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In Europe, a resurgent Russia, wary allies and a military mission to be defined

America’s next president will have to pass judgment on a military strategy that has centered for the past two years on building up forces in Europe, after the United States had been steadily cutting back since the end of the Cold War. The increases come in response to concern about a resurgent Russia, which Pentagon brass has called a top threat after Moscow’s 2014 intervention in Ukraine.

A long-stalled plan in Congress to strengthen protections for Veterans Affairs Department employees who disclose waste and misconduct -- and to punish officials who retaliate against them -- is poised to hitch a ride to enactment this week on the high-priority measure to head off a partial government shutdown.



Okinawa villagers sue Japan to stop construction of US helipads

Citing noise concerns, residents from two Okinawan villages have filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government to end construction of U.S. military helipads in a remote northern training area.


Maritime drills display US, S. Korea military might to North

The U.S. and South Korean navies have conducted precision strike drills with guided-missile destroyers, submarines and anti-submarine helicopters in a display of military might against a growing threat from the North.


Arnold Palmer, 'King' of the PGA tour, dies at 87

Arnold Palmer, a Pennsylvania greenskeeper's son who became one of golf's most charismatic champions and made millions of dollars by turning his popular "everyman" image into one of the most lucrative sports brands in the world, died Sunday.


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At 2 years old, Colorado Springs VA clinic seeing 30 percent patient growth

The Veterans Affairs clinic in Colorado Springs commemorated its two-year anniversary Saturday, celebrating the increasing number of patients the facility has been able to provide services for since it opened in August 2014.



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Stronger protections for VA whistleblowers included in bill to keep government open

A long-stalled plan in Congress to strengthen protections for Veterans Affairs Department employees who disclose waste and misconduct -- and to punish officials who retaliate against them -- is poised to hitch a ride to enactment this week on the high-priority measure to head off a partial government shutdown.


Building a life in Germany, a Syrian watches war at home

At the intersection, Mohammed al-Haj waited patiently for the "green man." It seemed a bit silly: No cars were coming, no policemen watching. Back home in Syria, he wouldn't hesitate.


170 bodies recovered so far in migrant boat disaster

An Egyptian Health Ministry official says a total of 170 bodies have been pulled from the waters, five days after a boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized in the Mediterranean while attempting to head to Europe.


Okinawa villagers sue Japan to stop construction of US helipads

Citing noise concerns, residents from two Okinawan villages have filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government to end construction of U.S. military helipads in a remote northern training area.


Nigeria military: 8 soldiers killed in attacks by extremists

Islamic extremists have killed eight soldiers and wounded 17 in two attacks in northeastern Nigeria, the country's military said Monday.


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Stronger protections for VA whistleblowers included in bill to keep government open

A long-stalled plan in Congress to strengthen protections for Veterans Affairs Department employees who disclose waste and misconduct -- and to punish officials who retaliate against them -- is poised to hitch a ride to enactment this week on the high-priority measure to head off a partial government shutdown.


Building a life in Germany, a Syrian watches war at home

At the intersection, Mohammed al-Haj waited patiently for the "green man." It seemed a bit silly: No cars were coming, no policemen watching. Back home in Syria, he wouldn't hesitate.


170 bodies recovered so far in migrant boat disaster

An Egyptian Health Ministry official says a total of 170 bodies have been pulled from the waters, five days after a boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized in the Mediterranean while attempting to head to Europe.


Okinawa villagers sue Japan to stop construction of US helipads

Citing noise concerns, residents from two Okinawan villages have filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government to end construction of U.S. military helipads in a remote northern training area.


Nigeria military: 8 soldiers killed in attacks by extremists

Islamic extremists have killed eight soldiers and wounded 17 in two attacks in northeastern Nigeria, the country's military said Monday.



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Maritime drills display US, S. Korea military might to North

The U.S. and South Korean navies have conducted precision strike drills with guided-missile destroyers, submarines and anti-submarine helicopters in a display of military might against a growing threat from the North.


Iwakuni Marine proposes to girlfriend in Florida via surprise video

Brenda Salmeron thought she was going to the mall with a friend on Saturday, but instead she got the surprise of her life as the love of her life appeared on a giant video screen inside the Microsoft store to ask an important question.


Fort Bliss' 3rd Armored Brigade busy training in Kuwait

An armored brigade from Fort Bliss is doing important work to help ensure stability in the Middle East and has been busy training with partner nations there, its leaders and soldiers said.


Air Force is losing pilots, and the headwind is getting worse

The crisis stems from crushing budget constraints under the congressional sequester, too many nonflying tasks that distract pilots from their main job, and a perception that the Air Force doesn’t value them, several pilots said.


Arnold Palmer, 'King' of the PGA tour, dies at 87

Arnold Palmer, a Pennsylvania greenskeeper's son who became one of golf's most charismatic champions and made millions of dollars by turning his popular "everyman" image into one of the most lucrative sports brands in the world, died Sunday.


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Maritime drills display US, S. Korea military might to North

The U.S. and South Korean navies have conducted precision strike drills with guided-missile destroyers, submarines and anti-submarine helicopters in a display of military might against a growing threat from the North.


Iwakuni Marine proposes to girlfriend in Florida via surprise video

Brenda Salmeron thought she was going to the mall with a friend on Saturday, but instead she got the surprise of her life as the love of her life appeared on a giant video screen inside the Microsoft store to ask an important question.


Fort Bliss' 3rd Armored Brigade busy training in Kuwait

An armored brigade from Fort Bliss is doing important work to help ensure stability in the Middle East and has been busy training with partner nations there, its leaders and soldiers said.


Air Force is losing pilots, and the headwind is getting worse

The crisis stems from crushing budget constraints under the congressional sequester, too many nonflying tasks that distract pilots from their main job, and a perception that the Air Force doesn’t value them, several pilots said.


Arnold Palmer, 'King' of the PGA tour, dies at 87

Arnold Palmer, a Pennsylvania greenskeeper's son who became one of golf's most charismatic champions and made millions of dollars by turning his popular "everyman" image into one of the most lucrative sports brands in the world, died Sunday.



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Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident

Jose Fernandez, the ace right-hander for the Miami Marlins who escaped Cuba to become one of baseball's brightest stars, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. Fernandez was 24.