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DODEA students take a stand against bullying

Students at Ramstein Intermediate School wore orange while taking a stand against bullying Wednesday in celebration of Unity Day, a national campaign that promotes kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

US, allies practice shooting down ballistic missiles amid global tensions

The U.S Navy and its allies defended themselves against incoming missiles during a monthlong exercise in the north Atlantic Ocean that ended Tuesday, sending a readiness message in light of a more assertive Russia and a growing nuclear threat from North Korea.

UN judges to deliver verdicts next month in Mladic trial

A U.N. war crimes tribunal will deliver its verdict next month in the long-running trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic, who faces a possible life sentence if convicted of charges including genocide.

N. Korea is playing a longer game than the US

If we think through the North Korea nuclear weapons dilemma using game theory, one aspect of the problem deserves more attention, namely the age of the country's leader, Kim Jong Un: 33.

White House: VA's Shulkin not a candidate for HHS secretary

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who is under investigation for taking a 10-day trip to Europe that mixed business with sightseeing, is not being considered for the top job at Health and Human Services, the White House said Wednesday.

Trump: Congresswoman 'fabricated' account of his talk with soldier's widow

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a Florida congresswoman "fabricated" an account of the commander in chief telling the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger that her husband "knew what he signed up for."

Permanent engineer battalion sets up shop at Camp Humphreys

The 11th Engineer Battalion will replace the stateside rotational engineer battalions U.S. forces in Korea had been relying on since 2015.

Iran top leader urges Europe to do more to back nuclear deal

Iran's supreme leader says Europe should do more to back the nuclear deal after President Donald Trump refused to re-certify the pact.

Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against 'grim' challenges

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take a stronger role in society and economic development to better address the nation's "grim" challenges as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress.

US-backed Syrian fighters clearing war remnants in Raqqa

U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria were removing land mines and clearing main roads in Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after their commanders declared the city was under their control, a spokesman said.

Soldiers like new 'pinks and greens' but aren't happy about growing wardrobe

Some soldiers like the look of proposed retro-style uniforms unveiled by the Army last week but say they already have too many outfits.

Okinawa Marines resume Super Stallion flights following accident

The Marine Corps resumed CH-53E Super Stallion flights on Okinawa Wednesday despite Japanese officials' calls to ground the legacy heavy-lift helicopters over safety concerns.

USS Lake Champlain captain, crew members were disciplined for May collision

The commander of a U.S. warship that collided with a South Korean fishing vessel last spring was disciplined along with several members of his crew, the Navy revealed Tuesday.

Scientists, technicians, Navy bottlenose dolphins set out to save Mexico's vaquita porpoise

Dubbed Vaquita CPR , the mission envisions not just capturing the rare porpoises, but breeding them in order to rebuild the population. And hopefully, once conditions allow, releasing them back into the wild.

Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

While the U.S.-led coalition and Russian-backed Syrian troops have been focused on driving ISIS from the country's east, an al-Qaida-linked insurgent coalition known as the Levant Liberation Committee has consolidated its control over Idlib, and may be looking to return to Osama bin Laden's strategy ...

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport civilian charged with child rape

Robert Christian Perdomo, a cybersecurity expert at Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Keyport, Wash., is charged with allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl he met on a telephone chat line.

Navy secretary: Resolving shipyard backlog is crucial

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer visited the Puget Sound area on Tuesday to visit Navy facilities and related industries in the Pacific Northwest.

Trump calls widow of soldier killed in Niger, says 'he knew what he signed up for'

Trump called the wife of Sgt. La David Johnson Tuesday afternoon. The two spoke on the phone for five minutes before she met her husband's remains at Miami International Airport.

WWII veteran, 98, honored in Rhode Island for his service

Russell Johnson worked as a trained machinist before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1944. He was responsible for maintaining radar.

US-backed forces celebrate fall of IS 'capital,' Raqqa

Militants took over the vibrant metropolis on the Euphrates River in 2014, transforming it into the epicenter of their brutal rule, where opponents were beheaded and terror plots hatched.

Kings Bay sailors found dead 4 days apart at same home after apparent drug overdoses

Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Jerrell and Petty Officer 2nd Class Ty Bell, both assigned to Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, were found dead in the same off-base home four days apart.

Families of the fallen, and their presidents

The Associated Press spoke Tuesday with family members who have lost loved ones in U.S. military operations and asked them about their interactions, if any, with the president at the time — George W. Bush, Barack Obama or Donald Trump.

They 'made us proud': Remembering 2 young soldiers killed in Fort Jackson crash

Pvt. Timothy Ashcraft and Pvt. Ethan Shrader were killed Oct. 6 at Fort Jackson when a military vehicle drove into a troop formation in a collision that also injured six other soldiers in training.

American woman rescued from Afghanistan rushed to hospital

Caitlan Boyle, her husband, Joshua Boyle, and their three children were rescued Wednesday, five years after the couple was abducted in Afghanistan on a backpacking trip. The children were born in captivity.

In Somalia, hope fades in desperate search for missing

Across Mogadishu, Somalia's flag flew at half-mast, marking three days of national mourning. Mayor Thabit Abdi called for a citywide march on Wednesday in honor of the victims — and as a show of defiance.

