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Army recalls 44,000 helmets that failed ballistic tests

WASHINGTON — The US Army has recalled 44,000 helmets that failed ballistic tests and federal authorities are investigating the firm that manufactured them, officers said on Monday. The helmets, made by ArmorSource in Hebron, Ohio, were issued to American troops since 2007, including an unknown number of soldiers in Iraq…

Jazz singer Lena Horne dies aged 92

Jazz singer Lena Horne, who was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio, has died at the age of 92, The New York Times reported. The newspaper said the death occurred late on Sunday at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and…

Justice Department sues KBR over Iraq bills

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it sued the Houston-based military contractor KBR Inc for alleged false claims act violations over improper costs for private security in Iraq. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleged that KBR knowingly included impermissible costs for private…

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