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U.S., Japan participate in joint deployment in East China Sea

U.S., Japan participate in joint deployment in East China Sea

Business
Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The United States and Japan conducted a joint two-day deployment in the South China for communication and maneuvering drills. Participating Friday and Saturday were ships assigned to the U.S. Wasp Amphibious Ready Group and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious transport dock ship Kunisaki, the U.S. Navy said in a news release. The Wasp ARG has been deployed as part of U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The U.S. ships include the USS Wasp, amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay and amphibious assault ship USS Ashland. "We understood each other's radio calls very clearly, and they were very quick with their responses," said Operations Specialist 1st Class Jose Gonzales of the Amphibious Squadron, o...
Scientists sound alarm over radiation in crucial Middle East water source

Scientists sound alarm over radiation in crucial Middle East water source

Technology
This is an Inside Science story. People in Egypt's western desert are drinking groundwater with naturally high levels of radium, a radioactive element, according to research presented last week at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington. Experts disagree on the cancer-related health risks, but babies who rely on the most radioactive wells could get more than 100 times the maximum levels recommended by the World Health Organization for long-term exposure from drinking water, according to the researchers. Many communities across the Middle East and northern Africa are likely also using water with elevated levels of radiation. Identifying the danger Most people in Egypt get their water from the Nile River. But in the adjacent deserts and the Sinai Peninsula, people rely inste...
Redskins on top of NFC East after narrow win over Cowboys

Redskins on top of NFC East after narrow win over Cowboys

Sports
The Dallas Cowboys' chance to end their road woes clanged off the left upright and fell away as time expired. Kicker Brett Maher missed a 52-yard field goal on the final play and Washington held on to a 20-17 victory over Dallas on Sunday at FedEx Field. Maher first lined up for a 47-yard attempt, but Washington jumped across the line of scrimmage and the officials called a snap infraction on Cowboys' deep snapper L.P. Ladouceur. The call against Ladouceur will be one of many things Dallas coaches, players and fans revisit after the Cowboys (3-4) fell to 0-4 on the road this season. Dallas was trying to erase a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Dak Prescott ran one yard for a touchdown to cut the Redskins' lead to three points. His TD capped a 12-play, 74-yard driv...
Ahead of earnings, Weatherford sells off Middle East rigs

Ahead of earnings, Weatherford sells off Middle East rigs

Business
July 12 (UPI) -- Ahead of its second quarter earnings report, drilling services company Weatherford said it sold off Middle East assets for $ 287.5 million. A regional subsidiary of Weatherford International sold off its drilling operations in Algeria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, along with two idled land rigs in Iraq, to regional services provider ADES International Holding for $ 287.5 million. Through the agreement, ADES more than doubles its payroll count and adds 31 rigs and related contracts to its portfolio. "This landmark transaction significantly expands ADES' total fleet and more than doubles its operational fleet, in line with our strategy of executing smart acquisitions, alongside building our backlog and participation in tenders," ADES CEO Mohamed Farouk said in a statement. ADE...
East Coast train line to be put into public control

East Coast train line to be put into public control

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Rail services on the East Coast Main Line are being brought back under government control, following the failure of the current franchise.Operators Stagecoach and Virgin Trains will hand over control from 24 June.The Department for Transport will run the service until a new public-private partnership can be appointed in 2020.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said it would smooth the transition to a new operator, but critics said it was evidence of private sector failure.Mr Grayling said the franchise had failed because Stagecoach and Virgin Trains had "got their bid wrong", overestimating the profitability of the line.It is the third time in a just over a decade that the government has called a hal...