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Love a man in uniform? Online dating scammers hope so

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 15:45
The man in the photos knew that women all over the world were falling in love with him, and he wished he could do something to stop it. Despite being happily married for 13 years, Ray Chandler is one of the world's most eligible bachelors.

A remedy for veterans' care

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 15:19
There are two ways to confront the challenges facing the Veterans Health Administration: Implement piecemeal reforms to tinker with the current system, or advance fundamental reforms that use new incentives, real accountability and veterans' choice to challenge.

Bill O'Reilly, Brian Williams and journalism's action hero problem

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 15:13
It has been less than amusing to watch a parade of journalists cast themselves as the stars of a spy thriller or as action heroes, especially when their exploits seem to be questionable. Sometimes journalists' personal stories aren't actually the best evidence for the claims they want to make.

After year of conflict, Ukrainians believe they’re fighting for survival

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 15:00
It’s been a year now since the beginning of an undeclared but de facto war with Russia, and Ukraine truly remains in crisis. Crimea is in Russian hands. The Donbas region, in the country’s southeast, remains a bloody battlefield. In recent weeks, the currency has been devalued by a factor of almost four.

Ukraine said to risk losing support for aid if war escalates

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:55
Ukraine risks losing support from IMF member countries for a proposed $17.5 billion bailout if the conflict in the former Soviet republic continues to escalate, according to two people familiar with the matter.

New Afghan leaders to visit White House in March

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:46
President Obama will host the leaders of Afghanistan's new unity government for their first White House visit next month.

Report will speak to C-130 reallocations

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:21
A report spelling out a reallocation plan for C-130 aircraft resides in the latter stages of completion in Washington.

Congress aims for short-term Homeland Security bill

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:42
Congressional Republicans aimed Friday to approve a short-term spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin.

Army listens to SC citizens, governor on possible Fort Jackson cuts

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:42
Army leaders at a listening session on potential cuts at Fort Jackson on Thursday said a decision would be made in late spring, announced in early summer and the outcome would be enforced Oct. 1.

Top sergeant gives Air Force Academy cadets a lesson in leadership

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:41
The Air Force Academy's 4,000 cadets got a stark leadership lesson from a sergeant on Thursday. "It's not about you," Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody told cadets gathered for the start of the school's annual National Character and Leadership Symposium.

National security trumps all other spending, Rand Paul says

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:39
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Friday he understands some conservatives' skepticism toward his foreign policy views but emphasized that the first priority of the president must be national security.

Hospital treats nursing stress with ‘mindfulness’ workshops

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:24
Mindfulness, with roots in Buddhism, long has been accepted psychotherapy for stress, anxiety, pain and trauma. It allows a person to enter into the present moment by focusing on breathing and the senses, leading to insight and mindful action.

Ukraine government forces, rebels withdraw heavy weapons

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:15
The piecemeal pullback of heavy weapons Friday from the line separating government and rebel forces in Ukraine has boosted the prospects for peace, although both sides are warning of their readiness to resume fighting if necessary.

Russian diplomat slams 'destructive' US stance

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:08
A senior Russian diplomat on Friday accused the U.S. administration of taking a "destructive" stance in bilateral relations and warned that Moscow could deal "painful" counterblows.

In Cuba, home of future U.S. Embassy has stories to tell

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:06
The history of the U.S. Interests Section building and the people who have worked in it over the years tell the story of the foibles of U.S.-Cuban relations, a kind of vacillating status of formal Cold War foes who at times have shared private chats, mojitos and barbecues.

Maryland lawmaker looks to allow younger troops to drink

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:55
Eighteen-year-old active-duty servicemembers can vote, smoke and fight for their country, but they can’t have a drink, and a Maryland senator is looking to change that in his home state.

Transformation of 'Jihadi John' — from quiet Briton to suspected killer

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:47
The apparent transformation of Mohammed Emwazi — described as a man who once had been kind and soft-spoken — into the face of ruthless extremism raised new questions about the allure of Islamic State and Britain's role as an incubator of Islamist militancy.

Americans in Germany express relief, anger at resolution of driver’s license issue

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:32
Americans caught up in the driver’s license dispute between the German and U.S. governments expressed a mix of relief and anger Friday at news that Germany will again recognize the U.S. forces license without an accompanying valid stateside license. Most frustrated were those who had spent hundreds of dollars to fly back to the U.S. to obtain or renew a stateside license.

EU court sets high bar for US Army deserter’s asylum bid

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:20
An American soldier who claimed asylum in Germany after deserting the Army to avoid the Iraq war will have to prove he would have been forced to take part in war crimes in Iraq to win refugee status, Europe’s highest court has ruled.

Rival protests in Yemen in wake of Shiite rebel power grab

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:05
Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched Friday in the capital, Sanaa, in support of Shiite rebels who captured the city last year. The demonstrators denounced alleged "foreign conspiracies" — a reference to international backing for Yemen's embattled president, who managed to escape house arrest at the hands of the rebels earlier this month.