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    U.S. soldiers continue to work closely alongside partner nations in Europe and leaders say they are ready for 'any contingency.' Markus Rauchenberger/Army

    Army, National Guard ready to leverage, expand Eastern European alliances

    Pending any orders to ramp up its forces or engagements, U.S. Army Europe and the National Guard are focused on reassuring their allies and partners.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  1. Maulana Abdul Aziz, left, head cleric of a Pakistani seminary, talks to visitors in a library named after slain al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on Friday. B.K. Bangash / AP

    Pakistani girl's seminary names library after OBL

    Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: 'Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr.'

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  2. N.C. community college rate break for vets proposed

    Gov. Pat McCrory says he wants to make it easier for new veterans to attend any of North Carolina's community colleges.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  3. Coast Guard cutter heading home to Va. waters

    A Coast Guard cutter is heading back to Virginia waters after intercepting more than $100 million in cocaine in the Caribbean.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  4. U.S.: Forfeiture deal over Iran assets sets record

    A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever, a prosecutor said Thursday.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  5. Anger and dismay at stalled Guantanamo 9/11 trial

    Don Arias stormed out of the meeting with the defense lawyers at this U.S. Navy base after less than 15 minutes. He was soon followed by three others who also lost family members in the 9/11 terror attack.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  6. Widow called to testify in Coast Guard murder case

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The widow of a Coast Guardsman shot to death two years ago at a Kodiak communications station was called by defense attorneys Thursday to answer questions about their marital problems, their finances and her familiarity with the m

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Pro-Russia activists guard a barricade April 17 outside the police regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and four-star chief of U.S. European Command, said he rejects the Russians' claim that their military is not conducting operations in the towns of eastern Ukraine. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    4-star: Armed attackers in Ukraine are Russian troops in disguise

    The Russians aren't fooling anyone.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Military Religious Freedom Foundation Mikey Weinstein said senior Pentagon civilians and officers have complained to his group about military participation in a National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill. Courtesy of Mikey Weinstein

    Group calls for DoD to withdraw from Prayer Day event

    Longtime critics of Christian conservatives' influence in military culture are demanding the Pentagon back away from involvement in a National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill next month, saying it's a thinly veiled rally for far-right fundamentalists.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  7. Petty officer charged in 'Fat Leonard' bribery scandal

    A fourth member of the Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of providing cash, vacations, electronics and prostitutes in exchange for classified info

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft stand ready on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard on April 16 to aide in the rescue efforts for the Korean passenger ship Sewol. MC2 Adam D. Wainwright/Navy

    Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU search for missing ferry passengers

    The amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard is helping search for hundreds of passengers missing from the Sewol, a South Korean ferry that capsized and sank Wednesday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  8. President Obama gestures April 17 as he speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington. The president spoke about the health care overhaul, the situation in Ukraine and other topics. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions — for now

    In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  9. The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's 'dangerously irresponsible' efforts to destabilize the country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Susan Walsh / AP

    U.S. sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military

    The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's 'dangerously irresponsible' efforts to destabilize the country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  10. Ex-Calif. man convicted of Navy battery swindle

    A former Southern California man who fled the U.S. to live on his yacht has been convicted of selling the U.S. military more than $2.6 million in cheap, knock-off batteries that were used in aircraft carriers and submarines.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  11. A pro-Russia activist guards a barricade April 17 outside the police regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    First deaths in Ukraine; Putin admits Crimea invaded

    A clash outside a military base ended with the first deaths so far in a Ukraine anti-militant operation as Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Thursday in a radio interview that Russian soldiers did secretly invade Crimea to help pro-Russian Ukrainians take over the province by force.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Vets group seeks Medal of Honor for Civil War Col. Robert Gould Shaw

    A veterans group will present a petition next week to the New York delegation of Congress asking that the Medal of Honor be awarded to Civil War Col. Robert Gould Shaw, who commanded the first unit of free African Americans recruited into the Union army.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    New company to handle shipping private vehicles

    Some troops will have to drive farther to drop off and pick up their vehicles under the Defense Department's privately owned vehicle shipping program, with the closure of seven vehicle processing centers May 1.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  12. U.S. troops in Afghanistan hosting 'shadow' marathon

    The Fort Drum-based 10th Mountain Division will host what will be the last Boston Marathon 'shadow run' to be held at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    4th Md. prison training veteran service dogs

    The medium-security Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown is becoming the fourth state prison where inmates who served in the military help train service dogs for disabled veterans.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  13. Army couple in documentary told from caregiver's point of view

    The timing couldn't be better: In a month dedicated to military and veteran caregivers, a documentary about an Army couple's struggles after devastating combat injuries will premier at one of the world's top film festivals.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  14. Suspect's interview played in Kodiak murder trial

    The Coast Guard civilian charged with killing two co-workers at a Kodiak communications station told an FBI agent he was late getting to work the day of the deaths because he returned home to change a soft tire, but he had no explanation for why the trip

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  15. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says his country wants to host a larger NATO and U.S. presence. Mike Morones/Staff

    Poland wants larger U.S., NATO troop presence

    Poland's defense minister is calling for a larger U.S. and NATO military presence in his country to deter the type of Russian aggression occurring in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  16. Completion of the submarine North Dakota, seen Nov. 2 just before its christening ceremony, is being delayed to address design and construction issues. Navy

    Delivery of submarine North Dakota delayed to Navy

    Problems with a parts supplier and the need to modify certain design features led the Navy to announce Wednesday that the commissioning of the new nuclear-powered attack submarine North Dakota won't take place at the end of May as scheduled.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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