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Democrats used a standoff over the year-end spending bill to appeal to the working-class white voters they lost to President-elect Donald Trump by threatening a short government shutdown over health-care benefits for coal miners.



President Obama authorizes larger raise for federal employees

In letters to the House and Senate, Obama authorized an average pay raise for 2017 of 2.1 percent, instead of the 1.6 percent he submitted in August.


Trump's generals, hardened by war, see militant Islam, Iran as dire dangers

President-elect Donald Trump is assembling a national security team dominated by retired generals who have been heavily influenced by battlefield losses, the country's waning attention to the wars and an up-close view of a ruthless enemy.


Aboard Charles de Gaulle, French and US sailors toast ‘l’interopérabilité’

U.S. Navy Lt. Osbaldo walked through all of the catapult spaces beneath the flight deck, shaking hands with every present member of his French crew, a morning routine he’s grown accustomed to since attaching to the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.



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US is sending 200 more troops to Syria to battle Islamic State

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says as many as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the Islamic State group's key stronghold of Raqqa.


James Gilman, retired Army major general, to head troubled NIH clinical center

Retired Maj. Gen. James Gilman, former commander of the unit that oversees the U.S. Army's battlefield medical needs, will become the new head the National Institutes of Health's troubled clinical center, NIH announced Friday.


Obama orders review of election hacking

President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to conduct a broad review of election-season cyber attacks, including the email hacks that rattled the presidential campaign and raised fresh concerns about Russia's meddling in U.S. elections, the White House said Friday.



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Despite problems, F-35's 1st test pilot still believes in the stealth fighter

Jon Beesley, who has experience behind the stick of every other stealth aircraft, said the F-35 is different. He also does not find it “terribly surprising” that it has taken longer to develop because it’s being built for three service branches.


Aboard Charles de Gaulle, French and US sailors toast ‘l’interopérabilité’

U.S. Navy Lt. Osbaldo walked through all of the catapult spaces beneath the flight deck, shaking hands with every present member of his French crew, a morning routine he’s grown accustomed to since attaching to the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.


US is sending 200 more troops to Syria to battle Islamic State

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says as many as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the Islamic State group's key stronghold of Raqqa.


Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact.


Bombing on Cairo road to pyramids kills 6 Egyptian police

A bombing on a main Cairo road leading to the Giza pyramids killed six police and wounded another three on Friday, the deadliest attack on security forces in the capital in more than six months.


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Despite problems, F-35's 1st test pilot still believes in the stealth fighter

Jon Beesley, who has experience behind the stick of every other stealth aircraft, said the F-35 is different. He also does not find it “terribly surprising” that it has taken longer to develop because it’s being built for three service branches.


Aboard Charles de Gaulle, French and US sailors toast ‘l’interopérabilité’

U.S. Navy Lt. Osbaldo walked through all of the catapult spaces beneath the flight deck, shaking hands with every present member of his French crew, a morning routine he’s grown accustomed to since attaching to the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.


US is sending 200 more troops to Syria to battle Islamic State

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says as many as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the Islamic State group's key stronghold of Raqqa.


Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact.


Bombing on Cairo road to pyramids kills 6 Egyptian police

A bombing on a main Cairo road leading to the Giza pyramids killed six police and wounded another three on Friday, the deadliest attack on security forces in the capital in more than six months.



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Helping homeless veterans, one RV trip at a time

In what’s believed to be a one-of-a-kind VA outreach effort in the nation, an RV and a team of specialists bring the VA's services to the streets to help San Diego's homeless veterans.



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Stepfather to stand trial for murder in disappearance of deployed seaman's son

Tieray Jones was living with 2-year-old Jahi Turner's mother, Tameka Turner, who was in the Navy and had been deployed a few days before her son went missing. Jahi was reported missing on April 25, 2002.


Court sets trial date for Ohio man in Wright-Patterson AFB security case

A man accused of causing the evacuation of two buildings at Ohio's largest military base is set for trial next year in federal court in southwestern Ohio.


Charity, readiness come together for annual Toy Drop jumps

Operation Toy Drop is one of the Army's largest charity events - a toy drive that collects thousands of Christmas gifts for families in need.


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.


Coast Guard seeks public's help to find false mayday caller

The Coast Guard is seeking the public's help to find someone who has made repeated false calls for help from near the mouth of the Columbia River.


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Stepfather to stand trial for murder in disappearance of deployed seaman's son

Tieray Jones was living with 2-year-old Jahi Turner's mother, Tameka Turner, who was in the Navy and had been deployed a few days before her son went missing. Jahi was reported missing on April 25, 2002.


Court sets trial date for Ohio man in Wright-Patterson AFB security case

A man accused of causing the evacuation of two buildings at Ohio's largest military base is set for trial next year in federal court in southwestern Ohio.


Charity, readiness come together for annual Toy Drop jumps

Operation Toy Drop is one of the Army's largest charity events - a toy drive that collects thousands of Christmas gifts for families in need.


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.


Coast Guard seeks public's help to find false mayday caller

The Coast Guard is seeking the public's help to find someone who has made repeated false calls for help from near the mouth of the Columbia River.



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If Army cannot beat Navy now, when will it?

From the corridors of The Pentagon to the fields of strife in the Middle East, there is one question that has been posed repeatedly this week by service members with a rooting interest in the only major college football game played the second Saturday in December.


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If Army cannot beat Navy now, when will it?

From the corridors of The Pentagon to the fields of strife in the Middle East, there is one question that has been posed repeatedly this week by service members with a rooting interest in the only major college football game played the second Saturday in December.



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