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WASHINGTON, D.C.A US contractor managing more than $1 billion in reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan faces federal criminal and civil investigations of accusations that it overcharged the government for work, according to federal court documents. Prosecutors are focusing on whether the Louis Berger Group of Morristown, N.J., submitted inflated invoices. The company is leading a $1.4 billion project to build roads and power plants in Afghanistan.
Remains may be 2 trapped minersRENO — Searchers have found human remains at the bottom of a gold mine shaft in Nevada where two miners were trapped more than a day ago, authorities said yesterday. The remains are believed to be those of the two missing miners but positive identification will take from three weeks to two months.
Stevens’ plane had alert systemJUNEAU — The plane that crashed into an Alaskan mountainside and killed former senator Ted Stevens and four others was outfitted with an alert system that warned pilots of dangerous terrain. But Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said it is not known whether the system was working just before the plane crashed Monday. The plane was also equipped with an emergency locator transmitter but it did not activate.
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