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Chinese power over North Korea? It's more myth than reality

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:23
The notion of Chinese power over the North — that the countries are as "close as lips and teeth," according to a cliche recorded in the 3rd century — is so tantalizing that Donald Trump has spent a good part of his young presidency playing it up.

USS Fitzgerald sailors awarded for efforts following deadly June collision

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:00
Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to 36 crew members “who distinguished themselves for their bravery and contributions to damage control efforts."

Thousands of immigrants could lose protected status

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:20
The immigrants have been allowed to live and work in the United States under a program called Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that shields some migrants from deportation if their nations are stricken by natural disasters, civil wars or other calamities.

Army vet killed in Vegas shooting left funeral instructions: ‘Remember me for who I was’

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:05
Charleston Hartfield was a military man. A policeman. A family man. So it didn’t surprise those who knew him that he had instructions that offered careful plans for what to do in the event of his death.

New hull crack, typhoon divert collision-damaged USS McCain to Philippines

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:35
The guided-missile destroyer developed a 4-inch-long crack along its starboard side while transiting to Yokosuka Naval Base aboard the MV Treasure.

New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over Texas shrine revamp

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:07
Texas is overseeing a 7-year revamp of the shrine where 189 Texas independence fighters were killed by Mexican Gen. Santa Anna's troops in 1836. The project has raised the ire of some conservatives, who worry that the Battle of the Alamo will be sanitized by "political correctness."

Graham: 'The war is morphing,' more military action possible

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:00
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday that Americans need to be prepared for more combat around the world as the rules of engagement against terrorist groups evolve under President Donald Trump’s administration.

US says 2 more American victims confirmed in Cuba attacks

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:53
Two more U.S. government workers have been confirmed to be victims of invisible attacks in Cuba, the United States said Friday, raising the total to 24.

Veterans Affairs picks site for new hospital in Kentucky

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:44
Capping more than a decade of reviews and debate, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Friday it has selected a suburban site for a new hospital in Kentucky's largest city.

Women, did you serve? Memorial seeking funds at 20th anniversary

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:38
The memorial is funded through a private nonprofit, and supporters say its future is at risk. A fundraising campaign has raised more than $110,000, but the goal is $1.5 million.

Wounded veteran sees student debt forgiven but gets $62,000 tax bill

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:20
The IRS is asking a wounded veteran to pay $62,000 in income taxes on the federal government's cancellation of his student loans. Will Milzarski said he was surprised by the notice. "One part of government says, 'We recognize your service, we recognize your inability to work," Milzarski said. "The other branch says, 'Give us your blood.' Well, the U.S. Army already took a lot of my blood."

Bergdahl saga set to enter sentencing phase

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:12
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will learn his fate inside a Fort Bragg courtroom next week when defense attorneys and prosecutors will spar over the circumstances surrounding the soldier’s decision to walk off his combat outpost in Afghanistan some eight years ago.

Man commits suicide at Phoenix VA

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:58
A 33-year-old man took his own life at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs medical center.

Fort Benning Ranger duo stakes claim as top snipers in the world

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:54
The top winners, announced Friday, are Staff Sgt. Jonathon Roque and Sgt. Brandon Kelley. A team from the National Guard took second, with third going to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Breaking tradition, former presidents sparring with Trump

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:53
Former presidents are shedding a traditional reluctance to criticize their successors, unleashing pointed attacks on the Trump White House and the commander in chief — but without mentioning him by name.

VA seeking donations for health care facilities

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:31
The Department of Veterans Affairs is soliciting donors such as nonprofits to provide funds to construct, expand or renovate VA health care facilities.

UN says 2 peacekeepers wounded in Central African Republic

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:29
The U.N. says two peacekeepers in Central African Republic have been wounded in clashes with mostly Christian anti-Balaka militias who attacked the southern town of Pombolo.

Charges, insults fly after Trump aide assails congresswoman

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:23
The White House is defending White House chief of staff John Kelly who on Thursday derided a Florida congresswoman as an "empty barrel," saying she had delivered a speech at an FBI field office dedication in which she "talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building.

Spacewalking astronaut copes with frayed tether, bad jetpack

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:16
A spacewalking astronaut successfully replaced a blurry camera outside the International Space Station on Friday, but had to contend with a balky jetpack and a frayed safety tether. Both jetpacks and safety ties are crucial for saving a flyaway astronaut.

Somalia's death toll now at 358 as 'state of war' planned

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:09
Thousands of anguished Somalis gathered to pray Friday at the site of the country's deadliest attack, while the toll rose to 358 and dozens remained missing. Somalia's president will announce a "state of war" against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the bombing, the prime minister said.