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Ready for his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington on a military jet Thursday and quickly set to building better ties to the Republican Congress as he kicked off three days of inaugural festivities. Washington braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators — with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing.


Up to 117 civilians died in strikes during Obama presidency

Human rights and other groups have criticized the administration, saying it has undercounted civilian casualties. They also are worried that President-elect Donald Trump will more aggressively conduct drone strikes.


Trump-tapped group presents plan for sweeping VA reforms

As Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday, a conservative-backed group that has gained more influence since the election is renewing its effort to transfer oversight of Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities to a government-chartered nonprofit. It’s also seeking to expand veterans’ private-sector health care options.


Veterans arrested for protest in McCain’s office

A group of veterans was arrested Thursday in Sen. John McCain’s office during a protest over secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson’s oil ties.



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Army 75th Ranger Regiment to get its first female

A female soldier has become the first to pass the selection course for the exclusive Army 75th Ranger Regiment and will become the first female special operator in the military sometime in the spring, a spokesman for the unit said.


Manning to lose transgender benefits with dishonorable discharge

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the national-security leaker and transgender soldier, will lose her entitlement to military health care benefits under the terms of the sentence that President Obama commuted, according to the Army.


Some veterans will join women’s march to protest after Trump inauguration

In keeping with tradition, military and veterans groups are participating in all aspects of Friday’s inauguration, from ceremonial roles to logistical ones. Less traditional is the participation of veterans and some military members in a day-after protest.



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Lack of Latinos in Trump Cabinet draws ire for 'setback'

The lack of Latino appointments means no Hispanic will serve in a president's Cabinet for the first time in nearly three decades — and it's drawing fierce criticism from Hispanics, who call it a major setback for the nation's largest minority group.


UN alarmed that most of al-Shabab's force in Somalia are kids

In a report to the Security Council circulated this week, the U.N. chief said al-Shabab used children in combat, with 9-year-olds reportedly taught to use weapons and sent to front lines.


Pro-Russia leader in NATO's Bulgaria takes oath before Trump

A day before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, a pro-Russian, U.S. military-trained Bulgarian general was sworn in as NATO member Bulgaria's president, as questions arise over the future of the alliance amid rising animosity with its Cold-War adversary.


US bombers flew from Missouri and killed 80 Islamic State fighters in Libya

U.S. warplanes struck Islamic State encampments in Libya overnight, killing more than 80 terrorists and destroying their makeshift training camps near Sirte, a town the group once dominated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday.


US helicopter sparks fire during training exercise in South Korea

A U.S. helicopter on a training exercise sparked a mountainside fire that raged for nearly 20 hours at Rodriguez Live Fire Range, a military spokesman said.


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Lack of Latinos in Trump Cabinet draws ire for 'setback'

The lack of Latino appointments means no Hispanic will serve in a president's Cabinet for the first time in nearly three decades — and it's drawing fierce criticism from Hispanics, who call it a major setback for the nation's largest minority group.


UN alarmed that most of al-Shabab's force in Somalia are kids

In a report to the Security Council circulated this week, the U.N. chief said al-Shabab used children in combat, with 9-year-olds reportedly taught to use weapons and sent to front lines.


Pro-Russia leader in NATO's Bulgaria takes oath before Trump

A day before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, a pro-Russian, U.S. military-trained Bulgarian general was sworn in as NATO member Bulgaria's president, as questions arise over the future of the alliance amid rising animosity with its Cold-War adversary.


US bombers flew from Missouri and killed 80 Islamic State fighters in Libya

U.S. warplanes struck Islamic State encampments in Libya overnight, killing more than 80 terrorists and destroying their makeshift training camps near Sirte, a town the group once dominated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday.


US helicopter sparks fire during training exercise in South Korea

A U.S. helicopter on a training exercise sparked a mountainside fire that raged for nearly 20 hours at Rodriguez Live Fire Range, a military spokesman said.



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Trump-tapped group presents plan for sweeping VA reforms

As Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday, a conservative-backed group that has gained more influence since the election is renewing its effort to transfer oversight of Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities to a government-chartered nonprofit. It’s also seeking to expand veterans’ private-sector health care options.



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Florida Gov. Rick Scott to lower flags in honor of Marine killed in training accident

Lance Cpl. Austin Ruiz, 19, had been at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, for about 1 1/2 weeks when the fatal incident occurred.


Navy: Wind farm opposed by GOP lawmakers won't harm radar

State legislative leaders have asked the incoming Trump administration to either kill or require major changes to the nearly completed wind farm, which they said will interfere with the operation of a military radar installation.


Army 75th Ranger Regiment to get its first female

A female soldier has become the first to pass the selection course for the exclusive Army 75th Ranger Regiment and will become the first female special operator in the military sometime in the spring, a spokesman for the unit said.


2 survive plane crash between villages in southwest Alaska

Two people in a small airplane survived when they crashed on a flight between two southwest Alaska villages. Alaska State Troopers say a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night.


'Roll Tide' plane makes way for new C-130 at Maxwell Air Force Base

Aircraft 42, "Roll Tide" is named such for the University of Alabama art displayed on its nose and has carried university football memorabilia while flying missions around the world.


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Florida Gov. Rick Scott to lower flags in honor of Marine killed in training accident

Lance Cpl. Austin Ruiz, 19, had been at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, for about 1 1/2 weeks when the fatal incident occurred.


Navy: Wind farm opposed by GOP lawmakers won't harm radar

State legislative leaders have asked the incoming Trump administration to either kill or require major changes to the nearly completed wind farm, which they said will interfere with the operation of a military radar installation.


Army 75th Ranger Regiment to get its first female

A female soldier has become the first to pass the selection course for the exclusive Army 75th Ranger Regiment and will become the first female special operator in the military sometime in the spring, a spokesman for the unit said.


2 survive plane crash between villages in southwest Alaska

Two people in a small airplane survived when they crashed on a flight between two southwest Alaska villages. Alaska State Troopers say a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night.


'Roll Tide' plane makes way for new C-130 at Maxwell Air Force Base

Aircraft 42, "Roll Tide" is named such for the University of Alabama art displayed on its nose and has carried university football memorabilia while flying missions around the world.



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Air Force men's basketball setting a historic offensive pace

If the Falcons (9-9, 2-3 Mountain West) can maintain their 77.6 points-per-game average they would set a program record, besting a mark set in 1966. The scoring average represents a 9.2 jump from last year.


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Air Force men's basketball setting a historic offensive pace

If the Falcons (9-9, 2-3 Mountain West) can maintain their 77.6 points-per-game average they would set a program record, besting a mark set in 1966. The scoring average represents a 9.2 jump from last year.



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