The acquittal of Dominique de Villepin over an alleged smear campaign clears the French former prime minister to return to politics and challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy's reelection in 2012.
French authorities will launch a new search in February for the black boxes from Air France flight 447 which crashed in the Atlantic last June. French official is "optimistic" they will find the debris from the crash and solve the mystery.
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is set to attempt its first flight Tuesday after years of delays. The company's first new jetliner in almost 15 years, the plane is made of lightweight composite materials and supposed to reduce fuel costs by 20 percent.
On child abuse and the court, the Air Force's $35 billion tanker, Massachusetts healthcare, and the Berlin Wall.
The defense secretary, in allowing the service to procure its own plane, signals trust that his reforms are taking hold.
The US tariff on Chinese tires could have a ripple effect. Trade disputes have been rising among other nations.
Ten percent of the 40 crashes by Russian-built Tupolev Tu-154s have been in Iran. But Russian experts say its a reliable jet.