October 31, 2013

SC business notebook, Oct. 31

Government hires highest percentage of vets in 20 years; Airlines willing to give up some rights so merger will fly; Post: NSA broke into Yahoo, Google

Government hires highest percentage of vets in 20 years

The federal government says it hired the highest percentage of military veterans in more than two decades in fiscal year 2012, with veterans making up about 29 percent of the 195,000 new employees. The Defense Department led the way with about 46 percent of new hires being veterans, followed by 35 percent at the Social Security Administration and 33 percent at the Veterans Affairs and Transportation departments.

Post: NSA broke into Yahoo, Google

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world. The Post cites documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with officials. According to a secret accounting dated Jan. 9, 2013, NSA sends millions of records every day from Yahoo and Google internal networks to data warehouses at the agency’s Fort Meade, Md., headquarters. White House officials and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA, declined to comment, the Post said. Google and Yahoo said they were not aware of the activity.

Airlines willing to give up some rights so merger will fly

American Airlines and US Airways will propose giving up some takeoff and landing rights at Washington’s Reagan National Airport in hopes of settling a government lawsuit blocking their merger, two people familiar with the discussions say. The offer could be rejected, and the airlines are still planning on the case going to trial Nov. 25, one of the people said Wednesday. The U.S. Justice Department and six states sued in August to block the merger, which would create the world’s biggest airline. .

The Associated Press contributed.

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