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Wind-driven wildfire forces people to flee rural California

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:51
A wind-driven wildfire in rural central California forced mandatory evacuations and threatened hundreds of buildings Monday, including a historic railroad station, after it tripled in size overnight, officials said.

Judge grants $300M loan for Puerto Rico power company

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:44
Monday's ruling comes just days after the judge had rejected an initial $1 billion loan request made by a federal control board overseeing the U.S. territory's finances. The judge had said officials did not provide sufficient evidence proving Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority needed the money.

Trump offers support for limited effort on background checks

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:23
President Donald Trump offered support for a limited strengthening of federal background checks on gun purchases Monday while staying largely mum in the last few days about the victims of the Florida school massacre and the escalating debate about controls on weapons.

Veterans groups rally behind David Shulkin

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:18
The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans and Vietnam Veterans of America – groups that regularly advise VA leadership and lawmakers on veterans issues – backed VA Secretary David Shulkin on Monday and decried any attempt to undermine or replace him.

Lawmakers urge North Carolina governor to consider staffing prisons with National Guard

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:56
A recent Charlotte Observer investigation found that staff shortages in the state’s prisons have climbed to dangerous levels over the past two years. Experts and officers told the newspaper that better staffing might have saved the lives of five prison employees who were fatally attacked last year.

School shooting puts pressure on Florida lawmakers to act

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:47
The legislative effort coalesced as 100 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prepared to ride buses more than 400 miles to the state capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty last week.

Soldier says destiny brought her to serve at Camp Casey, South Korea

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:14
It's no coincidence 2nd Lt. Sarah Casey shares a name with her duty station. It was named in honor of her great-uncle, Maj. Hugh B. Casey, a World War II veteran killed in the Korean War. “I’m one of those people who believes everything happens for a reason,” she said.

Trump revives push for limits on immigrants bringing family

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 13:40
When the U.S. government approved Ricardo Magpantay, his wife and young children to immigrate to America from the Philippines, it was 1991. By the time a visa was available, it was 2005, and his children could not come with him because they were now adults. More than a decade later, his children are still waiting.

Confederate statue toppling cases in North Carolina start with a dismissal

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 13:26
A North Carolina judge trying protesters accused of toppling a Confederate statue has dismissed the criminal case against one of them, ruling that prosecutors had failed to identify him as a perpetrator and hadn't shown there was a conspiracy.

Philippine forces arrest alleged ex-Islamic State commander

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 13:08
Philippine police and army troops have arrested an Arab man they believe was a former commander of the Islamic State group along the Syria and Turkey border in a raid on a Manila apartment, where they found bomb-making materials and an ISIS-style flag, the national police chief said Monday.

Reemerging history at a Cape Cod cemetery

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 13:05
One important detail left off Joshua Mayo's headstone was his service as a Revolutionary War soldier as a private in Capt. Eleazer Hamlin's company, in the Massachusetts Regiment serving in Bedford and Falmouth.

USC students explore civil rights, national security in university's first history class on WWII internment

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 13:01
Exactly 76 years ago Monday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the incarceration of USC faculty member Susan Kamei's parents and about 120,000 others of Japanese descent, most of them American citizens, following Japan's 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Attorney seeks sentence of time served for FBI impersonator, former Navy sailor

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:59
An attorney for a Maryland man who pleaded guilty to impersonating an FBI agent says the man's life began to unravel when he became addicted to painkillers and was kicked out of the Navy.

11 years later, grief remains fresh for father of fallen Marine

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:56
Sitting in an armchair in the home he once shared with his family, Raymond Harris still becomes emotional as he thinks about his daughter’s death and the community that has continued to support him.

Chicken shortage shuts most KFCs across Great Britain, Ireland

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:50
Fast-food chain KFC has been forced to close most of its 900 outlets in Britain and Ireland because of a shortage of chicken. Those branches that remained open were operating a limited menu or shortened hours.

Program offers funding for children of deploying soldiers, wounded warriors

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:48
Ahead of late March’s Middle East deployment of seven 155th Brigade National Guard units, including Amory’s 1st Squadron, 98th Calvary Regiment, a nonprofit formed after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks is available to help children of wounded warriors and National Guard members and Reservists being deployed.

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:45
Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 16,400 feet into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday.

Missile alarm snafu in Hawaii spurs interest in backyard fallout shelters

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:36
Some Hawaii residents rattled by the false missile alert are considering doing more than leaving it up to chance that they’ll be able to find shelter should a ballistic missile head their way.

In our eyes, Google's software sees heart attack risk

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:24
By looking at the human eye, Google's algorithms were able to predict whether someone had high blood pressure or was at risk of a heart attack or stroke, Google researchers said Monday, opening a new opportunity for artificial intelligence in the vast and lucrative global health industry.

Deadly bomb attacks in Afghanistan leave street cleaners with a gruesome task

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:20
When Yar Mohammad Mohammadi joined the municipal street cleaning crew in Kabul over a decade ago, he was expecting some unpleasant tasks. But nothing prepared him for the grim debris he encountered after a bloody bombing last month.
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