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Isis mocked with rubber ducks as internet fights terror with humour
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, could it in fact be an Islamic State militant? As world leaders scratch their heads about the best method to defeat the terror of Isis, internet users have come up with their own way to take the sting out of the group’s feathery tail. Members of... Read More
Cheyenne VA interim director aims for trust after scandal
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The new interim director of the Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center is looking to rebuild trust after the facility became part of a patient scheduling scandal. Paul Roberts says new and better trained staff has resulted in the facility making great strides in solving its problems.... Read More
Tomah VA Medical Center launches 100-day improvement plan
TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has adopted another plan to improve patient care. The La Crosse Tribune reports ( that Friday's release of the "100-day plan" comes almost 11 months after media reports that veterans at the center were prescribed excessive... Read More
After Paris, US political shift on privacy vs. security
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Paris attacks have renewed debate on the U.S. government's post-Sept. 11 domestic surveillance laws, leading to efforts to revive the issue on Capitol Hill and handing Marco Rubio an opening against Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential race. The two senators were on opposite sides earlier... Read More
Philippines gets 1st fighter jets in a decade amid sea feud
CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Saturday received the delivery of two Korean-made fighter jets — the country's first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade — as it strengthens its underfunded military amid an escalating territorial feud with China. Amid applause from Philippine defense... Read More
It's been a good life for a Dill City man, 95, who doesn't think he'd change a thing
U.L. Smith, 95, is a farmer from Dill City. He's a survivor of the Great Depression as well as the attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II. He and Ladonia, his wife of 68 years, have three children, eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. U.L. says it's been a good life and he wouldn't change a thing. Read More
Legionnaires' disease bacteria found in VA hospital water
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Veterans Affairs officials say they've detected the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease in water samples at the Minneapolis hospital. The Star Tribune ( reports that no illnesses have been reported. Officials at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis said routine... Read More
Hungary: 2 suspects hoped to 'execute' government members
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian officials said Friday that two suspects detained last week after weapons were found in their car sought to "execute" members of the government. Laszlo Tasnadi, secretary of state for law enforcement at the Interior Ministry, said that the men, since placed under preliminary... Read More
Russia suspends visa-free travel with Turkey
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia announced Friday that it will suspend visa-free travel with Turkey amid the escalating spat over the downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish fighter jet at the Syrian border. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Moscow will halt the existing visa-free regime starting Jan.... Read More
EU turns to Turkey to help manage its migration woes
BRUSSELS (AP) — Five years ago, Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi warned that millions of Africans wanted to come to the European Union and offered to make the continent's immigration problem disappear in exchange for billions of euros. Despite Libyan rights abuses, Europe listened, and Italy signed a deal with the... Read More
2 Palestinians killed after attacking Israeli troops
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians after they rammed their cars into soldiers in separate attacks in the West Bank on Friday as the country's defense minister urged Israelis to brace themselves for more violence, saying he cannot see an end to the near-daily Palestinian attacks.... Read More
Tunisia, targeted anew, faces intelligence challenge
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — An attack by Islamic State militants on Tunisia's presidential guard has left this North African country, its economy and its democracy even more vulnerable just days before four Tunisians head to collect the Nobel Peace Prize. Five years ago, a desperate Tunisian street vendor set himself on... Read More
Oklahoma art teachers have paintings in Norman Rockwell Museum exhibit
A popular Edmond high school art teacher and her husband both have paintings being displayed at Massachusetts' Norman Rockwell Museum as part of an exhibit honoring veterans. The exhibit continues through Jan. 5. Read More
Oklahoma state briefs for Nov. 26, 2015
Oklahoma state briefs for Nov. 26, 2015 Read More
Harrah man continues Navy service
Senior Chief Sonar Technician Steve Aderhold, of Harrah, is serving on the USS Porter as it continues its 6th Fleet deployment to support U.S. national security interests in Europe. Read More
Oklahoma soldier killed in fight against IS remembered as dedicated, good man
Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler helped rescue about 70 hostages, including more than 20 members of the Iraqi Security Forces, and inserted himself into a firefight to defend Kurdish soldiers. As a baby and toddler, Wheeler and his brother Zach grinned while showing off his birthday cakes for the camera. When he... Read More
Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Moscow denies airspace violation
Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeated warnings over air space violations, but Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space. It was the first time a NATO member's armed forces have downed a Russian or Soviet military aircraft since... Read More
Army Colonel says he was retaliated against for blowing whistle on $43 million gas station
An Army Colonel who blew the whistle on a task force that was responsible for building a $43 million gas station in Afghanistan says he is being retaliated against, according to a prominent U.S. senator. Army Col. John Hope was the director of operations for the $800 million task force when he questioned its lack... Read More
Oklahoma's Fort Sill trains soldiers for electronic battle
Fort Sill, the U.S. Army post in southwest Oklahoma, is home to the Army Electronic Warfare School, which trains troops how to disrupt an enemy's communications systems using electromagnetic signals rather than conventional weapons such as bombs or bullets. Read More
Oklahoma news briefs for Nov. 19
Oklahoma news briefs for Nov. 19, 2015 Read More

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World War II veteran recalls mustard gas experiments

Nov 13During the 1940s, thousands of military personnel were involved in...

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Fort Sill gains jobs amid deep Army personnel cuts

Jul 9Army artillery post in southwestern Oklahoma gains jobs while other...

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Fort Sill soldiers who can't go home for the holidays enjoy day out in Oklahoma City metro area

Dec 24The annual event was organized by members of a local chapter of the...

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Oklahoma City Honors Veterans

Nov 11A number of ceremonies, parades and dedications were held across...

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Veterans officials address concerns at OKC town hall

Sep 24Officials at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center addressed concerns...