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House passes VA appeals bill and five other veterans measures

The House unanimously passed legislation Tuesday aiming to shorten the amount of time veterans wait for earned benefits, a process that takes an average of six years when a veteran is forced to appeal a claim with the Board of Veterans' Appeals.


UN: chemical experts found sarin exposure in Syria attack

The new U.N. disarmament chief says a team from the international chemical weapons watchdog found exposure "to sarin or a sarin-like substance" in samples from an attack on April 4 in northern Syria that killed over 90 people and now wants to visit the town of Khan Sheikhoun.


Lawmakers probe US contractor in Iraq sex trafficking case

An investigation by The Associated Press this month found that Sallyport Global fired two of its investigators after they uncovered evidence of the trafficking as well as alcohol smuggling and major security violations at Balad Air Base.



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Fake Navy SEAL gets 4 years in prison

A 68-year-old Wisconsin man who falsely claimed to be a Navy SEAL wounded four times in Vietnam has been sentenced to four years in prison for theft and faking paperwork. He also claimed he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.


Hands off US election, ex-CIA director says he warned Russia

Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress Tuesday he warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential election and was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in the Trump campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on it.


Navy says short-notice PCS moves will continue for families

Sailors should expect less notice — just two months — when it’s time for them to move to a new duty station, the Navy announced Monday.



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Justice Dept. seeks greater sway over 'sanctuary cities'

The move would give the administration far more leeway to make good on its promise to crack down on "sanctuary cities" - although it would surely meet resistance from some local law enforcement agencies that do not want their officers used to enforce immigration law.


Trump calls Kim Jong Un a 'madman with nuclear weapons,' according to transcript of Duterte call

In the April 29 call, Trump sought Duterte's input on whether Kim is "stable or not stable" and expressed some satisfaction in North Korea's recent failed missile tests, noting that "all his rockets are crashing."


Warning of "imminent" attack, Britain raises threat level

As investigators hunted for possible accomplices of a suicide bomber, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain's terror threat level had been raised to critical — meaning another attack may be imminent. The status means armed soldiers could be deployed instead of police at public events including sports matches.


Clashes between US troops, al-Qaida militants in Yemen

U.S. helicopters airlifted soldiers to a central Yemeni province where they targeted an al-Qaida compound, clashing with suspected militants and killing at least seven of them early on Tuesday, according to the American military, Yemeni security officials and tribal leaders.


US chooses Nigeria for next Army chiefs summit despite human rights concern

As the African Land Forces Summit ended recently in this southern African nation whose tiny military specializes in peacekeeping, plans were already being laid for next year’s meeting in a location at the center of some of the continent’s most pressing problems.


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Justice Dept. seeks greater sway over 'sanctuary cities'

The move would give the administration far more leeway to make good on its promise to crack down on "sanctuary cities" - although it would surely meet resistance from some local law enforcement agencies that do not want their officers used to enforce immigration law.


Trump calls Kim Jong Un a 'madman with nuclear weapons,' according to transcript of Duterte call

In the April 29 call, Trump sought Duterte's input on whether Kim is "stable or not stable" and expressed some satisfaction in North Korea's recent failed missile tests, noting that "all his rockets are crashing."


Warning of "imminent" attack, Britain raises threat level

As investigators hunted for possible accomplices of a suicide bomber, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain's terror threat level had been raised to critical — meaning another attack may be imminent. The status means armed soldiers could be deployed instead of police at public events including sports matches.


Clashes between US troops, al-Qaida militants in Yemen

U.S. helicopters airlifted soldiers to a central Yemeni province where they targeted an al-Qaida compound, clashing with suspected militants and killing at least seven of them early on Tuesday, according to the American military, Yemeni security officials and tribal leaders.


US chooses Nigeria for next Army chiefs summit despite human rights concern

As the African Land Forces Summit ended recently in this southern African nation whose tiny military specializes in peacekeeping, plans were already being laid for next year’s meeting in a location at the center of some of the continent’s most pressing problems.



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Trump’s budget calls for cuts to VA benefits programs as tradeoff for extending Choice

President Donald Trump’s budget released Tuesday proposes cutting monthly stipends to some disabled, unemployed veterans and reducing veterans’ cost-of-living adjustments as offsets to continue a program that allows veterans to seek care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs.



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Fake Navy SEAL gets 4 years in prison

A 68-year-old Wisconsin man who falsely claimed to be a Navy SEAL wounded four times in Vietnam has been sentenced to four years in prison for theft and faking paperwork. He also claimed he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.


Air Force: 4,100 new airmen, more bombs and modern weapons

A proposed $10 billion increase in funding for the Air Force for fiscal year 2018 includes money for 4,100 new active duty airmen, according to budget documents released Tuesday.


Army: $8 billion budget increase in 2018 to fund anti-ISIS operations, modernization

President Donald Trump’s administration has requested $166.1 billion for the Army in its proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, which if passed would represent the second consecutive year of increased funding to the service to restore forces and equipment used in operations against the Islamic State and to ramp up U.S. presence in Europe.


Marines zero in on overseas contingency operations with 2018 budget request

As part of the proposed Navy budget for fiscal year 2018, the Marine Corp would receive $27.7 billion, with just over $1.3 billion of that from Overseas Contingency Operation funds.


Smuggler gets nearly 7 years for Texas ship channel death

A convicted human smuggler from Mexico must serve nearly seven years in a U.S. prison over the 2015 death of an immigrant struck by a Coast Guard boat as she tried to reach Texas.


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Fake Navy SEAL gets 4 years in prison

A 68-year-old Wisconsin man who falsely claimed to be a Navy SEAL wounded four times in Vietnam has been sentenced to four years in prison for theft and faking paperwork. He also claimed he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.


Air Force: 4,100 new airmen, more bombs and modern weapons

A proposed $10 billion increase in funding for the Air Force for fiscal year 2018 includes money for 4,100 new active duty airmen, according to budget documents released Tuesday.


Army: $8 billion budget increase in 2018 to fund anti-ISIS operations, modernization

President Donald Trump’s administration has requested $166.1 billion for the Army in its proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, which if passed would represent the second consecutive year of increased funding to the service to restore forces and equipment used in operations against the Islamic State and to ramp up U.S. presence in Europe.


Marines zero in on overseas contingency operations with 2018 budget request

As part of the proposed Navy budget for fiscal year 2018, the Marine Corp would receive $27.7 billion, with just over $1.3 billion of that from Overseas Contingency Operation funds.


Smuggler gets nearly 7 years for Texas ship channel death

A convicted human smuggler from Mexico must serve nearly seven years in a U.S. prison over the 2015 death of an immigrant struck by a Coast Guard boat as she tried to reach Texas.



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Navy lacrosse heads to its first Final Four with help

Alumni of the Navy women's lacrosse team poured into Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on flights and in cars, coming not just from the Washington area but from Naval installations in Virginia, Texas, California and Hawaii to see their Mids make history.


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Navy lacrosse heads to its first Final Four with help

Alumni of the Navy women's lacrosse team poured into Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on flights and in cars, coming not just from the Washington area but from Naval installations in Virginia, Texas, California and Hawaii to see their Mids make history.



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