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Justice Department defends Alabama absentee ballot rule

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The Justice Department is defending Alabama’s requirement to have witnesses sign an absentee ballotByThe Associated PressMay 26, 2020, 10:12 PM3 min read3 min readMONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama’s requirement to have witnesses sign an absentee ballot is not a violation of the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Department of Justice argued in a brief Monday. The Justice Department filed the statement of interest in a lawsuit that contends Alabama’s election procedures jeopardize the health of voters — especially older and black voters and those with disabilities — during the coronavirus outbreak. The Justice Department said Alabama’s absentee witness requirement does not violate the Voting Rights Act. The department did not take a position on any of the plaintiffs’ other claims. Assistant Attorney Ge
State department approves $325.5M arms deal to Tunisia

State department approves $325.5M arms deal to Tunisia

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Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved a possible sale of four AT-6C Wolverine Light Attack Aircraft and related equipment to Tunisia for an estimated $ 325.8 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Wednesday. According to DSCA, the government of Tunisia as asked to buy four Wolverine aircraft along with a variety supporting equipment, including but not limited to 312 MAU-169 computer control groups, 468 MK81 250 LB GP bombs and 3,290 advanced precision kill weapon systems -- as well as bomb components and practice bombs. "The proposed sale will improve Tunisia's ability to meet current and future threats by increasing their capability and capacity to counter-terrorism and other violent extremist organization threats," said the DSCA's announcement. The DSCA...
State Department plans no future coronavirus evacuations

State Department plans no future coronavirus evacuations

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Feb. 21 (UPI) -- State Department officials Friday cautioned that American citizens trapped in areas impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in the future should not rely on government-sponsored evacuation flights to get them home. The comments were made by Ian Brownlee, acting assistant secretary at Bureau of Consular Affairs, during a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention briefing with reporters. They came less than 24 hours after his department advised U.S. citizens to "reconsider" traveling on cruise ships to or within Asia for the time being, until the virus has been contained. The CDC and State Department currently have travel advisories in effect for all of China, and has cautioned people planning travel to Japan and Hong Kong. The flights "do not reflect standard practice" at...
VA, Defense Department announce milestone in electronic health records storage

VA, Defense Department announce milestone in electronic health records storage

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July 31 (UPI) -- The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs announced the transfer of 78 billion health records for veterans this week, a milestone in their modernization efforts. The health records of 23.5 million veterans have been sent to contractor Cerner Corp. The 10-year, $ 16 billion electronic healthcare record (EHR) innovation is meant to improve patient care and support. It also prepares the VA for its planned "go live" event in 2021, in which the current health record system is "turned off" within a facility and the new EHR system is activated. The contracted solution, an off-the-shelf system called Centor Millennium, is designed with interoperability of VA, Defense Department and private health care providers. It can follow an active duty service member's transition to v...
U.S. Defense Department considers buying Israeli-made drones

U.S. Defense Department considers buying Israeli-made drones

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July 19 (UPI) -- An Israeli-made anti-tank drone is under consideration for purchase by the U.S. Defense Department. The Defense Department is seeking the approval of the U.S. Congress to transfer $ 6.9 million between accounts to buy an undisclosed number of Hero-120 "loitering drones," canister-launched anti-armor munitions. The proposed purchase is part of the $ 2.8 billion omnibus Pentagon budget sent to Congress in June. The drone fits a niche between cruise missiles and unmanned combat aerial vehicles. It loiters in the air around the target area, searches for targets, and attacks once a target is located. In 2018, the U.S. Marine Corps' Rapid Capabilities Office of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory submitted a request for information for an "organic precision fires" system w...