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  1. Buying in winter with a VA Mortgage

    • March 4, 2014

    Home buyers and home sellers always want to get the best deal, right? Unless the seller of a property is facing foreclosure or some other …

  1. President Obama delivers a statement from the White House on Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    Senate OKs plan to train Syrian rebels, avoid government shutdown

    Approval of a package that averts a government shutdown and green-lights a program to militarily prepare Syrian rebels netted a big win for several prominent politicians, including the president and the House Armed Services Committee chairman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  2. Former commander of the U.S. Central Command Gen. James Mattis, USMC (Ret.), testifies during a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Islamic State, al-Qaida, and other Islamic extremists Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    Mattis: Boots on the ground must remain an option in Iraq

    The former Marine head of US Central Command said Thursday that a refusal to consider putting boots on the ground could weaken the allied military commitment to fight the Islamic State.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  3. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, foreground, flanked by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, left, and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, announces the naming of a fast-attack submarine after the state of Vermont during a Sept. 17 ceremony in Burlington, Vt. The USS Vermont is the first U.S. Navy vessel to be named after the Green Mountain State in more than 100 years. Ryan Mercer / Burlington (Vt.) Free Press

    Newest attack sub named for Vermont

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has named the 19th Virginia-class attack sub after the 'Freedom and Unity' state.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  4. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison / Army

    Odierno did not call for U.S. ground forces to fight Islamic State, spokeswoman says

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno believes that Iraqi ground forces, not U.S. troops, are needed to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq, according to his spokeswoman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  5. The amphibious assault ship America arrived at its homeport in San Diego, Calif., following a two-month transit around South America. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Marines aboard the Navy's newest amphib arrive in San Diego

    About 250 Marines returned to California following two months at sea aboard the Navy's newest amphibious assault ship as it reached its homeport in San Diego.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  6. The Navy is opening forward air controller billets in the riverines to women. Sailors with Coastal Riverine Squadron 2 are seen here training with the Belize special boat unit in July. MC3 Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Navy opens more riverine jobs to women

    Twenty-one new jobs are open to women looking join the brown-water Navy, further diminishing the number of combat roles still closed to female sailors.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  7. Gen. Paul Selva, TRANSCOM commander, said that with TRANSCOM's involvement and the company's voluntary corrective action plan, there have been improvements. Air Force

    TRANSCOM chief tells vehicle shipping company to shape up

    The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has personally told contractor International Auto Logistics that he expects better performance in shipping troops' vehicles to and from overseas locations.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  8. Consumer Watch: Being loyal customer may work against you

    If you need another reason to shop around for auto insurance, how about this: Some companies may charge higher rates if they believe you won't shop around.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  9. Kevlar for the Mind: Psychological fault lines of decision making

    One can argue that the hardest decision a political leader faces is sending men and women to war. In the U.S., this decision is limited to a very small but highly influential group of presidents and lawmakers.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  10. Tricare Help: Sorting out health care at 65

    A. The answers actually begin with a tidbit that you mention in Question No. 5.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  11. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel prepares to testify at the House Armed Services Committee on Sept. 18 on Capitol Hill. Cliff Owen / AP

    Senate voting on Syrian rebel aid after House backs Obama

    Leaders of both parties expected quick passage Thursday as the Senate neared a vote on President Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm Syrian rebels battling Islamic State militants.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  12. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks with reporters on Tuesday during a news conference on Capitol Hill. House Select Committee on Benghazi Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D- Md., is at the rear. The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels is proving a tough sell with some Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in Congress. Wariness of the plan crossed party lines in a House vote on Wednesday. Cliff Owen/The Associated Press

    House Iraq, Afghanistan veterans divided on Syria rebel training

    The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  13. Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde are to be among the first to receive a new deployment pay approved by the Navy Department. Cpl. Manuel A. Estrada / Marine Corps

    Marine Corps, Navy approve new pay for long deployments

    Marines and sailors deployed longer than 220 days in a row are to start receiving a new op tempo pay intended to reward them for the hardships of serving through an extended deployment.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  14. Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde are to be among the first to receive a new deployment pay approved by the Navy Department. Cpl. Manuel A. Estrada / Marine Corps

    Navy, Marine Corps approve new pay for long deployments

    Sailors and Marines deployed longer than 220 days in a row are to start receiving a new op tempo pay intended to reward them for the hardships of serving through an extended deployment.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  15. Captive British journalist John Cantlie speaks into the camera on the first of what he says will be a series of lecture-like 'programs' in which he says he will reveal 'the truth' about the Islamic State group. The Arabic subtitle reads 'I am a prisoner and that is something I will not deny.' AP

    British hostage appears in new video by Islamic State

    The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  16. From the creator of the 'MechWarrior' and 'Shadowrun' franchises, 'Golem Arcana' promises to revolutionize tabletop war gaming by fusing the hands-on fun of miniatures combat with the ease of app-driven gaming and immersive massively multiplayer online play. Jon R. Anderson/Staff

    'Golem Arcana': Tabletop tactics meet massively multiplayer action

    Jordan Weisman is frustrated with a monster he helped create.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  17. The remains of WWII casualty Montana Airman 1st Lt. William D. Bernier are carried from a Delta plane by a Honor Guard in Billings, Mont., on Wednesday. Bernier will be buried in Augusta Saturday. Bob Zellar/Gazette Staff via AP

    Remains of WWII airman returned home to Montana

    The remains of a missing World War II airman have been returned to Montana 70 years after his plane went down over Papua New Guinea during World War II.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  18. Man shot by Lacey, Wash., police was JBLM soldier

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord officials identified a man fatally shot by Lacey police as a soldier.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  19. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, foreground, flanked by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, left, and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, announces the naming of a fast-attack submarine after the state of Vermont during a Sept. 17 ceremony in Burlington, Vt. The USS Vermont is the first U.S. Navy vessel to be named after the Green Mountain State in more than 100 years. Ryan Mercer / Burlington (Vt.) Free Press

    SECNAV Mabus: Submarine to be named USS Vermont

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus used Lake Champlain, with its history of a key naval battle in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as a backdrop Thursday to announce the naming of the USS Vermont, a nuclear attack submarine due to be built over the next several years.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  20. NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said that military planners were now 'working seven days a week' to finalize details of the force. Yuri Kadobnov / AFP

    NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force

    NATO's new rapid-reaction 'spearhead' force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  21. Nevada congressman promoted to 1-star in Army Reserve

    Nevada congressman Joe Heck's promotion to one-star general now has the blessing of the U.S. Senate.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  22. North Korea unresponsive to U.S. envoy offer

    North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  23. Series of attacks kills at least 15 in Iraq

    A series of attacks, including several bombings in commercial areas of Baghdad, killed at least 15 people in Iraq on Thursday, officials said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  24. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, joined by Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, and Vice President Joe Biden, left, acknowledges lawmakers' applause on Sept. 18 after addressing a joint meeting of Congress. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from U.S. go unmet

    The United States will provide $46 million in new security assistance to the Ukraine's military but stop short of fulfilling an urgent request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for lethal aid to help his country fight Russian-backed separatists.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  25. Sgt. Jesse Phillips, inset, a mortarman with 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, hunted a 792-pound alligator, with two of his friends. It measured more than 13-feet from the tip of the nose to the tail, and broke a Mississippi state record. Courtesy of Jesse Phillips

    Marine sergeant and friends bag record-setting alligator

    The next time Sgt. Jesse Phillips has to train in the swamp, he'll be all too familiar with the type of beasts that might be slithering around his boots.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
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