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Canadian Pacific Railway acquires Kansas City Southern for $29B

Canadian Pacific Railway acquires Kansas City Southern for $29B

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March 21 (UPI) -- Canadian Pacific Railway agreed to purchase Kansas City Southern and create the first rail network linking the United States, Mexico and Canada. The companies agreed to a merger with CP acquiring KSC for $ 29 billion including assuming $ 3.8 billion of outstanding debt from KCS, while creating a network of about 20,000 miles of rail that will unite the three nations, according to a statement. Advertisement "This transaction will be transformative for North America, providing significant positive impacts for our respective employees, customers, communities and shareholders," CP President and CEO Keith Creel said. "This will create the first U.S.-Mexico-Canada railroad, bringing together two railroads that have been keenly focused on providing quality service to their cust...
U.S. troops ready for Valiant Shield exercise in Pacific Ocean

U.S. troops ready for Valiant Shield exercise in Pacific Ocean

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Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is among numerous ships, aircraft and military personnel involved in Valiant Shield, a Pacific Ocean training exercise. The 12-day exercise of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command begins on Tuesday in Guam and at the Mariana Islands Range Complex. Approximately 100 aircraft and about 11,000 personnel of the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines will be involved in training integration in a "blue water environment." Advertisement The amphibious assault ship USS America, amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans, dock landing ship USS Germantown and other surface ships will participate. Valiant Shield, a biennial event in its eighth exercise since beginning in 2006, concentrates on enabling real-world proficiency in detecting, locating, tracking...
Ancient Americans made epic Pacific voyages

Ancient Americans made epic Pacific voyages

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New evidence has been found for epic prehistoric voyages between the Americas and eastern Polynesia.DNA analysis suggests there was mixing between Native Americans and Polynesians around AD 1200.The extent of potential contacts between the regions has been a hotly contested area for decades.In 1947, Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl made a journey by raft from South America to Polynesia to demonstrate the voyage was possible.Until now, proponents of Native American and Polynesian interaction reasoned that some common cultural elements, such as a similar word used for a common crop, hinted that the two populations had mingled before Europeans settled in South America. Opponents pointed to studies with differing conclusions and the...
Pacific Air Forces return Global Hawk drones to Yokota Air Base

Pacific Air Forces return Global Hawk drones to Yokota Air Base

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June 4 (UPI) -- Pacific Air Forces began rotating RQ-4 Global Hawks from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam to Yokota Air Base in Japan last week, the Air Force announced Thursday. According to the Air Force, the rotation of Global Hawks to Yokota should provide a stable location from which the platform can operate when inclement weather -- such as typhoons -- have historically interfered. Advertisement "Having alternate locations to execute our mission during seasons of inclement weather ensures our ability to continue executing U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and the alliance reconnaissance requirements in support of the defense of Japan and to maintain international peace and security in the region," Lt. Col. Ben Craycraft, 319th Operations Group Detachment 1 commander, said. The RQ-4 Global Ha...
Virgin Orbit terminates rocket launch after releasing it over the Pacific

Virgin Orbit terminates rocket launch after releasing it over the Pacific

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May 25 (UPI) -- Virgin Orbit said it terminated the launch of a demonstration rocket Monday afternoon shortly after its release from the wing of a 747 jet over the Pacific Ocean. The rocket, called LauncherOne, was to ignite its engines in mid-air for the first time as the company develops a new method to send satellites into orbit. The jet released the rocket just after 3:50 p.m., but the company announced the mission was terminated shortly afterward, without immediate explanation. Later in the afternoon, Virgin Orbit tweeted, "Launcher One maintained stability after release, and we ignited our first state engine, NewtonThree. An anomaly then occurred in first stage flight. "We'll learn more as out engineers analyze the mountain of data we collected today." The crew on the plane was sa...