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Frothy fun: dyeing Easter eggs in shaving cream

1 hour 44 min ago
If dyeing Easter eggs with vinegar and color tablets is feeling old, reach for a new duo: shaving cream and liquid food coloring. It’s a tactile project many kids will enjoy — especially swirling the colors into the cream.

At the movies: April 16-24

2 hours 22 min ago

Despite doubts, Japan prepares end to ban on defending allies

2 hours 43 min ago
Japan is poised to introduce a plan that would allow its forces to defend allies for the first time in the post-World War II era, even as polls indicate public opposition to a reinterpretation of the nation’s pacifist constitution.

Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent

3 hours 8 min ago
An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable.

Centcom commander lauds U.S. intelligence advantage

3 hours 29 min ago
With U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan set to end in December, Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, told a packed ball room at the Tampa Convention Center that country’s forces are capable of fighting to defend themselves, but have work to do on keeping troops supplied and ready.

China to debut at RIMPAC while Russia bows out

3 hours 32 min ago
This year's Rim of the Pacific war games in and around Hawaii, from late June to early August, are expected to be among the biggest ever, with 23 nations and 25,000 people, officials said.

Shows and theater

3 hours 36 min ago

Recently announced concerts

3 hours 40 min ago

Concerts

3 hours 47 min ago

In bloom: 2014 Cherry Blossom Festivals

3 hours 52 min ago
The following are places to celebrate the bloom.

Off-base events

4 hours 3 min ago
A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

On-base activities

4 hours 11 min ago
A calendar of events on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

UN deploys Ugandan guard unit in Somali capital

5 hours 39 min ago
About 400 Ugandan troops will be deployed to Somalia under a new United Nations guard unit charged with protecting U.N. staff and installations in the violence-prone Somali capital, Ugandan military officials said.

Afghan election results sorted out behind closed doors

5 hours 51 min ago
As the glow of a successful presidential election fades, a picture is emerging of key post-election procedures taking place in secret and independent observers being kept in the dark while votes are counted and thrown out for irregularities.

Syrian opposition fighters obtain US-made anti-tank missiles

6 hours 5 min ago
Syria's opposition fighters have been supplied with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles, the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands.

Israel police disperse riot at Jerusalem holy site

6 hours 19 min ago
Israeli police stormed a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem on Wednesday, firing tear gas to disperse a protest by Palestinian Muslim worshippers, officials said.

USS Bonhomme Richard heading to capsized South Korea ferry

6 hours 42 min ago
A U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship headed to the site where a South Korean ferry sank Wednesday to help if needed, the U.S. Navy said.

NATO gives Afghans $6M in medical supplies ahead of fighting season

6 hours 53 min ago
With fewer Western forces on the ground to backstop Afghan troops, the U.S. and NATO are rushing medical supplies to Afghanistan’s police and army in anticipation of a violent fighting season.

Female Afghan lawmaker wounded in shooting attack

7 hours 19 min ago
A female Afghan lawmaker was wounded in a shooting that her sister called a political attack, but which the government on Wednesday described as resulting from an undetermined personal dispute with a police officer.

New Texas veterans app provides quick access to resources

7 hours 19 min ago
A new mobile app designed to give veterans a faster way to access help from crisis hotlines and online military services was launched last week by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.