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Overseas military families lose AFN; access to other services remains unclear

It didn’t take long for some DOD operations to grind to a halt: American Forces Network, which provides entertainment and command information to U.S. servicemembers worldwide through its television and radio services, was dark early Saturday morning in Europe.


Pence says troops should not have to worry about shutdown

During a stopover in Ireland, Pence greeted US soldiers at Shannon Airport in Ireland hours after the federal government shutdown. Pence told the troops: "We'll get this thing figured out in Washington." He told the soldiers to "stay focused on your mission."


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Trump's 1st year in office has been a can't-miss drama

Appropriate for a former reality TV star, President Donald Trump's first year was full of unforgettable characters, surprise casting changes and innumerable plot twists. Trump's first-year approval rating stood at 39 percent, the lowest of any president. But viewers couldn't look away.



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Government shutdown begins and so does the finger-pointing

Republicans and Democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending Saturday as Americans awoke to the first day of a government shutdown and Congress staged a weekend session to show voters it was trying to resolve the stalemate.


Air Force cancels athletic schedule amid government shutdown; Navy to continue

The shutdown of the federal government that began at midnight already has an early casualty: the Air Force Academy's athletic schedule. "Due to the government shutdown, all Air Force Academy home and away intercollegiate athletic events have been canceled until further notice," the school said in a statement Saturday morning.


Beijing: US warship violated sovereignty near contested S. China Sea island

The Chinese government on Saturday accused the U.S. of trespassing in its territorial waters when a U.S. guided missile destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.



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North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to South

North Korea on Saturday proposed sending a delegation led by the leader of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics.


All-female UK team of soldiers crosses Antarctica

They spent 62 days skiing across more than 1,000 miles. A team of British soldiers has become the first all-female group to cross Antarctica using only muscle power.


Turkish jets bombard Kurdish-run city of Afrin in Syria

Turkish jets bombed the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria on Saturday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to expand Turkey's military border operations against a Kurdish group that has been the U.S.'s key Syria ally in the war on the Islamic State group.


Vice President Pence says US stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with Egypt

Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against terrorism in the Mideast as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the U.S. ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region after leaving behind a government shutdown in Washington.


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North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to South

North Korea on Saturday proposed sending a delegation led by the leader of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics.


All-female UK team of soldiers crosses Antarctica

They spent 62 days skiing across more than 1,000 miles. A team of British soldiers has become the first all-female group to cross Antarctica using only muscle power.


Turkish jets bombard Kurdish-run city of Afrin in Syria

Turkish jets bombed the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria on Saturday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to expand Turkey's military border operations against a Kurdish group that has been the U.S.'s key Syria ally in the war on the Islamic State group.


Vice President Pence says US stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with Egypt

Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against terrorism in the Mideast as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the U.S. ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region after leaving behind a government shutdown in Washington.



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Remains of WWII POW Ewart Sconiers coming home

World War II veteran Ewart Sconiers is coming home. His Jan. 27 funeral with full military honors will mark the formal end of a years-long effort to find and officially identify the DeFuniak Springs native's remains and bring them back to his hometown.



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LaCamera takes command of Fort Bragg, 18th Airborne Corps

Lt. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, after more than a year serving as the acting senior commander of the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, officially took command of both following his promotion to three-star general on Friday.


Air Force cancels athletic schedule amid government shutdown; Navy to continue

The shutdown of the federal government that began at midnight already has an early casualty: the Air Force Academy's athletic schedule. "Due to the government shutdown, all Air Force Academy home and away intercollegiate athletic events have been canceled until further notice," the school said in a statement Saturday morning.


Parents of slain Marine Ethan Barclay-Weberpal tell about the boy they raised

Ethan Barclay-Weberpal was home in Janesville over Christmas, on leave from the Marines. He saw a homeless man on a bitter cold night, stopped, took him to McDonald’s, talked and gave him money.


Damaged Navy ship arrives in Mississippi for repairs

The Navy said Friday that it will take several days for the Transshelf to unload the Fitzgerald, which will be repaired by the 11,600 employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding.


Bahamas military recovers body from small plane crash at sea

A body has been recovered from the waters off Andros Island where a small plane with six people on board is believed to have crashed. A debris field and a body were spotted in rough seas by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew the night before.


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LaCamera takes command of Fort Bragg, 18th Airborne Corps

Lt. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, after more than a year serving as the acting senior commander of the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, officially took command of both following his promotion to three-star general on Friday.


Air Force cancels athletic schedule amid government shutdown; Navy to continue

The shutdown of the federal government that began at midnight already has an early casualty: the Air Force Academy's athletic schedule. "Due to the government shutdown, all Air Force Academy home and away intercollegiate athletic events have been canceled until further notice," the school said in a statement Saturday morning.


Parents of slain Marine Ethan Barclay-Weberpal tell about the boy they raised

Ethan Barclay-Weberpal was home in Janesville over Christmas, on leave from the Marines. He saw a homeless man on a bitter cold night, stopped, took him to McDonald’s, talked and gave him money.


Damaged Navy ship arrives in Mississippi for repairs

The Navy said Friday that it will take several days for the Transshelf to unload the Fitzgerald, which will be repaired by the 11,600 employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding.


Bahamas military recovers body from small plane crash at sea

A body has been recovered from the waters off Andros Island where a small plane with six people on board is believed to have crashed. A debris field and a body were spotted in rough seas by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew the night before.



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Boys basketball roundup

Baumholder, Wiesbaden remain perfect

Bucs sweep Brussels in Belgium to stay atop D-III standings, while Warriors take two from Lakenheath to continue to lead D-I chase.


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Boys basketball roundup

Baumholder, Wiesbaden remain perfect

Bucs sweep Brussels in Belgium to stay atop D-III standings, while Warriors take two from Lakenheath to continue to lead D-I chase.