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Ohio war vet receives medals 65 years after discharge

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:49
More than 65 years later, at the offices of the Stark County Veterans Service Commission on Friday morning, U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs presented Wines, 89, with a proclamation recognizing his service in an extremely dangerous war zone those many decades ago.

Coast Guard divers return to Arctic, with assist from Navy

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:43
After 11 years and some big changes, the Coast Guard is diving in the Arctic again, with an assist from the Navy. Dive capabilities were recently re-established aboard the Seattle-based Healy.

Pain and kicks join punch and cake at Fort Carson birthday

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:29
Fort Carson's five-day celebration this week came with candles, cake and pain to celebrate the 4th Infantry Division's 100th. Welcome to Ironhorse Week, in which a few good punches and kicks come with punch and cake.

Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of ISIS militants

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:22
Lebanon's U.S.-backed army on Saturday launched its biggest military operation yet against Islamic State militants, who gained a foothold along the border with neighboring Syria in 2014.

Hundreds gather to honor California Marine finally laid to rest after his death in WWII

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:08
Hundreds of people flocked to South County on Friday to honor Pfc. George Bernard Murray’s memory in a massive funeral procession, seventy-four years after his death on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean — and decades of confusion surrounding his body’s whereabouts

Botched explosion prevented worse carnage in attacks on tourists in Spain

The Japan Times - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 21:55
A cell of at least nine extremists meticulously plotted to kill tourists with vehicles and explosives in Spain, and managed to carry off most of ...

JBLM soldier sentenced to prison for sexually abusing 2-year-old child with autism

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 21:39
Luis Alberto Morales pleaded guilty to producing child pornography after federal prosecutors dropped a charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor. He also will have lifetime supervision after he is released and must register as a sex offender.

Beijing puts pressure on U.K. academic publisher to pull scholarly articles from China website

The Japan Times - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 21:14
Cambridge University Press (CUP), one of Britain’s most respected academic publishers, has blocked online access in China to hundreds of scholarly articles and book reviews ...

In latest White House upheaval Trump dumps controversial chief strategist Bannon

The Japan Times - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 20:58
President Donald Trump on Friday fired Steve Bannon, his chief strategist, in the latest White House shake-up, removing a far-right architect of his 2016 election ...

ISIS's propaganda machine is thriving as the physical caliphate fades

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 20:08
Although the Islamic State has lost more than half of its former sanctuary in Iraq and Syria, its Internet presence remains strikingly robust. Many of the recent postings have explicitly urged followers to turn trucks and vans into weapons of terror.

Why a judge will limit discussion of Parris Island recruit's death at court-martial

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 20:02
Defense counsel for Gunnery Sgt. Joseph A. Felix requested that the judge limit discussion of the death of former Marine recruit Raheel Siddiqui as it pertains to an allegation of obstruction — just one of several violations of military code Felix is charged with.

Confederate monuments removed or vandalized across the US

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 19:24
Confederate monuments are being removed around the country under pressure from those who say they honor a regime that enslaved African-Americans. The pace has increased, however, in the wake of last weekend's deadly confrontation at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Citing Trump remarks, entire president's arts council quits

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:53
Friday's exodus heightened the arts world's contentious relationship with Trump. The president struggled to find entertainers, many of whom backed Hillary Clinton in 2016, to perform at his inaugural gala, and Kennedy Center honorees for lifetime achievement have already said they will not attend the White House reception in December.

Kenya opposition files challenge against presidential vote

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:08
Lawyers representing the Kenyan opposition coalition National Super Alliance filed a petition Friday with the Supreme Court challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election, beating a midnight deadline.

Soothing the nation? Trump struggles like no other president

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 17:44
In moments like this, of national crisis or tragedy, presidents typically use the broad appeal of the presidency to unite and soothe, urging citizens to remember their humanity, their common bonds as Americans. Like no other president in recent history, Trump has struggled with this part of his duties.

Another Navy officer pleads guilty to taking bribes from ‘Fat Leonard’

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 17:40
Jesus Cantu, 59, a retired Navy captain and Stanford graduate, pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego to conspiracy to commit bribery. He is the 19th defendant to be convicted so far. Federal prosecutors have charged 10 others whose cases are pending.

Working long hours pointless if not productive

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 16:00
If U.S. workers are wasting more office time on social media, it could mean that productivity gains from new technology are being frittered away on a low-grade form of pseudo-leisure.

Fundraisers canceled at Mar-a-Lago after Trump's Charlottesville remarks

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 15:38
The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Susan G. Komen on Friday joined a growing exodus of organizations canceling plans to hold fundraising events at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, deepening the financial impact to President Donald Trump's private business amid furor over his comments on Charlottesville.

Helicopter crew had life vests, air bottles during crash

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 15:33
All five crew members aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed over the Pacific had life vests and an air bottle for underwater breathing, but Army officials and rescuers searching the turbulent waters off Hawaii for days had not seen signs of life as of late Friday.

Spain, France press manhunt for ringleader in dual attacks

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 15:22
Authorities in Spain and France pressed the search Saturday for the supposed ringleader of an Islamic extremist cell that carried out vehicle attacks in Barcelona and a seaside resort, as the investigation focused on links among the Moroccan members and the house where they plotted the carnage.