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Three thousand roses were placed carefully along the base of the wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The colors of the flowers placed for the annual Father’s Day Rose Remembrance had special meaning: The 1,400 red roses were for those killed in action, the 1,200 yellow ones for those missing in action, and the 400 white-with-red-tip ones for "In Memory" honorees — Vietnam veterans who died after the war from war-related causes.


Nangarhar attack prompts Taliban retreat from Afghan cities

The Taliban ordered their fighters back to the trenches Sunday hours after a suicide car bombing spoiled a holiday cease-fire.


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Afghan soldiers test cease-fire with visit to Taliban strongholds

On the second day of unprecedented mutual cease-fires, Afghan soldiers convoyed to a village that for months was deemed too dangerous to visit — the stronghold of the Taliban in Logar province.


Father's Day is 'bittersweet' for children who lost their dads in the line of duty

Children who lost a father in the line of duty wrote letters to their dads for Father's Day this year in part as a grief exercise, in part to honor their fathers' legacies -- and also to be part of a project started by the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.


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After pilot was shot down and assumed dead, family heard about the Russians

For nearly 50 years, the family of Capt. Harry Cecil Moore assumed that he'd been killed in the Korean War. Then in 2002, the family received a shock: The Air Force pilot might have survived and ended up a prisoner of war in the Soviet Union.


Arizona Republicans brush off talk about McCain Senate seat

Sen. John McCain's legacy was thrust into focus nearly one year ago when he announced his brain cancer diagnosis. The six-term Senator and decorated Vietnam War veteran is now fighting the illness from his beloved Arizona, and filling the role of one of the few Congressional Republican voices to publicly rebuke Trump administration decisions.


Is Florida making another run at a carrier? Virginia senators think so

Sen. Marco Rubio's attempt to amend the 2019 defense authorization bill has caught the eye of Virginia's two senators, who fear it might be a step toward moving an aircraft carrier from Norfolk to Florida.



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FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts willing to testify before Congress

Peter Strzok, who was singled out in a recent Justice Department inspector general report for politically charged messages, would be willing to testify without immunity, and he would not invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to any question, his attorney said.


Strong earthquake near Osaka, Japan, causes scattered damage

A strong earthquake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses.


Women are on the front line of change in Saudi Arabia — but how far will it go?

Social reforms unleashed by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are bringing changes to many aspects of life in the conservative kingdom, but none stand to benefit more than women.


Liberian's trial in Philadelphia highlights complicated US legacy in war-torn African nation

Testimony has amounted to a crash course in history for a jury largely unfamiliar with a conflict in a nation thousands of miles and an ocean away. The accounts highlight Liberia's complicated history with the U.S. and American efforts to influence the civil war.


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FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts willing to testify before Congress

Peter Strzok, who was singled out in a recent Justice Department inspector general report for politically charged messages, would be willing to testify without immunity, and he would not invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to any question, his attorney said.


Strong earthquake near Osaka, Japan, causes scattered damage

A strong earthquake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses.


Women are on the front line of change in Saudi Arabia — but how far will it go?

Social reforms unleashed by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are bringing changes to many aspects of life in the conservative kingdom, but none stand to benefit more than women.


Liberian's trial in Philadelphia highlights complicated US legacy in war-torn African nation

Testimony has amounted to a crash course in history for a jury largely unfamiliar with a conflict in a nation thousands of miles and an ocean away. The accounts highlight Liberia's complicated history with the U.S. and American efforts to influence the civil war.



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At Vietnam Wall, 3,000 roses mark Father's Day remembrance

Three thousand roses were placed carefully along the base of the wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The colors of the flowers placed for the annual Father’s Day Rose Remembrance had special meaning: The 1,400 red roses were for those killed in action, the 1,200 yellow ones for those missing in action, and the 400 white-with-red-tip ones for "In Memory" honorees — Vietnam veterans who died after the war from war-related causes.



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WWII Marine veteran killed in Tarawa coming home for burial

The remains of Pfc. John W. Mac Donald, of Somerville, are scheduled to be buried with full military honors June 22 at the Massachusetts veterans' cemetery in Bourne.


Naval Academy professor named Annapolis' first poet laureate

The city of Annapolis announced this week that Naval Academy English professor Temple Cone was chosen from 16 applicants to serve a two-year term as poet laureate.


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse could get a new LED light

The beacon atop the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is decades old and needs constant repair. The light went dark twice this year after aging components broke down. The Coast Guard is considering changing the bulb to the latest technology available – an LED light.


1 man dies of injuries sustained from fire at Army plant

One of three people injured during a flash fire at the main propellant-manufacturing facility for the U.S. Department of Defense has died.


2 Tucson wells near Davis-Monthan AFB found tainted with toxic compounds

Water officials shut the wells off when the contaminants PFOS and PFOA were discovered, said the wells were only rarely used, and that it’s unlikely people were exposed to enough contamination from them to be harmed.


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WWII Marine veteran killed in Tarawa coming home for burial

The remains of Pfc. John W. Mac Donald, of Somerville, are scheduled to be buried with full military honors June 22 at the Massachusetts veterans' cemetery in Bourne.


Naval Academy professor named Annapolis' first poet laureate

The city of Annapolis announced this week that Naval Academy English professor Temple Cone was chosen from 16 applicants to serve a two-year term as poet laureate.


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse could get a new LED light

The beacon atop the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is decades old and needs constant repair. The light went dark twice this year after aging components broke down. The Coast Guard is considering changing the bulb to the latest technology available – an LED light.


1 man dies of injuries sustained from fire at Army plant

One of three people injured during a flash fire at the main propellant-manufacturing facility for the U.S. Department of Defense has died.


2 Tucson wells near Davis-Monthan AFB found tainted with toxic compounds

Water officials shut the wells off when the contaminants PFOS and PFOA were discovered, said the wells were only rarely used, and that it’s unlikely people were exposed to enough contamination from them to be harmed.



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Iceland stops Messi, and a World Cup tie with Argentina feels like a massive win

From the reaction of the respective players, coaches and supporters at the end of Saturday's World Cup match at Spartak Stadium, you surely would've concluded that little Iceland had toppled Lionel Messi and the giants from Argentina, executed an upset for the ages and rocked the soccer orbit.


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Iceland stops Messi, and a World Cup tie with Argentina feels like a massive win

From the reaction of the respective players, coaches and supporters at the end of Saturday's World Cup match at Spartak Stadium, you surely would've concluded that little Iceland had toppled Lionel Messi and the giants from Argentina, executed an upset for the ages and rocked the soccer orbit.