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CIA releases thousands of declassified briefings involving Nixon and Ford

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 15:11
The release of 2,500 President’s Daily Briefs shed light on such historic events as Nixon’s opening to China, the invasion of Cambodia, the U.S.-backed overthrow of an elected leader in Chile, the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, and Nixon's resignation.

Volatile mix in Syria war puts new strain on US strategy

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 14:41
The U.S. military picture in Syria is getting more chaotic and complicated by the day, putting new strains on the Obama administration's strategy of partnering with a hodgepodge of local fighters against the Islamic State group without getting pulled deeper into Syria's civil war or rupturing relations with Turkey.

Andrew Higgins, 'the man who won the war for us,' had an atomic secret

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 14:31
It's no exaggeration to say boat builder Andrew Higgins and his eponymous D-Day landing craft played an instrumental role in World War II. But what's remained top secret was that he played a crucial part in the Manhattan Project.

One dead as suicide bomb, gunfire strike Kabul university

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 14:24
Gunmen stormed the campus of the American University in Kabul as part of a complex attack on Wednesday night, military officials and local media said. At least one person is dead and two dozen were injured, with casualty numbers expected to rise.

At VA hospital in Arizona, 85-year-old pianist helps ease the pain

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 14:10
The Korean War whisked Joe Schifano Sr. to Okinawa, Japan, where he learned the art of entertaining. “I hooked up with a bunch of guys and we joined up with the USO and traveled all over, playing in camps and entertaining the troops,” he says.

Transparency advocates protest DOD's requested FOIA changes

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 14:02
A wide-ranging group of government transparency advocates asked Congress on Wednesday to block new changes to the Freedom of Information Act requested by the Defense Department, saying that approving them would allow the Pentagon to "excuse itself from the hard fought and necessary reforms."

Mississippi Islamic State recruit gets 8 years in prison

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:50
A Mississippi man who tried to travel to Syria with his fiancee to join the Islamic State group was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison on federal terrorism charges.

Okay, Oklahoma to honor veterans with monument

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:47
The veterans memorial, which will be dedicated Saturday, is somewhat unique in that it names almost 195 Okay citizens who served from the Civil War to those currently on active duty. They are listed on a 6- by 5-foot 3,750-pound slab of granite.

Massachusetts community to recognize veterans over 9 weeks

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:31
In honor of National Recognition Day for Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Soldiers, the school district has partnered with libraries across the state, including several in Southern New Hampshire, for “Community Stories: Soldiers Home & Away.”

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

DoD News Releases - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:30
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation
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Review: 'Don’t Breathe’ is a well-plotted, thrilling trap

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:25
To all you Detroit-area robbery crews, we should probably warn you right away: It’s just not a good idea to pick 1837 Buena Vista Street for your big — and final — score. Take our word for it, walk away.

Measuring the fallout from a summer full of box-office flops

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:25
Hollywood’s blockbuster machine frequently stalled and sputtered this summer, leaving behind a steady trail of misbegotten reboots, ill-conceived sequels and questionable remakes.

Abrams: Bergdahl decision not influenced by McCain, others

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:24
Army Gen. Roberts Abrams said Wednesday that he was “absolutely not” influenced by comments made by Sen. John McCain or others when he elected to send accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s case to a general court-martial.

Korean War veteran receives Purple Heart 66 years after injury

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:20
Cpl. Joe Hutchison was wounded by shrapnel in August 1950 while serving in Korea. He was given a Purple Heart this week.

Review: In 'Southside With You,' when Barack met Michelle

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:14
Writer-director Richard Tanne’s feature film debut “Southside With You” views history through an unlikely, heart-shaped prism: the first date between Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson. Contemplating further such forays into presidential romance is indeed frightful. Are we itching closer to a rom-com about the courtship between Gerald and Betty? Or, heaven help us, “Pizza Night With Bill and Hillary”?

Ex-Huntington Ingalls director sentenced for lying about diver pay

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:05
Randy Mitchell Wilson was sentenced for making false statements to NCIS agents and misleading Coast Guard agents about the mismanagement of government funds. He was director of manufacturing services at the shipbuilding company in Pascagoula.

Training briefing listing Clinton, Petraeus as ‘insider threats’ is pulled

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:48
The Army has removed a training presentation used for 18 months in official security briefings that showed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and retired Army Gen. David Petraeus as “insider threats,” an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Army to increase security at garrisons throughout Europe

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:35
The Army is using improved explosive detecting gear at garrisons throughout Europe to intensify the military’s force protection and guard against a wave of terrorist attacks that have stretched from France and Belgium to Germany.

Finland arrests Iraqi suspected of killings in 2014 in Iraq

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:30
Police in Finland have arrested a 24-year-old Iraqi man on suspicion of murder and war crimes related to the massacre of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers by the Islamic State group in 2014.
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