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Security scare briefly halts flights to, from Berlin airport

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 06:12
Flights to and from Berlin's Tegel airport were briefly suspended Saturday after police cleared a terminal to investigate a suspicious suitcase.

Fort Bragg units stress handgun safety in hands-on workshop

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 04:17
Leaders are working to ensure troops are just as comfortable with a gun out of uniform as they would be in Army camouflage.

Woman sentenced for defrauding VA

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 04:10
A woman who feigned blindness to receive veterans' benefits has been sentenced to serve nine months in prison and repay hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

ISIS claims responsibility for Baghdad bomb that kills 4

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 03:51
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a bombing that targeted a police station in Baghdad's center Friday night, and Iraqi officials said the blast killed four people and wounded eight.

Michigan to start major revamp of veterans nursing homes

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 03:18
Michigan is starting a major revamp of how nursing care is provided to veterans, with plans to ultimately transition from two homes in the western and far-northern regions to seven new, smaller ones spread across the state.

Late WWII vet finally getting grave marker 24 years later

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 03:08
The eastern Indiana gravesite of a World War II veteran is finally receiving a military marker nearly a quarter-century after his death.

Former Afghan warlord Hekmatyar says he wants peace

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 02:46
A former Afghan warlord who battled U.S. forces after the 2001 invasion and nursed bitter rivalries with other militant factions before signing a peace deal with the Afghan government appeared in public for the first time in more than 20 years on Saturday and called for peace.

Tokyo subway temporarily closed over N. Korea

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 02:36
One of Tokyo's major subways systems said it shut down all lines for 10 minutes early Saturday after receiving warning of a North Korean missile launch.

UAE's battle-hardened military expands into Africa, Mideast

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 02:12
The United Arab Emirates is better known for its skyscrapers and pampered luxuries, but its small size belies a quiet expansion of its battle-hardened military into Africa and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Trump to NRA: 'You have a true friend in the White House'

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 01:42
The first sitting president to address the NRA since 1983, Donald Trump made it clear in a stump-style speech that he wasn't wavering in his support for gun rights: "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end."

Hawaii-based Ospreys arrive in Australia

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 01:07
Four Hawaii-based MV-22 Ospreys arrived at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin today after flying nearly 6,000 miles and hopscotching across the Pacific, the Marine Corps said.

Centennial of first Naval Academy fatality in World War I passes quietly

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 00:51
Friday marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Lt. Clarence Crase Thomas, a Naval Academy graduate who was the first U.S. naval officer to die in World War I. Buried at the academy, there was no fanfare to mark the centennial of his death.

After near-death fall 31 years ago, a Ranger finally gets his graduation tab

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 00:34
Keith Landry, who in 1986 was a recent U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduate, had completed the all of the requirements to graduate from Ranger School — but a near-fatal fall prevented him from attending his graduation.

Rescue dogs trained by inmates ready for next step on path to aid veterans

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 22:56
The inmates and dogs were paired through California's Valley State Prison service dog program, made possible by the nonprofit Doc’s Dogs for Vets out of Fresno.

Legislation aims to extend benefits to federal firefighters

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 22:51
A Santa Barbara congressman is on a quest to pass a bill that extends disability benefits to thousands of federal firefighters across the nation, many of them in California.

Army secretary nominee Mark Green draws opposition from military academics, ex-Pentagon official

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 22:43
A group of 21 current and former faculty members at military service academies, war colleges and other military universities released a statement saying they are alarmed by what they called Green’s history “of extreme statements and actions and by the prospect of his becoming the next secretary of the Army.”

Half arrested in immigration raids had traffic convictions or no record

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 22:34
The raids were part of a nationwide immigration roundup dubbed Operation Cross Check, which accounts for a small portion of the 21,362 immigrants the Trump administration took into custody for deportation proceedings from January through mid-March.

Experts: Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 21:11
President Donald Trump's executive order seeking to find new ocean expanses in the Atlantic and the Arctic for offshore drilling is unlikely to reach its goals anytime soon, but instead will kick off a yearslong review and a legal battle.

Syrian man who sued over travel bans brings family to US

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:47
An attorney for a Syrian man living in Wisconsin who sued over President Donald Trump's travel bans said Friday that the man has been reunited with his wife and young daughter after three years.

Trump blames Flynn's vetting on Obama administration

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:48
Trump tried to deflect recent criticism of his decision to appoint Flynn as national security adviser despite Flynn's past lobbying on behalf of Turkish government interests and his acceptance of tens of thousands of dollars from a Russian state-sponsored television network.
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