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US warships heads to Yemeni waters; could block Iran weapons

4 hours 27 min ago
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen.

6 from Minnesota charged with trying to join Islamic State

7 hours 19 min ago
Six Minnesota men have been charged with terrorism in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, the latest Westerners accused of traveling or attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

Lawsuit: Long delay in getting VA medical records could be affecting crucial benefits

7 hours 42 min ago
Seven disabled veterans have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming they have been waiting for their medical records for 10 months to more than two years, potentially delaying crucial benefits.

Intelligence gaps may help Islamic State gain foothold in Afghanistan

7 hours 46 min ago
Saturday’s massive suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan claimed by the Islamic State shows how shortcomings in coalition intelligence gathering may have made it difficult to gauge the militants’ strength in the country and enabled them to gain a foothold under the radar.

VA still undecided on punishments for Philadelphia regional office staff

8 hours 27 min ago
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it has not decided whether any employees at a Philadelphia regional office will be punished following an inspector general investigation that found widespread mismanagement and dysfunction.

Where US sees terror prevention, some Muslims see profiling

8 hours 42 min ago
Sameer Mohiuddin grew more confused by the second as panelists speaking at his Southern California mosque trumpeted a new national initiative to prevent violent extremism. Why, he wondered, do his family and others like his even figure into the conversation?

Marine's perceptions of the enemy changed during his WWII experiences

8 hours 49 min ago
Bill Rhodes signed up to fight in the kind of war he saw in the movies. “I was a dumb country kid; I had never been away from home before, ever,” he said. “I was going to be a Marine, and that was all there was to it.”

Norfolk resident uses climbing to empower Afghan women

9 hours 41 sec ago
They met in a place she calls a "dark and twisted corner of the world." He was a Navy officer leading a provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan. She was a development worker.

Maine town's Civil War grave mystery grows

9 hours 4 min ago
The facts of Lt. Charles H. Colley’s life and death have never been in dispute. But his earthly remains, 152 years later, are still a matter of mystery today.

Leader of al-Qaida-linked group in Russia's Caucasus killed

9 hours 12 min ago
Russian special forces have killed the leader of an al-Qaida-linked group operating in the Caucasus region of southern Russia, the national counterterrorism agency said Monday.

Unique piece of World War II history goes up for auction

9 hours 13 min ago
Seventy years ago, the homespun rag doll reflected local feelings about a stunning moment in the nation’s history: the end of a bitter war that had already claimed 400,000 American lives and seemed poised to cost many thousands more.

Increased space defense a key talking point at Space Symposium

9 hours 21 min ago
Record crowds, a galaxy of vendors and talk of new programs put a spring in the step of defense contractors at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.

Narrative ignores Mideast’s long sectarian peace

9 hours 49 min ago
Over the past decade, extremists have dedicated themselves to reducing the region’s complex identities to a simple Sunni vs. Shiite divide. It’s an invented history.

US paratroopers train Ukrainian forces to take on Russian-backed militants

9 hours 52 min ago
The Fearless Guardian exercises are expected to run at least through the end of summer and turn out thousands of newly trained personnel to take on separatists trying to splinter off from the former Soviet republic.

AUSA president: Cuts take Army in ‘the wrong direction’

10 hours 2 min ago
Retired Army Gen. Gordon Sullivan — who as president of the Association of the United States Army goes to bat for soldiers on Capitol Hill — is troubled by the Army’s plan for deep force cuts.

SS 'accountant of Auschwitz' going on trial in Germany

10 hours 17 min ago
Now 93, SS guard Oskar Groening goes on trial Tuesday in a state court in the northern city of Lueneburg on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.

In bloom: 2015 cherry blossom festivals

10 hours 29 min ago
Places in Japan and South Korea to celebrate the bloom.

On-base activities

10 hours 32 min ago
A calendar of events on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Saudi Arabia signals a more muscular foreign policy less reliant on US

10 hours 57 min ago
Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars on weapons and military infrastructure. But its armed forces have until now played a modest role in the Middle East’s many conflicts, including in continuing U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against the extremist group Islamic State.

Off-base events

11 hours 2 min ago
A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.