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  1. This image made from video posted on the Internet on Sept. 2 by Islamic State militants purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff before he was beheaded. SITE Intelligence Group via AP

    Video purports to show beheading of U.S. journalist

    Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue,

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  2. Then-Philadelphia Eagle Alejandro Villanueva warms up before a preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 21 in Philadelphia. Cut by the Eagles last month, the former Ranger signed with the Steelers' practice squad. Michael Perez/The Associated Press

    Former Ranger Villanueva signs with Steelers' practice squad

    The former Army Ranger who tried to catch on with the Philadelphia Eagles will move a few hundred miles west and swap sides of the ball.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  3. Iraqi security forces in an armored vehicle and a Shiite militiaman take part in an operation outside Amirli, Iraq, on Sept. 1. Aid began flowing into the small northern Shiite town after security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke a two-month siege by insurgents in a rare victory by government forces. AP

    Islamic State still threat to Mosul Dam, Pentagon says

    After several weeks of U.S. airstrikes, militants with the Islamic State continue to mount offenses against the Mosul Dam and threaten the vital facility that controls water and electricity across northern Iraq.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  4. President Obama formally notified Congress on Aug. 29 that he wants to cap next year's military basic pay raise at 1 percent, unless Congress comes up with an alternative mandate. Mandel Ngan / AFP via Getty Images

    White House pushes for lower pay raise in 2015

    The White House is moving ahead with plans for another slimmed-down pay raise for troops in 2015, and outside advocates still aren't happy about it.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  5. Amphibious assault vehicles from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit approach the well deck of the amphibious assault ship Bataan during an amphibious training exercise in July. The Bataan ARG's deployment in the 5th Fleet has been extended by three weeks. MCC Tony Sisti/Navy

    Bataan ARG cruise lengthened amid rising threats

    Sailors and Marines aboard the Bataan amphibious ready group have been extended 21 days, the service announced Sunday, a move that will keep the ARG in 5th Fleet while the Obama administration weighs its options for countering the Islamic State militants

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  6. Power exercises, such as the bench press, are important for optimal military performance, researchers have found. Staff Sgt. Richard Andrade / Army

    Studies reveal 11 ways to improve Army fitness

    A smaller force means more emphasis on soldiers doing their jobs at optimum levels including the job of staying healthy.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  7. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, is seen with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. While reports have surfaced that some 4,000 troops capable of moving in 48-hours notice will encompass the NRF's rapid-reaction force, the numbers have yet to be set in stone, Breedlove said Aug. 2. NATO

    Breedlove: Size of NATO Response Force still up for debate

    NATO leaders heading to Wales this week will discuss how to best enhance the NATO Response Force.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  8. Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby speaks during a Sept 2 briefing at the Pentagon. Susan Walsh / AP

    U.S. strike targets leader of Somali extremist group

    U.S. airstrikes in Somalia may have killed the leader of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, with a militant commander saying Tuesday that he was in a car that was struck and that six people died.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  9. PCU North Dakota goes through sea trials on Aug. 18 in the Atlantic Ocean ahead of its Oct. 25 commissioning. The sub can launch cruise missiles, deliver special forces personnel and carry out surveillance. It is the first Navy vessel to carry the name North Dakota in a century. AP

    Submarine North Dakota put through sea trials

    The Navy has put the $2.6 billion submarine named North Dakota through tests to determine its seaworthiness and capabilities, ahead of its late-October commissioning.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  10. Court: U.S. can withhold Guantanamo detainee images

    The government can withhold photographs and videotapes of a Guantanamo Bay detainee identified as the would-be 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a federal appeals court found Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  11. Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby speaks during a Sept 2 briefing at the Pentagon. Susan Walsh / AP

    Pentagon: Al-Shabab leader was target of airstrike

    The leader of the Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group was the target of U.S. military airstrikes that struck an encampment and a vehicle there on Monday night, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  12. Carson soldier dies after being hit by two cars on highway

    A pedestrian who was killed when he tried to cross Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs has been identified as a 23-year-old Fort Carson soldier.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  13. A P-8 maritime surveillance aircraft flies in its first international air show on Nov. 18 at Dubai 2013. A spate of low-level military confrontations between China and the U.S., the most recent on Aug. 19 involving a Navy P-8 Poseidon that was flying a routine intelligence-gathering mission about 135 miles east of Hainan Island, China's southernmost point, is raising new questions about what is driving China's aggressive posture. The Boeing Co.

