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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.


Navy must meet Russia’s challenge in Europe, CNO Richardson says

A resurgent Russia is “challenging a lot of the system of rules and norms that have existed here in Europe and around the world for so long,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said after an all hands meeting with sailors at the Navy’s base in Naples.


Top NATO leader warns against competition amid talk of a European army

The U.S.-led NATO alliance warned Tuesday that the European Union should avoid competing with NATO as the key security pact on the Continent, after leaders in Germany and France raised the possibility of setting up a European army.


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Veteran responsible for California mass shooting showed warning signs

In the wake of a killing spree, clues emerge that make people wonder out loud whether the impulse that led Ian David Long to slay 12 people at a country music bar had been forming in plain sight.


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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Veteran responsible for California mass shooting showed warning signs

In the wake of a killing spree, clues emerge that make people wonder out loud whether the impulse that led Ian David Long to slay 12 people at a country music bar had been forming in plain sight.


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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18 tons of cocaine valued at half a billion dollars arrive at Florida port

More than 18 tons of cocaine worth an estimated $500 million have arrived at Port Everglades. The haul, that was offloaded Thursday afternoon, is the result of eight U.S. Coast Guard cutters intercepting 15 different smuggling vessels and more than 50 smugglers in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central America and South America during the past month.


Audit cites costly delays in submarine work, suggests more use of private firms

Chronic delays in maintaining the Navy’s attack submarine fleet have cost taxpayers $1.5 billion since 2008, and private shipyards could provide relief, a government audit says.


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18 tons of cocaine valued at half a billion dollars arrive at Florida port

More than 18 tons of cocaine worth an estimated $500 million have arrived at Port Everglades. The haul, that was offloaded Thursday afternoon, is the result of eight U.S. Coast Guard cutters intercepting 15 different smuggling vessels and more than 50 smugglers in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central America and South America during the past month.


Audit cites costly delays in submarine work, suggests more use of private firms

Chronic delays in maintaining the Navy’s attack submarine fleet have cost taxpayers $1.5 billion since 2008, and private shipyards could provide relief, a government audit says.



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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.