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Pentagon extends tanker deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon will extend by 60 days its deadline for bids on a $35 billion contract for refueling jets so that the European maker of Airbus can compete. Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell announced the decision on Wednesday. Morrell said the military still plans to award the contract this fall.

The decision is aimed at encouraging competition in a program that critics say has been poorly managed and heavily favors Boeing.

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