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Russia: No Military Moves Planned Against Ukraine

Russia’s defense chief assured Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday that Russian forces along Ukraine’s eastern border have no intention of crossing into Ukrainian territory.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Hagel discussed Ukraine with Defense Minister… Full Story


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New Threat, different from the Cold War Era

Russia’s military maneuvers in Crimea have left U.S. analysts questioning what sort of threat the former Cold War military giant’s forces, platforms and weaponry currently present.

Russian leaders have pushed to expand the military’s conventional land, air and sea forces… Full Story


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Westboro Baptist Pastor Fred Phelps Sr. Dies at 84

The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Kansas church who led outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America’s tolerance for gay people, has died.… Full Story


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Odierno Meets Top Chinese Generals

 

BEIJING — China and the United States share common objectives and should boost cooperation between their militaries, the U.S. Army chief said Friday at the start of meetings with top Chinese generals aimed at building trust amid rising regional… Full Story


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Convictions of Marine Base Attack Plotters Upheld

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the convictions of three members of a North Carolina terror ring who plotted to attack the U.S. Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., and targets abroad.

Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan,… Full Story


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Virginia Senator: Give Iran Talks a Chance

A member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday said the U.S. needs to make sure it gives the current diplomatic initiative with Iran a solid chance before passing a new sanctions bill that could cause talks to fail.… Full Story


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COLA Cap Relief Tied to a Rocket or Falling Star?

Senate Democrats have tied repeal of the COLA cap for working-age military retirees to a mammoth veterans’ health and benefits bill that they aren’t sure yet how to pay for or whether Republicans will support it.

In earlier war years, a… Full Story


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‘Miracle’ Jet Crashed at School 50 Years Ago Today

Fifty years ago today, a 10-ton Wright-Patterson Air Force base RB-57 jet’s crash to the ground caused a window to be blown out of Beavercreek High School.

“There was a loud boom. It hit, bounced and rolled over. I saw… Full Story


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Putin: NSA Surveillance Needed to Fight Terrorism

MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that National Security Agency surveillance is necessary to fight terrorism, but added that the U.S. government must “limit the appetite” of the agency with a clear set of ground rules.

Putin’s comment was… Full Story


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Veterans, Both 107, Meet for the First Time

AUSTIN, Texas – At age 107, World War II veteran Elmer Hill doesn’t have many elders left. That’s why meeting a fellow veteran and Texan who’s three months his senior was a bit of a shock Friday.

Upon seeing Richard… Full Story