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Rome’s beautifully sculpted fountains offer refreshing visits

Fountains in Rome are almost as plentiful as cathedrals. You don’t have to walk far to bump into one, whether it’s at the Vatican, Spanish Steps or Pantheon.

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Deadline looms for certain servicemembers to transfer education benefits to family

In most cases, the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits cover the cost of in-state public university tuition, plus a monthly housing stipend that can pay for a four-year degree or other educational programs for eligible troops, veterans and family members.


Reborn 2nd Fleet runs Baltic exercise as Russia keeps a close watch

The recently revived 2nd Fleet is leading the 18-nation Baltic Operations with an eye toward Russia, a former participant in the long-running exercise whose military movements in recent years have put the Baltic region’s former Soviet states on edge.


Navy awards $542 million for six presidential helicopters

The Navy awarded Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. a $542 million contract to deliver six VH-92A helicopters by 2021 as the first phase in replacing the aging presidential fleet of 19 helicopters.


6th Fleet to get newer destroyers better able to shoot down missiles

The Navy plans to replace 6th Fleet’s four destroyers in Europe with newer ones that have upgraded missile defense capabilities, 6th Fleet announced this week.


Agency skimping on missile defense tests in Poland, GAO says

The Missile Defense Agency has reduced needed testing of the Navy’s land-based missile defense system in Poland even though an 18-month construction delay has provided more time to run them, a government watchdog said.


Russian fighter makes unsafe intercept of US plane over Mediterranean, Navy says

The Russian pilot intercepted the Poseidon three times over about three hours and two of the passes were deemed unsafe, the Navy said.