 INDONESIA - PRESIDENT APPOINTS HEAD OF NEW CYBER AGENCY (JAN 08/JAK)  JAKARTA POST -- President Joko Widodo has sworn in the leader of Indonesia's new National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN), reports the Jakarta Post.   Djoko Setiadi, the former chairman of the National Encryption Agency (Lemsaneg), was sworn in during a ceremony in Jakarta on Jan. 3.   Widodo signed a regulation establishing the BSSN on Dec. 16, 2017.   The agency will take the lead in addressing social media hoaxes and fake news ahead of regional elections this year and presidential and legislative elections in 2019, Djoko said.   It will also work with the State Intelligence Agency (BIN), the Communication and Information Ministry and national police on these issues.   The new agency will recruit hundreds of personnel over the next several months, Djoko said on Jan. 5, as reported by Reuters.   "Our responsibility is to provide protection in the cyber world to government institutions, even private companies, but most importantly to the public," he said.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 01/08/2018 ISRAEL - HAMAS SEEKING PLACE IN PLO IN RETURN FOR TURNING OVER ITS WEAPONS (JAN 08/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The Hamas terrorist group has tentatively agreed to hand over its weapons to the Fatah-led Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in return for rejoining the body, reports the Times of Israel, citing the London-based Al-Hayat Arabic-language newspaper.   A senior Hamas official in Ramallah said the group was prepared to place its arms under PLO control, as long as it had a role in the group's leadership, said Al-Hayat, citing unnamed sources in Gaza.   On Jan. 4, Hamas announced that it had received an invitation to attend the PLO Central Council meeting scheduled for Jan. 14. A Hamas official said it was considering the offer with interest.   Hamas remains committed to a reconciliation agreement with Fatah reached in October 2017, unnamed party officials told the London-based daily. From 2007 to 2017, the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip was cut off from other Palestinian organizations.   Meanwhile, Hamas deputy political leader Saleh al-Arouri told Al Jazeera recently that his group had no plans to hand over its weapons to the Palestinian Authority
Item Number:7 Date: 01/08/2018 LIBYA - MILITARY TACKLES SMUGGLING IN WEST (JAN 08/XIN)  XINHUA -- The armed forces of the U.N.-backed government in Libya have launched a military operation against smuggling in the western part of the country, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Government forces are battling armed groups that control the coastal road leading to the Tunisian border, said Gen. Osama Joueili, the commander of the western military zone.   "The western military zone forces are currently implementing the first phase of a security plan by enabling the official authorities to take control of the coastal road to ensure smooth and safe passage of people," the general said.   The operation, which began on Jan. 5, is in part a response to ongoing unrest and smuggling in the region, said Joueili
Item Number:8 Date: 01/08/2018 SOUTH KOREA - SEOUL, WASHINGTON CONSIDER MOVING COMBINED FORCES COMMAND OUT OF YONGSAN GARRISON (JAN 08/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean and U.S. militaries are in talks over the possibility of moving the joint Combined Forces Command (CFC) out of the Yongsan Garrison in central Seoul, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The command would relocate to the Ministry of National Defense compound not far from the Yongsan facility, South Korean officials said last week.   This would be a reversal of an initial agreement in 2014 that allowed the CFC maintain some of its facilities and personnel at Yongsan.   The move is intended to help smooth the transition to a new command that will be formed once wartime operational control is transferred to South Korea, ministry officials said.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 01/08/2018 SUDAN - 1 KILLED IN PROTESTS OVER RISING BREAD PRICES (JAN 08/SUDTRIB)  SUDAN TRIBUNE -- Protests in Sudan against rising prices for bread and other commodities have turned violent, killing at least one student, reports the Sudan Tribune.   Police in El-Geneina, West Darfur, opened fire on protesters on Jan. 7, killing one. At least five others, including a police officer, were injured \.   Protests began Jan. 6 in the southeastern city of Sennar, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar). The protests spread to Nyala, capital of South Darfur state; al-Damazin, capital of Blue Nile State; and Khartoum, the nation's capital.   Bread prices have doubled since the government cut subsidies in December 2017. Many bakeries have reportedly ceased production because of a lack of flour.   Interior Minister Babkar Daqna denied that the violence had any relation to increasing prices and said that any unrest would be dealt with forcefully.   In response to the unrest, authorities also arrested Omar Al-Dageir, the president of the Sudanese Congress Party, one of the country's largest opposition groups, reported Reuters, citing members of the party.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 01/08/2018 SYRIA - 23 KILLED IN IDLIB BOMBING (JAN 08/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- At least 23 people have been killed in an attack in the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwestern Syria, reports BBC.   The bomb ripped through the city's Thalatheen (30th) street on Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group. The attack was said to target the headquarters of a minor rebel group.   At least seven of the dead were civilians, said the monitor.   The circumstances of the attack were unclear. Some witnesses said the attackers used a car bomb.   A rebel group named Ajnad al-Qawqaz (Soldiers of the Caucuses) claimed responsibility for the attack. They are fighting alongside Fateh al-Sham Front, a rebel group previously affiliated with Al-Qaida.   Idlib province is the last major province completely held by Syrian rebels. The largest rebel group is Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a former Al-Qaida-affiliated group.   Government forces and loyalist militias are now fighting to retake parts of the province, noted AFP. On Sunday, government troops captured Sinjar, a large town in the southeastern part of Idlib province
