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  1. In this July 22 file photo former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, center, arrives at court with his wife, Terry, and others for his defamation lawsuit against 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle in St. Paul, Minn. Jim Gehrz/The Associated Press

    Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in defamation case against estate of 'American Sniper' author

    A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  2. Sergeant Tyler Zody, 20 Facebook via First Coast News (Jacksonville, Fla.)

    Polk soldier dies in training accident

    The Clay County community is mourning the loss of a Sergeant Tyler Zody, 20. The 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army says on Thursday July 24th, the Fort Campbell soldier was killed in a training accident involving a vehicle that also injured three soldiers in Fort Polk, Louisiana. The incident is under investigation.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  3. ISR asset? The head of Air Combat Command says fighters, which could include the F-16 Fighting Falcon, are playing a role in Iraq surveillance missions. Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Air Force

    Gen. Hostage: Manned, unmanned mix needed in Iraq

    ISR mission still requires pilots who can 'look out the window and see something coming,' ACC commander says.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  4.  Staff

    Congrats, O-4! Active-duty staff corps selections announced

    The following active-duty staff corps officers have been selected for promotion to lieutenant commander, according to a fleetwide message, ALNAV 057/14, released Monday:

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  5. An Air Force C-130J Super Hercules sits on the flight line at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The body of an unidentified boy was discovered July 27 in the wheel well of C-130 assigend to the 86th Airlift Wing. Airman Kendra Alba / Air Force

    Body of child found in wheel well of C-130 after Africa missions

    The body of an unidentified boy was found in the wheel well of an 86th Airlift Wing C-130 on Sunday after the plane returned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from missions in Africa, a Pentagon spokesman said.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  6. Robert McDonald holds up a copy of the Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework while testifying before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on July 22. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    McDonald confirmed as new VA secretary

    It's been a quick courtship for Bob McDonald and there will be no honeymoon.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  7. Paul Lewis

    Former Iran hostage demands compensation from Iranians

    Paul Lewis arrived as a Marine Corps security guard at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 3, 1979.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  8. Ommy Irizarry and his 9-year-old daughter Oceana Irizarry, of Fort Stewart, Georgia. The two were walking along Caspersen Beach on July 27 in Venice, Fla., when a small plane made an emergency landing on the beach and struck both of them. Irizarry and Power families / AP

    Soldier, daughter die after being struck by plane

    A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said Tuesday.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  9. The Pentagon has relaxed flight restrictions on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Some F-35 flight restrictions lifted

    The Pentagon has lifted some flight restrictions on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, while inspections will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a Defense Department official.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  10. Medical marijuana is placed on a scale. The University of Arizona has rejected a marijuana researcher's plea to keep her job after her contract was terminated in June. Frederic J. Brown / Getty Images

    Pot-for-PTSD researcher denied reinstatement

    The University of Arizona has rejected a marijuana researcher's plea to keep her job after her contract was terminated in June.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  11.  WVEC.com

    Army putting boat up for auction starting at $25

    A landing craft tied up at Fort Eustis, Virginia, is going up for auction Tuesday night, with bidding starting at $25.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  12. 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
  13.  Army

    Lists due out soon for Reserve medical officer promotions, special-branch ILE

    Selection lists containing the names of health services officers recommended for promotion to captain, and special branch officers slated for resident Intermediate Level Education will be released within the next few days.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  14. The Veterans Affairs building in Washington, D.C. Karen Bleier / Getty Images

    Audit: VA manipulated vets' appointment records

    Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases, intimidation of staff, to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA Today

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  15. Bonuses paid to retain Air Force pilots are a waste of money, a civilian pilot writes. Senior Airman Maeson Elleman/Air Force

    This week's letters to the editor

    I am an Army Reserve air defense officer, commonly referred to by Air Force liaison officers as 'Duckhunters.' On the civilian side, I am a major airline captain/pilot of a Boeing 737 with 10,000 hours of flight time.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  16. Military Times returning to Navy exchanges overseas in August

    Sailors stationed overseas will soon see copies of Military Times newspapers for sale in Navy exchanges again.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  17. Follow-through on keeping armored personnel carriers for the Afghan Army rapid strike battalions equipped and ready has been lacking, the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction said in a report issued Tuesday. Textron

    Afghan quick reaction force slowed by logistics failures

    A specially trained and equipped Afghan Army quick reaction force is in danger of having its vehicles fall into disrepair, and its soldiers miss out on training due to an inability to supply much-need spare parts and training, a Congressionally-mandated w

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  18. 17,000 troops' debt relieved in settlement with loan company

    About 17,000 service members tricked into predatory loans could see their debts erased under a settlement announced by federal and state regulators Tuesday.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  19. Lending scam: Nearly 18,000 personnel to get debt relief

    New York and 12 other states have settled an investigation into improper lending with a court agreement to shut down the company and expected to provide $92 million in debt relief for 17,800 U.S. military personnel.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  20. House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., joined by Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, speaks during a news conference Monday on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Miller faces sales job on $17B VA bill in the House

    Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Jeff Miller was a real estate broker.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  21. Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy Costello, center, who lost his right leg while stationed in Afghanistan, helps transplant coral Monday in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. Costello is one of a dozen wounded veterans in the Keys helping transplant corals on a special section of the reef, permitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, and set aside as a remembrance area for fallen American service personnel. AP via Joe Berg/Florida Keys News Bureau

    Vets, teens transplant corals in Florida Keys

    A dozen wounded veterans submerged in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to help transplant corals on a special section of the reef set aside as a remembrance area for fallen American service personnel.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  22. Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle for Senate control. Charlie Neibergall / AP

    Pig-castrating Senate candidate returns from Guard duty

    Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle for Senate control.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  23. House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    House Republicans have agreed to vote on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  24. Fort Bragg soldier dies in pedestrian accident

    Fayetteville police say a Fort Bragg soldier is dead after he was struck by a vehicle as he tried to cross a local street.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  25. 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
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