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Japan sees transfer at sea that may violate NKorea sanctions

19 hours 33 min ago
A maritime Self-Defense Force PC-3 surveillance plane and an escort ship saw a North Korean-flagged tanker alongside a smaller ship on Feb. 16 about 250 kilometers (150 miles) off Shanghai in the East China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said late Tuesday.

Sen. McCaskill says VA has reversed itself and paid claims to 17 WWII vets exposed to mustard gas

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:57
The Arla Harrell Act, pushed through Congress by Sen. Claire McCaskill and named after a Missouri veteran afftected by mustard gas, has paid almost $1 million to veterans who proved they were exposed to the toxic substance during chemical warfare experiments.

Coast Guard special agent relieved of duty after rape arrest

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:41
The man in charge of the U.S. Coast Guard's internal investigations in the Northwest has been at least temporarily relieved of duty after being arrested for investigation of rape.

Sofia Goggia takes downhill gold; Lindsey Vonn earns bronze

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:38
Sofia Goggia of Italy finished in a time of 1 minute, 39.22 seconds, with American skiier Lindsey Vonn just 0.47 seconds behind.

Ex-soldier who deprived government of nearly a million dollars is going to prison

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 20:47
Desmond Lamar Williams was sentenced to 24 months in prison for preparation of false tax returns. As a result of Williams’ fraudulent actions, the government suffered a loss of $712,728.

Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 20:31
The president, a strong and vocal supporter of gun rights, has not endorsed more robust changes sought by gun control activists. But the White House on Tuesday cast the president as willing to listen to proposals amid new signals that Trump had been swayed by the school shooting in Florida.

15-year-old shot 5 times protecting classmates from gunfire

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 20:15
A fundraising site says Anthony Borges was shot in both legs and his back while attempting to close and lock a classroom door last Wednesday. He is credited with saving the lives of at least 20 other students.

Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials during Olympics before last minute cancellation

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:48
The vice president's office promoted his trip as an effort to combat what it said was North Korea's plan to use the Winter Games for propaganda purposes and portrayed the cancellation of the meeting as evidence his mission was a success.

US top general reportedly ‘not consulted’ before Trump proposed transgender military ban

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:28
Judges and critics have questioned whether President Donald Trump consulted any military officials at all before announcing in a series of tweets that transgender people shouldn’t “serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.”

Pacific commander raises concerns over China

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:54
At a time when some experts say the chances of war with North Korea are the greatest they've been in recent years, the head of U.S. Pacific Command on Oahu said the United States also must be prepared for conflict with China.

Supreme Court dismisses challenge to California’s 10-day waiting period for guns

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 17:39
The Supreme Court made clear again Tuesday that the government has broad power to restrict and regulate firearms, dismissing a Second Amendment challenge to California’s 10-day waiting period for new gun purchases.

Palestinian leader calls for peace conference by mid-2018

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:57
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ruled out the United States as a broker for peace with Israel on Tuesday, calling for an international peace conference by mid-2018 with the key goals of full U.N. membership for the state of Palestine and a timeframe for a two-state solution.

Report: Hawaii wasn't ready to handle missile threat alert

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:49
The notification, which read "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL," triggered widespread panic as more than a million residents and visitors feared they were about to face a ballistic missile strike.

Drunk on the Chesapeake Bay, he made a false distress call. Now he's going to prison.

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:42
A Newport News man who made a false distress call from his boat in the Chesapeake Bay, then threatened a Coast Guard officer who came to rescue him, was sentenced Tuesday to more than four years in federal prison.

Nigeria savors its Olympic bobsled debut moment

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:29
Nigeria was winning the Olympic women's bobsled race. Yes, really.

Letitia Wright steals show in 'Black Panther' breakout role

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:00
Letitia Wright still can’t believe she made the “Black Panther” poster.

New York soldier killed in fire rescue honored with 2 valor awards

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:25
Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah is credited with saving four lives in the massive apartment fire in the Bronx on Dec. 28, the city’s deadliest in a quarter of century. He entered the burning building at least four times before being overcome by smoke.

Navy sends 2 destroyers into the tense Black Sea region

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:46
Two American destroyers sailed into the Black Sea over the weekend, the first time since 2014 that more than one U.S. warship has operated in this tense region other than in an exercise.

Netanyahu confidant identified as scandals mount

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:13
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, already reeling from a damaging police report into alleged corruption, faced yet another scandal on Tuesday — with allegations that a longtime confidant attempted to bribe a judge in exchange for dropping a corruption case against the Israeli leader's wife.

133,000 veterans may qualify for refund on back taxes

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:45
More than 133,000 veterans may qualify for a refund of federal taxes paid on disability severance pay dating back almost three decades.