The U.S. military suffered its first crash of an F-35 aircraft in the 17-year history of the high-profile fighter jet program, the same day the Pentagon announced an $11.5 billion deal with defense contractor Lockheed Martin to drive down costs for the next batch of planes to a historical low. The crash of the Marine Corps variant of the F-35, known as the F-35B Lightning II, occurred at 11:45 a.m. Friday outside Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina, according to the Marine Corps. The service didn't give a suspected cause for the crash, saying the incident remained under investigation."The U.S. Marine pilot safely ejected from the single-seat aircraft and is currently being evaluated by medical personnel," the Marines said in a statement. "There were no civilian injuries."The aircraft, which cost more than $100 million, belonged to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, which trains Marine pilots for combat with the F-35. Lockheed Martin's aeronautics division … [Read more...] about Fort Worth-made F-35 crashes for first time in fighter jet’s nearly two decades
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by On Washington ByCarl Hulse Sept. 28, 2018 The confirmation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh moved into its bitter end game Friday, and it was Judge Kavanaugh himself who may have best summed up the reason he was on the verge of joining the Supreme Court despite a toxic struggle over his nomination. “As we all know, in the United States political system of the early 2000s, what goes around comes around,” Judge Kavanaugh declared Thursday in one of several biting references to the brute force politics he is quite familiar with from his own time in the White House and the partisan arena. That knowing observation points to one reason Republicans are so intent on advancing Judge Kavanaugh that they will stay in session this weekend despite furious Democratic objections that Republicans … [Read more...] about Republicans See Kavanaugh and the Court as Worth the Risk
After a month of historic rainfall totals, Dallas-Fort Worth has emerged from a yearlong drought. An updated drought monitor released Thursday shows that the drought that began last October is officially over for all of Dallas County. Collin County is also drought-free, as are most of Denton and Tarrant counties. Ellis and Kaufman counties are still abnormally dry, along with Parker County to the west.The updated report comes after storms last weekend dumped massive amounts of rain over North Texas. Dallas-Fort Worth recorded 5.85 inches of rain on Sept. 21, followed by 2.31 inches the next day. … [Read more...] about Yearlong drought officially over, thanks to wettest September ever in Dallas-Fort Worth
COLUMBIA — The catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Florence has caused an estimated $75 million worth of damage to South Carolina's roadways. That's according to initial estimates from the state Department of Transportation. Assessments continue as the waters recede, said DOT Secretary Christy Hall. Federal disaster money should eventually cover most of that. The Federal Highway Administration approved $8 million last week in "quick release" emergency money to jumpstart repairs. Work crews are "literally chasing the floodwaters out of the region as they start to recede," Hall said.Here's the latest by-the-numbers look at Florence's aftermath:137There were 137 road and bridge closures on state-maintained roads as of Thursday afternoon, according to the DOT. That's down from more than 230 closures Sept. 17, as the floodwaters from Hurricane Florence began overwhelming the Pee Dee region.The DOT's top priority Thursday for repairs was U.S. 301 outside … [Read more...] about Florence caused $75M worth of damage to SC roadways, SCDOT says
Linh Ta Des Moines Register Published 11:34 AM EDT Sep 28, 2018 There's a new kid on the block, and its name is Wahlburgers. Hy-Vee opened its second Wahlburgers location in the Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines with promises of providing Iowans tasty burgers, healthy options and all of the Mark Wahlberg puns you could ask for. The restaurant — named after brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg — is the subject of an A&E reality television series featuring the famous family and their efforts to grow the chain. Passion for musician and actor Mark Wahlberg is still alive and well here in Iowa as 5,000 people took the Jordan Creek Mall parking lot by storm for a chance to hear and see Marky Mark himself during the grand opening of Wahlburgers. But while we know when we go to the restaurant we might get some glimpses of pictures of the buff Hollywood actor, how does the actual food taste? I'm not a professional food critic, … [Read more...] about Wahlburgers opened in West Des Moines. We went to see if it’s worth it.