Californians head back home to altered lives, communities

A week after fleeing raging wildfires, tens of thousands of emotionally ravaged Californians have drifted back home to find their lives and their communities dramatically altered.

Trump: Drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration

The announcement follows reports by The Washington Post and CBS News, which detailed the Pennsylvania lawmaker's involvement in crafting a 2016 law, signed by President Barack Obama, that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration's authority to curb opioid distribution.

Judge in Hawaii blocks latest version of Trump's travel ban

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued the ruling after the ban on a set of mostly Muslim countries was challenged by the state of Hawaii, which warned that the restrictions would separate families and undermine the recruiting of diverse college students.

Maryland man indicted for hate crime in new soldier's slaying

Richard Collins III was stabbed to death on May 20 at the University of Maryland, days before he was set to graduate from Bowie State University. He had just been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

A short-term health deal by senators – with Trump's blessing

The agreement followed weeks of negotiations between Sen. Lamar Alexander R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., that sought to address health insurance markets that have been in limbo following GOP failures to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Passenger says Delta crew stopped her from singing anthem

A Georgia physician said her plan to honor a fallen soldier by singing the U.S. national anthem aboard a Delta Air Lines plane carrying the soldier's casket was stopped by a flight attendant who told her it would violate company policy.

VA seeks 'narrow' exemption to for-profit college ethics law

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it would proceed with a narrow waiver to an ethics law banning VA employees from receiving benefits from for-profit colleges.

Coast Guard opens forward operation station in Cold Bay

The Coast Guard has moved equipment and a helicopter to Cold Bay on the Alaska Peninsula in anticipation of the winter commercial fishing season.

UN says S. Sudan 'lukewarm' about regional peace effort

South Sudan's government has given only "a lukewarm response" to a regional effort to revive the 2015 peace agreement and end worsening violence in the world's newest nation, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday.

Veteran faced an unwelcome homefront of discrimination during WWII

Townsell Thomas never saw battle against the Germans or Japanese. He never left his homeland. Instead, he witnessed and was subjected to battles because of his race — Thomas is black — that still linger in some parts of the country today.

McCain blocks Defense nominees to get Afghanistan war info

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said his committee needs the particulars in order to properly outfit the U.S. armed forces with training and equipment. "If we don't get the information we need, we can't do that."

France: 10 held in probe of alleged far-right terror plot

French counterterrorism police have arrested 10 people allegedly linked to a far-right extremist who already was in custody on suspicion of planning attacks against mosques, politicians and migrants.

After ISIS collapse in Raqqa, US faces other extremism threats

The imminent fall of the Islamic State's de facto capital leaves America a multitude of tasks to restore stability in the Middle East, starting with pockets of remaining IS resistance in Syria and Iraq.

'I fight back,' Trump warns after criticism by McCain

After Republican Sen. John McCain questioned "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in America's foreign policy, President Donald Trump warned that "people have to be careful because at some point I fight back."

Spc. Alex Missildine is remembered as 'a model soldier'

A broken community of family, friends and fellow soldiers united to remember Spc. Alexander Missildine's life and bring the fallen soldier to his final resting place.

'I fight back,' Trump warns after criticism by McCain

After Republican Sen. John McCain questioned "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in America's foreign policy, President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a warning shot saying "people have to be careful because at some point I fight back."

Army veteran's ex-husband suspected of murder in her disappearance

Dalen Larry Ware was taken into custody at his home in Phoenix Friday in connection with the presumed slaying of Julia Jacobson, 37. Her remains have not been found, according to police in Ontario, Calif., where she was last spotted.

US Postal Service has special holiday shipping options for delivery to servicemembers

While the holidays are a hard time to be away from home, the U.S. Postal Service makes it a priority that those serving their country will receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays no matter where they may be.

Israel says no talks if Hamas in Palestinian government

Israel says it will not negotiate with an emerging Palestinian government if the Hamas militant group plays any role in it.

F/A-18 military jet crashes outside of Madrid, killing pilot

An F/A-18 fighter jet crashed Tuesday at an air base outside Madrid, killing its pilot, the Spanish Defense Ministry said.

Fall of Islamic State group's 'capital': 5 things to know

U.S.-backed forces in northern Syria say they have captured Raqqa, once the seat of power for the Islamic State group, after a grueling four-month battle that left the city in ruins. Here are five things to know about Raqqa.

Timeline of events in Syrian city of Raqqa, once ISIS capital

A timeline of events in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, captured by U.S.-backed Syrian forces from the Islamic State group on Tuesday.

Pence backs Trump so he can follow him in office

Former Vice President John Nance Garner once said the position he held under Franklin Roosevelt wasn't worth a pitcher of warm spit. If Pence makes his move, one should consider that he carried the pitcher with pride.

GOP fractiousness is counterproductive

Republicans in Washington can't seem to get anything done as a team. Every faction has its own principled' plan to fix its own priorities, and when nothing happens amid such disunity, everybody loudly criticizes everybody.

Discarded, unmanned Russian spaceship burns up over Dubai

A discarded Russian cargo spaceship burned across the night sky of the Arabian Peninsula, drawing gasps from Dubai to Riyadh before breaking up in the Earth's atmosphere and scattering in the Indian Ocean.