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F-35 fighter jet: Programme suffers first crash – BBC News
These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Reuters Image caption A US F-35B carried out its first combat operation in Afghanistan on Thursday The US military has suffered the first crash in its hugely expensive F-35 fighter jet programme.
A F-35B jet came down in South Carolina, the Marine Corps said. The pilot managed to safely eject and there were no injuries.
The Marines said in a statement that an investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
The F-35 is the largest and most expensive weapons programme of its type in the world.
Global sales are projected at more that 3,000 aircraft, and the programme is likely to last for some 30 to 40 years.
But the programme has been criticised both for cost and combat effectiveness.
The jet involved in the incident is believed to have cost around $100m (£77m), although a new Pentagon contract announced on Friday for a record 141 F-35 jets has brought the cost down to around $89.2m per aircraft, according to Reuters.
The model is one of three varieties of the F-35 series in operation.
On Thursday, the US carried out its first operation using the F-35B against Taliban targets in Afghanistan, four months after the Israeli military announced it had used the F-35A to carry out two separate strikes .
US President Trump has repeatedly praised the F-35, saying that the enemy “cannot see” it. While the jet is not invisible, its primary contractor Lockheed Martin has said its “advanced stealth” enables it to avoid radar. F-35: Why its maker says it’s so advanced Image copyright Reuters Developed by Lockheed Martin and first flown in 2006, the main reason for the fighter is its versatility, projected to serve the US Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy in one design Three variants: conventional takeoff (A); short takeoff and vertical landing (B) and carrier-based catapult (C) Stealth is clearly a key factor, its airframe and design materials allow pilots to penetrate areas without being detected by radar This gives it a small radar cross-section, which is said to allow it to engage enemy aircraft before they see it. A helmet-mounted display system means the jet does not have to be pointing at its target to fire weapons But it’s the sensors, communications and avionics that it trumpets the most – data is shared immediately with operational commanders, and pilots can track the enemy, jam radars and thwart attacks Related Topics
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ACLU breaks nonpartisan tradition by opposing Brett Kavanaugh
Supreme Court ACLU breaks nonpartisan tradition by opposing Brett Kavanaugh This is the fourth time the group has opposed a nominee to the Supreme Court in its 98 years. by Jane C. Timm / Sep.29.2018 / 9:14 PM GMT Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Sept. 27, 2018. Michael Reynolds / EPA Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE
In an unusual break with their own policy, the American Civil Liberties Union announced that it was opposing Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
The ACLU is nonpartisan — it does not oppose or support candidates for judicial or political office — but the group said in a release Saturday afternoon that its board held an “extraordinary meeting, and has chosen to make an exception to that policy.”
The group said they did so because it believes there are credible sexual assault allegations against the candidate.
“This is not a decision taken lightly,” the organization said in a resolution passed by the board of directors. “We cannot remain silent under these extraordinary circumstances about a lifetime appointment to the highest court of the land. The standard for such an appointment should be high, and the burden is on the nominee. That burden is not met as long as there are unresolved questions regarding the credible allegations of sexual assault.” Related KAVANAUGH CONFIRMATION FIGHT White House limits scope of the FBI’s Kavanaugh investigation
This is the fourth time the group has opposed a nominee to the Supreme Court in its 98 years of existence, they said in a release, but the group noted they did not take a stand on Justice Neil Gorsuch’s nomination.
Christine Blasey Ford’s emotional testimony about her alleged assault prompted a slew of unusual pushback from outside groups.
A major Jesuit Catholic magazine, America, retracted its endorsement in a surprising reversal; the magazine had issued a hearty endorsement of Kavanaugh in July.
The American Bar Association — a group that had previously given Kavanaugh its highest rating and whose vetting of Kavanaugh the nominee boasted of during his testimony — called for nomination proceedings to be suspended to make way for an FBI investigation on Thursday night.
Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken joined the ABA’s calls for an investigation on Friday . The school had released a press release in July with faculty members’ praise for Kavanaugh. Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE
California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill banning gun sales to people under 21, citing Parkland
U.S. news California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill banning gun sales to people under 21, citing Parkland The new law exempts law enforcement, members of the military and people with hunting licenses from the restriction. by Associated Press / Sep.29.2018 / 3:15 PM GMT Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Most people under 21 won’t be able to buy guns in California starting next year under a law Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Friday.
It will prevent people under 21 from buying rifles and other types of guns. State law already bans people under 21 from buying handguns.
The new law exempts law enforcement, members of the military and people with hunting licenses from the restriction.
It was one of dozens of bills Brown took action on.
Democratic Sen. Anthony Portantino pointed to the shooting at a Florida high school earlier this year that killed 17 people as the reason for his bill banning gun sales and transfers to people under 21.
“I was determined to help California respond appropriately to the tragic events our country has recently faced on high school campuses,” Portantino said in a statement. “I feel it is imperative that California leads when Washington refuses to act.” Customers view semi automatic guns on display at a gun shop in Los Angeles, California on Dec. 19, 2012. Gene Blevins / Reuters file
Brown also signed a bill to prohibit gun ownership for people who have been hospitalized or otherwise placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold for risk of hurting themselves or others twice in one year. That law would let those people ask a court every five years to return their guns.
He also signed a bill to ban people with certain domestic violence misdemeanors from owning guns for life.
In addition to the gun-related bills, he vetoed a measure that would have let bars in some cities serve alcohol until 4 a.m., which he said would result in more drunken driving. Related GUNS IN AMERICA Religious activist investors get Smith & Wesson to do gun safety report
California currently lets bars serve alcohol until 2 a.m.
“I believe we have enough mischief from midnight to 2 without adding two more hours of mayhem,” he wrote in his veto message.
It would have allowed extended hours in nine California cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Brown also vetoed a bill that would have opened the door for parents to serve edible marijuana to their children on school grounds to treat medical conditions. Children could be given cannabis only if the school board adopted a policy to allow it.
Brown said in his veto message that he’s concerned about exposing youth to marijuana and believes the bill is too broad, allowing its use for all ailments.
“I think we should pause before going much further down this path,” he wrote. Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE