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  • Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:16 am
  • BAGHDAD - Militants launched a brazen attack on a military base in a restive area in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 10 soldiers and wounding 12, officials said.

  • Ukraine, US to alternately cajole, threaten Russia 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:46 am
  • GENEVA - Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.

  • City of Shawnee finalist for military award 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:05 am
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - The city of Shawnee in northeast Kansas has been named one of 30 finalists for an annual award honoring employers for their support of the National Guard and Reserves.

  • Ukraine: 3 killed after Black Sea base attack 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:22 am
  • KIEV, Ukraine - Three pro-Russian militants died and 13 were wounded when Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's interior ministry said Thursday.

  • 4th Md. prison training veteran service dogs 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:19 am
  • HAGERSTOWN, Maryland - The medium-security Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown is becoming the fourth state prison where inmates who served in the military help train service dogs for disabled veterans.

  • Beaufort Marine unit returns from 9-month duty 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:08 am
  • MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, South Carolina - A squadron of Beaufort-based Marines and their F/A-18 Hornet jets are returning from a nine-month deployment in the Middle East.

  • Little government response to bombing a year later 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:11 am
  • BOSTON - A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that prompted waves of government action.

  • US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:08 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its eastern cities.

  • Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 5:24 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Jill Biden is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs.

  • Deepening of Jacksonville port gets approval 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 5:06 pm
  • JACKSONVILLE, Florida - The Army Corps of Engineers has approved a plan to deepen the port in Jacksonville.

  • NYC police rolling back some counterterror efforts 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:30 pm
  • NEW YORK - The New York Police Department's disbanding of a unit that spied on Muslim neighborhoods could be just the first step in a dismantling of some of the intelligence-gathering machinery it set up after 9/11.

  • Appeals court upholds Snowden email firm contempt 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:54 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a contempt of court citation against an email service provider used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

  • Protector of vast African park shot and wounded 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:19 pm
  • DAKAR, Senegal - A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove through the park, officials said Wednesday.

  • Veterans clinics approved for NH's North Country 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:18 pm
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - New Hampshire's U.S. senators say the Department of Veterans Affairs has approved the opening of two health care sites in Colebrook and Berlin.

  • Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syrian border 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:40 am
  • AMMAN, Jordan - Jordanian military warplanes struck a convoy of vehicles as they were trying to enter Jordan from Syria, the army said in a statement Wednesday, in an unusual move at a time of tensions between the desert kingdom and Damascus.

  • UN seeks $274 million for Central African Republic 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:41 am
  • GENEVA - The United Nations and aid groups launched an appeal for $274 million Wednesday to help people who have fled the Central African Republic because of the sectarian conflict there, warning that the dire needs of hundreds of thousands of refugees can't be met with existing funds.

  • Grand Forks Air Force Base to close school 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:37 am
  • GRAND FORKS, North Dakota - The Grand Forks Air Force Base School Board has voted to close an elementary school to deal with declining enrollment on the northeastern North Dakota base.

  • Session to elect Lebanon president on April 23 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:14 am
  • BEIRUT - Lebanon's parliament speaker on Wednesday called for a meeting to elect a new president on April 23, kicking off what is expected to be a lengthy and fiercely contested vote for the country's top Christian post amid regional unrest.

  • New gate to help security at veterans hospital 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:55 am
  • WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vermont - The veterans hospital in White River Junction, Vermont, has added an iron gate at its main entrance to improve security.

  • UK lawmakers slam lax security in Taliban attack 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:49 am
  • LONDON - British lawmakers said Wednesday that U.K. commanders' complacency and inadequate security were partly to blame for the failure to stop a Taliban attack on a U.S-British base in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. Marines.

  • New Zealand, Australian men killed in Yemen strike 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:40 am
  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Despite having little history of domestic terrorism, New Zealand and Australia were drawn into the global debate on drone strikes Wednesday after confirming that a citizen from each country was killed in Yemen last year.

  • Former Army sergeant to receive Medal of Honor 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:48 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Sergeant Kyle J. White, who put his own life at risk in an hours-long effort to save fellow service members during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan.

  • Gov. Martinez unveils new veterans' cemeteries 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:29 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Angel Fire, Carlsbad, Fort Stanton, and Gallup have been named as proposed sites for new rural veterans' cemeteries, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday.

  • Ohio school board debates sexual orientation rule 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:28 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - A proposal to protect schoolteachers from being fired or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board.

  • US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,177 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:04 pm
  • As of Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at least 2,177 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.