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  • Marine killed in helicopter accident was doing rope training story has photos
    Updated: Sep-04-15 7:19 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - The U.S. Marine who died during a helicopter accident at Camp Lejeune was part of a Virginia-based anti-terror and security team training on how to use ropes to access difficult terrain, officials said Friday.

  • Indiana veterans returning home face dearth of services 
    Updated: Sep-04-15 6:23 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has a large number of veterans who are returning home as the Army thins its ranks and winds down overseas engagements, placing more demand on a network of veterans' services that is already stretched thin.

  • Official: Bombs may have been targeting Sinai peacekeepers 
    Updated: Sep-04-15 10:40 am

    EL-ARISH, Egypt - International peacekeeping vehicles hit by roadside bombs in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula were painted white, different from the desert color scheme used by the Egyptian army, a mission official said Friday, suggesting they were targeted on purpose.

  • UN official: Peacekeepers committing crimes must be punished 
    Updated: Sep-04-15 9:25 am

    BANGUI, Central African Republic - International peacekeepers who commit crimes must be punished, the U.N. human rights chief said on Friday following the revelation of yet another sexual abuse allegation in Central African Republic.

  • US Navy to name new combat ship after Twin Cities 
    Updated: Sep-04-15 6:47 am

    MINNEAPOLIS - The U.S. Navy is naming a combat ship after the Twin Cities.

  • Report faults VA management for construction cost overruns 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 9:23 pm

    AURORA, Colorado - Huge cost overruns and long delays at new VA hospitals in Colorado, Florida and Louisiana were caused by multiple design changes, mismanaged contracts or poor budget controls, according to Army Corps of Engineers reports released Thursday.

  • Army suspends operations at labs due to anthrax probe 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 6:39 pm

    WASHINGTON - Army Secretary John McHugh has suspended operations at four Defense Department laboratories that handle biological toxins, as the military scrambles to explain and correct problems that led to the accidental shipment of live anthrax to dozens of other labs around the country and the world.

  • Springfield officer named Air National Guard commander 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 4:32 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed a new commander of the Illinois Air National Guard.

  • 1 Marine killed, 11 hurt when helicopter makes hard landing 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 2:49 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - A group of U.S. Marines was practicing how to exit a hovering helicopter by sliding down ropes when the aircraft had to land harder and faster than normal in North Carolina, killing one Marine and injuring 11 others Wednesday night, military officials said.

  • Member of Dutch air force may have joined Islamic State 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 10:07 am

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Netherlands' Defense Ministry announced Thursday that a serving member of the Dutch air force may have traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

  • Chinese warships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 5:50 pm

    WASHINGTON - Five Chinese warships have moved into the Bering Sea near Alaska after participating in a naval exercise with Russia, but officials said they don't view the ships as a threat as President Barack Obama travels in northern Alaska near the Arctic Circle.

  • Taxpayers responsible for $30 million in legal fees 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 2:43 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - Taxpayers are responsible for $30 million in legal fees a military contractor has spent defending itself against a lawsuit from soldiers who say the company exposed them to toxic chemicals in Iraq.

  • Residents: Bloody scene after Somalia attack 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 1:04 pm

    MOGADISHU, Somalia - A day after Islamic extremists overran an African Union military base in Somalia, shaken residents of an adjacent town were describing the daring attack and its aftermath. One resident said some soldiers may have been taken captive by the rebels.

  • A preview of new gear China's military showing off at parade 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 1:10 am

    BEIJING - When China rolls out its latest armaments Thursday for a lavish parade commemorating the defeat of Japan in World War II, defense experts and foreign armies will be watching closely for any revelations about new military capabilities.

  • Pentagon to survey S. Carolina brig for Guantanamo detainees 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 5:53 pm

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A Pentagon team is coming to South Carolina this week to evaluate whether the Navy brig near Charleston could be suitable to house detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Tuesday.

  • Carter, in folksy talks, describes US military of future 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 5:09 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a speech and a wide-ranging exchange with troops on social media sites Tuesday to press his agenda for change in the military, signaling his early support for expanded maternity leave, women serving in combat jobs and greater flexibility pay, promotions and benefits.

  • China parade draws Putin, but few other major world leaders story has photos
    Updated: Sep-01-15 9:18 am

    BEIJING - Russian leader Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shine at the top of China's guest list at this week's grand commemorations of the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II. After them, the wattage gets pretty low.

  • Report: Colombia collecting bulk data without warrants 
    Updated: Aug-31-15 4:08 pm

    BOGOTA, Colombia - Intelligence agencies in Colombia have been building robust tools to automatically collect vast amounts of data without judicial warrants and in defiance of a pledge to better protect privacy following a series of domestic spying scandals, according to a new report by Privacy International.

  • US envoy discusses Afghan peace efforts on Pakistan visit 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 2:05 pm

    ISLAMABAD - U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with Pakistani leaders during a visit to the country on Sunday to discuss efforts to revive peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban which were suspended after the announcement of the death of longtime Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

  • Venezuela extends border closure despite Colombia's protests story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 8:28 pm

    CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Friday broadened a crackdown on Colombian migrants and border smugglers that has drawn strong rebuke by Colombian leaders and international organizations.

  • Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:26 pm

    BEIRUT - To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.

  • Pentagon: IS hacker killed in US strike also was recruiter 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 3:00 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Islamic State group hacker killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria this week had been recruiting sympathizers in the West to conduct "lone wolf" terrorist attacks, and his death eliminates a "significant threat" to the U.S., a military official said Friday.

  • 3 militants killed, 10 Philippine marines wounded in clash 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 7:43 am

    MANILA, Philippines - At least three Abu Sayyaf extremists were killed and 10 Philippine marines were wounded in a clash Friday with about 300 of the militants in a remote southern village, the military said.

  • Frank E. Petersen Jr., first black Marine aviator, dies story has photos
    Updated: Aug-27-15 11:13 pm

    BALTIMORE - Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first black aviator and brigadier general in the Marine Corps, has died.

  • Agent says he had 'no other option' but to kill NY escapee 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 9:59 pm

    NEW YORK - A border patrol agent who shot an escaped inmate who led authorities on a weekslong manhunt in upstate New York says he had "no other option" but to kill him.