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Navy says genitalia air display was 'absolutely unacceptable'

Residents of Washington state turned their eyes to a clear blue sky Thursday and found themselves staring at a cartoonish rendering of male genitalia, sketched in smoke by at least one Navy EA-18G Growler jet flying out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.


VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics.


Gadson ‘should not be allowed to live,’ victim’s parents say as trial continues

The parents of a 20-year-old Okinawan woman murdered last year told a packed courtroom Friday they want the former Air Force contractor charged in her death to pay for the brutal crime with his life.



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State Department battles criticism of Tillerson's management

Since taking office, the former Exxon Mobil CEO has been targeted by frequent attacks from Democrats, former diplomats and pundits on the left and the right.


UN Command postpones plan to release footage of N. Korean defector’s dramatic escape

The United Nations Command has put off a plan to release video footage of a North Korean soldier’s dramatic escape across a jointly patrolled area in the heart of the Demilitarized Zone.


Futenma relocation necessary for dealing with N. Korean threats, Hagerty says

“Considerable progress” is being made on a controversial project to relocate a large Marine base within Okinawa, the United States’ new envoy to Japan said Friday in Tokyo.



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Couple quit Guantanamo after dumpster-dive arrest

Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Ismael Gonzalez, 48, said he resigned his post as the wartime prison’s contract Operational Security Manager because his workplace had become a "hostile environment."


Hospital says N. Korean soldier's condition stabilizing

While the soldier's vital signs are stabilizing, he continues to remain unconscious and relying on a breathing machine. After consecutive surgeries to repair internal organ damage and other injuries, no further surgeries are planned as of yet.


Italy buries 26 Nigerian women – most without a name

More than two dozen young Nigerian women who drowned during a migrant crossing from Libya were honored Friday with an interfaith funeral, closing out a gruesome new chapter in the years-long tragedy of desperate migrants trying to reach Europe and dying along the way.


Turkey yanks troops from NATO drill over alleged insult

Turkey has pulled its troops from a NATO exercise following an accusation from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday that he and the country’s founding father were named at an “enemies table” during a war game.


US escalates Somalia fight while Pentagon downplays buildup

There are now 500 U.S. troops in Somalia, where the military has carried out daily airstrikes in the past week, but the Pentagon refuses to call it a buildup.


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Couple quit Guantanamo after dumpster-dive arrest

Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Ismael Gonzalez, 48, said he resigned his post as the wartime prison’s contract Operational Security Manager because his workplace had become a "hostile environment."


Hospital says N. Korean soldier's condition stabilizing

While the soldier's vital signs are stabilizing, he continues to remain unconscious and relying on a breathing machine. After consecutive surgeries to repair internal organ damage and other injuries, no further surgeries are planned as of yet.


Italy buries 26 Nigerian women – most without a name

More than two dozen young Nigerian women who drowned during a migrant crossing from Libya were honored Friday with an interfaith funeral, closing out a gruesome new chapter in the years-long tragedy of desperate migrants trying to reach Europe and dying along the way.


Turkey yanks troops from NATO drill over alleged insult

Turkey has pulled its troops from a NATO exercise following an accusation from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday that he and the country’s founding father were named at an “enemies table” during a war game.


US escalates Somalia fight while Pentagon downplays buildup

There are now 500 U.S. troops in Somalia, where the military has carried out daily airstrikes in the past week, but the Pentagon refuses to call it a buildup.



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Fighting veteran suicide gets personal for one Gold Star family

In the months immediately following her son’s passing, Patti Best grieved. But it wasn’t long before she became determined to do something to ensure those who leave the military get the help they need before it’s too late, even if they don’t think they need it.



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Coast Guard kicks off Woods Hole construction project

U.S. Coast Guard officials on Thursday formally kicked off a $23 million construction project that will provide new digs for the 150 servicemembers assigned to the agency's Woods Hole station.


Scientists say concerted effort needed to study types of chemicals leaked into Fairchild AFB water

A group of scientists, physicians and public health officials is calling for a nationwide research initiative to better understand the health effects of man-made fluorinated compounds, such as those leaked into drinking water from Fairchild Air Force Base.


USS Little Rock, Navy's newest warship, has official chicken wing recipe

The Anchor Bar — a Buffalo, N.Y. institution which is credited with inventing Buffalo-style chicken wings — is on board with the official chicken wing recipe for the USS Little Rock, which makes its grand appearance next month.


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Coast Guard kicks off Woods Hole construction project

U.S. Coast Guard officials on Thursday formally kicked off a $23 million construction project that will provide new digs for the 150 servicemembers assigned to the agency's Woods Hole station.


Scientists say concerted effort needed to study types of chemicals leaked into Fairchild AFB water

A group of scientists, physicians and public health officials is calling for a nationwide research initiative to better understand the health effects of man-made fluorinated compounds, such as those leaked into drinking water from Fairchild Air Force Base.


USS Little Rock, Navy's newest warship, has official chicken wing recipe

The Anchor Bar — a Buffalo, N.Y. institution which is credited with inventing Buffalo-style chicken wings — is on board with the official chicken wing recipe for the USS Little Rock, which makes its grand appearance next month.



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Two soldiers rip Chargers for cropping 'San Diego' from photo

The Los Angeles Chargers edited a photo of Army soldiers — including cropping out a servicemember and the bottom of the American flag — so they could eliminate “San Diego” from the Chargers flag in the picture.


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Two soldiers rip Chargers for cropping 'San Diego' from photo

The Los Angeles Chargers edited a photo of Army soldiers — including cropping out a servicemember and the bottom of the American flag — so they could eliminate “San Diego” from the Chargers flag in the picture.