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What do Ken Starr, Bank of America and crimes without criminals have in common?

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 11:45
Historians consider the Credit Mobilier scandal, which seemingly involved a crime but no criminals, to be a low point in American politics. But the tradition continues right up to today.

Cellphone radiation study raises concerns despite low risk

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 11:44
A new federal study of the potential dangers of cellphone radiation, conducted in rats, found a slight increase in brain tumors in males and raised long-dormant concerns about the safety of spending so much time with cellphones glued to our ears.

A Memorial Day without Josh Wheeler, Delta Force soldier killed fighting the Islamic State

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 11:19
On a searing, personal level, Joshua L. Wheeler's death affected members of a tight-knit family that stretches from the mountainous Cherokee lands of northern Oklahoma to the quiet woodlands of North Carolina.

US naval, air maneuvers become 'new normal' in Asia Pacific

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 11:07
American ships and fighter jets maneuvering across the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan represent the "new normal" in U.S.-Pacific relations despite rising tensions with China and Moscow.

Memorial Day was born in the suffering of America’s bloodiest war

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 10:52
It’s a day for backyard barbecues and quick family trips at /the unofficial start of the vacation season. But Memorial Day’s origins trace back to the Civil War and efforts to honor the dead and heal the wounds of America’s bloodiest conflict.

Ex-contractor gets 15 months in corruption case

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 10:29
A former government contractor was sentenced to 15 months in prison Friday for helping a construction company wrongfully obtain federal contracts.

Best war movies of all time: 'American Sniper,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' more

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 10:23
Just ahead of Memorial Day, when we remember those who died serving our country, here's a list of great war movies worth watching.

Illinois man's name now etched on Vietnam Memorial Wall

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 10:17
The Army drafted Jimmy Lee Smith and sent him to Vietnam as a medic in 1969. During a patrol just days before his 21st birthday, an explosion severed Smith's spine and left him a quadriplegic for the rest of his life. He'd been in the war for about a week.

Rebels in Syria under fire from Islammic State and government troops

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 10:10
Islamic State militants entered a Syrian opposition stronghold in the country's north on Saturday, clashing with rebels on the edges of the town as the extremist group built on its most significant advance near the Turkish border in two years, Syrian opposition groups and IS media said.

This WWII veteran survived 3 deadly plane crashes

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 10:01
Peder Heller flew 86 World War II missions and survived three plane crashes that killed everyone else on board.

A great kickoff to Memorial Day weekend: Wounded vet receives hardscape, patio

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 09:53
For Vince Reynolds, Friday morning was a pretty good start to Memorial Day weekend. A dedication ceremony was held at his Lemont home where a hardscape and patio area was unveiled in his backyard.

Hiroshima survivor from Beaverton at peace with the past

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 09:41
Ed Kawasaki, then 16 years old, was about two miles from the center of the atomic blast zone on Aug. 6, 1945. His room was on the side of a military hospital facing away from the center of town, which is likely why he suffered few ill effects. He's been asked about that day so many times, he handed me a typed narrative of what happened.

Rota goes extra to repeat at champ

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 09:15
Rota won its second straight Division II/III European championship Saturday, beating the Bitburg Barons 5-4 in a well-played eight-inning classic.

Remembering a Medal of Honor recipient who charged enemy to help others

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 09:12
More than 150 insurgents had ambushed the combined U.S. special operations and Afghan National Army force in the snow-filled Gowardesh Valley in January 2008, exposing the men to automatic weapon fire and rocket-propelled grenades. In the lead, Staff Sgt. Robert Miller ordered the men to take cover. Then he charged the enemy to give his comrades time to get away.

Will more US troops mean victory against Islamic State?

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 09:04
Defense analysts say the ratcheting-up U.S. effort will likely succeed in flattening ISIS in the short term – but it may be only a temporary fix for what is still a fundamentally fractured region, especially as the United States currently has little appetite for another full-scale ground war in the Middle East.

NASCAR to honor Hamilton soldier who died in Afghanistan

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 09:00
For Pat and Mary Massarelli, NASCAR races have never been a must-see television event. But that will change Sunday when the Hamilton residents tune in for the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. That’s because their son, Robert, who died while serving his country, will be part of what is known as the 600 Miles of Remembrance.

Local Vietnam veterans find camaraderie, support with group

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 08:47
When Army veteran Dennis Kearns and his fellow soldiers landed at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., in 1970, they were greeted by protesters who pelted them with rotten tomatoes, and when he arrived at the Cincinnati bus terminal — in his military uniform, his hands wrapped in bandages — two protesters spit on him.

Families of servicemembers killed in Chattanooga attack bond through grief

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 08:44
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and top state officials on Friday paid tribute to four U.S. Marines and a sailor killed on July 16 in Chattanooga. Officials also paid tribute to a U.S. Army lieutenant killed during World War II, as well as a sergeant killed in Iraq in 2005.

Defense Secretary sends Naval Academy Class of 2016 out to fleet

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 08:39
Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Friday urged the newly commissioned officers of the Naval Academy's class of 2016 to prepare to tackle five challenges facing the nation. He ticked them off: Russian aggression, the rise of China in East Asia, a nuclear-armed North Korea, Iranian meddling in the Middle East and the battle against the self-declared Islamic State.

Veteran returns to Naval Academy 60 years after serving at Bancroft Hall

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 08:29
Edwin Moore walked through the door in Bancroft Hall, as he had done hundreds of times before. This time it felt different. "Boy, there was nothing like this," he said, looking down the hall at a pharmacist, offices and doctors' rooms and a waiting area with a big screen TV.
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