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Hagel: Islamic State bigger threat than al-Qaida ever was, raises possibility of Syria airstrikes

1 hour 47 min ago
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Thursday that the Islamic State is now more dangerous than al-Qaida ever was, and raised the possibility airstrikes might be launched against them in Syria.

USNA chief says no double standard for athletes

1 hour 57 min ago
The new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy said he does not now believe there is "a cultural issue" in Navy sports with the kind of lax oversight of athletes that is being investigated at the U.S. Air Force Academy, but if there is "we're going to take care of it."

Man accused of killing Marine's wife to be extradited from Alaska

1 hour 58 min ago
The man accused of killing a Marine's wife and dumping her body in a 140-foot mine shaft waived his extradition proceedings in Alaska and will return to California to face charges, prosecutors said Thursday.

Foley case escalates debate over paying ransom to terrorists

2 hours 13 min ago
The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens.

USS Saratoga heads off to be scrapped

3 hours 52 sec ago
The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped.

Obama’s response so far to Ferguson is apt

3 hours 42 min ago
Uncharismatic though it may be, his response so far to Ferguson is perfectly presidential.

GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

3 hours 50 min ago
The Department of Defense broke the law when it traded Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners in May, the Government Accountability Office said in a legal opinion issued Thursday.

Militarized Target: A suburban war of a different sort in Ferguson, complete with National Guard

5 hours 30 min ago
The military uniforms and weaponry used by police, and the presence of the National Guard in a suburban confrontation zone, seemed more appropriate to military outposts in Afghanistan than a suburb of St. Louis, with its leafy streets and Target Supercenter.

Off-base events

6 hours 17 min ago
A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Fireworks

6 hours 19 min ago

On-base activities

6 hours 19 min ago
A calendar of events on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Trisha Yearwood re-emerges twice as busy

6 hours 26 min ago
Once intent on scaling back her career to focus on family, country singer Trisha Yearwood now finds herself with two — platinum-selling musician with a new album on the way and emerging kitchen mogul.

Pentagon tells troops not to mention service in ALS ice bucket challenge

6 hours 28 min ago
The Pentagon has dumped a bucket of cold water on servicemembers who want to take the ALS ice bucket challenge while in uniform.

US diplomats barred from participating in ALS ice bucket challenge

6 hours 29 min ago
In a cable sent this week to all U.S. diplomatic missions, lawyers say participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge runs afoul of federal ethics rules barring officials from using public office for private gain "no matter how worthy the cause."

Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

6 hours 46 min ago
For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach.

Social networks crack down on terror posts

6 hours 52 min ago
The dark side of social media -- and human nature -- was on display this week when the gruesome beheading of an American journalist and its fallout played out across the world's most popular networks.

Displaced in Iraq: Destitute, fearful, hopeful the US will continue airstrikes

7 hours 32 min ago
Thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled Islamic State militants overrunning their towns, finding refuge in the Kurdish-controlled north. Now, those displaced are hoping America will save them.

Terror group’s threat only growing

7 hours 45 min ago
Both al-Qaida and the Islamic State are best understood as nihilist organizations that target anyone who doesn’t share their inchoate ideology.

As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

7 hours 53 min ago
America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin. Some questions and answers about the mission, which began Aug. 8:

Court decision delayed on Marine's Iraq vanishing

8 hours 40 min ago
A defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there.