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No rest for US air blitz in Afghanistan

For the first time in 16 years, the cold has not slowed the war in the air. U.S. and Afghan forces conducted 455 airstrikes in December, an average of 15 a day, compared with just 65 the year before.


Tillerson warns military action on North Korea unless diplomacy works

After a meeting of U.S. allies on how to beef up the sanctions pressure, Tillerson stressed that the Trump administration seeks a diplomatic resolution in the nuclear standoff, but he said the North has yet to show itself to be a "credible negotiating partner."


Does the hypersonic SR-72 aircraft — 'Son of Blackbird' — already exist?

For years, Lockheed Martin has been developing a successor to one of the fastest aircraft the world has ever seen, the SR-71 Blackbird, the Cold War reconnaissance craft that the U.S. Air Force retired almost three decades ago. Lockheed officials have said the hypersonic SR-72 — dubbed the "Son of Blackbird" by one trade journal — could fly by 2030.



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One Camp Pendleton Marine killed in stabbing, another is in custody

One Marine is in custody and another is dead following a Tuesday morning fight between students at Camp Pendleton’s School of Infantry.


Harsh response to Shulkin's decision that VA won’t study medical marijuana for PTSD

Despite pleas from congressmen, veterans and the country’s largest veterans service organization asking for research into medical marijuana, the Department of Veterans Affairs won’t initiate a study into the drug’s effects on post-traumatic stress disorder, VA Secretary David Shulkin wrote in a letter to House Democrats.


Afghan province awards Trump bravery medal after tough talk on Pakistan

Hundreds of Afghans in Logar province pitched in to recognize President Donald Trump with a gold medal for bravery after his administration suspended aid to Pakistan.



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Prosecutors: New Jersey bomber tried to corrupt inmates

An unrepentant New Jersey man who injured 30 people in a Manhattan bombing and then promoted his extremist ideology to other prisoners deserves the mandatory life in prison as required by his conviction, prosecutors told a judge on Tuesday.


Vice Adm. Tom Rowden out at Naval Surface Forces

Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, the Navy’s top surface warfare officer, will depart the service on Thursday, the latest fallout in an ongoing probe into a rash of collisions in the Western Pacific that killed 17 sailors over the summer.


Dunford: Changes needed to make troop rotations in Europe more effective

The general said he favors a U.S. military posture that utilizes rotational forces, even as the Pentagon studies alternative basing strategies to assure allies along Russia’s western border.


No rest for US air blitz in Afghanistan

For the first time in 16 years, the cold has not slowed the war in the air. U.S. and Afghan forces conducted 455 airstrikes in December, an average of 15 a day, compared with just 65 the year before.


Nigerian army releases 244 suspects who denounced Boko Haram

Nigeria's army released 244 Boko Haram suspects who have denounced their membership in the deadly extremist group, Nigerian army officials said Tuesday.


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Prosecutors: New Jersey bomber tried to corrupt inmates

An unrepentant New Jersey man who injured 30 people in a Manhattan bombing and then promoted his extremist ideology to other prisoners deserves the mandatory life in prison as required by his conviction, prosecutors told a judge on Tuesday.


Vice Adm. Tom Rowden out at Naval Surface Forces

Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, the Navy’s top surface warfare officer, will depart the service on Thursday, the latest fallout in an ongoing probe into a rash of collisions in the Western Pacific that killed 17 sailors over the summer.


Dunford: Changes needed to make troop rotations in Europe more effective

The general said he favors a U.S. military posture that utilizes rotational forces, even as the Pentagon studies alternative basing strategies to assure allies along Russia’s western border.


No rest for US air blitz in Afghanistan

For the first time in 16 years, the cold has not slowed the war in the air. U.S. and Afghan forces conducted 455 airstrikes in December, an average of 15 a day, compared with just 65 the year before.


Nigerian army releases 244 suspects who denounced Boko Haram

Nigeria's army released 244 Boko Haram suspects who have denounced their membership in the deadly extremist group, Nigerian army officials said Tuesday.



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Beleaguered Colorado VA hospital sees staffing, design challenges before 2018 opening

Costs associated with the new hospital – which climbed more than $1 billion overbudget – are not likely to escalate further, but there are other challenges the VA must face before opening the new campus.



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Vice Adm. Tom Rowden out at Naval Surface Forces

Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, the Navy’s top surface warfare officer, will depart the service on Thursday, the latest fallout in an ongoing probe into a rash of collisions in the Western Pacific that killed 17 sailors over the summer.


Dunford: Changes needed to make troop rotations in Europe more effective

The general said he favors a U.S. military posture that utilizes rotational forces, even as the Pentagon studies alternative basing strategies to assure allies along Russia’s western border.


In a rarity, the Air Force temporarily deploys three kinds of bombers to the Pacific

B-52 Stratofortress bombers began arriving Tuesday at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, temporarily providing the Pentagon with a rarity as tensions with North Korea percolate: three kinds of bombers in the Pacific.


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Watch a Coast Guard helicopter rescue family amid California mudslides, flash flooding

First responders have rescued dozens of people since early Tuesday morning. Among them was a family of five — two adults, a newborn, a 7-year-old and a 3-year-old, plus their two dogs — after their house was overtaken by a mudslide.


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Vice Adm. Tom Rowden out at Naval Surface Forces

Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, the Navy’s top surface warfare officer, will depart the service on Thursday, the latest fallout in an ongoing probe into a rash of collisions in the Western Pacific that killed 17 sailors over the summer.


Dunford: Changes needed to make troop rotations in Europe more effective

The general said he favors a U.S. military posture that utilizes rotational forces, even as the Pentagon studies alternative basing strategies to assure allies along Russia’s western border.


In a rarity, the Air Force temporarily deploys three kinds of bombers to the Pacific

B-52 Stratofortress bombers began arriving Tuesday at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, temporarily providing the Pentagon with a rarity as tensions with North Korea percolate: three kinds of bombers in the Pacific.


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Watch a Coast Guard helicopter rescue family amid California mudslides, flash flooding

First responders have rescued dozens of people since early Tuesday morning. Among them was a family of five — two adults, a newborn, a 7-year-old and a 3-year-old, plus their two dogs — after their house was overtaken by a mudslide.



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Sharapova wins first Australian Open match since doping suspension

It wasn’t Maria Sharapova’s choice to miss the last Australian Open. That decision was taken out of her hands because of a doping ban following a failed test on her previous visit to Melbourne Park.


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Sharapova wins first Australian Open match since doping suspension

It wasn’t Maria Sharapova’s choice to miss the last Australian Open. That decision was taken out of her hands because of a doping ban following a failed test on her previous visit to Melbourne Park.