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'I didn't think it was going to happen': Iraq War amputee achieves dream of being a cop 

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:57:00 +0000
It’s been a long road since August 2007, when an Iraqi bomb blew apart his right leg, leading to amputation below the knee. But, for the past four months, Christopher Lawrence has been working the beat as a Chula Vista, Calif., police officer.

Naples mayor: US submarine used in Syria missile attacks unwelcome in port 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:08:00 +0000
The mayor of Naples said a nuclear-powered submarine that took part in missile strikes against suspected Syrian chemical weapons sites should not have cruised through waters near the city, but Italian military officials said he has no jurisdiction over the matter.

New Army Europe top NCO looks to leverage experience at ‘critically important’ time 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:42:00 +0000
U.S. Army Europe’s new top enlisted leader is bringing his special operations experience with him to Germany for a posting where integrating U.S. forces with allies is high on the Army’s agenda.

'It’s a brotherhood:' Veterans who fought for Vietnam helicopter monument at Arlington see it unveiled 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:23:57 +0000
If there was any doubt left about the significance of the new monument at Arlington National Cemetery honoring Vietnam War helicopter pilots and crewmembers, it was quashed Wednesday by the number of people who traveled from across the country to attend its dedication.

Failure to launch: Afghan’s economy stalls without troop presence 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:00:00 +0000
The Afghan economy tanked after large numbers of coalition troops — and the jobs created to support them — left the country, indicating a 16-year, $122 billion reconstruction effort failed to develop a sustainable economic system, according to a U.S. watchdog agency.

NASCAR power rankings: The five best teams so far in 2018, and a surprise at No. 1 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:58:11 +0000
At this point in the NASCAR season, teams and drivers have revealed their true colors. We know, for the most part, who is contending this season and who is not. Who is good, and who is not-so-good.

Jaguars unveil 'no-nonsense' uniforms, helmets for 2018 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:57:00 +0000
The Jacksonville Jaguars have unveiled new uniforms and helmets, going with an old-school look that matches the team's blue-collar identity.

Steve Spurrier will succeed, but can the AAF follow? 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:55:22 +0000
Steve Spurrier made the Gators a name-brand powerhouse. He lifted South Carolina out of the low country. Now he’s itching to attempt a real football miracle, namely make a pro league not named “NFL” succeed.

NBA mourns death of Erin Popovich, a 'real star' 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:54:24 +0000
The death of the wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has brought an outpouring of support across the NBA.

The end is near for Davis-Monthan AFB's Blanchard Golf Course 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:52:10 +0000
Blanchard Golf Course is 56 years old and it will not live to see 57. It will close April 30. It will shut down for the same reasons that Canoa Hills Golf Club and Santa Rita Golf Club closed: Life changed a lot, and golf didn’t change as much.

'Super agents' rep 75 percent of NFL players, and it's a competitive fight to sign the rest 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:46:25 +0000
There are about 830 agents certified by the NFL Players Association — more than one for every three players in or around the league — which makes it a brutally competitive business. Roughly 75 percent of NFL players are represented by just 17 percent of all certified agents, according to NFLPA statistics.

Neller: Marines 'in better place' since sexual misconduct scandals 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:43:00 +0000
Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the Marines, told a Senate panel on Thursday that the Corps has enacted a series of reforms to reign in the culture of harassment that has included sexual misconduct and long plagued the service.

Trade issues expose the limits of Trump-Abe 'bromance' 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:22:41 +0000
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe courted the new American president with a golden driver not long after Donald Trump won the White House. He's met with the billionaire businessman more than any other world leader, and he is Trump's second-most frequent caller. Yet the "bromance" between Trump and Abe has its limits.

This is a story about a stoned raccoon at a fire station 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:19:40 +0000
Repeatedly pressing the doorbell was a frantic woman. In her arms was a furry, masked animal that firefighters later described as "lethargic." Through her panic, the woman divulged that it was a pet raccoon — and that it was severely stoned.

After Syria missile strikes, US stuck in holding pattern 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:14:00 +0000
The drama of U.S. and allied missile strikes on Syria has obscured a sobering fact: The U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled. It's unclear whether Trump will go ahead with a total U.S. withdrawal while ISIS retains even a small presence in Syria.

Twenty minutes of terror in the sky: the emergency landing of Southwest Flight 1380 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:04:42 +0000
Anna Montie, a passenger aboard Southwest Flight 1380, was watching an episode of "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia" on her laptop when she heard a loud thud.

'Pharma Bro' moves to New Jersey – for federal prison stay 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:56:43 +0000
Martin Shkreli, a pharmaceutical-industry entrepreneur vilified for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug and who was dubbed "Pharma Bro" for his loutish behavior, was moved Tuesday to a low-security federal prison in New Jersey where he is to serve out a seven-year prison sentence handed down in March for securities fraud.

A tale of two spaceships: One gets the glory, the other gets dismantled 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:56:36 +0000
They were built at the same time and with the same design. But one is put through the wringer, pulled and prodded until it’s dismantled and co-opted for parts. The other — the Orion spacecraft — will head to space for three weeks in December 2019 as part of NASA’s Exploration Mission-1 before returning to earth where it will be met with glory and attention.

Ground is broken for $65M Civil War history center in Fayetteville 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:55:00 +0000
Participants at the event said they hope the complex will be an educational resource and help heal racial and cultural divides that persist in the United States more than 150 years after the war ended.

Syrian rebels hand over arms, leave another town near Douma 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:46:37 +0000
Hundreds of Syrian rebels in a town northeast of Damascus handed in their weapons and boarded buses to leave under an evacuation deal that would relocate fighters with their families to opposition-held areas in northern Syria.


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