United States Roster Falling To Pieces Ahead Of Remaining 2014 World Cup Qualifiers

United States to fly long-range drones from Japanese base

Lets look at the first-choice players who will not be available, or who will be limited in their fitness and abilities due to recent injuries: Michael Bradley could return to the training field for Roma this week, but his ongoing ankle injury makes a trip to the United States seem less and less likely. Everybody should know by now that Bradley is the one absolutely indispensable piece to this U.S. puzzle, so any efforts at a top performance begins with their midfield glue. Clint Dempseys hamstring issue (Where did he get this thing? No one seems to know.) has kept the U.S. attacker out of Seattles last two matches. Even if Dempseys condition improves, Seattle is likely to lobby for keeping him, for playoff positioning and Supporters Shield pursuits next week. Considering Dempsey is Major League Soccers top wage earner, it seems like a reasonable request. (MORE: U.S. Soccer and Jones refute reports of injury) Jermaine Jones status may be up in the air; reports out of Germany say surgery will have Jones on the shelf for a few weeks. But Jones and U.S. Soccer are refuting those reports, so stay tuned on this one. Either way, if Jones has a knee issue, its fair to wonder if Schalke will be excited about extra travel and matches that are, officially speaking, meaningless. U.S.

Four Head Start pre-school providers that serve 3,200 low-income children in four states are closing and others are looking for alternative sources of funding. Aspiring home owners applying for a mortgage can expect delays, especially if the shutdown is prolonged. That’s because many lenders need government confirmation of applicants’ income tax returns and other data. Families who set out for cherished sites from Yellowstone Park to the historic monuments of Washington were dismayed to find precious vacation time ruined. Some were so angry with Congress they lost their cool. Near the Capitol, a man with three children in tow approached a shiny black SUV and shouted loudly through the tinted window: “Are you a U.S. representative? Please explain to my children why they can’t have their educational tour!” One possible silver lining to shutdown annoyances: The whole thing could serve as a teachable moment for all those people who tell pollsters that they want budget cuts as long as they aren’t directly affected. “As time goes by, more and more people see these little things that they took for granted,” said Ed Lorenzen, a policy adviser at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan group pushing for spending discipline. He said the shutdown could serve as a reminder that “you’re not going to be able to the balance the budget just by cutting spending in Washington that doesn’t affect people.” ___ Associated Press writers Nancy Benac, Pauline Jelinek, Jessica Grescko, Brett Zongker and Matthew Brown contributed to this report. Follow Benac on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nbenac Politics & Government Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama demanded an end to a three-day government shutdown he decried as a reckless “farce,” piling pressure on Republicans to climb down first on a budget impasse.

United Airlines Introduces New Signature Seat Design

Customer-Friendly Upgrades In September, United ranked among the top airlines in “Best Economy Class Flight Experience” in the USA Today-sponsored “10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards” contest. As United continues to invest in customer products and service in the air and on the ground, the airline also offers: More aircraft with premium-cabin flat-bed seats than any other U.S. carrier More aircraft with extra-legroom economy seating than any other U.S. carrier Nearly 100 Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft and plans to outfit approximately 30 aircraft with satellite Wi-Fi each month, with nearly all of United’s worldwide mainline fleet on schedule for completion in 2014 Upgraded United Club lounges in Chicago O’Hare Terminal 2, Seattle and San Diego More aircraft with live television available than any other airline in the world About United United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,341 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas routes. The airline also features DIRECTV on 200 aircraft, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United’s MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for nine consecutive years. According to the 4th annual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey published by IdeaWorksCompany in May 2013, United has the most saver-style award-seat availability among the largest U.S. global airlines.

Across United States, shutdown upends lives from weddings to pre-school programs and vacations

The joint US Cabinet visit went ahead despite the government shutdown that led President Obama to curtail his own planned trip to Asia next week. Kerry will fill in for Obama for visits to Malaysia and the Philippines. The security measures announced Thursday should give both Japan and the United States greater protection and better intelligence about the activities of North Korea and China, one an adversary and the other a wary partner and sometime competitor. There are different threats and different kinds of threats, Kerry said at the start of the joint session on Thursday. So it is important for us to recognise that this bilateral alliance remains a vital element of our respective national security strategies. In addition to the drones and the P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, Japan and the United States announced that a new antiballistic radar station would be built in Kyogamisaki, in southern Japan, and become operational sometime in the next year. The powerful X-band radar is intended to shore up defences against a possible ballistic missile attack by North Korea. Japan and the United States had announced an agreement last year to build the radar but had not said where it would be located or when it would be up and running. Its important for ballistic-missile defence for both nations, and so I think thats why its kind of on a fast timeline, said Air Force Lieutenant General Salvatore Angelella, the commander of US forces in Japan. Although the Pentagon says the radar is aimed at North Korea, it ranks high on Chinas list of grievances about the US militarys enhanced presence in the region. Chinas territorial disputes with neighbours in the East and South China seas have threatened to draw in the United States because of its treaty obligations to Japan and South Korea, forcing US officials to walk a fine line in some of the cases. Japans nationalisation of the Senkaku Islands provoked protests across China, and trade declined between the two mercantile nations. Last month, Japanese officials said they had not ruled out stationing officials on the rocky islands, and China warned in response that Japan must be prepared to bear the consequences of this provocation. Last years election of nationalist Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe deepened the dispute. Since then, Abes government has increased defence spending for the first time in a decade and is contemplating changing the Japanese constitution to loosen restrictions on its military. The United States considers the Senkaku Islands to be under Japanese administration and subject to the US treaty obligations to defend Japan, but does not take a position on the eventual ownership of the islands.

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