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VA smoking ban gets first hearing in House

The Department of Veterans Affairs has attempted for years to rally congressional support against a 25-year-old mandate that there must be smoking areas at its health care facilities. At a Wednesday hearing, a bill finally introduced to repeal that law was discussed publicly for the first time.


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Army veteran and his undocumented wife worry of possible deportation

Although Ricardo Pineda had been a soldier for six years and is now a disabled veteran dependent upon his undocumented wife's care, he doesn't know whether his wife will be deported or not.


US-led maritime exercise boosts capabilities of African navies

An intensive exercise that trains African nations to better protect their waters against pirates, rogue fisherman, human traffickers and other seaborne criminals wraps up Friday in the Gulf of Guinea.



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Pilots keep risking oxygen loss in Boeing F/A-18

As President Donald Trump pushes for the Pentagon to buy more of Boeing's F/A-18 aircraft, the U.S. Navy is grappling with an escalating problem: Pilots suffering potentially dangerous oxygen deprivation or a loss of cabin pressure in the fighter jets.


Soldier scales apartment building to rescue woman, baby from fire

A soldier’s weekly commissary run turned into a daredevil rescue last month when he scaled an apartment building to save a woman and her baby after spotting a fire near Camp Humphreys.


Nuke Testing 101: How, and why, North Korea tests its bombs

North Korea has proven over the past 10 years that it can be exceptionally difficult to determine from a properly set up nuclear test some of the most basic details an adversary would want to know.



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Trump didn't get luxury-model Air Force One

A widely shared story that claims to include photos of a recently delivered plane that will serve as Air Force One for President Donald Trump is false. The pictures included in the story do not show the presidential plane and are conceptual renderings from an outfitter of luxury aircraft.


Allied spending tops agenda as Tillerson heads to NATO

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press NATO allies Friday to increase their defense spending at a foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels, continuing a Trump administration policy to extract more-concrete commitments from members, State Department officials say.


Islamic State holds terrified civilians as human shields in Syrian city

Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State's de facto capital ahead of the final battle with U.S.-backed opposition forces for the militant group's last major urban stronghold.


US, Japan test Xi with Taiwan outreach ahead of Trump summit

The U.S. and Japan are taking steps toward upgrading ties with Taiwan, risking a run-in with China as Donald Trump and Xi Jinping prepare for a first meeting in Florida next week.


US-led maritime exercise boosts capabilities of African navies

An intensive exercise that trains African nations to better protect their waters against pirates, rogue fisherman, human traffickers and other seaborne criminals wraps up Friday in the Gulf of Guinea.


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FACT CHECK

Trump didn't get luxury-model Air Force One

A widely shared story that claims to include photos of a recently delivered plane that will serve as Air Force One for President Donald Trump is false. The pictures included in the story do not show the presidential plane and are conceptual renderings from an outfitter of luxury aircraft.


Allied spending tops agenda as Tillerson heads to NATO

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press NATO allies Friday to increase their defense spending at a foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels, continuing a Trump administration policy to extract more-concrete commitments from members, State Department officials say.


Islamic State holds terrified civilians as human shields in Syrian city

Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State's de facto capital ahead of the final battle with U.S.-backed opposition forces for the militant group's last major urban stronghold.


US, Japan test Xi with Taiwan outreach ahead of Trump summit

The U.S. and Japan are taking steps toward upgrading ties with Taiwan, risking a run-in with China as Donald Trump and Xi Jinping prepare for a first meeting in Florida next week.


US-led maritime exercise boosts capabilities of African navies

An intensive exercise that trains African nations to better protect their waters against pirates, rogue fisherman, human traffickers and other seaborne criminals wraps up Friday in the Gulf of Guinea.



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Veteran profiled in Times-Tribune story admits he lied about military service

After the story was published, the Times-Tribune of Scranton, Pa. received messages from soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with Army veteran Matthew Gajdys and said he lied about being in combat. Gajdys admitted to the lie, and said he embellished other aspects of his story.



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Michigan Air Force base commends 'nose art' painters

Three artists who designed "nose art" for U.S. military aircrafts were recognized at a Michigan Air National Guard 127th Wing ceremony for continuing the long-held tradition in military avionics.


Veteran hikes Appalachian Trail to raise money for children of fallen servicemembers

Paul Gaumond is a retired, disabled veteran. But he’s not done serving his country. Gaumond, a former sergeant major of the 10th Special Forces Group headquartered at Fort Carson, Colo., will hike the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.


US-led maritime exercise boosts capabilities of African navies

An intensive exercise that trains African nations to better protect their waters against pirates, rogue fisherman, human traffickers and other seaborne criminals wraps up Friday in the Gulf of Guinea.


Trawler captain evacuated by Coast Guard off Virginia coast

A Coast Guard helicopter crew has conducted a medical evacuation off the coast of Virginia after receiving an emergency alert from a fishing vessel.


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Michigan Air Force base commends 'nose art' painters

Three artists who designed "nose art" for U.S. military aircrafts were recognized at a Michigan Air National Guard 127th Wing ceremony for continuing the long-held tradition in military avionics.


Veteran hikes Appalachian Trail to raise money for children of fallen servicemembers

Paul Gaumond is a retired, disabled veteran. But he’s not done serving his country. Gaumond, a former sergeant major of the 10th Special Forces Group headquartered at Fort Carson, Colo., will hike the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.


US-led maritime exercise boosts capabilities of African navies

An intensive exercise that trains African nations to better protect their waters against pirates, rogue fisherman, human traffickers and other seaborne criminals wraps up Friday in the Gulf of Guinea.


Trawler captain evacuated by Coast Guard off Virginia coast

A Coast Guard helicopter crew has conducted a medical evacuation off the coast of Virginia after receiving an emergency alert from a fishing vessel.



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Marthy is first active duty soldier to win All American Marathon

Army captain Stephen Marthy became the first active duty soldier to win the All American Marathon on Sunday, leading the pack of over 600 full marathon runners to the finish with an unofficial time of 2:40.01.


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Marthy is first active duty soldier to win All American Marathon

Army captain Stephen Marthy became the first active duty soldier to win the All American Marathon on Sunday, leading the pack of over 600 full marathon runners to the finish with an unofficial time of 2:40.01.



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