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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said it was an "extremely rare event" that happens in the U.S. about 1,500 times a year and in the VA 12 times. “That’s a rate in the VA much less than what happens outside, but that’s no excuse.”



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Paratroopers drop howitzers, live-fire during Germany exercise

Thirty-seven paratroopers with the Army’s 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) jumped onto a snowy field here during a heavy drop exercise Wednesday.


Warrior-scholar Cavoli takes reins at USAREUR

The new commander of U.S. Army Europe is eyeing readiness and interoperability with allied forces as his major priorities as he settles back in Germany, where he was born to a U.S. Army family decades ago.


Olympic charm offensive: US on sidelines as 2 Koreas move closer together

The détente has raised hopes for reconciliation between North and South Korea, but observers say it’s likely temporary and may come at a cost to U.S.-led efforts to pressure the North Korean regime to abandon its nuclear weapons program.



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Victim identified in Camp Pendleton Marine-on-Marine stabbing

First responders were called to Area 52, the sprawling section of Camp Pendleton where the School of Infantry is housed on Tuesday morning, following reports of an injured person. The Marine in confinement is also assigned to the same unit.


Ex-cashier gets 2-year sentence for stealing $100K from Yokosuka base casino

Cynthia Lopez Creseni, a 60-year-old Philippine citizen, was sentenced Jan. 12 by a U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo. She will be returned to her home country after her incarceration.


‘Big Red One’ deploying division headquarters for Europe mission

A division-level headquarters from Fort Riley, Kansas will take over the day-to-day command of Army operations along NATO’s eastern flank in March, relieving a 4th Infantry Division team that has carried out the mission for the past three years.



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Man found guilty of killing good Samaritan former Marine

Ricci Chambless Bradden shot his wife in the ankle after they argued over a selfie she took and then shot a former Marine who tried to help her.


Australia PM says Olympic unity won't denuclearize North Korea

"History tells us a very bitter lesson about North Korea," Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. "They have a long habit of ratcheting up their militarization and then, you know, going into a lull for a while trying to persuade people that they're changing their ways, changing nothing and then ratcheting up again."


Powerful gale lashes Europe, 6 dead amid traffic chaos

A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least six people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks.


Syria threatens to down Turkish jets over its Kurdish region

Syria said on Thursday its air defense would shoot down any Turkish jets that carry out attacks within Syria, a stark warning as tensions soar over apparent preparations by the Turkish military to invade a northern Syrian Kurdish enclave.


Farmers risk lashes as war obliterates South Sudan breadbasket

Since fighting spread in mid-2016 to Equatoria, once South Sudan's breadbasket, output has collapsed, adding to what charity Oxfam International says is the likelihood of the country's worst-ever hunger this year. Government forces are accused of killing villagers, burning their homes and stealing food as they pursue rebels. The army denies the charges.


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Man found guilty of killing good Samaritan former Marine

Ricci Chambless Bradden shot his wife in the ankle after they argued over a selfie she took and then shot a former Marine who tried to help her.


Australia PM says Olympic unity won't denuclearize North Korea

"History tells us a very bitter lesson about North Korea," Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. "They have a long habit of ratcheting up their militarization and then, you know, going into a lull for a while trying to persuade people that they're changing their ways, changing nothing and then ratcheting up again."


Powerful gale lashes Europe, 6 dead amid traffic chaos

A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least six people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks.


Syria threatens to down Turkish jets over its Kurdish region

Syria said on Thursday its air defense would shoot down any Turkish jets that carry out attacks within Syria, a stark warning as tensions soar over apparent preparations by the Turkish military to invade a northern Syrian Kurdish enclave.


Farmers risk lashes as war obliterates South Sudan breadbasket

Since fighting spread in mid-2016 to Equatoria, once South Sudan's breadbasket, output has collapsed, adding to what charity Oxfam International says is the likelihood of the country's worst-ever hunger this year. Government forces are accused of killing villagers, burning their homes and stealing food as they pursue rebels. The army denies the charges.



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Hill, agencies target home loan ‘churning’ aimed at veterans

A dozen senators believe it is time for Congress to act. Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., this month introduced their Protecting Veterans from Predatory Lending bill alongside 10 co-sponsors, an even split of Republicans and Democrats.



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Paratroopers drop howitzers, live-fire during Germany exercise

Thirty-seven paratroopers with the Army’s 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) jumped onto a snowy field here during a heavy drop exercise Wednesday.


Victim identified in Camp Pendleton Marine-on-Marine stabbing

First responders were called to Area 52, the sprawling section of Camp Pendleton where the School of Infantry is housed on Tuesday morning, following reports of an injured person. The Marine in confinement is also assigned to the same unit.


Damaged USS Fitzgerald arrives in Pascagoula on Friday

The USS Fitzgerald arrives in South Mississippi Friday morning, and the public is invited to welcome the ship. Ingalls Shipbuilding employees will be handing out flags for people to wave as the destroyer passes Point Park on the west tip of Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula.


A 66-year-old is about to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents

After starting in Antarctica, participants will sleep on a chartered plane and wake up each day to run another 26.2 miles - in Cape Town, South Africa; Perth, Australia; Dubai; Lisbon; Cartagena, Colombia; and Miami - 168 hours of nonstop running and flying.


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GALLERY

Paratroopers drop howitzers, live-fire during Germany exercise

Thirty-seven paratroopers with the Army’s 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) jumped onto a snowy field here during a heavy drop exercise Wednesday.


Victim identified in Camp Pendleton Marine-on-Marine stabbing

First responders were called to Area 52, the sprawling section of Camp Pendleton where the School of Infantry is housed on Tuesday morning, following reports of an injured person. The Marine in confinement is also assigned to the same unit.


Damaged USS Fitzgerald arrives in Pascagoula on Friday

The USS Fitzgerald arrives in South Mississippi Friday morning, and the public is invited to welcome the ship. Ingalls Shipbuilding employees will be handing out flags for people to wave as the destroyer passes Point Park on the west tip of Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula.


A 66-year-old is about to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents

After starting in Antarctica, participants will sleep on a chartered plane and wake up each day to run another 26.2 miles - in Cape Town, South Africa; Perth, Australia; Dubai; Lisbon; Cartagena, Colombia; and Miami - 168 hours of nonstop running and flying.