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Retired four-star Army Gen. Ronald Griffith made an impassioned case Thursday for the new National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial to be placed near the National Mall, adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.



Pentagon probing troubling questions after deadly Niger ambush

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, troubled by a lack of information two weeks after an ambush on a special operations patrol in Niger left four U.S. soldiers dead, is demanding a timeline of what is known about the attack, as a team of investigators sent to West Africa begins its work.


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Plan to replace 'Choice' also will modernize VA health system

Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs and veterans service organizations will begin to spar this month over final details of a plan that not only will replace the much-maligned Veterans Choice program but empower VA to modernize large parts of its health care system.


Kelly defends Trump's call to war widow, raps congresswoman

White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman Thursday, accusing her of politicizing what he called a "sacred" presidential effort to console the grieving loved ones of a slain soldier.



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US, allies grapple with countering Russia’s cyberoffensive

NATO’s long-standing tactical advantage on the battlefield could be at risk as cyber adversaries probe for weak points in the U.S.-led security pact’s networks, a top alliance official said.


White House debates presidential visit to DMZ

As President Donald Trump prepares for a 12-day swing next month through five Asian nations, the administration is divided over whether he should make the pilgrimage, an issue that remains unresolved.


Baby born on USNS Comfort one of few Puerto Ricans treated on ship after hurricane

Tania Rodriguiz Ramos was pregnant and due any day as Hurricane Maria barreled toward Ponce, Puerto Rico. Unable to receive care in Ponce, Ramos was evacuated to the hospital ship USNS Comfort. On Saturday, Sara Victoria Llull Rodriguiz was born, weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces.



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California fires cause $1B in damages, burn 7,000 buildings

The wildfires that have devastated California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities raised the number of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000.


Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump's political foes in the U.S. have tried to prevent him from fulfilling his campaign promises.


Suspected US drone strike kills 3 al-Qaida fighters in Yemen

Yemeni tribal leaders say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed three alleged al-Qaida fighters in the country's southeastern Bayda province.


Pentagon probing troubling questions after deadly Niger ambush

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, troubled by a lack of information two weeks after an ambush on a special operations patrol in Niger left four U.S. soldiers dead, is demanding a timeline of what is known about the attack, as a team of investigators sent to West Africa begins its work.


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California fires cause $1B in damages, burn 7,000 buildings

The wildfires that have devastated California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities raised the number of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000.


Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump's political foes in the U.S. have tried to prevent him from fulfilling his campaign promises.


Suspected US drone strike kills 3 al-Qaida fighters in Yemen

Yemeni tribal leaders say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed three alleged al-Qaida fighters in the country's southeastern Bayda province.


Pentagon probing troubling questions after deadly Niger ambush

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, troubled by a lack of information two weeks after an ambush on a special operations patrol in Niger left four U.S. soldiers dead, is demanding a timeline of what is known about the attack, as a team of investigators sent to West Africa begins its work.



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Advocates fight for Desert Storm memorial site near National Mall

Retired four-star Army Gen. Ronald Griffith made an impassioned case Thursday for the new National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial to be placed near the National Mall, adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.



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Special Forces soldier killed in Africa is remembered in Fayetteville ceremony

During a life cut short by war, Staff Sgt. Bryan Christopher Black lived as much as any man could. He was a Green Beret, medic, father, son, husband, chess master, cigar aficionado, coffee connoisseur, and master of many skills – including poker, carpentry, stock trading and martial arts. But most of all, Black, 35, was a man who never settled.


Veteran tried to jump White House fence in Pokémon costume in bid for YouTube fame

A 36-year-old Kentucky man who authorities said tried to scale a White House fence on Tuesday while dressed as the Pokémon character Pikachu had planned to film his act in an attempt to attain fame, according to an arrest affidavit filed in court.


Coast Guard's search for 2 men off Molokai coast continues

The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday identified the two missing men who were aboard the helicopter that disappeared Monday night off the northwest coast of Molokai.


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Special Forces soldier killed in Africa is remembered in Fayetteville ceremony

During a life cut short by war, Staff Sgt. Bryan Christopher Black lived as much as any man could. He was a Green Beret, medic, father, son, husband, chess master, cigar aficionado, coffee connoisseur, and master of many skills – including poker, carpentry, stock trading and martial arts. But most of all, Black, 35, was a man who never settled.


Veteran tried to jump White House fence in Pokémon costume in bid for YouTube fame

A 36-year-old Kentucky man who authorities said tried to scale a White House fence on Tuesday while dressed as the Pokémon character Pikachu had planned to film his act in an attempt to attain fame, according to an arrest affidavit filed in court.


Coast Guard's search for 2 men off Molokai coast continues

The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday identified the two missing men who were aboard the helicopter that disappeared Monday night off the northwest coast of Molokai.



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Army coach on Owls: 'They scare the liver out of you'

That Temple’s football team has struggled this year seems to have been missed by Army coach Jeff Monken. When Army hosts Temple at noon Saturday, Monken’s team will be facing a struggling 3-4 Temple unit that was upset, 28-24, last week by Connecticut, but the fourth-year Army coach sees things differently.


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Army coach on Owls: 'They scare the liver out of you'

That Temple’s football team has struggled this year seems to have been missed by Army coach Jeff Monken. When Army hosts Temple at noon Saturday, Monken’s team will be facing a struggling 3-4 Temple unit that was upset, 28-24, last week by Connecticut, but the fourth-year Army coach sees things differently.