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Army veteran 'Bobblehead Bob' Manak dies at 57

Bob Manak's hobby was collections, from scouring flea markets for the colorful bobbleheads that filled his West Side Cleveland home to displaying shot glasses, magnets and other trinkets. But mostly he collected friends.

Vice president's wife to visit Mississippi Navy base

The wife of Vice President Mike Pence is planning to visit a Navy base in Mississippi where she'll attend a reception honoring military spouses.

Vilseck routs Kaiserslautern to open strongly

The Falcons dominated a doubleheader against the Raiders, winning 12-3 and 12-1, with Crystal Morris and Avery Hicks combining for a no-hitter in the second game.

With 'vaping' on the rise, debate centers on its effects

Whether the "skyrocketing" use of electronic cigarettes can help smokers quit tobacco use or lure youth and adults back to nicotine is a question up for debate.

Written off after 2009 grounding, USS Port Royal finishes 7-month deployment

A $1 billion guided-missile cruiser Navy brass had previously written off as permanently damaged goods from a bad 2009 grounding off Honolulu Airport returned Friday from a successful seven-month deployment to the Middle East and South China Sea.

Is there an unforgivable sin?

Is there a sin that God will not forgive? Some members of the clergy in Texas say there is, but it's none of the things that are punished by the criminal justice system.

Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from US

Former CIA Director James Woolsey has accused the Trump administration's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, of participating in a discussion with Turkish officials about possibly subverting the U.S. extradition process to remove a Turkish cleric from the United States.

Former Palestinian prisoner found shot dead in Gaza

A former Palestinian prisoner whom Israel sent to Gaza after his release has been found shot dead at the entrance of his house in Gaza City.

Roadside bomb, sniper kill 4 policemen in Egypt's Sinai

A pair of attacks by suspected Islamic militants on Saturday killed four policemen and injured six others in the turbulent north of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, according to security officials, bringing to 16 the number of policemen and soldiers known to have been slain in the area in three days.

Officials say Congolese militia decapitates more than 40 police

A local official says a Congolese militia group has decapitated 42 policemen after ambushing them in Central Kasai province, which has seen a spike in deadly violence in recent months.

Mexican boat stopped for illegally fishing off Texas coast

The U.S. Coast Guard has seized a Mexican fishing boat and detained its five crewmembers in a poaching investigation off the Gulf Coast waters of South Texas.

Ex-guerrilla leader vows to keep fight for East Timor unity

A former guerrilla fighter vowed Saturday to keep peace and unity as East Timor's new president, delivering a victory speech after the final tally showed he was on course to win the election.

Airmen mourn 'mom of the flight line' killed in noncombat incident in Jordan

U.S. troops gathered at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on Thursday to mourn the death of a colleague they remembered as a kind friend, a loving wife and mother, and a dedicated and driven professional.

Turkish chocolate festival features bust of President Trump

One of the highlights at a Turkish chocolate festival has been U.S. President Donald Trump — made of cake icing.

Senior statesmen in Iraq decry Mosul airstrike

Senior Sunni Muslim politicians expressed on Saturday concern over reports of airstrikes that have allegedly killed more than 100 civilians in western Mosul where U.S.-backed government troops are fighting the Islamic State group.

Stolen National Guard Humvee found in Ohio garage

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it found the sand-colored military vehicle Friday night after getting tips on its whereabouts.

Monument pays tribute to role of engineer battalion in WWII Rhine crossing

A small town on the banks of the Rhine witnessed acts of extraordinary ingenuity and courage 72 years ago this week, when U.S. Army engineers built a 1,000-foot pontoon bridge in less than 24 hours.

US military plane makes emergency landing in Indonesia

An American military plane made an emergency landing at an airport in Indonesia's Aceh province, an Indonesian air force spokesman said Saturday. There were no injuries.

