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Former Davis-Monthan airman sentenced to 100 years in child porn case

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 01:49
Jesse Ryan Swaffar, 34, was convicted by a jury in Pima County Superior Court of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after Tucson police found thousands of videos and images of child pornography on his computer.

Researchers may have 'found' many of China's 30 million missing girls

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 01:46
New research into Chinese population figures shows millions of female births weren't recorded while the one-child policy was in effect.

South Korea, Japan announce new sanctions on North Korea

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 00:55
It's still unclear if and how much the South Korean and Japanese measures will sting North Korea, which has been under multiple rounds of U.N. sanctions for years.

Why officers can't easily become Pentagon heads

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 00:51
U.S. law states that a nominee for defense secretary must have been out of the active-duty military for seven years — but there's a way around that restriction: Congress can approve a law bypassing it. That's what will have to be done for Mattis.

Vermont's Norwich U gets $715k to train Army Reserve cyber warriors

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 00:43
The Northfield military college recently received the award in collaboration with the United States Army Reserve to support scholarships for soldiers and to enhance local and regional community outreach.

Californian killed in Syria is remembered as humble, dedicated to Kurdish cause

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 00:41
Michael Israel, 27, an American volunteer with the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, was killed last week in a Turkish airstrike.

With changes swirling in veterans health care, senators press for action on stalled projects

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 00:29
With President-elect Donald Trump eying an overhaul in veterans health care, 18 senators are urging quick action from the lame duck Congress on two dozen stalled VA projects.

Billy Bob Thornton is in his element when there’s a lot going on beneath the surface

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 00:01
You shouldn’t care about Billy Bob Thornton’s opinion. Not because he doesn’t have one, but because the actor isn’t sure what makes his thoughts any more significant than the next guy’s.

Suspected WW2-era bunker uncovered at Hardy Barracks in central Tokyo

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 00:00
Officials have decided not to preserve or even explore a suspected World War II-era air-raid shelter discovered recently at a small Army installation in central Tokyo.

Police kill suspect, rescue children after 11-hour standoff in Tacoma

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 23:48
A Washington state police officer responding to a domestic violence call was fatally shot and his fellow officers were still "taking fire" as they removed him from a home, beginning an 11-hour standoff during which authorities say the gunman used two young children as human shields.

Obama to block Chinese takeover of German company on national security grounds, sources say

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 22:20
U.S. President Barack Obama is poised to block a Chinese company from buying Germany’s Aixtron SE. Blocking the $714 million acquisition would mark the second time Obama has rejected a deal on national security grounds

Trump pledges 'consequences' for US firms moving offshore

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:58
Trump's remarks came as he triumphantly celebrated a decision by the heating and air-conditioning company Carrier to reverse its plans to close a furnace plant here and move to Mexico.

For Marines who carry their own to burial: 'The last to let you down.'

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:25
The Body Bearers, an elite unit that carries Marines to their final resting place, perform training regimens tougher than boot camp to ensure "flawless funerals" for fallen servicemembers.

Ailing Buzz Aldrin evacuated from South Pole to New Zealand

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:08
An ailing Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was evacuated from the South Pole to New Zealand where he was in a hospital on Friday in stable condition.

Shouting match erupts between Clinton and Trump aides

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 20:48
The raw, lingering emotion of the 2016 presidential campaign erupted into a shouting match here Thursday as top strategists of Hillary Clinton's campaign accused their Republican counterparts of fueling and legitimizing racism to elect Donald Trump.

SpaceX could return to flight Dec. 16, satellite launch customer says

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 20:26
SpaceX could return to flight in about two weeks, pending Federal Aviation Administration approval, after an explosion that destroyed one of its rockets, satellite launch customer Iridium Communications Inc. said Thursday.

Prison sentence ordered in $2M theft from VA credit union

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 20:02
Fuataina Afutiti was president and chief executive of Veterans Health Administration Credit Union before it was closed in March. She was sentenced Thursday for stealing about $2 million.

Will Trump keep DOD high-tech weapons effort?

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 20:00
The Pentagon has begun briefing key allies on plans for advanced weapons technologies aimed at offsetting Russian and Chinese military gains. But the next round of these discussions is on hold awaiting approval of the programs by the Trump administration.

Tennessee Republican named chairman of House Veterans' Affairs Committee

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 18:58
U.S. Army veteran and medical doctor Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., will become the next chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, the Republican Steering Committee decided Thursday.

Navy to Christen Submarine Colorado

DoD News Releases - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 18:18
The Navy will christen its newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine, the future USS Colorado (SSN
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