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Spacecraft survives trip between Saturn and its rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has survived an unprecedented trip between Saturn and its rings, and has amazing pictures to show for it.

Pacific Command chief says missile defense in the works for Hawaii

The head of the U.S. Pacific Command told Congress that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is clearly in a position to threaten Hawaii today,' adding that a defensive radar for the islands is being planned and that installing intercontinental ballistic missile interceptors is being discussed.

New mega cruise ship will have a Ferrari-branded racetrack

Norwegian Cruise Line's new Norwegian Joy, a ship the Doral, Fla.-based cruise line is building to sail in China, will be the first ever to feature a racetrack -- from Ferrari, no less.

UK police arrest man with knives on suspicion of terrorism

Armed police carrying out a counterterrorism operation Thursday swooped in on a man they said was carrying knives in a bag near Britain's Parliament and arrested him on suspicion of planning terrorist acts.

Pentagon can set troop levels in Iraq, Syria without White House approval

President Donald Trump has authorized Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to set troop levels in Iraq and Syria without White House approval. The switch gives the Pentagon more autonomy to determine how many forces are required in the fight against Islamic State.

US admiral says N. Korea crisis is at worst point he's seen

The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific said Thursday that the crisis with North Korea is at the worst point he's ever seen, but he declined to compare the situation to the Cuban missile crisis decades ago.

Movies on base through May 3

Times and dates for theaters in Belgium, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, The Netherlands and Spain and Turkey.

Movies on base through May 4

Times and dates for theaters in Japan, Okinawa and South Korea

Clapper: US spy agencies may have trouble recruiting young people

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper, who served as director of national intelligence until January, warned U.S. intelligence agencies may have trouble recruiting young people if a campaign to ferret out disgruntled insiders grows too intense.

Trump to sign order for new VA accountability office

President Donald Trump on Thursday plans to create a new accountability office and a new task force within the Department of Veterans Affairs, both in an effort to discipline poor-performing VA employees.

Air Force veteran who uses wheelchair teaches sports to others

Joe Chris Rodriguez was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, a day away from deployment to Afghanistan in 2001, when he walked into an argument others were having in a restaurant parking lot. He was shot in the back and left paralyzed.

Montenegro set to approve NATO membership in historic move

Montenegro is set to formally approve becoming a member of NATO on Friday, a move seen as historic for the Balkan country long considered a traditional Russian ally in the turbulent region.

2 US servicemembers killed fighting ISIS in Afghanistan

Two U.S. servicemembers have been killed and a third was wounded in an operation against Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Jury rejects prosecution's sex assault case against sergeant

An Army sergeant accused of stealing into a sleeping soldier's room to sexually assault him was acquitted Wednesday after a three-day court-martial.

Polish village could become future Army hub, USAREUR commander says

U.S. Army Europe's Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges stood atop the railhead that supplies the strategic air base in this small central Poland village and told his military planners they were thinking too small, too Petticoat Junction' about the potential of Powidz.

Pentagon watchdog launches investigation into money that Flynn received from foreign groups

The Pentagon's top watchdog has launched an investigation into money that former national security adviser and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn received from foreign groups, members of the House Oversight Committee said Thursday.

Two US servicemembers killed fighting ISIS in Afghanistan

Two U.S. servicemembers have been killed and a third was wounded in an operation against Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Thursday.

White House backs off as lawmakers work to avert shutdown

Lawmakers are nearing agreement on sweeping spending legislation to keep the lights on in government, after the White House backed off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans pay their medical bills.

Amid wall-to-wall blockbusters, sands of summer are shifting

Does the summer movie season still exist? It was once an air-conditioned oasis that drew lines around the block of audiences eager for the roller-coaster ride of "Indiana Jones," the shark bite of "Jaws" and the buzz of a lightsaber. But in a time where the mega-movie business is year-round, that ...

Taiwan's pursuit of F-35s tests Trump's early rapport with China's Xi

Taiwan's push to include F-35 fighter jets in its first arms deal with President Donald Trump could pose the next challenge to the diplomatic detente between the new U.S. leader and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

Before North Korea had nuclear weapons, it had wild and often deadly plots

On a January night in 1968, after two years of secretive training, a 31-member team of North Korean commandos cut a hole in the fence of the demilitarized border and started heading south. Their goal: to sneak undetected into the South Korean capital of Seoul, enter the presidential residence, and ...

Militant group says Pakistan using prisoner for propaganda

The Taliban in Pakistan has accused the country's premier intelligence service of using a notorious captured militant leader to give the impression the group is being funded by foreign spy agencies to orchestrate attacks, a militant spokesman said.

Russian navy ship sinks in Black Sea; all 78 crew rescued

A Russian naval reconnaissance ship sank Thursday after colliding with a freighter off Istanbul, but all crew members were rescued, the Defense Ministry said.

UN says slight drop in war deaths, but more women among them

The number of civilians dying in Afghanistan's protracted 16-year war dropped slightly during the first three months of this year, the United Nations reported Thursday, but in a surprising twist more women and children are among the dead and wounded than in previous casualty reports.

