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Guantanamo prisoner loses bid for release before Trump's inauguration

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 17:05
Sufyian Barhoumi, a Guantanamo prisoner from Algeria, lost a last-minute legal maneuver Wednesday to go home before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Contracts For Jan. 18, 2017

DoD Contract Announcements - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 17:00
CONTRACTS ARMY OST Inc.,* Washington, District of Columbia, was awarded a $248,000,000
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Army plans Dakota Access oil pipeline environmental study

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:45
A federal judge said Wednesday he won't keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline's disputed crossing under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

Former VA doctor nicknamed 'Candy Man' agrees to surrender medical license

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:25
The question of whether to strip David Houlihan of his license was one of the lingering threads from a 2014 investigation into the Tomah VA that found doctors there were over-prescribing opioids.

Former President George H.W. Bush, wife Barbara hospitalized

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:16
Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted Wednesday to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital with pneumonia, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing, a spokesman said.

46 'severely injured' people remain at bombing scene in Nigeria

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:14
At least 46 "severely injured" people remain in a refugee camp that Nigeria's military says it mistakenly bombed and they need urgent evacuation, the International Committee for the Red Cross said Wednesday.

Smithsonian exhibit focuses on Native Americans' history in the US military

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 15:55
A new exhibit called "Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces" opens at the museum on the National Mall on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Opening of vets home delayed in Arkansas

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 15:44
Arkansas' new veterans home has postponed its opening date again because some areas of the facility still don't comply with regulation standards. It is the first home in Arkansas built specifically to serve disabled and aging veterans.

Obama defends decision to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 15:28
President Barack Obama firmly defended his decision to cut nearly three decades off convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's prison term, arguing that the former Army intelligence analyst had served a "tough prison sentence" already.

Afghans rush training of air controllers to regain battlefield edge

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 15:00
The Afghan military doesn’t have enough tactical air coordinators to direct strikes to support troops on the ground, and it’s working hard to train more. The live-fire exercise was part of a course designed by the NATO coalition to get more coordinators ready for this year’s fighting season.

Senate Armed Services Committee approves Mattis

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 14:31
The committee voted 26-1 to send retired Marine Gen. James Mattis’ nomination to the full Senate. It could hold a final confirmation vote Friday immediately after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office.

Costs add up for US military hurricane evacuation in South Carolina

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 14:14
Joint Base Charleston spokesman Maj. Samual Shimp says some employees live paycheck-to-paycheck and need help. Shimp says Air Force and Navy employees at the base have filed about 3,100 claims that total nearly $3 million.

China says 2,500 wartime Japanese chemical weapons destroyed

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 14:04
China's military said Tuesday that more than 2,500 abandoned Japanese wartime chemical weapons collected from northern China, including Beijing and the port city of Tianjin, have been destroyed in a four-year disposal process.

Under Trump's spotlight, NATO chiefs see larger counterterrorism role

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 14:00
NATO’s top commander expects the alliance to play a larger role in counterterrorism efforts, signaling that allies could be prepared to place greater focus on an issue of concern for the incoming Trump administration.

Hometown memorial service held for Navy SEAL

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 13:54
Hundreds of people gathered in a small North Dakota town to celebrate the life of a husband, father and Navy SEAL who died in a kayaking accident off the Virginia coast.

Russia, Turkish in joint airstrikes on Islamic State in northern Syria

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 13:45
The Russian military says it has teamed up with Turkey to conduct joint airstrikes against an Islamic State group's stronghold in northern Syria.

Justices leery of expanding right to sue top officials

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 13:45
The Supreme Court sounds leery of expanding the right to sue high-ranking officials in a case that dates to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Bob McDonald’s legacy: Trying to fix the VA amid constant conflict

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 13:44
During his two and a half years as the face of the VA, an agency trying to climb its way out of disgrace, McDonald was often criticized. But in his final weeks, he saw an outpouring of support, gaining endorsements from more than 25 veterans organizations to retain his position as VA secretary and continue his transformation initiative, “MyVA.”

West African bloc vows Gambia intervention at midnight

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 13:24
A military commander with West Africa's regional bloc says its forces will "take action" at midnight unless a solution is found to Gambia's political crisis before then.

Cherry blossom festivals on Okinawa

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 13:13
Cherry blossom festivals on Okinawa.
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