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Airman who helped stop train attack set returns to US
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force airman who was injured when he and two childhood friends tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train returned to his native California Thursday night. Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone arrived at about 8:30 p.m. at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield,... Read More
Pentagon says 6 peacekeepers injured in Sinai explosions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department says four U.S. soldiers and two Multinational Force and Observers' peacekeepers were injured by improvised explosive devices Thursday in the Northeast Sinai region of Egypt. The Pentagon says the soldiers were airlifted to a medical facility and are being treated for... Read More
Report faults VA management for construction cost overruns
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — 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. High costs at a fourth veterans facility in Las Vegas... Read More
US submarine force in the Pacific gets new commander
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Thursday installed a new commander to lead its submarine force in the Pacific at a time when growing Chinese operations in places like the South China Sea are boosting U.S. demand for the eavesdropping capabilities of the underwater vessels. Rear Adm. Frederick Roegge,... Read More
Army suspends operations at labs due to anthrax probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. In a... Read More
Hungary opens door to trains for migrants, but only to camps
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of people desperate to reach Western Europe rushed into a Budapest train station Thursday after police ended a two-day blockade, setting off a wave of anger and confusion as hundreds shoved their way onto a waiting train. But when it tried to drop them off at a Hungarian camp for... Read More
Dakota State hosts US Senate cybersecurity field hearing
MADISON, S.D. (AP) — Experts at a U.S. Senate cybersecurity field hearing say a national lack of understanding about cybersecurity and a shortage of security experts are significant challenges to confronting the growing threat from cyberattacks. U.S. Sen. John Thune chaired the Thursday hearing at Dakota State... Read More
Guardsman who died in crash to be buried at Arlington
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The family of a Louisiana National Guardsman killed in a helicopter crash will bury him at Arlington National Cemetery, a request that was initially denied. The standard military honors burial service will be conducted Tuesday for Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich III, cemetery spokeswoman... Read More
Springfield officer named Air National Guard commander
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed a new commander of the Illinois Air National Guard. Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Paul of Springfield will serve as assistant adjutant general upon the retirement of Maj. Gen. William Cobetto of Hillsboro, Illinois. The post commands about 3,000 members of the Air... Read More
The Latest: Canada: Syria family didn't file refugee request
The latest Thursday on the European migrant crisis (all times GMT): ___ 1855 GMT Canada has denied it received a refugee application for the Syrian family that drowned off Europe. Citizenship and Immigration Canada said Thursday that it received no refugee application from the father of two drowned Syrian boys... Read More
1 Marine killed, 11 hurt when helicopter makes hard landing
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — 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. About 20 Marines at Camp Lejeune... Read More
US: Military, diplomatic families can leave Turkey base area
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of military and diplomatic family members near Incirlik air base in southern Turkey are being told they can leave the country, U.S. officials said Thursday, citing increased worries about violence in the region. The decision comes as Turkey takes a bigger role in the fight against... Read More
Nigerian army reinstates more than 3,000 soldiers fired
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — More than 3,000 soldiers who were dismissed from the Nigerian army for alleged indiscipline ?in the ongoing war with Boko Haram Islamic extremists in the northeast of the country have been reinstated, an army spokesman said Thursday. A panel set up to review the cases recommended... Read More
Uganda: 12 soldiers killed in Somalia attack
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The flag-draped coffins of Ugandan soldiers killed in an attack by Islamic extremists on an African Union base in Somalia were offloaded from a cargo plane in Uganda on Thursday as troops stood at attention. A military official said 12 Ugandan soldiers had been killed. All soldiers who were... Read More
Members of congressional delegation tour military sites
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Members of Michigan's congressional delegation are among those getting a close-up look at major military sites in the state. The two-day bipartisan tour wraps up on Thursday, with stops that include Battle Creek Air National Guard Base. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is joining the tour.... Read More
Member of Dutch air force may have joined Islamic State
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — 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. The ministry released little information about the case, saying only that it was a 26-year-old air force sergeant who has now... Read More
NATO opens military center in Lithuania amid Ukraine crisis
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Fighter jets roaring overhead, NATO on Thursday inaugurated a military center in the Lithuanian capital amid growing concerns in the Baltic countries over Russia's military presence. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who joined Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite for the... Read More
China shows off rising power in marking WWII defeat of Japan
BEIJING (AP) — With fighter jets roaring overhead, China's leader presided Thursday over a massive parade of tanks, missiles and troops that displayed growing military might, but also pledged to reduce the army by 300,000 troops in a bid to show that his country poses no expansionist threat. The spectacle through... Read More
UN rights chief alleges French soldier sexually abused girl
GENEVA (AP) — United Nations staff turned up a case of sexual abuse of a girl by a French soldier in Central African Republic, the U.N. human rights chief said Thursday, in the latest claim of sexual abuse by foreign troops in the poor, unstable African country. France's military has already been rocked by... Read More
China marks Japan WWII defeat, shows rising power in parade
BEIJING (AP) — China's leader presided over a parade of tanks, missiles and troops that displayed growing military might Thursday as fighter jets roared overhead, but pledged a 300,000 reduction in troops in a bid to show his country poses no expansionist threat. The massive parade through the heart of Beijing... Read More

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