Islamic State-held human shields in Mosul complicate coalition strikes

Fleeing civilians, front-line doctors and troops have all said women and children are frequently caught in the crossfire. They say the militants often deliberately put them there by firing on them when they flee or using them as shields when they stay.

Airstrikes across rebel-held Syria kill and wound scores

Warplanes struck rebel-held parts of Syria Saturday hitting a women's prison and a clinic, killing and wounding scores of people, amid clashes on multiple fronts between government forces and insurgent groups in some of the worst violence the country has witnessed in weeks, opposition activists said ...

'Tenuous and tricky:' Sopko tells Fort Bragg crowd of US efforts in Afghanistan

America's longest war is far from over. Despite more than 15 years of efforts by the United States military across repeated deployments, including many involving Fort Bragg troops, and billions of dollars spent by the U.S. government, the man charged with overseeing America's rebuilding efforts in ...

Retired AF pilot's rocket-shooting skills celebrated in surprise event

Even though he was the winner of an inaugural Air Force competition, Vietnam veteran Clarence Lewis never personally got a trophy. The retired military colonel beat out 15 other pilots in 1954 to snag bragging rights in the first-ever William Tell competition, which tested pilots on how accurately ...

2nd Cavalry Regiment soldiers head to Poland in 'spartan' mission

A long line of combat vehicles filed out of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment's Rose Barracks here Saturday, beginning a 560-mile road march to northeastern Poland in a hard-power show of force to Russia.

Barrel rolls, loops and dives all part of family tradition

Sitting in the back seat of a vintage World War II T-6 Texan, the airplane's glass bubble cockpit cover provided a eagle's eye view Friday of the Golden Isles spreading out below us. Then that hotshot pilot Steve Gustafson pulled the dang plane into a climb, and we were suddenly closing in on the ...

Man gets prison for role fencing hot military guns

A Boston man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for conspiring to sell machine guns and other weapons stolen from the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Worcester.

Sonnenberg, Hunter better own marks

Yokota senior tops his discus record by more than a meter, while Edgren senior adds almost half a meter onto her shot put mark.

US-aided fighters face little resistance in Syrian operation

Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters have encountered light resistance in northern Syria after U.S. pilots airlifted them into combat, an American officer said Friday, suggesting the operation caught Islamic State militants by surprise.

The race to Raqqa could cost Trump Turkey

The United States and Turkey are on a collision course in Raqqa, as Turkish officials warn that Washington's reliance on Kurdish forces to liberate the Islamic State's de facto capital would severely damage its relationship with Ankara.

Trump confronts reality: US has few options to block N. Korea's nuclear program

While on the campaign trail, Donald Trump once suggested he'd negotiate directly with North Korea's Kim Jong Un over a hamburger to help defuse the threat posed by Kim's nuclear weapons programs. As president, Trump and his top appointees are pursuing a more traditional, arm's-length approach.

Trial of 2 psychologists over CIA torture pushed back

Disputes over access to top secret information have led a federal judge in Washington state to push back the civil trial of two psychologists who developed harsh interrogation methods in the government's war on terror.

Court gives Vietnam veteran another shot at benefits claim

Sixteen months in Vietnam as an infantryman and helicopter door gunner with the 101st Airborne Division left Roger L. Perale with problems hearing, PTSD, diabetes and hypertension. Now a favorable new ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims offers him a fresh shot at boosting his ...

Utah court offers second chance to troubled veterans

It's been two years now since Utah Judge Royal Hansen launched a specialty court open exclusively to military veterans who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Saudi Embassy confirms UK attacker had been in Saudi Arabia

The man who killed four people outside Britain's Parliament was in Saudi Arabia three times and taught English there, the Middle Eastern country's embassy said.

Public memorial service to honor Fisher and Reynolds

Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher nearly three months after their deaths.

As EU turns 60, leaders converge on Rome to rekindle sense of unity

Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the signature of their solemn bond in Rome, which started with six founding nations but steadily grew to 28. But the biggest setback in the EU's history looms next week, when Britain officially triggers negotiations to become the first nation to leave the bloc.

