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Transgender men and women will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, Pentagon officials said Monday, acknowledging it would follow court orders stemming from ongoing legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s policy barring them from serving.


Military court dismisses appeal of serial killer Ronald Gray on death row

Ronald A. Gray, a convicted serial killer whose crimes were committed in Fayetteville and on Fort Bragg, had asked the court to review his case as he sought to have his convictions and death sentence vacated.


US, Afghan special operations planning to ‘take the fight’ to growing ISIS safe havens in NW Afghanistan

U.S. and Afghan special operations are preparing an offensive against Islamic State enclaves in northwestern Afghanistan, where the group has gained a foothold despite an intensive allied effort to destroy it.


How the Army's flub let a felon become a foster parent in Texas

The Army acknowledges that it failed to submit information about Gregory McQueen’s criminal record — two years ago, he pleaded guilty to more than a dozen military charges for attempting to run a prostitution ring in Fort Hood — to an FBI database widely used for background checks.



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'One of my nightmares': Pipe bomb attack hits in New York City subway

A would-be suicide bomber inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set the device off at rush hour Monday in a scenario that New York has dreaded for years, authorities said.


US servicemember dies in noncombat incident in Afghanistan

One U.S. servicemember has died from injuries sustained in a “vehicle incident” in eastern Afghanistan, the military said in a release late Monday local time. Two other Americans were injured.


Unseen gas line sparked Camp Pendleton explosion that burned 15 troops

An armored amphibious vehicle stuck in a rut along a Camp Pendleton road nicked a hidden gas line during a September exercise, engulfing 14 Marines and a sailor in a fireball that grew into a 20-foot pillar of flames, according to an official report released by the Marine Corps on Monday.



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Pentagon prepares to accept transgender recruits Jan. 1, as judge upholds block on Trump ban

Transgender men and women will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, Pentagon officials said Monday, acknowledging it would follow court orders stemming from ongoing legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s policy barring them from serving.


North Korea's prisons are as bad as Nazi camps, says judge who survived Auschwitz

North Korea's political prisons are just as bad as - and perhaps even worse than - the Nazi concentration camps of the Holocaust, a renowned judge and Auschwitz survivor has concluded after hearing from former North Korean prisoners and guards.


US servicemember dies in noncombat incident in Afghanistan

One U.S. servicemember has died from injuries sustained in a “vehicle incident” in eastern Afghanistan, the military said in a release late Monday local time. Two other Americans were injured.


15 UN peacekeepers killed, more than 50 hurt in Congo attack

In the deadliest single attack on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in nearly 25 years, rebels in eastern Congo killed 15 peacekeepers and wounded over 50 others in an assault on their base that was launched at nightfall and went on for hours.


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Pentagon prepares to accept transgender recruits Jan. 1, as judge upholds block on Trump ban

Transgender men and women will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, Pentagon officials said Monday, acknowledging it would follow court orders stemming from ongoing legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s policy barring them from serving.


North Korea's prisons are as bad as Nazi camps, says judge who survived Auschwitz

North Korea's political prisons are just as bad as - and perhaps even worse than - the Nazi concentration camps of the Holocaust, a renowned judge and Auschwitz survivor has concluded after hearing from former North Korean prisoners and guards.


US servicemember dies in noncombat incident in Afghanistan

One U.S. servicemember has died from injuries sustained in a “vehicle incident” in eastern Afghanistan, the military said in a release late Monday local time. Two other Americans were injured.


15 UN peacekeepers killed, more than 50 hurt in Congo attack

In the deadliest single attack on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in nearly 25 years, rebels in eastern Congo killed 15 peacekeepers and wounded over 50 others in an assault on their base that was launched at nightfall and went on for hours.



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Veterans request disability benefits related to 1966 H-bomb accident in Spain

Veterans who say they responded to a 1966 accident involving U.S. hydrogen bombs in Spain and then became ill from radiation exposure asked a federal appeals court on Monday to allow a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.



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Military court dismisses appeal of serial killer Ronald Gray on death row

Ronald A. Gray, a convicted serial killer whose crimes were committed in Fayetteville and on Fort Bragg, had asked the court to review his case as he sought to have his convictions and death sentence vacated.


Unseen gas line sparked Camp Pendleton explosion that burned 15 troops

An armored amphibious vehicle stuck in a rut along a Camp Pendleton road nicked a hidden gas line during a September exercise, engulfing 14 Marines and a sailor in a fireball that grew into a 20-foot pillar of flames, according to an official report released by the Marine Corps on Monday.


Missouri governor, former Navy SEAL Greitens touts his physical feats

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens — the nation's second-youngest state executive at 43 — revels in the attention, posting videos of his action adventures on Facebook and even using them to help stay fit while keeping a demanding schedule.


Salvage team tows wrecked fishing boat off Hawaii reef

A commercial fishing vessel carrying foreign workers that ran aground and later burned and leaked fuel just off the beaches of Waikiki was towed out to sea Thursday and will be sunk by a team of salvage workers.


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Military court dismisses appeal of serial killer Ronald Gray on death row

Ronald A. Gray, a convicted serial killer whose crimes were committed in Fayetteville and on Fort Bragg, had asked the court to review his case as he sought to have his convictions and death sentence vacated.


Unseen gas line sparked Camp Pendleton explosion that burned 15 troops

An armored amphibious vehicle stuck in a rut along a Camp Pendleton road nicked a hidden gas line during a September exercise, engulfing 14 Marines and a sailor in a fireball that grew into a 20-foot pillar of flames, according to an official report released by the Marine Corps on Monday.


Missouri governor, former Navy SEAL Greitens touts his physical feats

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens — the nation's second-youngest state executive at 43 — revels in the attention, posting videos of his action adventures on Facebook and even using them to help stay fit while keeping a demanding schedule.


Salvage team tows wrecked fishing boat off Hawaii reef

A commercial fishing vessel carrying foreign workers that ran aground and later burned and leaked fuel just off the beaches of Waikiki was towed out to sea Thursday and will be sunk by a team of salvage workers.



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MVP Bradshaw leads Army to second consecutive victory over Navy

Navy kicker Bennett Moehring missed a 48-yard field goal as time expired Saturday, and Army held on for a 14-13 victory at snowy Lincoln Financial Field in the rivals’ 118th meeting.


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MVP Bradshaw leads Army to second consecutive victory over Navy

Navy kicker Bennett Moehring missed a 48-yard field goal as time expired Saturday, and Army held on for a 14-13 victory at snowy Lincoln Financial Field in the rivals’ 118th meeting.