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Search for living, dead: Louisiana fights back from flooding

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 13:39
Louisiana continues to dig itself out from devastating floods, with search parties going door to door looking for survivors or bodies trapped by flooding so powerful in some cases it disturbed the dead and sent caskets floating from cemeteries.

Indictment claims Army deserter faked war wounds, got tens of thousands of dollars in benefits

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 12:59
Roy Lee Ross Jr., 64, faces up to 35 years in prison on charges of executing a scheme to defraud the Department of Veterans Affairs, making false statements in connection with the delivery of VA health care benefits, stealing from the VA and making a false claim for travel benefits from the VA.

Memories of WWII fighter ace William Beyer live on

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 12:52
A quiet and unassuming presence in Danville, Pa. for most of his life, William Beyer, who died Monday at age 93, was an American hero in the truest sense of the word.

Turkey: Assad can be part of transition in Syria, but not its future

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 12:51
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Saturday his country is willing to accept a role for Syrian President Bashar Assad during a transitional period but insisted he has no place in Syria's future.

MOH recipient Gary Wetzel recuperating after motorcycle crash

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 12:37
Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Gary Wetzel has returned home to the Milwaukee area after a serious motorcycle crash in western Wisconsin, his wife said in an email.

Buddy Check 22 group helping veterans in Nebraska

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 12:03
Nationally, Buddy Check 22 maintains a Facebook site that, through its exchanges of information, tries to change the outlook on life some veterans have and provide an outlet where they can talk to those who've had similar combat or military experiences.

Woman's trip back to WW II internment camp an emotional experience

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 11:54
"This whole thing with internment was solely based on prejudice because we looked like the enemy," said Dorothy Kittaka, 77, who was 2 years old when her family was forced into the internment camps.

Ex-soldier’s case tests whether flirting is in the eye of the beholder

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 11:41
Djoulou K. Caldwell was given a bad conduct discharge from the Army after his conviction on charges of abusive sexual contact and maltreatment of a subordinate. His last shot is a long one, as his lawyers urge the Supreme Court to hear a rare military court challenge.

McCain runs amid Trump effect in bid for 6th Senate term

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 11:29
What could have been a valedictory, sixth campaign for the U.S. Senate seat John McCain has held since 1987 has turned into a dogfight that is jeopardizing his reputation as a maverick and pitting him against two opponents who illustrate how Donald Trump has scrambled the political season.

Official: Afghan forces retake northern district hours after it falls to Taliban

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 11:19
Afghan security forces have retaken a district in Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunduz province that fell to the Taliban earlier Saturday, a provincial official said.

South Dakota Guard soldiers help renovate Suriname school

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 10:45
A team of eight soldiers from the Guard's 155th Engineer Company and 211th Engineer Company worked alongside about a dozen Suriname Defense Force engineers on the renovation.

Tank battle reenactment in Ohio brings new perspective to D-Day

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 10:25
The 17th installment of the World War II re-enactment at Conneaut Township Park, featuring upwards of 1,800 living historians, kicked off in earnest with a ceremonial firing of artillery on the beach. Joining the usual lineup of howitzers and a massive German 88mm gun were seven tanks, the biggest output of armor the event has seen.

Veterans forum focuses on getting vets the services they need

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 10:23
The takeaway from Friday's veterans forum in Lakeland, Fla. was fairly succinct: there's a myriad of services out there — everything from financial assistance to cutting through the red tape of disability claims.

Pastor finds ministry at SC veterans nursing home

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 10:18
In the five years he's been at the nursing home, Steve Cannon has baptized residents, buried them, counseled them and their families, and even performed wedding ceremonies for family members of staff.

Miami-Dade's tourism industry may feel the bite of Zika scare

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 10:12
The confirmation Friday that mosquitoes have infected locals and tourists on Miami's South Beach with Zika was the news many had been dreading to hear since last month’s outbreak in Wynwood: a strike directly at the core of Miami-Dade’s tourism industry.

World's largest Muslim bloc concerned by Kashmir violence

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 09:49
The world's largest bloc of Muslim countries expressed concern Saturday over alleged human rights violations in Indian-controlled Kashmir, which has seen weeks of deadly clashes between Muslim protesters and police.

If the NSA can be hacked, is anything safe?

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 09:02
If cybersecurity is not fortified, experts say, aggression and hostility could steadily overtake the web. The “internet of things” may morph, as one recent study forecasts, into the “weaponization of everything.”

Japan sees new missiles as key to defense budget

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 08:41
Japan's Defense Ministry will seek about 5.17 trillion yen (about $51.6 billion) in its initial budget request for fiscal 2017 — the highest amount ever requested and an increase for the fifth consecutive year.

Most limits on US-Mexico flights are about to be lifted

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 08:32
American, Delta and Southwest have already announced that they will offer new flights across the border later this year. United is watching the demand for flights and will respond accordingly, a spokesman said.

Sailor sentenced to one year for taking photos of nuclear submarine

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 08:12
A U.S. Navy submariner accused of photographing his ship's secret nuclear propulsion system was sentenced to one year in prison followed by six months of home confinement Friday in a case critics say illustrates a double standard in the way high and low government employees are treated for mishandling classified information.
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