VIDEO: Newest Medal of Honor recipient closes NYSE with a bang and a whoops

Bang, bang, whoops!

Something unexpected happened when the newest Medal of Honor recipient, former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, got to ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, two days after being awarded the medal at the White House.

Vietnamese teens find large cache of cluster bombs, rockets

These munitions were among the more than 500 found recently by Project Renew in a coastal forest in the central province of Quang Tri in Vietnam. The province was the site of intense bombing by the United States during the Vietnam War.

Two Vietnamese teenagers this week led technicians to a large cache of unexploded ordnance buried in a coastal forest, a legacy from U.S. military intervention in the country.

The boys reported their discovery after hearing the sounds of controlled detonations of old bombs made by technicians with Project Renew, an organization based in Vietnam’s Quang Tri Province, according to demolition team leader Truong Cong Vinh.

Alaska soldiers reach summit of Mount McKinley

One team made the top; the other was repelled by the merciless conditions faced by all mountaineers.

The second of two groups of soldiers attempting to climb Mount McKinley in Alaska has returned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson after successfully scaling the tallest peak in North America.

Cautious words from David Petraeus, McCain’s man for a more robust Iraq policy

Arizona Sen. John McCain, a vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, has called on the White House to bring retired Gen. David Petraeus back into government to lead a more vigorous approach to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The Republican senator might regret getting what he wishes.

Nutella comes to Naples for its 50th anniversary

Nutella, the hazelnut cream spread created 50 years ago in northern Italy, chose the southern Italian city of Naples for a celebration of its anniversary. Local officials estimated as many as 100,000 people came out for a concert headlined by Lebanese-British singer Mika.

NAPLES, Italy —The past month had been a brutal one in Naples, a city that rarely lacks for drama.

Arson at a migrant camp near the airport sent plastic fumes into nearby neighborhoods and underlined the hostility between locals and migrants. Bombings in the nearby town of Afragola bore the signature of the Camorra, the crime syndicate whose reach extends across the region.

Survey: Americans believe in 'just war' but lack willingness to fight

Most Americans believe in the concept of a just war, but they are less willing to fight than several other countries, according to a global survey.

Seventy-two percent of Americans said that “under some conditions, war is necessary to obtain justice” – but only 58 percent said they would fight for their country, according to data released recently by the World Values Survey, a global network of social scientists. 

Video: Could the US Air Force take Godzilla?

The U.S. Air Force is willing and able to take on the giant fictitious monster, Godzilla, if and when it emerges from the depths of the Pacific Ocean to threaten Japan.

Members of the 18th Wing, based at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, went on record in a recent and extremely silly video — Godzilla: Hypothetical Defense Strategies — about their determination to defeat the great radioactive beast in a head-to-head fight.

New obstacle-course race hazard: C. coli

Competitors pull themselves across a body of water during the Tough Mudder obstacle course at Spicer Ranch on Oct. 6, 2012, in Beatty, Nevada.

Here’s one hazard you might not have expected to encounter from an obstacle-course race: bloody diarrhea.

After linking a 2012 outbreak of Campylobacter coli to ingestion of feces-contaminated muddy water in an obstacle course race, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising competitors that these types of races — “relatively common among men and women of the U.S. military," it said — could pose a heightened risk of exposure to C. coli.

Navy launches new video series on preventing sex assaults

The Navy on Wednesday launched a new series of videos aimed at preventing sexual assaults in the fleet.

The first video profiles a young woman who said she fell asleep on the couch at a friend’s house after a party and awoke to find another sailor on top of her, assaulting her.

Robotic rock stars shine at festival

Their mesmerizing movements captivate audiences - whether it's on the web or in person - and they always hit the right note. They are hexrotors: flying robotic rock stars that constitute a mini-orchestra.

At the USA Science and Engineering Festival on April 25 in Washington, crowds gathered around a giant roped-off area to watch the drones perform.

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