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Men due to leave Gitmo under Obama seem stuck under Trump

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:36
The Trump administration has not released any prisoners and not added any to the list of cleared men who can go home, or to a third country, for resettlement. There were 197 transferred out under his predecessor and more than 500 under President George W. Bush.

Navy delivers air graffiti apology for obscene skywriting

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:32
Okanogan Superintendent Richard Johnson requested a written apology for the skywriting in the shape of male genitalia drawn in the sky above Omak and Okanogan. The image was fully visible above the school playgrounds.

Joint Typhoon Warning Center issues TCFA on developing system southeast of Manila

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:28
Model guidance depicts the system crossing the Philippines’ central islands over the next few days, with land interaction hindering the system’s development. It could become a strong tropical storm, with heavy rain associated with the system.

Would-be suicide bomber in New York City faces court hearing

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:23
Akayed Ullah remains hospitalized with burns from a pipe bomb that failed to fully detonate. Authorities are determining whether his initial appearance Wednesday will need to take place through closed-circuit video from the hospital.

FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an 'idiot'

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 22:47
Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI counterintelligence agent who was also deeply involved in the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, was removed over the summer from Mueller's team.

Mistrial in ex-Navy commander's attempted rape trial

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:46
A judge declared the mistrial Tuesday after a lone holdout kept jurors from convicting John M. Neuhart with the attempted rape of a junior officer in San Diego.

Sold North Korean brides face hard choices in China

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:26
Experts estimate that thousands, and perhaps tens of thousands, of North Korean women have been trafficked across the border and sold as brides since a crippling famine in North Korea killed hundreds of thousands of people in the mid-1990s.

Jones victorious in stunning Alabama Senate upset

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 20:51
The victory by Jones, a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for Birmingham's infamous 1963 church bombing, narrows the GOP advantage in the U.S. Senate to 51-49.

Navy evaluates options for Honolulu's Red Hill fuel tanks

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 20:32
The tanks at Red Hill date to World War II and sit atop an important aquifer. Options include restoring existing tanks, lining the tanks and installing tanks within tanks.

Crews struggle to keep flames from California neighborhoods

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 19:45
Tens of thousands of people remain evacuated, including many from the seaside enclaves of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria and the inland agricultural town of Fillmore.

Tillerson softens US stance on possible talks with NKorea

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 19:29
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday softened America's stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it "unrealistic" to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to give up a weapons of mass destruction program that it invested so much in developing.

VA faces higher-than-estimated costs, other challenges to implement ‘Forever’ GI Bill

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:54
Higher-than-anticipated costs is one of a number of problems that the agency has faced for months of a yearlong charge to implement the “Forever” GI Bill, which contains 34 changes to veterans’ education benefits.

Iraq PM warns Islamic State might erupt again somewhere else

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:27
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told reporters Tuesday that "we have managed to break them" in Iraq, but added that it's a worry for everyone that ISIS has "this unfortunate ability to recruit young people very quickly."

NASA to test spacecraft's safety in Yuma Army installation

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:23
A team from Houston's Johnson Space Center has been working at the Jacobs Hangar at the Yuma International Airport in preparation for the testing of the parachutes of the Orion spacecraft on Wednesday at the Yuma Proving Ground.

Contracts For Dec. 12, 2017

DoD Contract Announcements - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:00
CONTRACTS NAVY Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a not-to-exceed
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Federal officials probe Los Alamos National Laboratory after worker incident

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:56
Federal officials are investigating the Los Alamos National Laboratory after an employee was involved in an incident described as a "near-miss to a fatality."

As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn and family

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:47
Michael Flynn made clear "he was tired of the constant barrage of either people trying to contact him and his family, or the press and the coverage they were getting. He was ready for that to be over," said Thomas A. Heaney Jr., a retired Army colonel who has known Flynn since childhood and spoke to him two days before the guilty plea last month.

'Last Jedi' cast reveals tidbits about next Star Wars film

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:34
Director Rian Johnson (“Looper”) and 10 members of the cast of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” -- Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran -- face a small army to journalists to discuss the latest film in the galactic franchise.

Ethiopia faces social media blackout after new ethnic unrest

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:24
Ethiopia faces a social media blackout as clashes intensify between ethnic groups in various parts of the country. Facebook and Twitter were down Tuesday after reports emerged of killings on Monday by security forces in the Oromia region.
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