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Boeing Co. filed a formal protest Tuesday with the Government Accountability Office, alleging that the process used to grant a $35 billion Air Force contract was flawed. The GAO will have 100 days to issue a ruling in the controversial decision to let the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. build 179 refueling tankers.

Space shuttle Endeavour lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 2:28 a.m. Tuesday (left) on a historic 16-day mission, the longest ever to the International Space Station. For the first time since construction began nearly 10 years ago, Canada and Japan will add pieces to the five-nation project.

A failure to consider climate change in transportation planning could lead to flooded roads and subways, weakened bridges, and deformed railroad tracks, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Research Council.

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