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CDC: Deaths soared as narcotic painkillers grew popular

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:33
Deaths from prescription narcotic painkillers have soared as the opioid drugs became more popular and powerful, a new federal study found.

State Department official charged with soliciting minor

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:29
A State Department counterterrorism official was arrested and charged with soliciting a minor for sex in an online sting operation by Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia.

Muslims must fight extremists' ideology, Jordanian princess says

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:25
While appreciative of the support her country is receiving in the fight against the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State, Jordanian Princess Aisha bin Al Hussein told an audience of international commandos that ultimately, it is up to the Muslim world to combat the ideology espoused by groups like Islamic State, Boko Haram and others acting in the name of Islam.

Contracts for February 25, 2015

DoD Contract Announcements - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:01
Contracts valued at $6.5 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m.
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Spy cables reveal African Union assassination threat

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:58
Secret intelligence documents leaked to Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit reveal that spies in Addis Ababa were alerted to a plot by "an unnamed state" to kill a top African Union diplomat.

3 planned to kill in US if they couldn't join Islamic State, FBI says

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:49
The three, all immigrants from Central Asia who live in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, allegedly plotted to launch attacks in the United States if they were prevented from joining the extremist group, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. One of the men repeatedly offered to assassinate President Barack Obama if ordered to do so by the Islamic State group, according to the complaint.

Painting Obama as ‘other’ is back, and it’s still ugly

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:00
Criticize the president for his policies, his phraseology, his war strategies and terrorism-fighting approach. But don’t revive that ugly nonsense about Barack Obama not loving America.

Board gives Navy OK for dolphins' research trip to Hawaii

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:45
A Navy plan to fly four bottlenose dolphins to Hawaii from San Diego in March for sea mine training and research drew some criticism but was approved by the state Board of Agriculture on Tuesday by a 5-2 vote.

Official says Afghan avalanches kill at least 124 people

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:43
Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath.

NY air base refueling mission is urged

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:23
The local congressional delegation wants the Air Force to make the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station the home for its new generation of refueling aircraft.

Off-base events

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:30
A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Breedlove: No substitute for permanent US military presence in Europe

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:03
Pentagon budget cuts set to take effect next year could force additional troop reductions in Europe, putting at risk efforts to deter potential Russian aggression and reassure allies, top military officials told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Swift, emotional, even chilling response to 'American Sniper' guilty verdict

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:54
Minutes after a Texas jury found Eddie Ray Routh guilty of capital murder, a fellow SEAL and friend of murder victim Chris Kyle issued a warning on Facebook. "You thought you had PTSD before .?? Wait till the boys in TDC Find out you killed a TX hero," referring to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

UN: Torture ‘regular and prevalent’ in Afghanistan

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:47
The Afghan government has made strides in reducing the number of detainees tortured or abused by security forces, but more than a third of those taken prisoner during the conflict still say they’ve faced ill treatment, according to the United Nations.

Guantanamo parole board OKs release of obese Egyptian captive

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:42
A national security parole board has approved for release a long-held, chronically ill, morbidly obese Egyptian captive who was once considered a candidate for a war crimes trial.

US, French carriers begin combined airstrikes against Islamic State

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:10
A U.S and French carrier strike group have teamed up to conduct operations against the Islamic State group.

Senator wants answers on A-10 treason comment

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:01
A senator is pressing the Air Force for an update on its investigation into a general who reportedly warned airmen that talking to Congress about the retirement of the A-10 Thunderbolt amounts to treason.

Fear of the Islamic State spawns a renegade Afghan militia

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:56
The 25 men who gathered last week in a poor enclave of this ancient city bore the scars of a lifetime of war. One lost four fingers fighting Taliban militants. Another lost his right leg fighting the Soviets. Now, seated in a bare room on a cold morning, they declared readiness to make even greater sacrifices against a new enemy: the Islamic State.
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