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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Friday made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to consult with military commanders and deliver a pre-holiday pep talk to U.S. troops.



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John Glenn, 1st US astronaut to orbit Earth, remembered as all-American hero

John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.


South Korean lawmakers vote to impeach Park in wake of corruption scandal

President Park Geun-hye will be suspended from office after weeks of political stagnation over an influence-peddling and corruption scandal that has prompted mass protests.


US acts to end drunken driving on Okinawa

With a pen as his weapon, Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson took aim Tuesday at eliminating drunken driving on Okinawa. History shows that is easier signed than done.



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Marine F/A-18C pilot killed in Japan identified

U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C pilot Capt. Jake Frederick was killed Wednesday when his fighter jet crashed off the coast of Japan, his family confirmed Thursday.


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Well-wishers applaud Pearl Harbor survivors for their service

For the scores of Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans who took part in the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surprise attack, the past week has been a flurry of activity that would tire even the youngest of souls.


Army reopens probe into detainee's death after Special Force soldier's Fox News interview

The service is again scrutinizing former Maj. Mathew Golsteyn after he appeared in a Fox News television interview in October and acknowledged that he had killed a Taliban bombmaker who had been held as a detainee during the bloody battle of Marja in February 2010.



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POW or criminal? Appeals court to hear Taliban fighter case

A fight over whether the U.S. government properly prosecuted a former Russian military tank commander convicted of leading a Taliban attack on American forces is heading to a federal appeals court.


Merkel sticks to middle ground in risky pitch for German votes

Chancellor Angela Merkel is staking out the political center for next year's German election, resisting pressure by her party critics who blame her policies for encouraging the threat from populists.


Defense Secretary Carter makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Friday made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to consult with military commanders and deliver a pre-holiday pep talk to U.S. troops.


N. Korea denies involvement in cyberattack against South’s military

South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense said Tuesday that an investigation showed that North Koreans had apparently hacked into its internal cyber network and may have compromised some classified materials earlier this year.


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Libya could become even more chaotic after Islamic State defeat

Libyan militias backed by American airstrikes said they have cleared the stronghold of the Islamic State in Libya, a defeat that would set back the group's ambitions in North Africa. The country, however, remains very unstable amid battles between rival militias and the remaining militants could still undermine a fragile U.S.-backed unity government, analysts said.


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POW or criminal? Appeals court to hear Taliban fighter case

A fight over whether the U.S. government properly prosecuted a former Russian military tank commander convicted of leading a Taliban attack on American forces is heading to a federal appeals court.


Merkel sticks to middle ground in risky pitch for German votes

Chancellor Angela Merkel is staking out the political center for next year's German election, resisting pressure by her party critics who blame her policies for encouraging the threat from populists.


Defense Secretary Carter makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Friday made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to consult with military commanders and deliver a pre-holiday pep talk to U.S. troops.


N. Korea denies involvement in cyberattack against South’s military

South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense said Tuesday that an investigation showed that North Koreans had apparently hacked into its internal cyber network and may have compromised some classified materials earlier this year.


ANALYSIS

Libya could become even more chaotic after Islamic State defeat

Libyan militias backed by American airstrikes said they have cleared the stronghold of the Islamic State in Libya, a defeat that would set back the group's ambitions in North Africa. The country, however, remains very unstable amid battles between rival militias and the remaining militants could still undermine a fragile U.S.-backed unity government, analysts said.



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Vets group blasts ‘secret’ VA ratings system

A veterans group has blasted the Department of Veterans Affairs over leaked internal documents showing dozens of medical facilities performing at below-average levels.



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Navy: 'Midshipman' title at US Naval Academy will not change

“Midshipman” will not change because it’s a rank according to U.S. law, Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter said this week. He added that officials only looked at changing the name “very briefly.”


Army reopens probe into detainee's death after Special Force soldier's Fox News interview

The service is again scrutinizing former Maj. Mathew Golsteyn after he appeared in a Fox News television interview in October and acknowledged that he had killed a Taliban bombmaker who had been held as a detainee during the bloody battle of Marja in February 2010.


Marines remove World War II-era training round unearthed on Palmetto Dunes beach

An explosives ordnance disposal team from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort removed a World War II-era training round Thursday from the beach at Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island.


Ship engineers sentenced for blocking Coast Guard inspection in North Carolina

Cassius Samson, 52, and Rustico Ignacio, 66, both of the Philippines, were sentenced for obstructing a U.S. Coast Guard inspection that took place in July 2015 aboard the cargo ship Ocean Hope at the Port of Wilmington.


New wing at Maxwell AFB Gunter Annex Heritage Hall to feature 'Airmen's' Stories'

Newly constructed walls and a glass door to an outside courtyard define the new wing at Gunter's Enlisted Heritage Hall and Research Agency that will soon highlight the significance contributions of the enlisted "Airmen's Stories."


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Navy: 'Midshipman' title at US Naval Academy will not change

“Midshipman” will not change because it’s a rank according to U.S. law, Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter said this week. He added that officials only looked at changing the name “very briefly.”


Army reopens probe into detainee's death after Special Force soldier's Fox News interview

The service is again scrutinizing former Maj. Mathew Golsteyn after he appeared in a Fox News television interview in October and acknowledged that he had killed a Taliban bombmaker who had been held as a detainee during the bloody battle of Marja in February 2010.


Marines remove World War II-era training round unearthed on Palmetto Dunes beach

An explosives ordnance disposal team from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort removed a World War II-era training round Thursday from the beach at Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island.


Ship engineers sentenced for blocking Coast Guard inspection in North Carolina

Cassius Samson, 52, and Rustico Ignacio, 66, both of the Philippines, were sentenced for obstructing a U.S. Coast Guard inspection that took place in July 2015 aboard the cargo ship Ocean Hope at the Port of Wilmington.


New wing at Maxwell AFB Gunter Annex Heritage Hall to feature 'Airmen's' Stories'

Newly constructed walls and a glass door to an outside courtyard define the new wing at Gunter's Enlisted Heritage Hall and Research Agency that will soon highlight the significance contributions of the enlisted "Airmen's Stories."



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Naval Academy looks beyond injuries as it readies for Army-Navy game

The Midshipmen are attempting to extend their series-best winning streak to 15. They have an overall series lead of 60-49-7, and Army enters the game with a winning record for just the second time since 1997.


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Naval Academy looks beyond injuries as it readies for Army-Navy game

The Midshipmen are attempting to extend their series-best winning streak to 15. They have an overall series lead of 60-49-7, and Army enters the game with a winning record for just the second time since 1997.



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