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The ruined, fearful city of Raqqa was once the Islamic State's capital, the showcase of its caliphate and a magnet for foreign fighters from around the globe. Now it lies at the heart of the United States' newest commitment to a Middle East war.


Weapon of mass destruction? Just 100 pounds of fentanyl could kill millions of people

Rolling up the trailer door revealed an empty hold. But just below a refrigeration unit, behind a plastic panel secured with mismatched bolts, Nebraska State Trooper Sam Mortensen found 42 brick-shaped packages full of fentanyl. The drug is so potent that the equivalent of a few grains of salt can be lethal.


Retired admiral was a ‘top shelf’ friend to ‘Fat Leonard,’ Navy says

A retired two-star admiral and former Trump administration nominee repeatedly solicited and accepted gifts from military contractor Leonard Glenn “Fat Leonard” Francis and used his position to benefit Francis’ company, according to a letter of censure released Friday.


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Wreaths Across America volunteers honor the nation's fallen

In a steady rain, President Donald Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday during one of hundreds of Wreaths Across America events nationwide in which holiday wreaths were laid to honor the sacrifices made by veterans and their families.


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Fort Drum soldier, 19, died in noncombat incident in Afghanistan

Army Pfc. Joshua Mikeasky died in the incident Thursday on the major U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said in a statement. Mikeasky was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum in New York.


Basic Allowance for Housing rates for 2019 are released; will increase an average of 2.55 percent

Basic Allowance for Housing rates will increase an average of 2.55 percent beginning on January 1, 2019, the Department of Defense announced late Friday afternoon.


Blood tests show residents near Colo. base have high levels of toxic chemicals from contaminated water

Many Security, Widefield and Fountain residents have extremely high levels of toxic chemicals in their bodies compared with other Americans, apparently from drinking water contaminated by firefighting foam used for decades at Peterson Air Force Base, according to a first-of-its-kind study released Thursday.



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Kushner-linked firm targets richer areas in program for poor

New York-based Cadre, in which Jared Kushner still holds at least a $25 million passive stake, made it clear to potential investors in recent marketing materials that it doesn’t plan to look for development deals in most Opportunity Zones because of their “unfavorable growth prospects.”


North Korea marks seventh anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

The death of Kim Jong Il on Dec. 17, 2011, thrust Kim Jong Un into power when he was still in his late 20s and a virtual unknown figure outside of the North.


Strasbourg remembers victims of the Christmas market attack

According to the local newspaper DNA, more than 1,000 people attended the memorial, which ended with a minute of applause and a rendition of France's national anthem, "La Marseillaise."


After a petition called Gandhi 'racist,' his statue was removed from the University of Ghana

Although remembered by most of the world for his peaceful protests in favor of Indian sovereignty, critics pointed to intensely racist writings about Africans and successfully petitioned for the removal of a statue honoring Mohandas Gandhi at the University of Ghana.


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Kushner-linked firm targets richer areas in program for poor

New York-based Cadre, in which Jared Kushner still holds at least a $25 million passive stake, made it clear to potential investors in recent marketing materials that it doesn’t plan to look for development deals in most Opportunity Zones because of their “unfavorable growth prospects.”


North Korea marks seventh anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

The death of Kim Jong Il on Dec. 17, 2011, thrust Kim Jong Un into power when he was still in his late 20s and a virtual unknown figure outside of the North.


Strasbourg remembers victims of the Christmas market attack

According to the local newspaper DNA, more than 1,000 people attended the memorial, which ended with a minute of applause and a rendition of France's national anthem, "La Marseillaise."


After a petition called Gandhi 'racist,' his statue was removed from the University of Ghana

Although remembered by most of the world for his peaceful protests in favor of Indian sovereignty, critics pointed to intensely racist writings about Africans and successfully petitioned for the removal of a statue honoring Mohandas Gandhi at the University of Ghana.



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Bruce Springsteen idolized these Jersey brothers – then one was killed in Vietnam

Halfway through Bruce Springsteen's solo act on Broadway, the Boss reminisces about two bar-band rockers he idolized in New Jersey in the 1960s. But the memories about a pair of little-known musicians takes a sorrowful turn: Walter was killed in 1968 in the Vietnam War, a disclosure that, following such loving tributes, prompted slight gasps in the audience.



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Marine’s car stolen in Blue Springs with uniforms inside

Uniforms that saw Evan Wheeler through some pivotal times in his life - and some of the best, like when he married his wife in his dress blues - stolen along with vehicle.


Retired admiral was a ‘top shelf’ friend to ‘Fat Leonard,’ Navy says

A retired two-star admiral and former Trump administration nominee repeatedly solicited and accepted gifts from military contractor Leonard Glenn “Fat Leonard” Francis and used his position to benefit Francis’ company, according to a letter of censure released Friday.


Coast Guard searches for man who reportedly went overboard from Carnival cruise ship

The Coast Guard is on the search for a man who reportedly went overboard from the Carnival Victory cruise ship off the Florida Keys. A call from the cruise ship said a 26-year-old passenger went overboard 35 miles south of Islamorada.


Retired officers: Air Force aware of Pease water issues

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Perry Forgione started conducting research and determined that one "out of 500 children here at the time in 1980 were born with birth defects and we couldn't figure it out."


New military procurement threatening local dairies' direct sales to base is 'dumb,' senator says

A new proposal from the Defense Commissary Agency to use centralized warehouses in Virginia or Maryland for goods instead of selling direct from dairies to military facilities is less efficient and threatens local, mid-sized dairies, according to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. "I think when I present to the top staff of the military they'll see how dumb it is."


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Marine’s car stolen in Blue Springs with uniforms inside

Uniforms that saw Evan Wheeler through some pivotal times in his life - and some of the best, like when he married his wife in his dress blues - stolen along with vehicle.


Retired admiral was a ‘top shelf’ friend to ‘Fat Leonard,’ Navy says

A retired two-star admiral and former Trump administration nominee repeatedly solicited and accepted gifts from military contractor Leonard Glenn “Fat Leonard” Francis and used his position to benefit Francis’ company, according to a letter of censure released Friday.


Coast Guard searches for man who reportedly went overboard from Carnival cruise ship

The Coast Guard is on the search for a man who reportedly went overboard from the Carnival Victory cruise ship off the Florida Keys. A call from the cruise ship said a 26-year-old passenger went overboard 35 miles south of Islamorada.


Retired officers: Air Force aware of Pease water issues

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Perry Forgione started conducting research and determined that one "out of 500 children here at the time in 1980 were born with birth defects and we couldn't figure it out."


New military procurement threatening local dairies' direct sales to base is 'dumb,' senator says

A new proposal from the Defense Commissary Agency to use centralized warehouses in Virginia or Maryland for goods instead of selling direct from dairies to military facilities is less efficient and threatens local, mid-sized dairies, according to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. "I think when I present to the top staff of the military they'll see how dumb it is."