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The worst corruption scandal in Navy history reached new heights Friday as federal prosecutors announced bribery and fraud charges against three retired sailors, including an officer who allegedly took part in a wild two-day party with prostitutes in Tokyo that cost $75,000.



Jimmy Carter shuns riches and lives modestly in his Georgia hometown

The 39th president of the United States lives modestly, a sharp contrast to his successors, who have left the White House to embrace power of another kind: wealth.


This congressman compared politics to military service — and now vets want an apology

With Honor, a veterans interest group, accuses Republican Rep. Andy Barr of "devaluing" the service of the men and women in the military when he attempted to compare himself to his political opponent, a former Marine fighter pilot.


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Forging ahead: Bladesmithing gives troops, vets and caregivers a chance to bond, heal

“If these men and women are having a bad day, they can come in here, rant, rave, curse, scream, holler – you name it – and we all understand,” Donna Porras said. “We might not have been in their shoes, but we understand.”


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South Korean woman who served in Army will become American citizen

Army Specialist Yea Ji Sea got a date Friday that will change her life: On Aug. 24, the South Korean national will be sworn in as a U.S. citizen.


The secret app that gives Syrian civilians minutes to escape airstrikes

When a Syrian warplane gathers speed along the runway, seconds from takeoff and minutes from action, a covert race to save civilian life begins. It starts in nearby Syrian hills with a single flight spotter and his cellphone. "Everyone is holding their breath," said Abu Zeid, one of the plane spotters. "It's a wait that feels like hell."


Taiwan improves missiles to counter China military expansion

Taiwan is responding to China's arms buildup by developing missiles and interceptors of its own that could reduce Beijing's military advantage over the self-ruled island, defense experts say.



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Destroyer executive officer fired for 'loss of confidence'

Navy Cmdr. Blandino A. Villanueva has been fired as the executive officer of the San Diego-based guided missile destroyer Decatur due to "loss of confidence in ability to lead," the Navy said Friday.


Taiwan improves missiles to counter China military expansion

Taiwan is responding to China's arms buildup by developing missiles and interceptors of its own that could reduce Beijing's military advantage over the self-ruled island, defense experts say.


Making the rounds: Putin dances at Austrian wedding before talks with Merkel on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin stopped in Austria to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister Saturday before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom.


Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.


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Destroyer executive officer fired for 'loss of confidence'

Navy Cmdr. Blandino A. Villanueva has been fired as the executive officer of the San Diego-based guided missile destroyer Decatur due to "loss of confidence in ability to lead," the Navy said Friday.


Taiwan improves missiles to counter China military expansion

Taiwan is responding to China's arms buildup by developing missiles and interceptors of its own that could reduce Beijing's military advantage over the self-ruled island, defense experts say.


Making the rounds: Putin dances at Austrian wedding before talks with Merkel on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin stopped in Austria to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister Saturday before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom.


Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.




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Navy offers testing, information to Jacksonville residents concerned about well water contamination

It's a process playing out around 40 Navy and Marine Corps installations: testing drinking water from privately owned wells for traces of harmful chemicals found in the foam that was used for years to extinguish aircraft fires.


Crews recover bodies of 2 men who drowned off Georgia beach

The Coast Guard, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and other agencies helped Tybee Island Fire and Rescue crews search for the two men, who went missing Monday evening.


$150M runway extension to reduce air traffic congestion planned for Elmendorf-Richardson

The Air Force said Friday that it plans to build a $150 million runway extension at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson that officials say will reshape air traffic over Anchorage while easing jet noise problems in the Mountain View neighborhood.


Blue Angels aviator impressed by young pilot during Indiana school visit

As a pilot with the Blue Angels, Marine Corps Maj. Jeff Mullins is doing what many aspiring aviators only dream of accomplishing. But as he spoke at Terre Haute North Vigo High School on Friday, among those in the audience was an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet who has earned wings of her own.


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Navy offers testing, information to Jacksonville residents concerned about well water contamination

It's a process playing out around 40 Navy and Marine Corps installations: testing drinking water from privately owned wells for traces of harmful chemicals found in the foam that was used for years to extinguish aircraft fires.


Crews recover bodies of 2 men who drowned off Georgia beach

The Coast Guard, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and other agencies helped Tybee Island Fire and Rescue crews search for the two men, who went missing Monday evening.


$150M runway extension to reduce air traffic congestion planned for Elmendorf-Richardson

The Air Force said Friday that it plans to build a $150 million runway extension at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson that officials say will reshape air traffic over Anchorage while easing jet noise problems in the Mountain View neighborhood.


Blue Angels aviator impressed by young pilot during Indiana school visit

As a pilot with the Blue Angels, Marine Corps Maj. Jeff Mullins is doing what many aspiring aviators only dream of accomplishing. But as he spoke at Terre Haute North Vigo High School on Friday, among those in the audience was an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet who has earned wings of her own.



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Army coach Jeff Monken is big believer in Air Force QB Arion Worthman

Army coach Jeff Monken is listening to a list of Air Force quarterback Arion Worthman's struggles in his junior season: His running statistics sank. So did his passing statistics. But as the AF QB rolls into his senior season, Monken knows Worthman is a player of note in the highly competitive service-academy rivalry.


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Army coach Jeff Monken is big believer in Air Force QB Arion Worthman

Army coach Jeff Monken is listening to a list of Air Force quarterback Arion Worthman's struggles in his junior season: His running statistics sank. So did his passing statistics. But as the AF QB rolls into his senior season, Monken knows Worthman is a player of note in the highly competitive service-academy rivalry.