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{FD} North Korea missile launch tests Trump’s China outreach

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North Korea’s launch of a longer-range missile shows advances in its technological capabilities and offers the sternest test yet of President Donald Trump’s strategy to work with China to combat the threat. Continue reading

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{FD} Border agency says it has picked finalists to design wall

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The federal government says it has settled on finalists to design President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, but it won’t identify them. Continue reading

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{FD} First time in 7 years: No Cuban migrants to US caught at sea

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The U.S. Coast Guard is hailing a landmark: Last month was the first in seven years when no Cuban migrants were caught trying to reach the U.S. by sea. Continue reading

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{FD} Navy continues cleaning up 94,000 gallon jet fuel spill

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The Navy is continuing to clean up about 94,000 gallons of jet fuel spilled at an air station in Virginia Beach. Continue reading

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{FD} McMaster: No decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan

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White House National Security Adviser H.R. Continue reading

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{FD} Marine Corps releases TV ad aimed at recruiting women

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The United States Marine Corps released a new TV advertisement on Friday featuring a female marine captain, the military branch’s bid to recruit more women to become “the few, the proud.” Continue reading

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{FD} New TV ad shows Marines looking for a few good women

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A Marine in full combat gear moves through dark, frigid water, gripping an M-16 rifle, then plunges under barbed wire and through a submerged drainage pipe. Continue reading

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{FD} Japanese tourist detained in Honolulu alleges discrimination

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii says a deaf Japanese tourist was illegally denied a sign-language interpreter while she was detained and interrogated at Honolulu International Airport. Continue reading

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{FD} Sean Spicer absent from briefings during key week for Trump

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If you’re missing your daily dose of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, it’s because President Donald Trump’s chief spokesman has been on Navy Reserve duty. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea poses ‘existential’ threat, US intel chief warns

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North Korea’s nuclear weapons program poses a potentially “existential” threat to the United States, the national intelligence director said in a bleak appraisal to Congress on Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon intelligence chief warns of Afghan gains being lost

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The Pentagon’s intelligence chief says the work of U.S. and NATO forces to stabilize Afghanistan is at risk of being squandered. Continue reading

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{FD} Lawmakers reach agreement on stalled VA accountability bill

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Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on a bill to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire its employees. Continue reading

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{FD} New VA head: It’ll take longer to end veteran homelessness

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The new Veterans Affairs chief shares the goal set by former President Barack Obama’s administration of ending homelessness among veterans, but says it’ll take longer than his predecessor predicted. Continue reading

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{FD} Missouri Senate passes Real ID compliance measure

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Missouri senators voted early Wednesday to give residents the option of whether to get a driver’s license that complies with a federal identification requirement, which would allow people to board airplanes and enter military bases. Continue reading

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{FD} Deja vu as softer South Korean leader could alienate ally US

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A liberal leader in South Korea seeks warmer ties with North Korea, clashing with the Republican in the White House intent on snuffing out the North’s nuclear weapons program. Continue reading

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{FD} More inconsistencies in Flynn work, now with Turkish client

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President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is at odds with a former Turkish client over two unusual payments totaling $80,000 that Flynn’s firm sent back last year to the client. Continue reading

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{FD} Chelsea Manning releases 1st statement since clemency win

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A transgender soldier imprisoned for releasing classified military information has released her first statement since being granted clemency, saying she hopes to use lessons she’s learned in prison to help others. Continue reading

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{FD} Senate committee approves Trump’s pick for US envoy to China

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A Senate panel has approved Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China. Continue reading

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{FD} Senate to vote on Trump’s pick for Air Force secretary

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The Senate is slated to vote on a former New Mexico congresswoman tapped by President Donald Trump to be Air Force secretary. Continue reading

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{FD} Philippines, US begin smaller-scale joint military exercises

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Philippine and U.S. troops have begun annual joint exercises that are smaller in scale than in years past, focusing on disaster response and counterterrorism while excluding territorial defense operations. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon: IS in Afghanistan leader killed in April raid

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A military raid last month killed the head of the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Sunday night. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon says Navy SEAL was killed in Somalia operation

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The Pentagon has identified the Navy SEAL who was killed in a military operation in Somalia. Continue reading

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{FD} Candidate for secretary of Army pulls out amid controversy

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President Donald Trump’s choice for Army secretary withdrew his nomination on Friday in the face of growing criticism over his remarks about Muslims, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Continue reading

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{FD} Request an early sign of ties between Flynn, top Russian

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A request from Donald Trump’s transition team stands out as an early warning about ties between the president-elect’s choice for national security adviser, Mike Flynn, and a top Russian official. Continue reading

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{FD} Veterans Affairs secretary helps dedicate Rhode Island home

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U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin helped dedicate a new home designed to provide nursing and residential care for the state’s veterans on Friday, saying it sets the standard for the way the nation should be caring for veterans. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump transition raised flags about Flynn Russia contacts

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A member of Donald Trump’s transition team asked national security officials in the Obama White House for the classified CIA profile on Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Continue reading