    Chinese jet's run-in with P-8 seen as pattern

    When an armed Chinese fighter jet recently buzzed a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft over international waters in the South China Sea, it was just the latest in a series of low-level confrontations between the two militaries.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  14. Doctor injured in stabbing at Memphis VA hospital

    Authorities in Memphis are searching for a suspect in the stabbing of a doctor at the Memphis VA Medical Center.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  15. Ohio guardsman accused of child sex abuse due in court

    An Ohio National Guard member suspected of sexually abusing three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter also is accused of abruptly sending a fourth adopted daughter out of state and threatening the children in the family with a similar fate to keep them

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  16. Uruguay: Gitmo prisoner transfer not imminent

    A plan to resettle six men held at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo in Uruguay is still being negotiated and is unlikely to occur before upcoming elections in the South American country, an official said Monday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  17. Illinois school honors Marine killed in jet crash

    A central Illinois high school has opened a memorial garden for one of its graduates who was killed in a fighter jet crash during a U.S. Navy training exercise.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  18. Fort Carson soldier struck, killed crossing highway

    A 23-year-old specialist based at Fort Carson, Colorado, died early Saturday morning after being struck by two vehicles while attempting to cross an interstate highway on foot, police and base officials confirmed.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  19. Air National Guard members gather outside a Delaware Air National Guard C-130 as they prepare to leave for Germany for a training mission with European armed forces on Saturday. Kyle Grantham/The News Journal

    Clock ticking on Delaware Air Guard's aging C-130s

    Two C-130 cargo airplanes lifted off into the summer sky from the New Castle Air National Guard Base early Saturday morning, the 45 airmen aboard bound for Germany and 10 days of hauling Army paratroopers during a large multi-nation training exercise.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  20. Army National Guard Spc. Robert Quattrocchi and his now-wife, Monica, during a 2011 deployment to Afghanistan. Quattrocchi was injured while serving in theater and is awaiting back pay. Quattrocchi family

    Injured guardsman's family lives in poverty, and waits

    Army National Guard Spc. Robert Quattrocchi, 31, spends much of his time these days helping wife Monica care for the couple's 4-month-old daughter in a rambling, uninsulated Georgia farmhouse that belongs to his in-laws.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  21. Iran unveils new surface-to-air missile, radars

    Iran on Tuesday unveiled a new surface-to-air missile and two radar systems it claims will boost the country's defense capabilities.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  22. In this June 11, 2014, photo, former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas Slatten enters a taxi cab as he leaves federal court in Washington, after the start of his trial. After 10 weeks of argument and testimony, the case goes to the jury on Tuesday. Cliff Owen / AP

    Blackwater legacy: a faint memory of Nisoor Square

    The summer-long trial of four Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis has been a grim retelling of lives snuffed out and the daily life-and-death decisions amid the chaos of war.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  23. Soldier wins settlement from storage company

    A special operations soldier has won a settlement from the storage company that got rid of his property while he was deployed including $8,044 worth of Army-issued equipment in violation of the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  24. Funeral set for Ohio guardsman killed on highway

    A Granville man who served in the Ohio National Guard was killed Friday when he was hit by a car on the side of the highway.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  25. Tenn. Guard to award Soldier's Medal to 4

    Tennessee's Adjutant General will award the Soldier's Medal to four Tennessee National Guard members.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
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