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The committee voted 26-1 to send retired Marine Gen. James Mattis’ nomination to the full Senate. It could hold a final confirmation vote Friday immediately after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office.



Bob McDonald’s legacy: Trying to fix the VA amid constant conflict

During his two and a half years as the face of the VA, an agency trying to climb its way out of disgrace, McDonald was often criticized. But in his final weeks, he saw an outpouring of support, gaining endorsements from more than 25 veterans organizations to retain his position as VA secretary and continue his transformation initiative, “MyVA.”


F-35B fighters arrive in Japan for inaugural overseas mission

A squadron of F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters touched down Wednesday at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, to begin the aircraft’s first overseas mission, Marine Corps officials said.


Former President George H.W. Bush, wife Barbara hospitalized

Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted Wednesday to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital with pneumonia, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing, a spokesman said.



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Anxious European leaders seek an early audience with Trump

For European leaders, a meeting with a new American president is always a sought-after — and usually easy-to-obtain — invitation. But Trump has repeatedly defied precedent, making them deeply uncertain about their standing once he takes office.


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Obama defends decision to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence

President Barack Obama firmly defended his decision to cut nearly three decades off convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's prison term, arguing that the former Army intelligence analyst had served a "tough prison sentence" already.


Afghans rush training of air controllers to regain battlefield edge

The Afghan military doesn’t have enough tactical air coordinators to direct strikes to support troops on the ground, and it’s working hard to train more. The live-fire exercise was part of a course designed by the NATO coalition to get more coordinators ready for this year’s fighting season.



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400 Fort Bliss soldiers, 24 helicopters set for Europe

About 400 soldiers from Fort Bliss’ 1st Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment will deploy to Europe in February, post officials announced Tuesday.


In Africa, Obama's presidency couldn't help but be personal

Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent. It was in Africa that he signaled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades.


Under Trump's spotlight, NATO chiefs see larger counterterrorism role

NATO’s top commander expects the alliance to play a larger role in counterterrorism efforts, signaling that allies could be prepared to place greater focus on an issue of concern for the incoming Trump administration.


Congresswoman Gabbard makes unannounced trip to Syria

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has made an unannounced trip to Syria and Lebanon, traveling to the region two months after she sat down with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss foreign policy.


F-35B fighters arrive in Japan for inaugural overseas mission

A squadron of F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters touched down Wednesday at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, to begin the aircraft’s first overseas mission, Marine Corps officials said.


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400 Fort Bliss soldiers, 24 helicopters set for Europe

About 400 soldiers from Fort Bliss’ 1st Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment will deploy to Europe in February, post officials announced Tuesday.


In Africa, Obama's presidency couldn't help but be personal

Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent. It was in Africa that he signaled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades.


Under Trump's spotlight, NATO chiefs see larger counterterrorism role

NATO’s top commander expects the alliance to play a larger role in counterterrorism efforts, signaling that allies could be prepared to place greater focus on an issue of concern for the incoming Trump administration.


Congresswoman Gabbard makes unannounced trip to Syria

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has made an unannounced trip to Syria and Lebanon, traveling to the region two months after she sat down with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss foreign policy.


F-35B fighters arrive in Japan for inaugural overseas mission

A squadron of F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters touched down Wednesday at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, to begin the aircraft’s first overseas mission, Marine Corps officials said.



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Former VA doctor nicknamed 'Candy Man' agrees to surrender medical license

The question of whether to strip David Houlihan of his license was one of the lingering threads from a 2014 investigation into the Tomah VA that found doctors there were over-prescribing opioids.



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Army plans Dakota Access oil pipeline environmental study

A federal judge said Wednesday he won't keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline's disputed crossing under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.


Hometown memorial service held for Navy SEAL

Hundreds of people gathered in a small North Dakota town to celebrate the life of a husband, father and Navy SEAL who died in a kayaking accident off the Virginia coast.


2 survive plane crash between villages in southwest Alaska

Two people in a small airplane survived when they crashed on a flight between two southwest Alaska villages. Alaska State Troopers say a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night.


F-35B fighters arrive in Japan for inaugural overseas mission

A squadron of F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters touched down Wednesday at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, to begin the aircraft’s first overseas mission, Marine Corps officials said.


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Army plans Dakota Access oil pipeline environmental study

A federal judge said Wednesday he won't keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline's disputed crossing under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.


Hometown memorial service held for Navy SEAL

Hundreds of people gathered in a small North Dakota town to celebrate the life of a husband, father and Navy SEAL who died in a kayaking accident off the Virginia coast.


2 survive plane crash between villages in southwest Alaska

Two people in a small airplane survived when they crashed on a flight between two southwest Alaska villages. Alaska State Troopers say a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night.


F-35B fighters arrive in Japan for inaugural overseas mission

A squadron of F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters touched down Wednesday at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, to begin the aircraft’s first overseas mission, Marine Corps officials said.



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Air Force men's basketball setting a historic offensive pace

If the Falcons (9-9, 2-3 Mountain West) can maintain their 77.6 points-per-game average they would set a program record, besting a mark set in 1966. The scoring average represents a 9.2 jump from last year.


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Air Force men's basketball setting a historic offensive pace

If the Falcons (9-9, 2-3 Mountain West) can maintain their 77.6 points-per-game average they would set a program record, besting a mark set in 1966. The scoring average represents a 9.2 jump from last year.



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