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{FD} Lawyers in torture case seek materials the CIA calls secret

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Lawyers for two psychologists who developed harsh interrogation methods in the government’s war on terror want a judge to allow them to interview two CIA officials and have access to documents the government claims are secret. Continue reading

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{FD} Bowe Bergdahl scheduled for trial in October

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is scheduled for trial in October on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, according to a new timetable set Friday after several delays in the case. Continue reading

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{FD} Scouring for nude images in photo scandal at Marine base

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In a cramped office at the Marines’ Quantico base outside Washington, about 20 investigators sit elbow to elbow, staring into their computers as images of naked men and women flash across the screens. Continue reading

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{FD} US senator wounded in Iraq opposes Trump pick for Army post

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A senator wounded in combat says President Donald Trump’s pick for Army secretary isn’t fit to lead the service. Continue reading

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{FD} After 3 previous tries, new Bergdahl trial date could be set

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A military judge could set a new timetable for the desertion case against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at a pre-trial hearing nearly three years after the soldier’s return from captivity. Continue reading

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{FD} AP FACT CHECK: Trump misses whole story on hospital policy

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An AP Fact Check finds that President Donald Trump didn’t tell the whole story when he accused the Obama administration of banning patients at a military hospital from receiving religious items from visitors. Continue reading

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{FD} Flying Trump to Mar-a-Lago twice cost at least $1.2 million

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A pair of President Donald Trump’s recent weekend trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort cost taxpayers more than $1.2 million, new documents released by a conservative group show. Continue reading

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{FD} Missouri appears most entrenched holdout on Real ID mandates

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Some Missouri lawmakers are so concerned about stricter driver’s license requirements mandated by the federal government that they’re determined to defy the standards, risking new hassles next year for residents trying to fly or enter military installa… Continue reading

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{FD} New Afghanistan troop plan goes to White House next week

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Senior Pentagon officials say the department expects to send a proposal to the White House next week laying out an enduring U.S. presence in Afghanistan. Continue reading

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{FD} No charges against officer who killed Ohio State attacker

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A grand jury has cleared the police officer who fatally shot the man responsible for a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University last year. Continue reading

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{FD} Top Senate Dem to oppose Trump’s pick for Army secretary

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The Senate’s top Democrat says he’ll vote against President Donald Trump’s pick for Army secretary over the disparaging comments the nominee has made about LGBT people and other groups of Americans. Continue reading

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{FD} Tillerson: America First means separating US policy, values

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States must not condition its national security efforts on other countries adopting U.S. values. Continue reading

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{FD} US asked that 1,934 Americans’ names be ‘unmasked’ in intel

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Government officials requested to know the identities of more than 1,900 Americans whose information was swept up in National Security Agency surveillance programs last year, according to a newly-released intelligence report. Continue reading

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{FD} Ballistic missile test-fired from California coastal base

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The U.S. has test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from California for the second time in seven days. Continue reading

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{FD} Yates to say she expressed alarm to White House on Flynn

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Former acting attorney general Sally Yates is expected to testify to Congress next week that she expressed alarm to the White House about President Donald Trump’s national security adviser’s contacts with the Russian ambassador. Continue reading

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{FD} US: American names ‘unmasked’ in 3,900 surveillance reports

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The identities of Americans swept up in U.S. government surveillance programs were included in more than 3,900 reports distributed last year by the National Security Agency. Continue reading

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{FD} New van aims to help police analyze weapons at crime scenes

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National officials are rolling out a new van that will enable detectives to test-fire weapons and rapidly analyze bullets and shell casings recovered at crime scenes rather than sending them to labs and waiting days for results. Continue reading

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{FD} US: NKorea’s nukes may be a tactic for taking over SKorea

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North Korea’s nuclear weapons development may be designed to take over archrival South Korea and coerce the United States into abandoning its close ally, a senior White House official said Tuesday, questioning the North’s stated purpose of warding off … Continue reading

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{FD} China envoy pick pledges to confront Beijing on tough issues

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The Midwestern governor President Donald Trump picked to be his ambassador to China pledged on Tuesday to confront Beijing on a range of contentious issues, including human rights and trade, and assured lawmakers he’ll push the Chinese to act more aggr… Continue reading

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{FD} No action taken on bill allowing police to weaponize drones

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A bill that would make Connecticut the first state in the country to allow police to use drones outfitted with deadly weapons has stalled. Continue reading

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{FD} US soldier killed in Iraq during a patrol outside Mosul

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The Pentagon says an American soldier has died in Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol outside Mosul. Continue reading

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{FD} 12 hazing complaints since 2014 confirmed at Marine base

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Officials at the Marine Corps’ training base in South Carolina say half of 24 hazing complaints investigated since 2014 have been confirmed. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump: North Korea ‘disrespected’ China with missile test

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President Donald Trump says North Korea “disrespected” China with its most recent ballistic missile test. Continue reading

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{FD} NSA to stop collecting some internet communications

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The National Security Agency says it will no longer collect certain communications moving on the internet simply because they mention a foreign intelligence target. Continue reading

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