A suspected Musudan missile is launched in this undated photo from the Korean Central New Agency. North Korean officials lashed out Monday at efforts in the United Nations to strengthen sanctions following the North's latest missile launches and nuclear test in September.<br>Courtesy of KCNA

US intel chief: Getting N. Korea to give up nukes 'lost cause'

National Intelligence director James Clapper said Tuesday that the U.S. goal of persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons is probably a "lost cause" and the best hope is to cap its capability.

Pets to be banned from Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery will banish pets from its 624 acres under a new policy taking effect Wednesday, cemetery officials announced.

First transgender soldiers seek formal Army recognition

Within weeks of the Pentagon allowing transgender service members to serve openly, Army officials said 10 soldiers have formally asked to be recognized as their new, preferred gender.

Iraqis push toward Mosul; group calls for airstrike probe

Iraqi forces fought their way into two villages near Mosul on Monday as the offensive to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week and a rights group urged a probe into a suspected airstrike that hit a mosque, killing over a dozen civilians.

Inspector General report finds widespread hazards at military housing

Servicemembers and their families are exposed to health and safety hazards at base housing worldwide that could be alleviated by inspections and better maintenance, the Defense Department’s Inspector General said in a recent report.

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Why law officers couldn't alert Navy base about approaching gate crasher

When a Jeep Grand Cherokee trying to outrun the California Highway Patrol was heading toward Lemoore Naval Air Station last March, the CHP tried to alert the base but couldn’t raise anyone. The reason? They had the wrong contact phone number.

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NATO fine tunes new Baltic force as Norway OKs US Marine presence

The U.S.-led NATO alliance will detail plans for its enhanced presence in the Baltics and Poland, where a battalion of U.S. Army cavalrymen will be among the forces deploying to NATO’s eastern flank early next year.

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As Aleppo collapses, residents share tales of horror, hardship and even hope

What has it been like to live through a siege that has captured the world’s horrified attention? By telephone, Facebook messenger, WhatsApp and Skype, several of Aleppo's residents told their stories.

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