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Companies get defense contracts

Two northeast Indiana employers were awarded defense-related contracts Tuesday.

ITT Corp. was awarded a $13.75 million contract to provide support services for the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System. Work will be performed in Fort Wayne and is expected to be finished by December 2013.

Erapsco Inc. has been awarded a $17.9 million contract to make 2,999 sonobuoys for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division.

Sonobuoy sensors allow the Navy to detect, classify and locate other countries’ submarines during combat and peacetime operations.

The order exercises an option from a previously announced contract. The work is expected to be completed by March 2015.

Erapsco is a 50-50 partnership between Undersea Sensor Systems Inc. of Columbia City and Sparton Electronics Inc. of DeLeon Springs, Fla.

The contract calls for 45 percent of the work to be done in Columbia City and the rest in DeLeon Springs.

Yahoo revamps email to catch up with Gmail

Yahoo is spiffing up and expanding its email service in an attempt to regain some of the ground lost to a Google alternative that lured away millions of users.

The changes unveiled Tuesday are meant to make Yahoo’s email faster and easier to use on the Web.

To cater to the growing audience checking their email on smartphones and tablet computers, Yahoo also introduced mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad and devices powered by Microsoft Corp.’s recently released Windows 8 system and updated its email app designed for Google’s Android operating system.

Markle Super 8 forced to shut doors

Financial trouble forced a 30-room lodge in Markle to close this week, Huntington County officials said.

The Super 8 motel, 610 Annette Drive, shut its doors after apparently losing its registered retailer merchandise certificate for failure to pay state sales tax to the Indiana Department of Revenue. Aryan Hospitality Inc. owns the establishment.

A staffer in the Huntington County Treasurer’s Office said Aryan Hospitality faced losing the hotel but paid $66,824 in back property taxes in August. It is uncertain whether the lodge will reopen.

Microsoft increases Surface production

Microsoft says it’s increasing production of its Surface tablets and will sell them in more stores. Staples says it will carry them starting today.

Surface is the first tablet Microsoft is selling under its own brand, and the company has promoted it heavily since its late-October launch. Reviews have been mixed, and there have been few signs that the tablet is flying off the shelves.

UK authorities arrest 3 in interest rate probe

British police arrested three people Tuesday as part of their investigation into the manipulation of a key benchmark interest rate – the London interbank offered rate – the first British arrests in a scandal that’s had global ramifications.

Search warrants were executed at the homes of three unnamed men, ages 33, 41 and 47, who are British nationals working in the UK.

LIBOR is the rate banks use to borrow from one another.

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