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    President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts during a July 21 ceremony at the White House. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Ryan Pitts receives Medal of Honor for Battle of Wanat

    Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts received the Medal of Honor on Monday for his heroism during the Battle of Wanat in 2008, one of deadliest clashes of the Afghanistan War.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  1. President Obama speaks to the press on Ukraine Monday outside the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Jewel Samad / AFP via Getty Images

    Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

    President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  2. President Obama makes a statement July 21 on the situation in Ukraine and Gaza. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Obama voices concern about casualties in Mideast

    President Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    President Obama shakes hands with former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald, his nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  3. Texas governor to send 1,000 National Guard troops to border

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce today that he plans to activate up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help guard the U.S.-Mexico border, a source in the governor's office told Military Times.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  4. A masked pro-Russian rebel stands as Peter Van Vilet, center left, team leader of Netherlands' National Forensic Investigations Team, speaks Monday to members of the OSCE's mission to Ukraine, while inspecting a refrigerated train loaded with the bodies of passengers in Torez, eastern Ukraine, 9 miles from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    U.N. to vote on crash resolution; Russia reluctant

    The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  5. U.S. soldiers patrol the city of Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad, in May 2003. Ahmed Al-Rubaye/AFP

    Study: Indirect link between combat and suicide risk

    One of the first comprehensive efforts to explain record suicides among soldiers during and after their deployments in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan finds an indirect link between deployment, combat and self-destructive urges, according to a paper publ

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  6. This 2012 photo provided by Rabbi Asher Hecht, shows Nissim Sean Carmeli, left, with Hecht in Jerusalem. AP/Rabbi Asher Hecht via Chabad of the Rio Grande

    2 Americans killed in fighting in Gaza Strip

    Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  7. WWII vet gets surprise $1K check after robbery

    A 101-year-old veteran in Carson City who was the victim of a home invasion robbery over the Memorial Day weekend has received a $1,000 check during a surprise visit from supporters.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    Aircraft with U.S. personnel lands in Ugandan road

    A small aircraft carrying U.S. military personnel made an emergency landing in the middle of a highway after running out of fuel, Ugandan police said Friday.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  8. A member of Iraq's Special Weapons and Tactics Team stands guard as blindfolded suspected terrorists are displayed Sunday at the federal police headquarters in Basra, Iraq. Iraq's SWAT arrested 21 suspected terrorists during recent security operations in Basra, according to police. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani) Nabil al-Jurani / AP

    Overnight attacks in Iraq kill at least 16 people

    Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni militants' offensive that has left huge areas in northern and western Iraq outside of government control.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  9. Some helicopter rescue swimmers will receive up to $2,400 after an administrative error cost them up to 16 months of special duty assignment pay. MC3 Gregory A. Harden II / Navy

    New special pay levels set

    A handful of helicopter rescue swimmers and air traffic controllers are getting a big — and unexpected — payout.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  10. Air Force Tech Sgt. Rhonda Stockstill and her husband, Lendle, in front of the home they bought with a VA loan. Scott Schaefer

    Use your VA loan benefit

    After a tornado ripped through Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rhonda Stockstill's house in Moore, Oklahoma, in May 2013, she and her husband began the hunt for a new home, thinking they would go through their previous lender to get another VA home loan.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  11. Ukrainian rescue servicemen inspect part of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 20 in Rassipnoye, Ukraine. Rob Stothard / Getty Images

    Kerry: Mounting evidence of Russian involvement in crash

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday there was mounting evidence Russia assisted separatists in Ukraine in shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
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    Iraq War veteran Darin Welker, 36, holds one of his ducks at his home in West Lafayette, Ohio. Trevor Jones / AP

    Iraq War vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks

    Darin Welker is facing a citation and a hearing in Coshocton Municipal Court for owning 14 ducks, as they are in violation of a village ordinance.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  12. Emergency workers load bodies of victims on a truck at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 19 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    Bodies of MH17 victims on train bound for rebel-held city

    All 196 bodies recovered from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have been loaded onto refrigerated trains headed for a rebel-held city, according to reports Sunday.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  13. Spc. Lynndie England is one of 13 people banned in response to the July 2 U.S. ban on Russian parliament member Adam Delimkhanov. England is a former soldier convicted of abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib, Iraq. AP

    Russia bans congressman, 12 other Americans

    Russia has placed a U.S. lawmaker and 12 other people connected with the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on its list of those banned from entering the country.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  14. German President Joachim Gauck, right, attends a July 20 wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler at the courtyard of the Bendler Block, a part of the German Defense Ministry, in Berlin. Markus Schreiber / AP

    Germany honors officers who tried to kill Hitler

    Germany on Sunday honored a group of Nazi-era officers who tried to kill Adolf Hitler 70 years ago. The plot — portrayed in films such as the 2008 Hollywood movie '

    • Jul. 20, 2014
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    Rear Adm. Mike White, who took over Naval Education and Training Command in January, speaks with sailors aboard the cruiser Princeton in April 2013 as part of his old job as commander of Carrier Strike Group 11. MC2 Jason Behnke/Navy

    Training boss talks classroom changes

    Whether training recruits, operating schoolhouses or overseeing the force's general military training, Naval Education and Training Command runs sailor education and development from cradle to grave.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  15. In this Aug. 27, 2013, file photo, a Russian air defense missile system SA-11 launcher is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow. Ivan Sekretarev/The Associated Press

    Without radar, missile may not have identified Malaysian jet

    If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
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    The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) returns to her homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. This was Elrod's final scheduled deployment prior to decommissioning. Ensign Jessica Kellogg/Navy

    USS Elrod back in Norfolk having completed its final deployment

    The frigate Elrod made her last homecoming Saturday morning having completed a final six-month deployment to 6th Fleet. The 29-year-old ship is to be decommissioned Jan. 30 and sold to a foreign military.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
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    In this Friday, June 27, 2014, file photo, an Iraqi nun, second from left, speaks with a Christian man who fled with his family from the Christian villages near Mosul, Iraq, at a school that was turned into a shelter for displaced Christian families, in Ainkawa, a suburb of Irbil, Iraq. The Islamic State group gave Mosul's Christians until midday Saturday to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. The vast majority of Christians fled. Hussein Malla/The Associated Press

    Under threat, Iraq's Christians flee city of Mosul

    BAGHDAD The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
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    Family of slain Ohio WWII Navy vet renews reward

    The family of a World War II veteran and great-great grandfather killed in his Ohio home nearly three years ago is renewing a $5,000 reward for information that helps solve the cold case, saying that justice is long overdue.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  16. Civilians inspect the site of a bomb attack in the Jihad neighborhood in Baghdad on Saturday. A series of bombings, including three over a span of less than 10 minutes, killed and wounded dozens of people across Baghdad on Saturday, shaking the fragile sense of security the capital has maintained despite the Sunni militant offensive raging across northern and western Iraq. Hadi Mizban/The Associated Press

    Bombings in Iraq's capital kill at least 27 people

    A series of bombings, including three over a span of less than 10 minutes, killed at least 27 people across Baghdad on Saturday, shaking the fragile sense of security the capital has maintained despite the Sunni militant offensive raging across northern a

    • Jul. 19, 2014

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