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Men due to leave Gitmo under Obama seem stuck under Trump

The Trump administration has not released any prisoners and not added any to the list of cleared men who can go home, or to a third country, for resettlement. There were 197 transferred out under his predecessor and more than 500 under President George W. Bush.

Navy delivers apology for obscene skywriting

Okanogan Superintendent Richard Johnson requested a written apology for the skywriting in the shape of male genitalia drawn in the sky above Omak and Okanogan. The image was fully visible above the school playgrounds.

Joint Typhoon Warning Center issues TCFA on developing system southeast of Manila

Model guidance depicts the system crossing the Philippines' central islands over the next few days, with land interaction hindering the system's development. It could become a strong tropical storm, with heavy rain associated with the system.

Would-be suicide bomber in New York City faces court hearing

Akayed Ullah remains hospitalized with burns from a pipe bomb that failed to fully detonate. Authorities are determining whether his initial appearance Wednesday will need to take place through closed-circuit video from the hospital.

Window from Super Stallion lands on Okinawa elementary school's sports field

The window hit the ground at about 10:10 a.m. at Futenma Daini Elementary School, which is next to the fence line on the northern side of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. There were 30-40 students on the field for physical education class at the time of the incident.

FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an 'idiot'

Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI counterintelligence agent who was also deeply involved in the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, was removed over the summer from Mueller's team.

Mistrial in ex-Navy commander's attempted rape trial

A judge declared the mistrial Tuesday after a lone holdout kept jurors from convicting John M. Neuhart with the attempted rape of a junior officer in San Diego.

Sold North Korean brides face hard choices in China

Experts estimate that thousands, and perhaps tens of thousands, of North Korean women have been trafficked across the border and sold as brides since a crippling famine in North Korea killed hundreds of thousands of people in the mid-1990s.

Jones wins in stunning Alabama upset

The victory by Jones, a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for Birmingham's infamous 1963 church bombing, narrows the GOP advantage in the U.S. Senate to 51-49.

Navy evaluates options for Honolulu's Red Hill fuel tanks

The tanks at Red Hill date to World War II and sit atop an important aquifer. Options include restoring existing tanks, lining the tanks and installing tanks within tanks.

Review: 'The Last Jedi' a welcome disturbance in the Force

Crews struggle to keep flames from California neighborhoods

Tens of thousands of people remain evacuated, including many from the seaside enclaves of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria and the inland agricultural town of Fillmore.

VA faces higher-than-estimated costs, other challenges to implement 'Forever' GI Bill

Higher-than-anticipated costs is one of a number of problems that the agency has faced for months of a yearlong charge to implement the Forever' GI Bill, which contains 34 changes to veterans' education benefits.

Iraq PM warns Islamic State might erupt again somewhere else

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told reporters Tuesday that "we have managed to break them" in Iraq, but added that it's a worry for everyone that ISIS has "this unfortunate ability to recruit young people very quickly."

Federal officials probe Los Alamos National Laboratory after worker incident

Federal officials are investigating the Los Alamos National Laboratory after an employee was involved in an incident described as a "near-miss to a fatality."

As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn and family

Michael Flynn made clear "he was tired of the constant barrage of either people trying to contact him and his family, or the press and the coverage they were getting. He was ready for that to be over," said Thomas A. Heaney Jr., a retired Army colonel who has known Flynn since childhood and spoke to ...

'Last Jedi' cast reveals tidbits about next Star Wars film

Director Rian Johnson and 10 members of the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi' -- Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran -- face a small army to journalists to discuss the latest film in the ...

Ethiopia faces social media blackout after new ethnic unrest

Ethiopia faces a social media blackout as clashes intensify between ethnic groups in various parts of the country. Facebook and Twitter were down Tuesday after reports emerged of killings on Monday by security forces in the Oromia region.

USS Nimitz returns home after six-month deployment

The USS Nimitz returned to Bremerton this weekend following a six-month deployment that brought the aircraft carrier across the globe, performing combat operations in the Arabian Gulf's scorching heat and participating in the Navy's first three-carrier exercise in a decade.

Trudeau snubs Boeing, unveils plan to buy used Australian jets

The Trudeau government is escalating a trade fight with Boeing, ditching plans to buy 18 Super Hornets while launching a search for new fighter jets under parameters that could hamper future bids from the U.S. plane maker.

Midshipman faces discipline after scaling Naval Academy Chapel for traditional stunt

Naval Academy lore claims a midshipman who can get his cap — called a cover — atop the chapel's obelisk will earn relaxed restrictions, or carry-on. One midshipman is getting the opposite of that, thanks to a stunt involving his cover and a statue.

Russian Olympic Committee expects 200 to compete in South Korea

Despite Russia's ban from the upcoming Olympics, officials in the country still expect more than 200 of their athletes to compete at the Pyeongchang Games.

NTSB blames captain, bad safety culture for loss of El Faro

A ship captain's unwillingness to listen to his crew's suggestions to change course from the path of a raging hurricane. A weak corporate safety culture that left crewmembers ill-prepared to deal with heavy weather. An old ship with outdated lifeboats, open to the elements.

Review: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is a grandiose, epic space opera

The original Watergate lock that burglars picked open is going to auction

It's the lock that launched a two-year investigation and took down a president. And now more than four decades later — and for a starting bid of $50,000 — it can be a really wonky conversation piece.

NTSB starts final probe of the El Faro's sinking

Federal investigators probing the deaths of 33 mariners on the doomed El Faro said Tuesday that open lifeboats would not have protected the crew had they been able to launch them. They recommend replacing these old-style lifeboats on any vessel still using them.