German soldier arrested on suspicion of planning attack

Police have arrested a German soldier who had posed as a Syrian refugee on suspicion he was planning an attack, apparently motivated by anti-foreigner sentiment, in a case that prosecutors said Thursday was "more than strange."

Polish village could become future Army hub, USAEUR commander says

U.S. Army Europe's Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges stood atop the railhead that supplies the strategic air base in this small central Poland village and told his military planners they were thinking too small, too Petticoat Junction' about the potential of Powidz.

United raising limit on payments for bumped passenger to $10,000

United Airlines says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat.

N. Korea releases video showing White House in crosshairs and carriers exploding

A North Korean propaganda outlet Thursday released an inflammatory video clip showing a simulated attack on the White House, declaring "the enemy to be destroyed is in our sights."

Veterans, some homeless, laid to rest at Dallas cemetery

Twenty veterans, many with no remaining family or loved ones, were laid to rest with honors Wednesday at a small funeral service at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Black Hawk crew lands at Fort Bragg school to inspire students

Soldiers from the 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, landed UH-60 Black Hawks next to a school as part of a schoolwide celebration of flight tied to the Month of the Military Child.

US, S. Korean jets train amid heightened tensions on Korean Peninsula

American and South Korean fighter jets have flown hundreds of sorties in the skies over South Korea in recent weeks in an exercise designed to showcase the firepower they can bring to the defense of the peninsula.

Pentagon gets more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders.

Final Okinawa meet also Far East qualifier

Since the qualifying deadline for the Far East track and field meet was established six years ago, the Okinawa season-ending meet has usually come afterwards and not meant much.

Weekend will see if others join Royals as leading contenders

Resurgent teams from Wiesbaden and Stuttgart and a suddenly beatable Ramstein squad have produced the most unpredictable DODEA-Europe Division I baseball race in years. In Division I softball, however, the picture is much less convoluted.

Observers: Large explosion rocks Syrian capital

A large explosion rocked the Syrian capital early Thursday, followed by a fire near the Damascus airport, Syrian opposition activists and a monitor said.

Dispute over health payments defused, spending bill on track

President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from a threat to immediately withhold payments to help people with modest incomes with out-of-pocket medical expenses under Democrat Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders.

White House: Trump will not immediately bolt NAFTA

President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not immediately pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.

Crew rescued after Navy helicopter crash in Guam waters

The Navy says Thursday's crash happened as the helicopter was conducting routine flight operations. Guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey rescued the pilots and air crewman, who were uninjured.

3 rescued after US Navy helicopter crashes near Guam

The Navy says Thursday's crash happened as the helicopter was conducting routine flight operations. Guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey rescued the pilots and air crewman, who were uninjured.

Hundreds of military members owed refunds from auto lender

Security National Automotive Acceptance Co., which operates in more than two dozen states, was punished in 2015 for threatening to call its customers' commanding officers about debts. The company also exaggerated the potential consequences of failing to make loan payments, the agency found.

'Even the stones reek with sadness' in Aleppo

Before the war, Aleppo was an engine of wealth, a hub for tens of thousands of factories and workshops. However, although peace has returned, the neighborhoods of Aleppo remain largely ghost towns.

New South Sudan fighting displaces 25,000 people

The fighting has caused a reduction in humanitarian services and a shortage of water for the displaced. Civilians are fleeing to the nearby South Sudanese town of Aburoc.

Worried relatives of US citizens jailed in Iran seek Trump's help

Relatives of U.S. citizens jailed in Iran are trying to press the Trump administration to secure their release as worries grow over the health of an imprisoned father and son.

Former Army sergeant pleads guilty in false tax returns case

A former U.S. Army sergeant has pleaded guilty to using hacked information from four University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employees to file false tax returns seeking IRS refunds.

US submarine returns to Connecticut after 6-month deployment

The USS New Mexico's commanding officer, Cmdr. Dan Reiss, said they traveled more than 37,000 miles in the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, about 6,000 miles more than usual in a deployment.

Hilton plans to expand military hiring program at Hawaii resort

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is looking for a few good men and women' to fulfill its goal of making military veterans and military family members 7 percent of all their new hires in the next three years.

The 'white shark' returns with a bellyful of cocaine, marijuana

A U.S. Coast Guard crew based in Astoria returned after a 2.5-month deployment that yielded the seizure of $11 million in cocaine and marijuana, officials said.

Tribes sue Coast Guard over tanker traffic's risk to orcas

In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Tuesday, the Tulalip and Suquamish tribes argue that the Coast Guard has failed to consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service over the impact of the tanker traffic it regulates on the killer whales.

7 arrested in protest at US Air Force drone base near Vegas

Police say seven protesters were issued misdemeanor summonses alleging unlawful assembly. Officer Michael Rodriguez says they refused orders not to block the base gate.