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US Navy's elite SEALs look to expand diversity
The effort comes as the military — and the nation — struggles with racism, extremism and hate crimes. Leaders see greater diversity as a way to combat extremism in the ranks, even as they increase other training and education programs.
Two soldiers accused of smuggling migrants from Mexico
Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, 18, and guardsman Emmanuel Oppongagyare, 20, made initial appearances before a federal magistrate Tuesday in Laredo. Both were held in custody under $75,000 bonds pending detention hearings next Tuesday.
Military defends Jan. 6 response as House steps up probes
Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt, the director of the Army staff, said the Pentagon wanted to be careful about their response to the Jan. 6 riots in part because of concerns about military helicopters that had flown low over Washington streets during protests over the killing of George Floyd in the summer of 2020.
Senator holds up confirmation process for key VA positions 
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., insisted on the Senate floor Tuesday that she would delay the confirmation process for key Department of Veterans Affairs positions until the VA secretary responds to her requests for information about a piece of legislation.  
'A summer of freedom': Vaccine gives new meaning to July 4th
President Joe Biden wants to imbue Independence Day with new meaning this year by encouraging nationwide celebrations to mark the country's effective return to normalcy after 16 months of coronavirus pandemic disruption and more than 600,000 lives lost.
More evidence suggests COVID-19 was in US by Christmas 2019
A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest and largest study to suggest that the new coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2019 — weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials.

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