How the DOD could have saved $100M by blowing up 1,000 trucks

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What’s $100 million among the armed forces? Well, when that $100M is spent shipping unnecessary military equipment back from Afghanistan to the United States, it serves to shine some light on military waste.

According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, the US Marine Corps and Army burned over $100 million during a one-year period shipping unneeded MRAPs and other vehicles from Afghanistan back to the US. As many as one out of every nine Army and USMC vehicles shipped back to the US is “unneeded,” says the GAO, while each individual vehicle could cost as much as $107,400 in shipping fees.

As many as one out of every nine vehicles shipped back to the US is “unneeded,” while each one could cost as much as $107,400 in shipping fees.

Instead, it may have been more cost effective to destroy the surplus trucks and leave their remains in Afghanistan. Of course, such a move would put a major ding in the DOD’s controversial 1033 program.

“Due to ineffective internal controls, the Army and Marine Corps may be incurring unnecessary costs by returning equipment that potentially exceeds service needs or is not economical to return and repair,” the report says, according to Army Times.

Between October 2012 and October 2013, the DOD returned or destroyed nearly 15,000 vehicles. The total cost of recovering equipment from Afghanistan is expected to hit $6 billion, Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright told Army Times. The recovery is proceeding on schedule, but the waste of $100 million is still raising some eyebrows among members of congress.

“The Government Accountability Office underscores that the DOD can and should do a much better job in preventing unnecessary costs by taking some common sense steps in managing its surplus military vehicles. We simply cannot afford this type of waste and ineffectiveness,” Sen. Tom Carper, a democrat from Delaware and a member of the Homeland and Government Affairs Committee, said.

What are your thoughts? Is the recovery of MRAPs and other military vehicles, regardless of the cost, preferable to destroying them? Should the DOD have planned better for after the end of operations in Afghanistan? Have your say in Comments.

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Hospital officials in Dallas admitted Tuesday they missed an opportunity to isolate a man who’d recently arrived in the United States from Liberia and was showing the first signs of Ebola.

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Sandy Hook Elementary School Evacuated, Kids Sent Home Following Bomb Threat

MONROE, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut was evacuated Wednesday morning following a bomb threat.

According to Monroe police Lt. Brian McCauley, the school was evacuated as a precaution after the threat was called in just after 9:30 a.m.

McCauley said the building and grounds were checked, and no evidence of danger was found.

A bomb squad was called in from the state police to help sweep the building, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported.

The school was dismissed early following the threat, and students were moved to nearby Jockey Hollow Middle School to be picked up by their parents, said Nancy Bartosik, with the Monroe superintendent’s office.

As of 1 p.m., it was believed all of the kids had been picked up, McCauley told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

Sandy Hook Elementary School Evacuated, Kids Sent Home Following Bomb Threat

newtown Sandy Hook Elementary School Evacuated, Kids Sent Home Following Bomb Threat
Fran Schneidau reports

The school issued an automated voicemail message to parents following the threat, assuring them that “…all students and all staff are absolutely 100 percent safe.”

In the message, Newtown Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph V. Erardi Jr. said the evacuation was due to a “low to no-threat bomb scare.”

Erardi also invited parents to a meeting Wednesday night at at the Newtown High School audtirorium for “any parent who looks to better understand what we did and why we did the evacuation.” The meeting is set to start at 7 p.m., Erardi said.

Automated Voicemail Message Issued To Sandy Hook ES Parents

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When asked if the bomb threat was a prank by a kid, McCauley told Schneidau, “We hope that’s what it is, but the investigation will hopefully turn up what’s going on with it.”

Newtown residents fumed at the news of the threat, Young reported.

“I think it’s awful after what all the school’s been through over there a couple of years ago,” aid Newtown resident Phil Griffin. “I think it’s just despicable that anyone would do that.”

“Newtown has had enough,” said Susan Richter. “We’re trying to get ourselves back together again and get strong again. And any time anybody hits us it’s like hitting a wound with salt.”

The school in Monroe, formerly known as Chalk Hill Middle School, was renamed Sandy Hook Elementary School after students from the original Sandy Hook were transferred there following the demolition of their school in Newtown.

The original Sandy Hook was the site of the December 2012 mass shooting that took the lives of 20 first-grade students and six educators.

Classes are expected to resume as normal on Thursday. Counselors will be on hand at the school for parents and students.

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Mary J. Blige’s “Nobody But You”: Listen To The New Single, Co-Written By Sam Smith

Mary J. Blige channels her inner deep house diva on her new single, “Nobody But You.” It is the latest from the singer’s forthcoming 13th album, The London Sessions, which is set for a December 2 release.

