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January 07, 2013

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-A fire broke out on a Japan Airlines' Boeing 787 parked at Logan Airport on Monday. According to this report by the Boston Globe, the passengers had already disembarked from the aircraft when the fire occurred. The fire apparently started in the avionics section of the aircraft which is in the plane's cargo hold.

-The Federal Aviation Administration finally has a new administrator. Last week, the Senate confirmed Michael Huerta for the position. Huerta has served as acting administrator since December 2011 when previous administrator, Randy Babbitt, abruptly resigned following an arrest for driving while intoxicated. This report from Politico mentions that Huerta's confirmation was held up last year by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint due to concerns over Huerta's labor policies.

-And in other Washington news...President Obama is slated to nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel for the top job at the Department of Defense. Hagel would be taking over the Pentagon at a time of budget cuts that have caused nervousness among defense companies for 2013, the Washington Post reports.

-Andrea Ahles

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