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Pentagon envisions up to 7 more Guantanamo trials

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:07
Pentagon officials envision prosecuting at most seven more Guantanamo captives, the most notorious among them a man who once was considered the CIA’s most wanted terrorist in Southeast Asia, according to just-released documents.

North Korea says it has detained 2 South Koreans on spying charges

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 21:32
The North released the names of the men, Kim Kuk Gi and Choe Chun Gil, at what it said was a news conference in Pyongyang. KCNA said that Kim and Choe were backed by the South's spy agency and the United States.

Cockpit safety measures implemented after 9/11 may have allowed lockout of pilot

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 21:04
A jet plane is a complex piece of machinery built on redundancies; if one system fails, another takes its place. That holds true in many facets of aircraft design — except, apparently, when it comes to the cockpit door.

Q&A: How do you open a cockpit door from the outside?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 19:40
The cockpit door of the Germanwings Airbus A320 jet was doing exactly the job it was designed to do: stop intruders. But the man banging on the door wasn’t a hijacker or a terrorist. He was the pilot.

Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 19:34
Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was 'very happy' with Germanwings job

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:00
Andreas Lubitz never showed any sign he was anything but thrilled to have landed a job with Germanwings, according to those who taught him the trade as a teenager in this town in the woody hills of Western Germany.

'Battlefield: Hardline': Warfighting gives way to cops-and-robbers

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 16:32
Switching the battleground to the streets of urban America means that some of of the usual elements of the "Battlefield" franchise fade into the background, but there’s no denying a family resemblance.

Pilot supposed to be part of safety plan

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 16:00
The protections in place makes sense if one is trying to prevent a hijacking. It becomes a problem when the pilot turns out to be the bad guy. These events stand as a chilling reminder of how difficult it is to harden our systems entirely against attack. The human factor is always a variable for which we cannot fully account.

Soaked through at South America's Iguazu Falls

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:50
From above, the Iguazu Falls resemble a massive hole punched in a river and surrounded by jungle. Spray from the falls douses the nearby viewing areas where some tourists don rain ponchos while others take off their shirts and dance and hug in the drenching mist.

Military services: Short-term budget fixes are long-term headaches

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:41
The Air Force is again proposing to retire its A-10 fleet and the Navy has delayed buying Joint Strike Fighters and F/A-18 Super Hornets because of budget pressure, but those decisions do not come without risk, military leaders told a House subcommittee Thursday.

AP's top photos of the week

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:05
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

The GOP quandary: How far right without falling over the edge?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:00
The 2016 Republican presidential candidates figure that to win the party’s nomination, they have to get cozy with hard-core conservatives. But to win the general election, they have to move away from that same constituency.

US engagement in Mideast conflicts may complicate Iran nuclear talks

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:57
The U.S. air assault in Iraq and American support for the Gulf Arab states’ attacks in Yemen are threatening to upend Washington’s difficult relationship with Iran at an especially difficult moment.

Pentagon's research arm seeks new directions, advantages

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:54
DARPA's outline of future priorities spells out an ambitious set of goals at a time of transition for the U.S. military. Expensive land wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have ended or are winding down, and the Pentagon, with DARPA's assistance, is aiming at a different, at times uncertain, future.

US steps up propaganda war, drops graphic leaflet to possible militant recruits

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:52
The Pentagon has launched a propaganda program in Syria aimed at creating fissures among Islamic State fighters by dropping 60,000 graphic leaflets that depict possible recruits to the militant group being fed into a meat grinder.

Sestak's use of rank in campaigning violates military's code of ethics

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:47
Joe Sestak retired from the Navy in 2005, but he still prefers the title “Admiral” in his campaign literature. And that could be a problem, experts say.

'I didn't lie': Fired Maine National Guard chief responds after documents released

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:39
Information contained in emails and texts relating to Maine National Guard Adjutant Gen. James D. Campbell’s controversial plan to transform Maine’s 133rd Engineer Battalion into an infantry unit led to his being fired, a spokeswoman for Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday.

New Fort Drum commander praises ties to the community

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:34
As he took command of Fort Drum on Wednesday, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Bannister said a lot has changed in terms of the look of the post and the units of the 10th Mountain Division since his last service here about four years ago.

Changes, errors in benefits can leave veterans in bind

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:20
Once called the best-kept secret of veterans benefits, “aid and attendance” has become an important resource for older vets needing long-term care or help with dressing themselves or other daily functions. Some have been stunned, however, when the VA has ordered them to repay thousands in “overpaid” aid and attendance benefits or benefits approved in error.

Experts: No early resolution on Bergdahl desertion case

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:56
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl now faces charges that could bring potential penalties from dishonorable discharge to prison time. But disposition of the case is likely a long way off, experts said, and at this stage unpredictable.