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As jets closed in on China balloon, hobbyists were listening
A group of aviation enthusiasts was, instead, intently scanning radio frequencies for the exchanges between the pilots who would follow as Huntress, NORAD’s eastern air defense sector controller, tracked the exact distance as two Air Force F-22 fighter jets closed in on the Chinese balloon.
Ex-Maui official spent bribe money on travel, hostess bars
The more than $2 million that Air Force veteran Stewart Olani Stant, the former director of a Maui county department, accepted in bribes and spent on gambling, hostess bars and luxury travel constitutes “the largest single known case of bribery prosecuted“ in the district of Hawaii, officials say.
Little-noticed US funding for China tech sector now draws scrutiny
Even as Washington takes a hard line on keeping U.S. technology and data beyond China’s reach, the federal government has thus far been slow to close another channel of technology assistance: potentially billions of dollars in U.S. investment in Chinese tech startup companies.

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