Item Number:11 Date: 01/08/2018 SYRIA - RUSSIAN DEFENSES FOIL DRONE ATTACK ON HMEIMIM AIR BASE (JAN 08/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Russian forces have foiled an attack on their aircraft at the Hmeimim air base in Latakia, Syria, reports BBC News.   The base was targeted on Saturday by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) belonging to an unnamed Islamist rebel faction operating in the area, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group.   Russian defenses shot down the craft.   The monitoring group said that no casualties or damage was reported, citing local sources.   The UAVs were armed with two mines attached to their wooden frame, reported Russian media.   The incident comes a week after Russian media reported a separate attack on the base that took place on Dec. 31. In that attack, two Russian soldiers were killed
  Item Number:12 Date: 01/08/2018 TUNISIA - SECURITY FORCES CAPTURE HEAD OF ISIS-LINKED TERRORIST GROUP (JAN 08/ALSHARQ)  AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT -- Tunisian soldiers have arrested an Islamic State-linked extremist after clashes in the western part of the country, reports Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London).   Burhan al-Baloumi was arrested on Saturday after being shot in the leg during fighting at Jabal al-Salloum in Kasserine, along the Algerian border, said the Ministry of Defense.   Soldiers recovered a Kalashnikov and ammunition after the firefight.   Al-Baloumi, 26, was considered one of the most dangerous members of Jund al-Khalafa, a Tunisian group affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS).   Al-Qaida- and ISIS-affiliated groups are active in the mountainous eastern part of Kasserine province.   Operations are ongoing to arrest the remaining members of Jund al-Khalafa, said the Defense Ministry
Item Number:13 Date: 01/08/2018 USA - AIR FORCE ORDERS DEVELOPMENT OF CERTIFIED VARIANT OF ORION LONG-ENDURANCE UAV (JAN 08/AFS)  AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Aurora Flight Sciences, Manassas, Va., a contract for additional development of the Orion unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), reports the aerospace firm.   The $48 million deal covers the development of a certified version of the air vehicle that can be deployed anywhere in the world.   The Orion is a twin-engine, high-performance unmanned aircraft that can fly for more than 100 hours at time, while carrying payloads weighing more than 1,000 pounds (454 kg).   The Air Force Research Laboratory selected Aurora to conduct an ultra-long endurance study contract, with development beginning in 2006, noted Flight Global.   The Orion demonstrated a record-setting 80-hour flight in 2014, but Air Force officials said that the service had no operational requirement for a multi-day, long-endurance unmanned aircraft.   The contract could revive the system's prospects, the magazine said.  
Item Number:14 Date: 01/08/2018 USA - ARMY WANTS DOZENS MORE UH-72 HELICOPTERS (JAN 08/FG)  FLIGHTGLOBAL -- The U.S. Army has launched an effort to buy nearly three dozen additional UH-72 Lakota light helicopters, reports FlightGlobal.   The sources sought notice, published on Jan. 4, is the first step in the process to award Airbus Helicopters a contract for as many as 35 additional helicopters.   The Army has taken delivery of more than 400 UH-72s since 2006. The service also selected the UH-72 in 2014 to replace the Bell Helicopter TH-67 as its primary trainer.   The army's fiscal 2017 budget included funds to buy 23 UH-72s. Another 12 helicopters could be purchased later
  Item Number:15 Date: 01/08/2018 USA - SALVAGE CREWS HAVE LOCATED WRECKAGE OF CRASHED C-2 GREYHOUND (JAN 08/ABC)  ABC NEWS -- Salvage crews have located the wreckage of a naval aircraft that crashed in the Pacific Ocean in November, killing three sailors, reports ABC News.   Team located the downed C-2A Greyhound last week, 18,500 feet (5,640 m) below the Philippine Sea, the Navy said on Jan. 5.   The recovery effort will be the service's deepest attempt to date.   The C-2A Greyhound transport was carrying 11 personnel when it went down on Nov. 22 en route from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan to the Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. The Reagan was operating with Japanese forces in the Philippine Sea at the time.   Eight personnel were rescued shortly thereafter. The navy ended search-and-rescue efforts on Nov. 24.   The Navy has not yet officially announced the cause of the crash, noted the Stars and Stripes. Navy officials previously told that newspaper that the Greyhound apparently suffered a double engine failure. It was not clear what might have caused the engines to fail
  Item Number:16 Date: 01/08/2018 ZIMBABWE - 2 FORMER MUGABE MINISTERS CHARGED IN GROWING PURGE (JAN 08/REU)  REUTERS -- Two former Zimbabwean Cabinet ministers have been charged with corruption, reports Reuters.   Former foreign minister Walter Mzembi and ex-energy minister Samuel Undenge were charged on Jan. 5 with criminal abuse of office, said their lawyers.   Both served under former President Robert Mugabe, who was removed in November after 37 years in power after a de facto military coup. He was replaced by his former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.   Authorities have been arresting allies of Mugabe and his wife, Grace.   Both defendants deny the charges against them. Their cases will be heard on Jan. 22.   Undenge is accused of giving a US$12,650 contract to a company that failed to complete any work, noted Reuters.   Their lawyers told Voice of America News that the former ministers' "crime" was supporting Grace Mugabe to replace her husband as president.

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