Merkel plays anti-terror card as German election year kicks off

Angela Merkel's party is attacking her political opponents as weak on fighting terrorism and crime as the German chancellor seeks to blunt her main challenger's momentum in a state vote this weekend.

Air Force responds to concerns from Trump over Air Force One costs

Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, who recently was selected for promotion to a second star, will be in charge of replacing the current fleet of two Air Force One Boeing 747s with a newer version of the jumbo jet, officials said.

Army delivers new jungle footwear to Hawaii GIs for final testing

On Thursday some 3,000 soldiers at Schofield Barracks started getting new test jungle boots that are in some ways a throwback to the M1966 black leather and green cotton upper boots of Vietnam and the 25th Infantry Division's days there but have evolved with 21st-century technology and needs.

Media personality Alex Jones backs off 'Pizzagate' claims

Alex Jones, the conspiracy-loving media personality, apologized Friday for his role in promoting "Pizzagate," the baseless viral story that a Washington pizza restaurant was the locale of a child sex-abuse ring run by Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta.

Ohio's Senators tour Wright-Patterson as budget pressures mount

Sen. Sherrod Brown, co-chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus, said he wanted to emphasize the work Wright-Patterson does for national security to key lawmakers who make decisions impacting the military.

Florida state budget ax targets students of military families

The funds originally were set aside in 2015 as a way to reimburse counties like Okaloosa that miss out annually on property taxes because so much of their taxable land is taken up by federally and state-owned military installations.

Tillerson to attend rescheduled NATO meeting

The State Department said Friday the secretary would stop in Brussels on March 31, the day after he meets with Turkish leaders in Ankara. A NATO official said that "consultations on scheduling" among the alliance's 27 other members for that date "are ongoing" but that an announcement was expected ...

North Carolina National Guard honors soldiers for heroism during 354th anniversary celebration

Tracing its history to the Carolina Charter of March 24, 1663, which granted the right to levy, muster and train men' to defend the property and people of the Carolinas, Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Lusk, the state adjutant general, said the soldiers honored were part of a lengthy tradition that predates ...

Wounded veteran conquers Mount Kilimanjaro for a cause

Wounded veteran Kirstie Ennis recently hiked to the summit of Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for East Africa rural communities' need for clean drinking water.

Immigration lawyers warn of visa delays and more denials with beefed-up vetting

Although the new standards outlined in a March 17 Tillerson cable are still being refined, and others reiterate existing procedures, they offer a glimpse of how the Trump administration plans to impose "extreme vetting" even though courts in Hawaii and Maryland have issued injunctions against ...

Army vet awarded Bronze Star for bravery in Vietnam battle

Retired Sgt. Joseph Engles was presented with the military distinction on Monday during a ceremony in his hometown of Murrieta, in Southern California, for gallantry in the face of the enemy during the Battle of Suoi Tre in March 1967.

Pakistan's new ambassador seeks warm relations with Trump administration

Pakistan's new ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, has only been in his post for 12 days, but already is busy trying to explain the profound changes in Washington to his government in Islamabad.

Trump, GOP leaders pull health care bill

President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their bill to repeal "Obamacare" off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly — after seven years of nonstop railing against the law. Democrats said Americans can "breathe a sigh of relief." Trump said the current law was ...

More aggressive approach in Somalia favored, AFRICOM chief says

Vowing he won't turn Somalia into a "free fire zone," the commander of U.S. Africa Command said Friday he wants greater authority to conduct airstrikes and use military forces in the African country to allow the U.S. to strike al-Qaida-linked militants more quickly.

US troops to stay in Libya to monitor Islamic State, AFRICOM chief says

Fewer than 200 Islamic State fighters remain in Libya but pose enough of a threat that the United States intends to retain a small special operations force in the troubled nation indefinitely, the U.S. Africa Command chief said Friday.