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Fort Sam Houston lockdown lifted; 1 in custody

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 20:49
Officials at Fort Sam Houston say they've taken into custody the driver of a suspicious vehicle that sparked a lockdown at the San Antonio Army base.

Admiral denies role in counterfeiting casino chips

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 17:03
An admiral linked by Navy investigators to counterfeit casino chips denied Sunday that he played any role in making them.

Drones fighting Islamic State change the meaning of warfare

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 16:38
In America’s war against the Islamic State, many of those fighting sit in a dark, cold room and stare at computer screens for 12 hours at a stretch.

Sen. Graham rejects GOP Benghazi report as ‘garbage’

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 15:27
A top Republican took aim at his GOP colleagues on Sunday for issuing a report that largely absolved the Obama administration for its handling of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, dismissing the accounting by the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee as “full of crap.”

Thinking too highly of higher education

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 15:00
Higher education holds itself out as a kind of universal church, outside of which there is no salvation.

Putin says he won't be Russia's president for life

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 14:53
Vladimir Putin has said he won't remain Russia's president for life and will step down in line with the constitution no later than 2024, according to an interview with a Russian news agency released Sunday.

Fort Detrick, labor union in legal tug-of-war over uniforms

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 14:31
Fort Detrick’s garrison and a labor union are waiting for a military judge to decide whether it’s illegal for the garrison to provide work uniforms to its blue-collar employees.

Jacksonville USO seeks supplies for meal

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 14:25
Getting ready to welcome a couple thousand people for Thanksgiving dinner is no small task and community support helps make it happen.

Colonel becomes first woman to command Maine Army Guard brigade

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 14:13
The alarm clock goes off at 4:30 a.m. for the Maine Army National Guard’s newest brigade commander, but the early wake-up call has nothing to do with her “office job” leading the 120th Regional Support Group.

As Afghan War wanes, troops deploying for final combat tour still have long way to go

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 13:38
As Lt. Col. Chris Hossfeld prepares to leave for Afghanistan, he's fighting for a different commander-in-chief with a different focus: ending a war rather than beginning one. He will be entering a fight that's very different from the one in 2004, when he was on his first combat tour in Afghanistan.

Fort Drum powered by wood in renewable energy push

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 12:23
Fort Drum's biomass power plant is the first green energy project to come online since the Pentagon's 2012 commitment to developing 3 gigawatts of renewable energy - enough to power 750,000 homes - on Army, Navy and Air Force installations by 2025 as a way to help ensure the military's energy security.

Bay of Pigs veteran, families seek billions from Cuba

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:37
Since the day in 1959 that Cuban government agents blackmailed his father into committing suicide, Gustavo Villoldo has been on an anti-Castro mission that included co-piloting a B-26 bomber during the ill-fated 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, infiltrating Cuba for the CIA numerous times and tracking down Fidel Castro. lieutenant Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Bolivia in 1967. Now, at age 78, Villoldo is fresh off another clash with the Cuban government.

JFK’s strength fully revealed long after his death

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:37
John F. Kennedy’s legacy is complex, including highly publicized shortcomings.

Pentagon operation name for Islamic State fight inspires criticism

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 10:44
During World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged military leaders to come up with valiant names for battles so no mother of a fallen soldier need say her son was killed "in an operation called 'Bunnyhug' or 'Ballyhoo.'" More than 70 years later, Pentagon officials faced a similar problem.

Suicide bomber kills at least 45 Afghans

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 09:57
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 45 people in the country's deadliest terrorist attack this year, officials said.

Iraqi premier, US look to aid Islamic State battle

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 09:50
Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group focused their offensive Sunday on the city of Ramadi, backed by Sunni tribal fighters that the U.S. plans to arm.

US tells Iran to consider nuclear talks extension

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 08:51
The U.S. has told Iran it's time to consider extending nuclear talks past their deadline, a senior American official said Sunday.

Official: 60 extremist backers from Germany dead

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 08:18
The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says authorities now know of 550 people from the country who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, and about 60 of them have died.

Islamic State group recruits, exploits children

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 07:44
Across the vast region under Islamic State control, the group is actively conscripting children for battle and committing abuses against the most vulnerable at a young age, according to a growing body of evidence assembled from residents, activists, independent experts and human rights groups.

Wis. WWII veteran unlocks past through war love letters

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 07:18
For the first time in almost 70 years, Harold “Diz” Kronenberg, a decorated World War II veteran, learned what he’d written on more than 500 letters, postcards and notes he wrote to Marjorie Sippel, the woman he eventually married.
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