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The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq is investigating whether it was responsible for an airstrike in the west Mosul neighborhood of Aghawat Jadidah on March 17 that local civil defense officials said killed at least 200.



Animal rights group calls for investigation of VA research facility

An animal rights group is using new reports of animal welfare violations at a Department of Veterans Affairs research facility to strengthen its case against animal testing in government research.


Air Force responds to concerns from Trump over Air Force One costs

Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, who recently was selected for promotion to a second star, will be in charge of replacing the current fleet of two Air Force One Boeing 747s with a newer version of the jumbo jet, officials said.


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Trump, GOP leaders pull health care bill

President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their bill to repeal "Obamacare" off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly — after seven years of nonstop railing against the law. Democrats said Americans can "breathe a sigh of relief." Trump said the current law was imploding "and soon will explode."



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Tillerson to attend rescheduled NATO meeting

The State Department said Friday the secretary would stop in Brussels on March 31, the day after he meets with Turkish leaders in Ankara. A NATO official said that "consultations on scheduling" among the alliance's 27 other members for that date "are ongoing" but that an announcement was expected Monday.


Acupuncture becomes popular as battlefield pain treatment

Battlefield acupuncture, a form of auricular or ear acupuncture so named because the tiny needles can be administered quickly in combat without removing so much as a helmet, has been around for more than 15 years. But use of the technique is rapidly expanding.


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As Mosul campaign continues, Q West to ‘get bigger, but it won’t get nicer’

As the open-ended anti-Islamic State campaign continues, the base known as Key West or Q-West could see triple that number of personnel. As troops settle in for a long haul its planners struggle to provide needed amenities while avoiding too much of a build-up.



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Immigration lawyers warn of visa delays and more denials with beefed-up vetting

Although the new standards outlined in a March 17 Tillerson cable are still being refined, and others reiterate existing procedures, they offer a glimpse of how the Trump administration plans to impose "extreme vetting" even though courts in Hawaii and Maryland have issued injunctions against portions of the proposed travel ban.


US troops to stay in Libya to monitor Islamic State, AFRICOM chief says

Fewer than 200 Islamic State fighters remain in Libya but pose enough of a threat that the United States intends to retain a small special operations force in the troubled nation indefinitely, the U.S. Africa Command chief said Friday.


Merkel plays anti-terror card as German election year kicks off

Angela Merkel's party is attacking her political opponents as weak on fighting terrorism and crime as the German chancellor seeks to blunt her main challenger's momentum in a state vote this weekend.


Army delivers new jungle footwear to Hawaii GIs for final testing

On Thursday some 3,000 soldiers at Schofield Barracks started getting new test jungle boots that are in some ways a throwback to the M1966 black leather and green cotton upper boots of Vietnam and the 25th Infantry Division’s days there but have evolved with 21st-century technology and needs.


US troops to stay in Libya to monitor Islamic State, AFRICOM chief says

Fewer than 200 Islamic State fighters remain in Libya but pose enough of a threat that the United States intends to retain a small special operations force in the troubled nation indefinitely, the U.S. Africa Command chief said Friday.


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Immigration lawyers warn of visa delays and more denials with beefed-up vetting

Although the new standards outlined in a March 17 Tillerson cable are still being refined, and others reiterate existing procedures, they offer a glimpse of how the Trump administration plans to impose "extreme vetting" even though courts in Hawaii and Maryland have issued injunctions against portions of the proposed travel ban.


US troops to stay in Libya to monitor Islamic State, AFRICOM chief says

Fewer than 200 Islamic State fighters remain in Libya but pose enough of a threat that the United States intends to retain a small special operations force in the troubled nation indefinitely, the U.S. Africa Command chief said Friday.


Merkel plays anti-terror card as German election year kicks off

Angela Merkel's party is attacking her political opponents as weak on fighting terrorism and crime as the German chancellor seeks to blunt her main challenger's momentum in a state vote this weekend.


Army delivers new jungle footwear to Hawaii GIs for final testing

On Thursday some 3,000 soldiers at Schofield Barracks started getting new test jungle boots that are in some ways a throwback to the M1966 black leather and green cotton upper boots of Vietnam and the 25th Infantry Division’s days there but have evolved with 21st-century technology and needs.


US troops to stay in Libya to monitor Islamic State, AFRICOM chief says

Fewer than 200 Islamic State fighters remain in Libya but pose enough of a threat that the United States intends to retain a small special operations force in the troubled nation indefinitely, the U.S. Africa Command chief said Friday.



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Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

The wounded warrior is now a cop — and he'll be walking the beat on titanium legs. Matias Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghanistan in 2011, is joining a suburban New York police department.



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Army delivers new jungle footwear to Hawaii GIs for final testing

On Thursday some 3,000 soldiers at Schofield Barracks started getting new test jungle boots that are in some ways a throwback to the M1966 black leather and green cotton upper boots of Vietnam and the 25th Infantry Division’s days there but have evolved with 21st-century technology and needs.


Air Force responds to concerns from Trump over Air Force One costs

Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, who recently was selected for promotion to a second star, will be in charge of replacing the current fleet of two Air Force One Boeing 747s with a newer version of the jumbo jet, officials said.


Cubans still trying to reach US by sea despite rule change

The U.S. Coast Guard said it intercepted 65 Cubans trying to reach Florida or Puerto Rico since Jan. 12. That's when former President Barack Obama ended the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy as part of the normalization of relations with Cuba.


Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

The wounded warrior is now a cop — and he'll be walking the beat on titanium legs. Matias Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghanistan in 2011, is joining a suburban New York police department.


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Army delivers new jungle footwear to Hawaii GIs for final testing

On Thursday some 3,000 soldiers at Schofield Barracks started getting new test jungle boots that are in some ways a throwback to the M1966 black leather and green cotton upper boots of Vietnam and the 25th Infantry Division’s days there but have evolved with 21st-century technology and needs.


Air Force responds to concerns from Trump over Air Force One costs

Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, who recently was selected for promotion to a second star, will be in charge of replacing the current fleet of two Air Force One Boeing 747s with a newer version of the jumbo jet, officials said.


Cubans still trying to reach US by sea despite rule change

The U.S. Coast Guard said it intercepted 65 Cubans trying to reach Florida or Puerto Rico since Jan. 12. That's when former President Barack Obama ended the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy as part of the normalization of relations with Cuba.


Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

The wounded warrior is now a cop — and he'll be walking the beat on titanium legs. Matias Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghanistan in 2011, is joining a suburban New York police department.



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Records are running scared in Pacific track

How far can Brianna Hunter throw? Edgren senior broke shot put Far East mark in first meet and is one of handful of athletes with aspirations of re-writing more this season.


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Records are running scared in Pacific track

How far can Brianna Hunter throw? Edgren senior broke shot put Far East mark in first meet and is one of handful of athletes with aspirations of re-writing more this season.



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