Previous songs like “Therapy” and “Whole Damn Year” were deemed too mournful for a record that involves the likes of Disclosure and Naughty Boy. But “Nobody But You” definitely gives what we’ve been looking for – full-bodied vocals and a smooth, slinky house-inspired beat. Blige’s signature wails soar high on the track as she boldly confesses, “You’re the only one I’m there for, the only one I’m there for!”

The combination of emotive vocals and club-ready production harkens back to the early ’90s, where powerhouse voices dominated the house and techno dancefloors. The track is co-written by Sam Smith, who has previously worked with Blige on “Therapy” off The London Sessions and their “Stay With Me” duet.

Listen to “Nobody But You” below.

What are your thoughts on the new track? Let us know in the comments below!

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FDNY: 52 Workers Removed From Scaffolding After Power Outage Hits Rochdale Village In Jamaica

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A massive power outage Wednesday afternoon affected nearly 20 buildings in the Rochdale Village housing complex in Jamaica, Queens.

As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, police and fire crews responded in force Wednesday after power went out in the 20-buildign complex, trapping people in elevators and on scaffolds.

Power went out in Rochdale Village around 3 p.m. Wednesday, and residents were stuck between floors in pitch dark elevators.

“The elevator just went bump, and the lights went out, and we got stuck, and they had to get to come and get us out,” said resident Tyrone Davis. “It was frightening, because it was dark; pitch black in there; pitch black in the elevator. And you get stuck on the elevator for 15 minutes with no ventilation.”

“I grabbed onto my neighbor here, and I was yelling, and he was trying to calm me down — because he knows I have a phobia of elevators,” said resident Melissa Morgan. “I don’t like elevators.”

Fire crews went building to building and floor to floor rescuing trapped residents. Elderly residents were trapped on higher floors in the 13-story buildings.

“I got my flashlight, and some candy because I’m diabetic, and I walked down the stairs very, very slowly – just three (stories). Thank God it’s just three,” said resident Irene Vines. “But I’m worried about the people on the top floor, and they’re on oxygen.”

A total of 52 people were rescued from the elevators, building management told CBS 2’s Alice Gainer.

The power outage also left 54 scaffolding workers in limbo. They were doing brick work outside the buildings and had to activate emergency switches to get down manually.

Two were rescued by the FDNY.

“All of them got down safely,” said project manager Claude Laborde. “I feel so great and blessed.”

Rochdale Village calls itself “The Jewel of Jamaica,” and has 20 buildings spread across 120 acres.

On its website, Rochdale Village touts its power plant, which it says “generates all the electrical power, heating, air-conditioning and domestic hot water services for the entire residential development and two shopping malls.”

The plant “produces its power independently with no interconnection to any outside utility company.”

As of 5 p.m., generators were being turned on and power was gradually returning. Building management was not sure why the power went out and why the emergency generators did not kick in right away.

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Audi TT Sportback Concept evolves the five-door breed

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Audi TT Sportback Concept

One week after a leaked sketch ran on these very pages, Audi has introduced the latest member of a “potential TT family,” according to Audi board member Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. This is the TT Sportback Concept, a five-door, 400-horsepower version of the brand’s stylish sports car and at this point, it looks darn likely to herald the debut of a third body style for Audi’s design icon.

Unveiled at the expansive Volkswagen group night celebration ahead of the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the TT Sportback Concept is the most evolved version of a form factor that’s seen a slow striptease throughout 2014, first with the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept in Detroit and, more recently, in the Offroad Concept from the Beijing Motor Show.

For Paris, the car being shown by Audi is absent traditional concept car traits like oversized wheels, miniscule mirrors and bizarre interior treatments, giving it a far more production ready appearance than either of the previous TT-based concepts. The exterior, meanwhile, is clearly reminiscent of the third-generation car (that roofline is pure TT), although there are a number of styling decisions that remind us of the compact A3, particularly in regards to the taillights.

This heavy production basis does not, we’re guessing, extend to the engine bay, which is home to a 400-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. That zesty powerplant and its 332 pound-feet of torque allows the TT Sportback to hit 62 miles per hour in a scant 3.9 seconds. A seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission manages this grunt, and shifts the 2.0T’s power to a Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

We’ll have much more on the TT Sportback Concept and everything else coming from the Volkswagen Group at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in the coming days. In the meantime, scroll down for the full press release from Audi, and check out the brand’s newest concept car in the gallery, above.

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Kate Moss Strips for Stella McCartney Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kate Moss has teamed up with British designer Stella McCartney on a new campaign that shows off a new line of hot pink lingerie. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Moss’s scandalous look cleverly incorporates the cause’s iconic pink ribbon. A special edition of McCartney’s “Gemma Relaxing” line, the bras and underwear were designed to encourage and remind women to give themselves self-exams when getting dressed. With proceeds benefiting the Linda McCartney Centre in the U.K., the hot pink collection will soon be available at Stella McCartney stores as well as online.

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