The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Air Force has awarded a highly contested $35 billion contract to build a new fleet of military air tankers to Boeing Co.
Boeing, based in Chicago, won the contract over archrival EADS of Europe; the two companies had staged a fierce competition to build nearly 200 airborne refueling tankers to replace the military's aging fleet of KC-135 planes.
The Air Force decision also comes as a blow to Alabama, where EADS had pledged to build its planes "at a long-shuttered military base in Mobile,"according to the AP.
U.S. efforts to evacuate hundreds of Americans from Libya are being stymied by bad weather on the coast — and by the refusal of Moammar Gadhafi's government to allow American charter planes to land there.
Some 285 people have been sitting on the Maria Dolores, a chartered ferry, since Wednesday, as the ship's crew waits for the stormy seas to calm, according to State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley says.
The ship isn't likely to leave port until Friday, according to reports.