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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.


Man arrested after abducted woman escapes from trunk

A man recently freed from prison in Alabama is accused of abducting a woman whose dramatic escape from her car trunk was captured on video.


Caught in political crossfire, military advocacy group fights for survival

While the prospect of another round of military base closures is getting more talk in Washington, the Florida Legislature is taking steps to kill off a nonprofit created to help keep Florida bases off the chopping block.

VA urges 'hiring surge' to reduce veterans' appeals backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even as money remains in question due to a tightening Trump administration budget.


Lawmakers want details on Flynn's foreign contacts, payments

Republicans joined Democrats on Wednesday in pressuring the Trump administration to surrender records of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's payments and contacts with foreign officials during the past three years.



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VA urges 'hiring surge' to reduce veterans' appeals backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even as money remains in question due to a tightening Trump administration budget.



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Report: Airman AWOL for 45 years was nabbed during morning walk

Linley Benson Lemburg served as an Air Force Office of Special investigations Special Agent from 1968 until his desertion in 1972. He was found in Florida living under an assumed identity.


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.


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.


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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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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Report: Airman AWOL for 45 years was nabbed during morning walk

Linley Benson Lemburg served as an Air Force Office of Special investigations Special Agent from 1968 until his desertion in 1972. He was found in Florida living under an assumed identity.


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.


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.


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.


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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