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Enough senators voted against a stopgap measure to ensure the closure of all but essential operations nationwide. But the Republican-led Senate was holding the vote open as nearly an hour ticked by and the midnight hour neared.



Japan accuses US military of flying over school where helicopter window fell

Officials had been watching for military aircraft over Okinawan schools after a Dec. 13 incident in which a Super Stallion’s window inexplicably became separated from the aircraft and landed on a Futenma Daini sports field while schoolchildren were playing.


Pentagon’s new defense strategy focuses on China, Russia over terrorism

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States must develop a more lethal and technologically advanced force to counter the recent growth in military power and increased aggression demonstrated by China and Russia.


Shulkin clarifies marijuana comments: VA can study the drug, but won’t

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., who recently took on the issue of marijuana research, said he interpreted Shulkin’s comments this week as “dismissive.”



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Trump appointee, former Navy SEAL, resigns after deriding military veterans with PTSD

Carl Higbie's resignation, which was prompted after CNN unearthed the comments he reportedly made, comes amid increased scrutiny of the president's appointees for racist or anti-Muslim statements made in the past.


Damaged Navy ship arrives in Mississippi for repairs

The Navy said Friday that it will take several days for the Transshelf to unload the Fitzgerald, which will be repaired by the 11,600 employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding.


Flaming Army Humvee rolls into German expressway traffic; no one hurt

The Humvee broke down on Autobahn 93, and soldiers were towing it between Hof-Nord and Regnitzlosau for servicing at a U.S. facility in Grafenwoehr when its axle overheated and ignited the vehicle.



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Women will march again with aim to become a political force

Activists are returning to the streets a year after a million people rallied worldwide at marches for female empowerment, hoping to create an enduring political movement that will elect more women to government office.


Hawaii governor took 15 minutes to announce missile alert was false

A state employee mistakenly sent an emergency alert to mobile devices and TV and radio stations warning of an incoming missile strike, causing widespread panic and confusion.


Flying emergency rooms are classrooms for first European and Africa aeromedical symposium

More than 40 flight nurses, physicians, pilots and planners from NATO and partner countries shared their experiences in airlifting wounded and sick patients on military aircraft during the event.


Egypt's el-Sissi says he will run for a second term

Re-election is considered a virtual lock for el-Sissi, who led the military's 2013 ouster of Egypt's first freely elected leader, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, whose one-year rule proved divisive.


A year after former leader's exit, Gambia emerges from the shadows

In the year since the world marveled at a dictator's fall, Gambia has risen from the shadows of Yahya Jammeh's "rule of fear" with its arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.


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Women will march again with aim to become a political force

Activists are returning to the streets a year after a million people rallied worldwide at marches for female empowerment, hoping to create an enduring political movement that will elect more women to government office.


Hawaii governor took 15 minutes to announce missile alert was false

A state employee mistakenly sent an emergency alert to mobile devices and TV and radio stations warning of an incoming missile strike, causing widespread panic and confusion.


Flying emergency rooms are classrooms for first European and Africa aeromedical symposium

More than 40 flight nurses, physicians, pilots and planners from NATO and partner countries shared their experiences in airlifting wounded and sick patients on military aircraft during the event.


Egypt's el-Sissi says he will run for a second term

Re-election is considered a virtual lock for el-Sissi, who led the military's 2013 ouster of Egypt's first freely elected leader, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, whose one-year rule proved divisive.


A year after former leader's exit, Gambia emerges from the shadows

In the year since the world marveled at a dictator's fall, Gambia has risen from the shadows of Yahya Jammeh's "rule of fear" with its arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.



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Legislation filed to grant veterans status to WWII nurse corps

While multiple bills have gone before federal lawmakers to give the cadet nurses their status as veterans, none have passed. The latest, H.R. 1168, the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act, was introduced in February of last year.



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Air Force official says a continuing resolution could hurt the B-21 program

Congress' inability to pass a set budget for this fiscal year could delay delivery of the B-21 bomber, a major project that is key to the revival of the Southern California aerospace industry, an Air Force official warned Thursday.


Flaming Army Humvee rolls into German expressway traffic; no one hurt

The Humvee broke down on Autobahn 93, and soldiers were towing it between Hof-Nord and Regnitzlosau for servicing at a U.S. facility in Grafenwoehr when its axle overheated and ignited the vehicle.


Parents of slain Marine Ethan Barclay-Weberpal tell about the boy they raised

Ethan Barclay-Weberpal was home in Janesville over Christmas, on leave from the Marines. He saw a homeless man on a bitter cold night, stopped, took him to McDonald’s, talked and gave him money.


Damaged Navy ship arrives in Mississippi for repairs

The Navy said Friday that it will take several days for the Transshelf to unload the Fitzgerald, which will be repaired by the 11,600 employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding.


Bahamas military recovers body from small plane crash at sea

A body has been recovered from the waters off Andros Island where a small plane with six people on board is believed to have crashed. A debris field and a body were spotted in rough seas by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew the night before.


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Air Force official says a continuing resolution could hurt the B-21 program

Congress' inability to pass a set budget for this fiscal year could delay delivery of the B-21 bomber, a major project that is key to the revival of the Southern California aerospace industry, an Air Force official warned Thursday.


Flaming Army Humvee rolls into German expressway traffic; no one hurt

The Humvee broke down on Autobahn 93, and soldiers were towing it between Hof-Nord and Regnitzlosau for servicing at a U.S. facility in Grafenwoehr when its axle overheated and ignited the vehicle.


Parents of slain Marine Ethan Barclay-Weberpal tell about the boy they raised

Ethan Barclay-Weberpal was home in Janesville over Christmas, on leave from the Marines. He saw a homeless man on a bitter cold night, stopped, took him to McDonald’s, talked and gave him money.


Damaged Navy ship arrives in Mississippi for repairs

The Navy said Friday that it will take several days for the Transshelf to unload the Fitzgerald, which will be repaired by the 11,600 employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding.


Bahamas military recovers body from small plane crash at sea

A body has been recovered from the waters off Andros Island where a small plane with six people on board is believed to have crashed. A debris field and a body were spotted in rough seas by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew the night before.