LSU student group seeks to rename buildings on campus though namesakes were not Confederates

Now that Confederate names have been stripped from one LSU street and two buildings are slated to be torn down, a coalition of student groups wants to change the names on two buildings on the Baton Rouge campus. New names being floated are former U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert H. Barrow ...

NASA to test spacecraft's safety in Yuma Army installation

A team from Houston's Johnson Space Center has been working at the Jacobs Hangar at the Yuma International Airport in preparation for the testing of the parachutes of the Orion spacecraft on Wednesday at the Yuma Proving Ground.

Scott Air Force Base colonel relieved of command

Col. John Howard took the job as commander of the 375th Air Mobility Wing in July but was replaced Monday by Col. W. Chris Buschur, after the Air Force commander lost confidence in him, according to a news release.

Prosecutors say suspect taunted Trump before subway bombing

A Bangladeshi immigrant arrested in a New York subway bombing mocked President Donald Trump on social media while on his way to carry out the botched suicide mission, authorities said as they brought federal charges against him Tuesday.

Congress could finalize deal to reconcile House and Senate tax bills as soon as today

Lawmakers are on the verge of striking a tentative agreement that would reconcile tax bills passed separately by the House and Senate, and an announcement could come later Tuesday or sometime Wednesday, a top Senate Republican said Tuesday.

Thousands of Russian private contractors fighting in Syria

The Kremlin and the Defense Ministry have stonewalled questions about Russians fighting in Syria in a private capacity. Private contractors have been used by countries like the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan for years; Russian law forbids the hiring of mercenaries or working as one.

Military television sets in Europe go high-definition

American Forces Network made the switch to high-definition TV overnight Monday in Europe, the Americas, Southwest Asia and Africa, completing the last phase of the agency's worldwide conversion to HD programming.

NATO prolongs chief Stoltenberg's term for 2 more years

NATO extended Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg's tenure for two more years at the head of the world's biggest military alliance on Tuesday. He has held the post since 2014.

Russian security agency says it busts ISIS suicide bomber cell

The Federal Security Service, or FSB, said Tuesday that the suspects were plotting a series of suicide attacks in the Russian capital during the New Year's holidays and the presidential election campaign.

US drone strike removes 'imminent threat' to Somali capital

The airstrike was carried out early Tuesday morning about 40 miles southwest of Somalia's capital, the U.S. statement said, adding that no civilians were killed. It was not immediately clear how many al-Shabab fighters may have been killed.

German soldier charged in far-right plot against politicians

A German military officer has been indicted on allegations he plotted to kill prominent political figures and blame the attack on refugees, prosecutors said Tuesday, in a case that raised concerns about extremism in the country's military.

Laura Dern excited about joining Star Wars universe

Laura Dern was only 6 years old when she saw Star Wars: A New Hope.' I will never forget it. That was the first long line I ever waited in. When I saw it, a whole new world opened,' Dern recalls. At the time, I don't think I had caught up to knowing I wanted to be an actor. But, what Star Wars gave ...

USS Indianapolis: What a woman learned about the father she never knew

Her biological father was killed in World War II when the USS Indianapolis sank in what became the worst maritime disaster in U.S. naval history.

Okinawa-based Marine indicted in fatal crash that killed a Japanese national

An Okinawa-based Marine has been indicted on charges related to a Nov. 19 crash that killed a 61-year-old Japanese national and led to alcohol and liberty restrictions affecting all U.S. servicemembers in Japan.

Aviano airman guilty of attempted murder after stabbing airman in her room

An airman who stabbed another airman in her barracks was convicted of attempted murder at a court-martial Tuesday and now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.

US soldier killed in S. Korea traffic accident was NCO with 2 sons

An American soldier who was killed in a traffic accident last week was a health care noncommissioned officer with two sons, the military said Tuesday.

Trio saves life of fellow Marine injured helping Okinawa crash victims

Three Marines have been credited with saving the life of a 44-year-old father of three who had pulled over to help injured Japanese motorists after an accident on the Okinawa Expressway.

Houston man charged with trying to aid ISIS, sharing bomb-making plans

An 18-year-old Houston man was charged Monday with distributing bomb-making instructions and trying to support the Islamic State group, the Justice Department said.

Guam student starts donation drive to help Puerto Ricans affected by storms

After Hurricane Maria cut a path of devastation through the Caribbean, a 13-year-old boy at a Defense Department school on Guam decided to make a difference.

US-based climate scientists to take research to France

It is a dream come true for U.S.-based climate scientists — the offer of all-expenses-paid life in France to advance their research in Europe instead of in the United States under climate skeptic President Donald Trump, two of the winners say.

Official says Taliban attacks have killed 3 Afghan soldiers

An Afghan official says Taliban insurgents have targeted military checkpoints in eastern Ghazni province in two separate attacks, killing three Afghan soldiers.

Ex-US deserter to N. Korea who married Japan abductee dies

Charles Jenkins, a U.S Army deserter to North Korea who married a Japanese abductee and lived in Japan after their release, has died. He was 77.

Clarence Beavers, pioneering black paratrooper and smoke jumper, dies at 96

Clarence Beavers, the last surviving member of America's first black parachute unit, a World War II "test platoon" that went on to battle fires caused by Japanese bombs and paved the way for black paratroopers in the postwar integrated military, died Dec. 4 at his home in Huntington, New York. He ...

North Korea's prisons are as bad as Nazi camps, says judge who survived Auschwitz

North Korea's political prisons are just as bad as - and perhaps even worse than - the Nazi concentration camps of the Holocaust, a renowned judge and Auschwitz survivor has concluded after hearing from former North Korean prisoners and guards.