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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, right, with his wife, Lolita, and their Havanese dog, Ragnar. <br>Courtesy of the Department of Interior

In a first for the government, dogs will be occasionally allowed at Interior Department

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will announce in an email to employees Thursday morning the start of "Doggy Days at Interior," a program that will launch with test runs at the agency's Washington headquarters on two Fridays in May and September.

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marine corps

MILITARY UPDATE

Lejeune vet claims to be approved faster for 8 illnesses

The Marine Corps has begun outreach to hundreds of thousands of veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, N.C., at least 30 days from August 1953 to December 1987, inviting them or surviving spouses to file for VA compensation if veterans suffered one of eight ailments linked to water contamination on the base.


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army

Police: Army veteran arrested for murder went to NY to attack black people

James Harris Jackson, a former military intelligence analyst with the Army, traveled from Baltimore to New York with the intention of making a race-based attack. On Wednesday, he randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street and killed him with a sword.


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navy

US pilot describes challenges of bombing Islamic State

The crowded skies over Islamic State-held territory have complicated U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists, though military planners are working to keep fliers safe, an American pilot involved in the bombing campaign has told The Associated Press.


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coast guard

Cubans still trying to reach US by sea despite rule change

The U.S. Coast Guard said it intercepted 65 Cubans trying to reach Florida or Puerto Rico since Jan. 12. That's when former President Barack Obama ended the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy as part of the normalization of relations with Cuba.