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Colombia takes big step to peace as rebels lay down guns

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:11
Colombia reached a major milestone on its road to peace Tuesday as leftist rebels relinquished some of their last weapons and declared an end to their half-century insurgency.

Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune dedicated in morning ceremony

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:01
A Tuesday morning dedication aboard Camp Lejeune, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune officially renamed the hospital to Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune.

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli goes on trial, where he finds another kind of limelight

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:52
Martin Shkreli got his first taste of Wall Street as an intern for a hedge fund firm. After striking out on his own, he developed a reputation for aggressive tactics. One of Shkreli's most aggressive moves came when he served as chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals where he raised the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 a pill.

New cyberattack wallops Europe; spreads more slowly in US

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:30
A new and highly virulent outbreak of data-scrambling software caused disruption across the world Tuesday. Following a similar attack in May , the fresh assault paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations in a dramatic demonstration of how easily malicious programs can bring daily life to a halt.

Multibillion-dollar contract for Los Alamos lab up for bid

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:25
The competition for a multibillion-dollar contract to manage the U.S. laboratory that created the atomic bomb is beginning as criticism intensifies over the troubled safety record of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Bangor submarine commander relieved of duty

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:13
Cmdr. Steven Everhart was relieved by Capt. Mark Schmall, head of Submarine Squadron 17, because of a loss of confidence in his ability to serve as commanding officer.

North Carolina man sentenced in foiled ISIS-inspired shooting

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:06
A man who plotted to shoot hundreds of people on behalf of the Islamic State group received a life sentence Tuesday in a case that prosecutors say illustrates the dangers of Americans radicalized through social media.

Mattis rejects mission creep in Syria as new chemical weapons threat alleged

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:03
The Pentagon said Tuesday that the United States has detected “active handling of chemical weapons” at Syria’s Shayrat air base, which prompted the White House to warn President Bashar Assad that he would “pay a very heavy price” if those weapons are used.

Soldier at Vermont base charged with lewd conduct

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:53
A Massachusetts National Guard soldier is facing a charge he improperly touched a female subordinate while they were in formation at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont.

Macron invites Trump to Bastille Day to honor US WWI troops

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:50
French President Emmanuel Macron has invited U.S. President Donald Trump to a Bastille Day celebration next month to celebrate the arrival 100 years ago of the American troops who fought alongside the French during World War I.

US to Syria: 'Heavy price' awaits any chemical weapons use

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:50
The Trump administration threatened Tuesday that Syria will pay "a heavy price" if it follows through on what the U.S. says are preparations for another chemical weapons attack — warning of action that could plunge America deeper into a civil war alongside the fight against Islamic State militants.

Saudi demolition of historic Shiite homes stokes violence

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:45
Saudi Arabia is demolishing centuries-old homes in a Shiite town, leveling a historic district that officials say has become a hideout for local militants. The destruction has sparked shootouts in the streets between Saudi security forces and Shiite gunmen and stoked sectarian tensions that resonate around the region.

Japan's home-sharing law gives HomeAway opening in Airbnb fight

Japan News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:33
Japan's home-sharing market is poised for a shift away from couch-surfing toward professional services after the passage of a law regulating short-term rentals. (bloomberg.com)

North Korea is now able to hit Japan with nuclear missile, says Japanese newspaper

Japan News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:31
North Korea now appears able to hit Japan with a nuclear missile, a Tokyo-based newspaper has reported. (independent.co.uk)

Nintendo announces mini Super Famicom for Japan

Japan News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:28
Right on the tail of the SNES Mini Classic’s announcement in the US and Europe, Nintendo has followed up with an equivalent product for Japan. The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom is based on the system’s original design, shared by the European version, and comes with a slightly different selection of games. (theverge.com)

Japan's child poverty rate eases but 1 in 7 children remains poor

Japan News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:24
The poverty rate among Japanese children slightly improved in 2015 thanks in part to the country's better job market but one in every seven children remains poor, a survey by the welfare ministry showed Tuesday. (Japan Today)

Iowa veterans group to make care packages for Fitzgerald sailors

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:24
A northern Iowa veterans group is assembling care packages for sailors on the USS Fitzgerald, which collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan on June 17, killing seven U.S. sailors.

British leader seeks fire inquiry; German building evacuated

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:07
Britain's prime minister said Tuesday there must be a "major national investigation" of potentially flammable cladding on high-rise towers, while a German city evacuated an 11-story building because of safety concerns prompted by the fatal fire in London.

US soldier critically injured after electric shock near the Hungarian border

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:46
U.S. military officials say an American soldier has been hospitalized in Romania in critical condition after suffering an electric shock while working at a railway station near the Hungarian border.

Major veterans' groups voice concern over Senate health bill

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:36
Major veterans' organizations are voicing concerns about a Senate GOP bill to repeal the nation's health care law, fearing the impact of rising insurance costs and worried the underfunded Department of Veterans Affairs won't be able to fill the coverage gap.