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Enough senators voted against a stopgap measure to ensure the closure of all but essential operations nationwide. But the Republican-led Senate was holding the vote open as nearly an hour ticked by and the midnight hour neared.



Congress returns to work Saturday as lawmakers press to keep shutdown short-lived

Congress prepared to return to work Saturday as negotiators pressed for a budget deal to keep a government shutdown that began at midnight short-lived.


Pence says troops should not have to worry about shutdown

Vice President Mike Pence is making his fourth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart.


Pentagon’s new defense strategy focuses on China, Russia over terrorism

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States must develop a more lethal and technologically advanced force to counter the recent growth in military power and increased aggression demonstrated by China and Russia.



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Japan accuses US military of flying over school where helicopter window fell

Officials had been watching for military aircraft over Okinawan schools after a Dec. 13 incident in which a Super Stallion’s window inexplicably became separated from the aircraft and landed on a Futenma Daini sports field while schoolchildren were playing.


Shulkin clarifies marijuana comments: VA can study the drug, but won’t

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., who recently took on the issue of marijuana research, said he interpreted Shulkin’s comments this week as “dismissive.”


Trump appointee, former Navy SEAL, resigns after deriding military veterans with PTSD

Carl Higbie's resignation, which was prompted after CNN unearthed the comments he reportedly made, comes amid increased scrutiny of the president's appointees for racist or anti-Muslim statements made in the past.



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Pence says troops should not have to worry about shutdown

Vice President Mike Pence is making his fourth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart.


North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to South

North Korea on Saturday proposed sending a delegation led by the leader of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics.


French president warns that UK can't keep full access to EU

French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested that Britain is likely to negotiate a unique relationship with the European Union before it leaves the bloc next year, while stressing that any agreement must be consistent with EU rules.


A year after former leader's exit, Gambia emerges from the shadows

In the year since the world marveled at a dictator's fall, Gambia has risen from the shadows of Yahya Jammeh's "rule of fear" with its arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.


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Pence says troops should not have to worry about shutdown

Vice President Mike Pence is making his fourth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart.


North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to South

North Korea on Saturday proposed sending a delegation led by the leader of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics.


French president warns that UK can't keep full access to EU

French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested that Britain is likely to negotiate a unique relationship with the European Union before it leaves the bloc next year, while stressing that any agreement must be consistent with EU rules.


A year after former leader's exit, Gambia emerges from the shadows

In the year since the world marveled at a dictator's fall, Gambia has risen from the shadows of Yahya Jammeh's "rule of fear" with its arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.



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Legislation filed to grant veterans status to WWII nurse corps

While multiple bills have gone before federal lawmakers to give the cadet nurses their status as veterans, none have passed. The latest, H.R. 1168, the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act, was introduced in February of last year.



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Air Force official says a continuing resolution could hurt the B-21 program

Congress' inability to pass a set budget for this fiscal year could delay delivery of the B-21 bomber, a major project that is key to the revival of the Southern California aerospace industry, an Air Force official warned Thursday.


Flaming Army Humvee rolls into German expressway traffic; no one hurt

The Humvee broke down on Autobahn 93, and soldiers were towing it between Hof-Nord and Regnitzlosau for servicing at a U.S. facility in Grafenwoehr when its axle overheated and ignited the vehicle.


Parents of slain Marine Ethan Barclay-Weberpal tell about the boy they raised

Ethan Barclay-Weberpal was home in Janesville over Christmas, on leave from the Marines. He saw a homeless man on a bitter cold night, stopped, took him to McDonald’s, talked and gave him money.


Damaged Navy ship arrives in Mississippi for repairs

The Navy said Friday that it will take several days for the Transshelf to unload the Fitzgerald, which will be repaired by the 11,600 employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding.


Bahamas military recovers body from small plane crash at sea

A body has been recovered from the waters off Andros Island where a small plane with six people on board is believed to have crashed. A debris field and a body were spotted in rough seas by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew the night before.


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Air Force official says a continuing resolution could hurt the B-21 program

Congress' inability to pass a set budget for this fiscal year could delay delivery of the B-21 bomber, a major project that is key to the revival of the Southern California aerospace industry, an Air Force official warned Thursday.


Flaming Army Humvee rolls into German expressway traffic; no one hurt

The Humvee broke down on Autobahn 93, and soldiers were towing it between Hof-Nord and Regnitzlosau for servicing at a U.S. facility in Grafenwoehr when its axle overheated and ignited the vehicle.


Parents of slain Marine Ethan Barclay-Weberpal tell about the boy they raised

Ethan Barclay-Weberpal was home in Janesville over Christmas, on leave from the Marines. He saw a homeless man on a bitter cold night, stopped, took him to McDonald’s, talked and gave him money.


Damaged Navy ship arrives in Mississippi for repairs

The Navy said Friday that it will take several days for the Transshelf to unload the Fitzgerald, which will be repaired by the 11,600 employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding.


Bahamas military recovers body from small plane crash at sea

A body has been recovered from the waters off Andros Island where a small plane with six people on board is believed to have crashed. A debris field and a body were spotted in rough seas by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew the night before.