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President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world."



Member of elite Navy unit has come out as transgender

The unidentified person, who came out in October, is a Navy Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewman and appears to be the first member of the elite unit to identify as transgender.


Calif. couple thankful for support after Marine son's death in Mississippi plane crash

Cindy and John Elliott's son, Capt. Sean Endecott Elliott, was among the 15 Marines and one sailor to die when the C-130 in which they were flying exploded over a Mississippi bean field.


Duterte vows not to come to US: 'I've seen America, and it's lousy'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, previously praised and invited by President Donald Trump to come to the White House, said he won't visit the United States during or after his term because the country is "lousy."



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Distinctive church among the survivors in Mosul

A historic church thought to have been blown up by the Islamic State has been found intact following the liberation of Mosul’s Old City.


Democrats herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill

Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.


Vet groups urge House to reject plan to fix VA's budget gap

Eight major veterans' organizations on Saturday urged Congress to provide emergency money to the Department of Veterans Affairs without cutting other VA programs as the House moved quickly to address a budget shortfall that threatened medical care for thousands of patients.



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Democrats herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill

Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.


Duterte vows not to come to US: 'I've seen America, and it's lousy'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, previously praised and invited by President Donald Trump to come to the White House, said he won't visit the United States during or after his term because the country is "lousy."


German runaway girl who converted to Islam found in Iraq

A German girl who ran away from home shortly after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic States forces, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday as authorities tried to figure out what to do with her.


Israeli troops placed on high alert after deadly stabbings

Israel's military fortified its troops in the West Bank and placed forces on high alert Saturday, a day after a Palestinian stabbed to death three members of an Israeli family and some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian clashes in years erupted over tensions at the Holy Land's most contested shrine.


Nigeria oil thieves keep a lid on output even as bombs abate

Even after the government quelled a militant uprising that sent production to a 30-year low last August, smaller-scale sabotage caused by people trying to steal oil remains rife.


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Democrats herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill

Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.


Duterte vows not to come to US: 'I've seen America, and it's lousy'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, previously praised and invited by President Donald Trump to come to the White House, said he won't visit the United States during or after his term because the country is "lousy."


German runaway girl who converted to Islam found in Iraq

A German girl who ran away from home shortly after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic States forces, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday as authorities tried to figure out what to do with her.


Israeli troops placed on high alert after deadly stabbings

Israel's military fortified its troops in the West Bank and placed forces on high alert Saturday, a day after a Palestinian stabbed to death three members of an Israeli family and some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian clashes in years erupted over tensions at the Holy Land's most contested shrine.


Nigeria oil thieves keep a lid on output even as bombs abate

Even after the government quelled a militant uprising that sent production to a 30-year low last August, smaller-scale sabotage caused by people trying to steal oil remains rife.



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Milestone 12th Armored reunion stirs memories

Looking back on his time in the 12th Armored Division, George Rich, 95 and not showing it a bit, said that since 1994 he has been devoted to yearly reunions of the World War II U.S. Army fighting force.



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New veterans' one-stop coming to Western Slope

Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh flew in a Boeing CH-47 Chinook to Grand Junction to make a special announcement to veterans on the Western Slope: An old Colorado National Guard Armory will soon become a central location for services veterans need.


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Trump helps commission $12.9B aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford

President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world."


Fort Bragg welcomes new top cop

Fort Bragg's new top cop, Col. Larry Dewey assumed command for the 16th Military Police Battalion on Friday during a traditional, although hot, ceremony at Fort Bragg's Main Post Parade Field.


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New veterans' one-stop coming to Western Slope

Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh flew in a Boeing CH-47 Chinook to Grand Junction to make a special announcement to veterans on the Western Slope: An old Colorado National Guard Armory will soon become a central location for services veterans need.


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Trump helps commission $12.9B aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford

President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world."


Fort Bragg welcomes new top cop

Fort Bragg's new top cop, Col. Larry Dewey assumed command for the 16th Military Police Battalion on Friday during a traditional, although hot, ceremony at Fort Bragg's Main Post Parade Field.



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Weston Steelhammer, other Air Force grads won't be in NFL training camps

The Department of Defense’s policy would have allowed players to apply to serve their time on reserve status to pursue professional sports, but that rule was changed just before the NFL draft in Apri.


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Weston Steelhammer, other Air Force grads won't be in NFL training camps

The Department of Defense’s policy would have allowed players to apply to serve their time on reserve status to pursue professional sports, but that rule was changed just before the NFL draft in Apri.



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