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World War II still casts shadow over France amid campaigning

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 08:14
The darkest moment in France's modern history ended seven decades ago with the Nazis' defeat, yet still casts a lingering shadow of shame — one now clouding the race to elect a new president.

Trump: South Korea should pay $1 billion cost of anti-missile battery

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 08:11
President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay the $1 billion price tag for an advanced U.S. anti-missile battery, prompting widespread outrage in South Korea and complicating the presidential campaign less than two weeks before the election.

Soldier gets suspended sentence, another acquitted in meth-smuggling case

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 07:27
A South Korean court gave a U.S. soldier a suspended five-year prison sentence for smuggling just over 9 pounds of methamphetamine via the U.S. military postal system. Another soldier was acquitted in the case.

Veteran with service dog denied service, reconciles with pizzeria

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 05:55
A military veteran from Commack, N.Y., and the owners of a Massapequa pizzeria have reconciled after a misunderstanding led to the man being denied service at the restaurant because he came with his service dog.

Trump now says he would check with China before another call with Taiwan's president

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 05:43
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would not speak directly with Taiwan's president without first checking with Chinese president Xi Jinping, a striking reversal sure to rile Taipei and please Beijing.

Arizona governor wants help from Air National Guard to battle fire

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 05:40
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is requesting help from the Air National Guard as crews continue to battle a large wildfire in southern Arizona.

Veteran says he wouldn't wish Vietnam experience on anyone

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 05:29
Curtis Heck was in Vietnam in the Army's 101st Airborne. He earned a Bronze Star for helping a fellow soldier who'd fallen out of their helicopter, but he doesn't like to talk much about it.

Players battle aliens, machines for existential gains in ‘Nier: Automata’

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 05:15
“Nier: Automata” is a game that refuses to settle for what you expect. Yoko Taro, creator of “Drakengard” and its spinoff “Nier,” has gained a reputation for his unique approach to game design. I’d venture to call him the video game industry equivalent of a mad scientist. The first “Nier” was such a shock to the system that it took a while before it started getting the praise it really deserved. It was a title that mixed emotional depth with off-the-wall design to create something strangely beautiful. Somehow the mad scientist has managed to capture that lightning in a bottle yet again.

DNA from dirt: Tracing ancient humans found in 'empty' caves

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 05:06
Scientists say they've figured out a way to extract tiny traces of ancient human DNA from dirt in caves that lack skeletal remains. The technique could be valuable for reconstructing human evolutionary history, according to the study published Thursday.

Islamic State suspect arrested in western Germany

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 04:46
German authorities have arrested a 23-year-old Syrian on suspicion of membership in a terror organization for allegedly fighting for the extremist Islamic State group in his homeland.

UK police shoot 1, arrest 6 others in counterterror raids

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 04:37
British police said Friday they had disrupted an active terrorist plot with raids in London and southeastern England. One woman was shot and seriously injured in the police swoop.

Republicans back down from health-care push, smoothing way for government to stay open

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 00:28
Despite pressure from the White House, House GOP leaders determined Thursday night that they didn't have the votes to pass a rewrite of the Affordable Care Act and would not seek to put their proposal on the floor on Friday.

New security requirements for visitors to Beale Air Force Base

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 23:47
California driver’s licenses will be accepted to gain entry to federal facilities, including Beale, until Oct. 17, according to the Department of Homeland Security website. California has been granted an extension to become compliant with the Real ID Act.

Reboot program helps veterans heal in the company of peers

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 23:30
The Reboot Combat Recovery course, a 12-week program with an emphasis on spiritual healing., has helped more than 1,500 veterans recovering from PTSD.

When should US brace for North Korea’s next missile or nuke test?

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 22:27
Analysts who track North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests say the regime regularly schedules these displays of force around key dates.

Facing backlash on killings, Duterte to find solace in ASEAN

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:39
When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hosts a summit of Southeast Asian leaders this weekend, the spotlight will be on him. Duterte, however, will find solace from the storm of criticism in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which has a bedrock policy forbidding its member states from meddling in each other's domestic affairs.

Navy to christen its newest fast-attack sub USS Indiana

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 20:19
The Navy says the submarine will help the U.S. maintain its undersea superiority well into the 21st century. Acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley calls the vessel a "technological marvel."

Berkeley protests peaceful as hundreds rally over Coulter

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:57
Hundreds of people waving American flags and chanting "USA" gathered peacefully Thursday for a rally at a park in Berkeley — home of the free speech movement — to protest a canceled appearance by conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

Ex-soldier pleads guilty to sexual abuse of a child at two military bases

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:03
Kenneth Descoteaux pleaded guilty to two counts related to the sexual molestation of a child on military bases in Washington and Louisiana. The victim’s mother was a deployed service member periodically serving overseas at the time of the crimes.

Coast Guard suspends use of injured animals to train medics

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:51
U.S. Coast Guard medics have stopped using military contractors who intentionally injure sedated animals so that medics can practice treating combat wounds. The so-called "live tissue training" involved anesthetized goats.
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