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The Taliban seized control of two districts in different areas of Afghanistan in a matter of hours, official said Sunday — the latest advances by the militants, who have vowed to step up attacks as the year progresses.



How ISIS nearly stumbled on the ingredients for a 'dirty bomb'

On the day the Islamic State overran the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, it laid claim to one of the greatest weapons bonanzas ever to fall to a terrorist group. But the most fearsome weapon in Mosul on that day was never used by the terrorists. Only now is it becoming clear what happened to it.


Coast Guard: Missile test could occur as early as next week

The U.S. Coast Guard says a launch from the Kodiak Island rocket complex in Alaska will occur as soon as next week.


As administration wages war on legal marijuana, military veterans side with pot

Frustrated by federal laws restricting their access to a drug many rely on to help treat post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and opioid addiction, veterans have become an influential lobbying force.



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Trump: USS Ford is '100,000-ton message to the world'

President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world."


Trump's immigration crackdown is stressing out deployed US troops

"Parole in place" reprieves, known inside the military as PIP, are meant to keep deployed service members focused by easing any worry about the safety of undocumented spouses and immediate family back home.


Member of elite Navy unit has come out as transgender

The unidentified person, who came out in October, is a Navy Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewman and appears to be the first member of the elite unit to identify as transgender.



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Capt. Robert Edwin Holton is laid to rest in Montana

U.S. Air Force Capt. Robert Edwin Holton was buried under hazy but cloudless blue skies Saturday, finally resting in his home state of Montana after 48 years of being missing in action during the Vietnam War.


Robot finds likely melted fuel heap inside Fukushima reactor

Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.


12 US paratroopers hospitalized after night jump in Romania

The soldiers were participating in Saber Guardian 17, a U.S. Army Europe-led exercise, which aims to increase coordination between the U.S., Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.


How ISIS nearly stumbled on the ingredients for a 'dirty bomb'

On the day the Islamic State overran the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, it laid claim to one of the greatest weapons bonanzas ever to fall to a terrorist group. But the most fearsome weapon in Mosul on that day was never used by the terrorists. Only now is it becoming clear what happened to it.


Nigeria oil thieves keep a lid on output even as bombs abate

Even after the government quelled a militant uprising that sent production to a 30-year low last August, smaller-scale sabotage caused by people trying to steal oil remains rife.


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Capt. Robert Edwin Holton is laid to rest in Montana

U.S. Air Force Capt. Robert Edwin Holton was buried under hazy but cloudless blue skies Saturday, finally resting in his home state of Montana after 48 years of being missing in action during the Vietnam War.


Robot finds likely melted fuel heap inside Fukushima reactor

Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.


12 US paratroopers hospitalized after night jump in Romania

The soldiers were participating in Saber Guardian 17, a U.S. Army Europe-led exercise, which aims to increase coordination between the U.S., Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.


How ISIS nearly stumbled on the ingredients for a 'dirty bomb'

On the day the Islamic State overran the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, it laid claim to one of the greatest weapons bonanzas ever to fall to a terrorist group. But the most fearsome weapon in Mosul on that day was never used by the terrorists. Only now is it becoming clear what happened to it.


Nigeria oil thieves keep a lid on output even as bombs abate

Even after the government quelled a militant uprising that sent production to a 30-year low last August, smaller-scale sabotage caused by people trying to steal oil remains rife.



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Veterans organizations look for new recruits in a smaller pool

The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, two of the largest organizations that claim a legacy in American politics and civic life, have both lost members.



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Col. Michael Downs bids farewell to San Angelo

Michael Downs relinquished command of the 17th Training Wing to Col. Ricky Mills during the base's change of command ceremony on Friday.


Old Ironsides restored, returns to harbor

The Constitution, launched in 1797, has undergone waves of major repairs since the 1830s, with the most recent prior restoration being a three-year comprehensive structural project that ended in 1995 ahead of its 200th anniversary.


Fort Bragg welcomes new top cop

Fort Bragg's new top cop, Col. Larry Dewey assumed command for the 16th Military Police Battalion on Friday during a traditional, although hot, ceremony at Fort Bragg's Main Post Parade Field.


Coast Guard to enforce US pot laws on water

Since Jan. 30, adult Maine residents can legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow as many as six flowering pot plants.


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Col. Michael Downs bids farewell to San Angelo

Michael Downs relinquished command of the 17th Training Wing to Col. Ricky Mills during the base's change of command ceremony on Friday.


Old Ironsides restored, returns to harbor

The Constitution, launched in 1797, has undergone waves of major repairs since the 1830s, with the most recent prior restoration being a three-year comprehensive structural project that ended in 1995 ahead of its 200th anniversary.


Fort Bragg welcomes new top cop

Fort Bragg's new top cop, Col. Larry Dewey assumed command for the 16th Military Police Battalion on Friday during a traditional, although hot, ceremony at Fort Bragg's Main Post Parade Field.


Coast Guard to enforce US pot laws on water

Since Jan. 30, adult Maine residents can legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow as many as six flowering pot plants.



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Army grad closing in on majors

Chris Rowley, who will turn 27 in August, is a phone call from becoming the first West Point graduate to play in the major leagues.


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Army grad closing in on majors

Chris Rowley, who will turn 27 in August, is a phone call from becoming the first West Point graduate to play in the major leagues.



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