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California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:27
The wildfires that have devastated California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities raised the number of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000.

Contracts For Oct. 19, 2017

DoD Contract Announcements - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:00
 CONTRACTS NAVY Sodexo Management Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland, is being awarded $120,078,063 for
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Decades of secrecy end soon if Trump allows release of last JFK assassination records

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:21
Generations of professional and amateur sleuths have spent decades steeped in the details of the JFK assassination. In coming days, they’ll be able to pore through thousands more files kept classified for 54 years — unless President Donald Trump steps in.

Bilateral Meeting with Israeli Minister of Defense Lieberman

DoD Speeches - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:15
Bilateral Meeting with Israeli Minister of Defense Lieberman Remarks as Delivered by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, The Pentagon, Washington, DC, Oct. 19, 2017

Minister Lieberman, Ambassador, members of the delegation, it is always good to have you here. We meet today to reaffirm our two democracies’ strong relationship.


It is good to go back to principles sometimes. In 1948, President Truman recognized Israel’s independence within hours of its declaration. Since then, Israel and the U.S. have developed what President Reagan called an “ironclad bond,” forged by shared democratic values, regional security concerns, and global security concerns – and in this case, regional security really is global security.


Today, Israel and the United States partner to confront myriad threats posed by nations in Israel’s neighborhood wishing to foment instability – instability that reverberates around the world. And we appreciate those in region who choose, instead, to promote stability.


It is critical, today more than ever, that we foster integrated responses to these threats and reinforce our already robust collaboration on key security issues by forming working groups that expand and deepen our relationship in this dynamic environment.


Today, we will discuss how we can further strengthen our security relationship. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the regional security situation and what issues concern you most. Minister, members of the delegation, thank you for coming. You are most welcome here.


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Orchestrate a campaign of conquest in challenging ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:09
Anyone familiar with “The Lord of the Rings” knows that fighting orcs is hard work, but somebody’s got to do it or the Dark Lord wins. “Middle-earth: Shadow of War” lets you take up a sword and bow to join the battle against Sauron. And it’s definitely hard work.

CIA Director: North Korea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:56
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities.

Plan to replace ‘Choice’ also will modernize VA health system

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:40
Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs and veterans service organizations will begin to spar this month over final details of a plan that not only will replace the much-maligned Veterans Choice program but empower VA to modernize large parts of its health care system.

Michigan to test water near National Guard combat center for contamination

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:39
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will soon begin testing about 150 residential water wells near a combat training center for possible contamination.

Late-start at KMC, Baumholder schools made permanent

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:30
Late-start Thursdays that began earlier this month on a trial basis at all Kaiserslautern Military Community and Baumholder schools will now be permanent after the first two weeks, during which the adjusted schedule went smoothly, school officials said.

Coast Guard's search for 2 men off Molokai coast continues

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:26
The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday identified the two missing men who were aboard the helicopter that disappeared Monday night off the northwest coast of Molokai.

Taliban attacks kill 58, nearly wipe out Afghan army camp

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:24
The Taliban have killed at least 58 Afghan security forces in a wave of attacks across the country overnight, including an assault that nearly wiped out an army camp in southern Kandahar province, officials said Thursday.

Army coach on Owls: 'They scare the liver out of you'

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:18
That Temple’s football team has struggled this year seems to have been missed by Army coach Jeff Monken. When Army hosts Temple at noon Saturday, Monken’s team will be facing a struggling 3-4 Temple unit that was upset, 28-24, last week by Connecticut, but the fourth-year Army coach sees things differently.

Advocates fight for Desert Storm memorial site near National Mall

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:57
Retired four-star Army Gen. Ronald Griffith made an impassioned case Thursday for the new National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial to be placed near the National Mall, adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:52
President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump's political foes in the U.S. have tried to prevent him from fulfilling his campaign promises.

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:47
A Baghdad court issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdish region on Thursday for saying that Iraqi forces had "occupied" the disputed province of Kirkuk this week.

CIA chief says US needs Pakistan help on Taliban safe havens

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:42
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the United States is going to do everything it can to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, but Pakistan must first deny the militants a safe haven on its soil.

How did a World War II troop transport ship end up on the bottom of NC's Pamlico Sound?

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:42
A team of researchers from East Carolina University has identified a shipwreck in the Pamlico Sound near Rodanthe, N.C. as a type of World War II troop transport, media outlets report.

Powderhount alert: Here comes the snow

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:30
Though the official ski season doesn't launch until Thanksgiving, when nighttime temperatures are cold enough to make and keep snow, an early winter could mean a long one.

New Mexico AG sues nonprofits, wants increased oversight

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:18
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is weighing in for the first time on the “tragedy” involving two Albuquerque-based nonprofits accused of siphoning millions of dollars from the accounts of veterans, elderly and special needs clients.

Despite 2017 spike, experts say military mishaps have been declining

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:10
The summer of 2017 saw a rash of fatal military accidents — ships colliding at sea, planes crashing and vehicles catching fire — that were deadlier than attacks from America’s enemies. Still, major military accidents have been dropping, despite this year's spike.
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