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The U.S. military has ordered servicemembers in Japan not to buy or consume alcohol until further notice after a fatal vehicle accident involving a 21-year-old Marine on Okinawa.



Long-awaited PX opens at Camp Humphreys in time for holiday shopping

Confetti swirled in the air while South Korean drummers and the 8th Army band played Monday to celebrate the grand opening of Camp Humphrey’s new post exchange, the third largest in the world.


Why a Russian surveillance plane flew unchallenged over military installations in Hawaii

The Russian overflight conducted Oct. 4-6 was sanctioned by the United States as part of the Treaty on Open Skies, which has been in effect since 2002 to verify arms control agreements and promote stability through transparency of military forces and activities.


Surgeons sitting idly during deployments may be leaving military patients at risk

Military surgeon Maj. Joseph Lee deployed to a remote Cameroon hospital recently. But he didn’t perform surgery. That's not a rare occurrence. Most military hospitals do far fewer surgeries than civilian surgery centers and lag behind civilian surgeons in case numbers and complexity.



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Navy warship saves recreational sailors after boat sinks off Southern California

The Navy rescued three recreational boaters Saturday just minutes after their vessel sank off the coast of Southern California.


Syria: ISIS militants defeated in final stronghold

Pro-government forces defeated the Islamic State group in its last major stronghold in Syria, state media and a monitoring group reported on Sunday, leaving the militants to defend just strips of desert territory in the country and a besieged pocket outside the capital, Damascus.


Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies

Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.



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Iowa attorney spends year serving in Afghanistan

When asked to spend a year representing the U.S. Justice Department in Afghanistan, Forde Fairchild said "yes." He'd already served in a similar capacity in Iraq six years earlier, so he felt that there wasn't much of a choice to be made


Stuttgart area bomb defused without incident

Traffic around the U.S. Army’s Panzer Kaserne returned to normal Monday morning after a 500-pound World War II bomb was defused without incident.


15 dead, 10 hurt in a stampede for food aid in Morocco

A stampede erupted while food aid was being distributed in a Moroccan village Sunday and at least 15 people died and 10 were injured, authorities said.


New Zimbabwe leader could be enforcer known as the Crocodile

Emmerson Mnangagwa, elected Sunday as the new leader of Zimbabwe's ruling political party and positioned to take over as the country's leader, has engineered a remarkable comeback using skills he no doubt learned from his longtime mentor, President Robert Mugabe.


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Iowa attorney spends year serving in Afghanistan

When asked to spend a year representing the U.S. Justice Department in Afghanistan, Forde Fairchild said "yes." He'd already served in a similar capacity in Iraq six years earlier, so he felt that there wasn't much of a choice to be made


Stuttgart area bomb defused without incident

Traffic around the U.S. Army’s Panzer Kaserne returned to normal Monday morning after a 500-pound World War II bomb was defused without incident.


15 dead, 10 hurt in a stampede for food aid in Morocco

A stampede erupted while food aid was being distributed in a Moroccan village Sunday and at least 15 people died and 10 were injured, authorities said.


New Zimbabwe leader could be enforcer known as the Crocodile

Emmerson Mnangagwa, elected Sunday as the new leader of Zimbabwe's ruling political party and positioned to take over as the country's leader, has engineered a remarkable comeback using skills he no doubt learned from his longtime mentor, President Robert Mugabe.



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Here's why Vietnam veteran Stan Cass started Honor Flight Northern Colorado

Near the end of his second tour flying helicopters in the Vietnam War, Stan Cass learned of something so unusual he was amazed it could endure a war that killed nearly 2 million people: a leper colony partway up the coastal Highway 1 between Cass' airbase at Da Nang and the city of Hue.



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Air Force awards $50M contract to research cybersecurity

The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a nearly $50 million contract to a defense contractor to research ways to protect weapons systems from cyberattacks.


BAC of Marine involved in fatal Okinawa crash was triple Japan’s limit, police say

Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson said the Marine Corps holds servicemembers to the “highest standards of conduct,” and that it would cooperate with investigators “to the fullest extent.”


10 African-Americans named Rhodes scholars, most ever

The Rhodes Trust on Sunday announced the 32 men and women chosen for post-graduate studies at Oxford University in England. Among them: the first black woman to lead the Corps of Cadets at West Point; a wrestler at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who's helping develop a prosthetic knee for use in the developing world; and a Portland, Oregon, man who has studied gaps in his hometown's "sanctuary city" policy.


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Air Force awards $50M contract to research cybersecurity

The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a nearly $50 million contract to a defense contractor to research ways to protect weapons systems from cyberattacks.


BAC of Marine involved in fatal Okinawa crash was triple Japan’s limit, police say

Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson said the Marine Corps holds servicemembers to the “highest standards of conduct,” and that it would cooperate with investigators “to the fullest extent.”


10 African-Americans named Rhodes scholars, most ever

The Rhodes Trust on Sunday announced the 32 men and women chosen for post-graduate studies at Oxford University in England. Among them: the first black woman to lead the Corps of Cadets at West Point; a wrestler at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who's helping develop a prosthetic knee for use in the developing world; and a Portland, Oregon, man who has studied gaps in his hometown's "sanctuary city" policy.



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Earnhardt on NASCAR finale: 'This is gonna be a weird day'

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was roused from bed around 6 a.m. Sunday for the final start of his career, made himself a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich and went back to sleep. When he woke up for good, the finality of his decision hit NASCAR's most popular driver.


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Earnhardt on NASCAR finale: 'This is gonna be a weird day'

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was roused from bed around 6 a.m. Sunday for the final start of his career, made himself a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich and went back to sleep. When he woke up for good, the finality of his decision hit NASCAR's most popular driver.