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  1. House and Senate negotiators have approved a compromise bill to spend about $17 billion to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. Agreement by the 28-member conference committee was needed to move the bill to the full House and Senate. AFP

    Conference committee OKs $17B VA health care bill

    House and Senate negotiators have approved a $17 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and reform a program scandalized by veterans' long waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  2. VA seeks to improve services, care for female vets

    The rising ranks of servicewomen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade has changed the nature of care needed at the Veterans Affairs Department — but the system has yet to fully adapt, advocates say.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  3. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters Tuesday at the State Department in Washington, during a news conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Cliff Owen / AP

    Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold War-era arms deal

    Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused Russia of violating.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  4. Calif. governor takes dig at Texas Guard plan

    California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday that he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that 'wiser minds will prevail.'

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  5. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken speaks about Russia, Ukraine as well as the Middle East conflict during a July 28 appearance at the daily press briefing at the White House. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    White House: EU, U.S. to impose new Russia sanctions

    The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    Boatswains Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco died on board the destroyer James E. Williams June 19. MC3 Lacordrick Wilson / Navy

    Sailor dies aboard destroyer Williams

    A Norfolk-based sailor died on deployment last month, the Defense Department announced Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    Washington Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica demonstrates a drill during practice Sunday at the team's NFL football training facility. Alex Brandon / AP

    Former Apache pilot heads Redskins special teams

    After practice on Military Appreciation Day at Washington Redskins training camp, the special teams coordinator made a beeline to the people in uniform near the special VIP tent.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  6. A pro-Russian rebel touches the MH17 wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 22, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    U.N. rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

    The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  7. Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, accompanied by House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., speaks during a July 28 news conference on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    VA reform bill to get vote this week

    In a dramatic legislative turnaround, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees on Monday unveiled plans for a $17 billion compromise VA reform bill that funds the hiring of more clinicians, expands private care options and makes i

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  8. Gov. Rick Perr speaks at a news conference July 21. Perry announced he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border. Eric Gay/ / The Associated Press

    Five Questions with Texas Gov. Rick Perry: U.S.-Mexico Border

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has accused the federal government of failing to provide enough resources on the U.S.-Mexico border to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants, including more than 57,000 children who have illegally crossed into the U.S.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  9. U.S.: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach 'a very serious matter' and going public with allegations that have simmered for some tim

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    Jury says it is stuck in Ventura case after 5 days

    The jury weighing former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle told the judge Monday they didn't think they could reach a unanimous verdict, but he asked them to keep trying.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  10. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves after speaking at a July 28 news conference at the State Department in Washington. Cliff Owen / AP

    U.S. fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    Obama administration officials were fuming Monday over a torrent of Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    Lucy Coffey and Queta Marquez, Bexar County veterans service officer, go through pictures taken while Coffey was in Japan. Coffey is the nation's oldest woman veteran, serving in the procurement office of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II. She is 108 years old. Helen L. Montoya / AP

    Oldest female WWII vet visits D.C. monuments

    The nation's oldest living female World War II veteran has finally made it to Washington to see the monuments and memorials.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    The Capital of Annapolis reported that former Naval Academy Superintendent Charles Larson died Saturday at his home in Annapolis, Maryland. He was 77.

    Former Naval Academy superintendent dies at 77

    Arizona Sen. John McCain is praising former Naval Academy Superintendent Charles Larson, who died over the weekend, as a great man.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    Defense: Government suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Lawyers for Blackwater security guards accused the government on Monday of suppressing evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    The destroyer Frank E. Evans, after it was cut in half in a 1969 collision with an Australian aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. The names of the 74 sailors killed in the incident do not appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Navy

    Effort advances to add names of 74 sailors to Vietnam Memorial

    The crew of the destroyer Frank E. Evans is fighting once again, 45 years after their ship sank in the South China Sea after a terrifying collision.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
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    A panel of three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the Federal Claims Court's decision to dismiss the legal challenge to the 2011 ERB by 300 former sailors. Navy

    Judges dismiss booted sailors' appeal

    Three hundred former sailors suing forcompensation from or reinstatement in the Navy after being booted by the deeply unpopular 2011 enlisted retention boards lost their appeal, likely closing the book on their challenge.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  11. 'Broadside' cartoonist Jeff Bacon, a retired Navy oceanographer, often makes light of how the brass respond to their forecasters.

    Navy's weathermen celebrate 90 years

    They have been knocked down from ship's company to ship riders.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  12. A satellite image purports to show a before and after close-up of artillery strikes. The United States says the images back up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine and heavy artillery for separatists has also crossed the border. State Department / AP

    U.S.: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  13. Smoke billows from an area near Tripoli's international airport July 24 during fighting between rival factions around the capital's airport. Mahmud Turkia / AFP

    38 killed as Libyan forces battle militias in east

    Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the capital's international airport raged on and European nations warned

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  14. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, pays tribute to former presidents Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, his grandfather and father, on July 27 to mark the 61st anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. AFP

    Events mark anniversary of Korean War armistice

    The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the hostilities is commemorated as '

    • Jul. 27, 2014
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    Survivors of USS Indianapolis sinking hold reunion

    About a third of the remaining 36 survivors of the worst single seagoing disaster in U.S. Navy history gathered for a reunion this weekend in Indianapolis, the city for which their doomed ship was named.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  15. A quick reaction force with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response prepares to depart Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, in support of a military assisted departure from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday. The Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Ambassador for Libya, requested Department of Defense support for a military-assisted departure of embassy personnel. 1st Lt. Maida Kalic/Marine Corps

    New details emerge on Libya embassy evacuation

    Dozens of U.S. Marines and at least seven military aircraft were involved in Saturday's embassy evacuation operation in Libya, Military Times has learned.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
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    The frigate Taylor leaves Mayport, Fla., in January for a seven-month deployment, scheduled to be its last. Experts say the Navy will have to scramble to find ships to fill all of the missions performed by the disappearing class. MC2 Marcus L. Stanley/Navy

    Retiring frigates may leave some missions unfilled

    The Navy may be shedding all its frigates by the end of next year, but the ships are still busy and in high demand — creating a dilemma for the Navy over which ships will pick up their missions.

    • Jul. 26, 2014

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