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The total includes about $72 million for the 5,900 active-duty troops providing support to Customs and Border Protection, plus $138 million so far for 2,100 National Guard troops who have been performing a separate border mission since April.



Air Force grants first beard waiver to Muslim airman

Staff Sgt. Abdul Rahman Gaitan, who converted to Islam following an Air Force stint at a base near Izmir in Turkey in 2011, was granted the appearance exception in August to grow a beard in keeping with his Muslim faith.


VA mishandled claims for veterans with ALS, watchdog finds

Officials estimated that if the errors continue at the same rate over the next five years, the Department of Veterans Affairs will fail to pay $7.5 million in benefits to ALS patients and award an additional $6.5 million in erroneous payments.


2nd ID dedicates new headquarters south of Seoul at Camp Humphreys

The ceremony took place at the entrance of the new Freeman Hall, which retains the name of the previous headquarters on Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu.


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75 years later, Battle of Tarawa fighters are remembered at Punchbowl

Over the course of 76 hours, 961 Marines and sailors were killed trying to take the heavily defended Japanese outpost on the tiny isle of Betio between Nov. 20 to 23, 1943.


‘Medal of Honor’ series is veteran-made, from lighting to action

The producers of the Netflix series hope the eight stories will inspire new generations of Americans and that they’ll be able to continue telling stories of the more than 3,500 Americans who have received the country's highest military award.


New review finds ‘sufficient’ evidence linking hypertension to Agent Orange exposure

The finding, announced Thursday, bolsters the case for veterans with hypertension to be granted easier access to Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. Previously, researchers had determined there was only “limited” or “suggestive” evidence hypertension could be caused by the chemicals.



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Americans, Canadians are warned not to eat romaine lettuce

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on a new E. coli outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 people in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.


USS Ronald Reagan, Navy ships to make Hong Kong port call after earlier refusal

In September, China turned down a request for a Hong Kong port call by the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp — the first time it had denied such a visit since 2016.


Russian challenge to chemical weapons watchdog rejected

The U.S. and other Western powers at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons staved off opposition by Russia and China to a June decision to set up an investigative team with the power to name perpetrators of chemical attacks.


Trump says no penalty for Saudi prince for Khashoggi murder

President Donald Trump called the killing of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a “horrible crime” that the U.S. does not condone, but said Saudi Arabia is a “great ally.”


C. African Republic militia leader turned over to tribunal

A commander in a Central African Republic militia has been arrested and turned over to the International Criminal Court to face charges that include murder and torture, the court announced Saturday.


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Americans, Canadians are warned not to eat romaine lettuce

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on a new E. coli outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 people in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.


USS Ronald Reagan, Navy ships to make Hong Kong port call after earlier refusal

In September, China turned down a request for a Hong Kong port call by the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp — the first time it had denied such a visit since 2016.


Russian challenge to chemical weapons watchdog rejected

The U.S. and other Western powers at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons staved off opposition by Russia and China to a June decision to set up an investigative team with the power to name perpetrators of chemical attacks.


Trump says no penalty for Saudi prince for Khashoggi murder

President Donald Trump called the killing of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a “horrible crime” that the U.S. does not condone, but said Saudi Arabia is a “great ally.”


C. African Republic militia leader turned over to tribunal

A commander in a Central African Republic militia has been arrested and turned over to the International Criminal Court to face charges that include murder and torture, the court announced Saturday.



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James Woods used Twitter to help a veteran who was contemplating suicide

Actor James Woods, who frequently uses his Twitter page to share his conservative political views, recently used his account to help link people together with family members following the California wildfires.



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75 years later, Battle of Tarawa fighters are remembered at Punchbowl

Over the course of 76 hours, 961 Marines and sailors were killed trying to take the heavily defended Japanese outpost on the tiny isle of Betio between Nov. 20 to 23, 1943.


Coast Guard orders cleanup of massive 14-year oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

The federal government has issued an ultimatum to Taylor Energy Co. to stop an oil spill that leaks up to 700 barrels of oil per day have leaked from a platform that was destroyed during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.


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75 years later, Battle of Tarawa fighters are remembered at Punchbowl

Over the course of 76 hours, 961 Marines and sailors were killed trying to take the heavily defended Japanese outpost on the tiny isle of Betio between Nov. 20 to 23, 1943.


Coast Guard orders cleanup of massive 14-year oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

The federal government has issued an ultimatum to Taylor Energy Co. to stop an oil spill that leaks up to 700 barrels of oil per day have leaked from a platform that was destroyed during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.



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AP Top 25: No. 23 Army ranked for first time since 1996

The Black Knights (9-2) have been edging toward the Top 25 in recent weeks, and they finally broke through on Sunday. The rankings were mostly unchanged after a weekend with few big games or surprising results.


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AP Top 25: No. 23 Army ranked for first time since 1996

The Black Knights (9-2) have been edging toward the Top 25 in recent weeks, and they finally broke through on Sunday. The rankings were mostly unchanged after a weekend with few big games or surprising results.