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NFL doors open wider for Army and Navy athletes

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 07:53
A few weeks after the Ravens picked former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft, the Department of Defense modified its requirement that service academy graduates perform two years of active duty before applying for reserve status. Going forward, Reynolds and others would be allowed to apply for the reserves immediately after graduation.

Pentagon has drafted misleading F-35 answers, testing chief says

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 07:38
Pentagon officials have been preparing a misleading assessment of progress on Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35, the costliest U.S. weapons program, the Defense Department's chief tester warned.

As Syrian troops gain ground, Aleppo rebels propose truce

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 07:24
Staring a punishing and brutal defeat in the face, several Syrian rebel factions on Wednesday proposed a five-day cease-fire in the eastern part of the city of Aleppo so the wounded, sick and other civilians can be evacuated.

Iraqi special forces capture new land in eastern Mosul

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 07:23
Iraqi commander says troops have "fully liberated" Mosul's al-Elam neighborhood and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings.

Philippine rebels threaten to end monthslong cease-fire

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 07:16
Philippine communist rebels warned President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday that they may be forced to end their monthslong cease-fire and resume fighting if he does not suspend the government's counterinsurgency program and withdraw troops from rebel-influenced areas.

South Korea's political crisis could become a trigger for bigger change

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 07:07
Opposition lawmakers in South Korea are pressing ahead with their plan to impeach President Park Geun-hye Friday, but the embattled leader, after saying she would resign if the parliament demanded it, is digging in.

NATO chief urges West to keep pressuring Russia over Ukraine

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 06:57
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is urging Western allies to maintain diplomatic pressure and sanctions on Russia until it respects the peace agreement in Ukraine.

Democrats' misleading claim that Concerned Veterans for America wants to 'privatize' VA

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 06:47
Two Democrats who serve on the Senate and House committees on veterans affairs are resurrecting the stale Democratic talking point that Concerned Veterans for America wants to "privatize" the Department of Veterans Affairs. But CVA has not proposed a wholesale transfer of VA's services over to the private sector.

New Ken Burns documentary tackles divisive Vietnam War era

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 06:12
Ken Burns, who has produced definitive documentaries on subjects ranging from the Civil War to baseball to jazz, is tackling the Vietnam War, one of the most divisive periods in modern American history. The 10-part series, directed by Burns and Lynn Novick, will air next September on PBS, the network announced.

Texas Honor Guard have laid veterans to rest for 5 years

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 06:08
Commander Tony Acevedo and the rest of the Honor Guard huddled into a small locker room following a Marine's funeral service to prepare for another one. They only had about 30 minutes to reload their rifles and change their scarves before the next ceremony. It was a busy Friday for the Honor Guard, but they wouldn't have it any other way.

Japan mercury-poisoning victims demand tests, 60 years later

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 05:43
Six decades after "Minamata disease" mercury poisoning was first discovered, victims and their advocates are demanding tests for food toxicity and illnesses be carried out to help identify patients.

Frantic rescue underway in Indonesia as quake kills scores

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 05:29
A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing nearly 100 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings.

LA authorities boost security after threatened rail attack

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 04:29
The FBI said Tuesday it found no evidence that a bomb threat which prompted heightened security at a Los Angeles subway station was real and the anonymous caller who made it may have reported similar phony threats in the past.

Charleston church shooting suspect's trial set to begin

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 04:13
The white man who authorities said wanted to start a race war by killing nine black people in a South Carolina church is getting ready to stand trial in a city already bruised by a former police officer's racially charged murder trial that ended in a hung jury.

Thailand: 'No exceptions' on lese majeste for news outlets

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 02:22
Thailand's government will not back down from prosecuting news outlets that publish "illegal" content, the defense minister said Wednesday, after the BBC's bureau in Bangkok came under scrutiny for an article about the country's new king.

Wider blame cast in California National Guard bonus scandal

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 01:11
The first hint of the scandal that has engulfed the California National Guard came more than eight years ago with a one-page memo that disclosed an internal investigation of a sergeant working at Mather Airport in Sacramento.

Time to reconcile: 2 cities overcome Pearl Harbor legacy

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 01:08
Seventy-five years after a Japanese admiral led the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, the mayor of his hometown is joining his Honolulu counterpart to mark the anniversary — as friends.

Despite protests, California city allows proposed veterans home to move forward

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 00:46
An apartment complex for low-income veterans in Simi Valley, Calif. cleared a hurdle this week when the City Council allowed the project to move forward with processing despite vigorous opposition from many residents.

Judges dismiss injunction to stop Okinawa helipad construction

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 00:11
An Okinawa court has dealt a likely death blow to efforts to halt helipad construction related to the largest Okinawa land return from the U.S. military since 1972.

Historic winning streak always a hot topic at Army-Navy press event

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 00:10
Every year in advance of the Army-Navy game, players and head coaches from both service academies gather at the host stadium for a media event. An unavoidable line of questioning has been Navy's historic winning streak in the series.
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