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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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Army vet reunited with his military working dog

A handler spent years with his military working dog before her age sent the dog into retirement. Now, a Pennsylvania charity has brought them back together to stay.


Japan and South Korea unable to patch up rift over 'comfort women'

Japan and South Korea were unable to mend a rift stemming from the issues of comfort women and lawsuits filed by former requisitioned workers when a suprapartisan group of Japanese lawmakers met separately with South Korean President Moon Jae In and its South Korean counterpart on Friday.


Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned

Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music.


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Khashoggi's friends are being watched. The US can do little about it

For years, Ali Al-Ahmed felt grateful to be in the United States, enjoying a safe life, much like his friend, the slain writer Jamal Khashoggi did. Now the dissident Saudi says he is "freaked out."


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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Army vet reunited with his military working dog

A handler spent years with his military working dog before her age sent the dog into retirement. Now, a Pennsylvania charity has brought them back together to stay.


Japan and South Korea unable to patch up rift over 'comfort women'

Japan and South Korea were unable to mend a rift stemming from the issues of comfort women and lawsuits filed by former requisitioned workers when a suprapartisan group of Japanese lawmakers met separately with South Korean President Moon Jae In and its South Korean counterpart on Friday.


Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned

Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music.


Analysis

Khashoggi's friends are being watched. The US can do little about it

For years, Ali Al-Ahmed felt grateful to be in the United States, enjoying a safe life, much like his friend, the slain writer Jamal Khashoggi did. Now the dissident Saudi says he is "freaked out."


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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NY flags to be lowered to honor Marines killed in crash

Flags on all New York state government buildings will be lowered to half-staff in honor of a Hudson Valley Marine and five other Marines killed when two U.S. military planes collided off the coast of Japan last week.


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.


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.


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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NY flags to be lowered to honor Marines killed in crash

Flags on all New York state government buildings will be lowered to half-staff in honor of a Hudson Valley Marine and five other Marines killed when two U.S. military planes collided off the coast of Japan last week.


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.


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.


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."