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Movie review: 'Only the Brave' paints a timely portrait of elite wildland firefighters

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:03
As if on cue, "Only the Brave" -- a deeply moving drama about firefighters -- arrives in theaters, just as the catastrophic wildfires in Northern California seem to be winding down. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, from a screenplay by Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer, the film is based on a GQ story about the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite crew of firefighters who experienced a harrowing tragedy in Yarnell, Ariz., in 2013. If that event doesn’t ring a bell, I won’t reveal precisely what happened. Although it seems only fair to warn audiences that the outcome isn’t a happy one.

Spanish prime minister to unveil measures to fight Catalan separatists

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:01
Spain's prime minister says his government will unveil specific measures Saturday to halt Catalonia's independence bid but refused to confirm if that included plans to hold a regional election in January.

Movie review: Weak political elements take punch out of 'Geostorm'

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:01
"Geostorm" finds ways to draw attention away from an interesting use of weather as a weapon by using a cold front of political jabber. The problems in "Geostorm" were caused by director Dean Devlin and co-writer Paul Guyot as they have taken a passable action film and buried it under a tsunami of political muck. Politics can work – even in an action movie – but each smart twist needs to be followed by an even smarter turn. Both Devlin and Guyot have worked heavily in television and their writing comes across like the half-baked plot lines of a low-grade TV show.

Movie review: Fassbender won't melt your heart in dreadfully incoherent thriller 'The Snowman'

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:58
In "The Snowman," a wretched waste of time and talent from the Swedish director Tomas Alfredson ("Let the Right One In"), two detectives track a serial killer who likes to hack up women’s bodies and then scatter the pieces all over: a head here, a limb there. The movie, perhaps subscribing to the fallacy of imitative form, adopts this dispersal method as a narrative strategy: a scene here, a flashback there, chunks of exposition strewn about like severed fingers. You could try piecing it all together, but really, what would be the point? Dead is dead.

Man accused of murdering Army veteran wife had alleged history of abuse

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:57
The Arizona man accused of killing his wife — an Army veteran who lived in San Diego — allegedly abused a woman from a previous marriage, according to court documents.

Devastation in Raqqa raises questions about cost of victory

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:56
Syrian Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence after a four-month battle that left it in ruins.

Budget deficit hits $666B, an $80B spike for the year

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:51
The federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed fiscal year, a spike that comes as Republicans are moving to draft a tax code rewrite that promises to add up to $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the coming decade.

Group working to reopen little-known Civil War museum in Illinois

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:49
The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum in Springfield, Ill. is thought to be one of the few surviving museums of its kind in the country.

Police: Stabbings at Polish shopping mall not terror attack

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:48
A man with a knife stabbed people Friday at a shopping mall in southeastern Poland, killing one person and injuring nine others, police said, ruling out terror or political motives for the attack.

Vegas shooting doesn't change opinions on guns, poll finds

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:44
The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans' opinions about gun laws.

Drone video shows devastation in Raqqa, Syria

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:29
Drone footage from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa shows the extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between Kurdish-led forces and the Islamic State group and thousands of bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition.

Baker gone as manager of Nationals after 2 NL East titles

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:13
Dusty Baker is done as manager of the Washington Nationals after two seasons, two NL East titles and zero playoff series victories. "Winning a lot of regular-season games and winning divisions are not enough. Our goal is to win a world championship," said Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo.

What will the Navy's future aircraft carriers look like? They could be much smaller

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:09
Congress told the Navy to develop concepts for less-expensive aircraft carriers than those being built at Newport News Shipbuilding after the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first of a new class of such warships commissioned in July, suffered repeated cost overruns and delays. The federally funded Rand Corp. came up with four alternatives.

Off base events

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:53
A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Iraqi forces seize disputed town after clashes with Kurds

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:46
Iraqi troops seized a town from Kurdish forces after a brief but intense firefight on Friday, capping a dramatic week of maneuvers that saw the Kurds hand over territory across northern Iraq.

Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:37
President Donald Trump promised tax cuts Friday "which will be the biggest in the history of our country" following Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget that lays the groundwork for Republicans' promised tax legislation.

Army Special Forces medic to receive Medal of Honor on Monday

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:25
For nearly three decades, retired Army Capt. Gary Michael Rose told no one about his harrowing four-day secret mission to Laos during the Vietnam War.

Hawaii boat crash spurs new concerns about foreign fishermen

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:08
A boat that ran aground off Honolulu while transporting foreign fishermen to work in Hawaii's commercial fishing industry has raised new questions about the safety and working conditions for foreign laborers in this unique U.S. fleet.

His Army career cut short by injury in Green Ramp disaster, former paratrooper returns to skies

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:02
As an 82nd Airborne Division veteran, Richard Clapp had trained for this moment. But a disaster stole it from him and ended his Army career. On March 23, 1994, Clapp was among more than 170 soldiers who were injured in the so-called Green Ramp Disaster at Fort Bragg. Twenty-four other soldiers died that day.

Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 63

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:01
Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 63 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation.