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    President Obama speaks to media during an Oct. 16 meeting with his Ebola response team in the Oval Office of the White House. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on

    President Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside — Ebola.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  1. South Korean soldiers stand guard at a military check point Sept. 17 near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War. Ahn Young-joon / AP

    South Korea: 2 Koreas exchange gunfire along border

    Troops from the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  2. New Power Plant? The Air Force is looking at putting new engines on its B-52 fleet, but budget challenges will likely keep it from happening. Airman 1st Class Mozer Da Cunha/ / US Air Force

    Air Force strike chief urges B-52 engine replacement

    The head of U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command wants the service to consider installing new engines on its aging B-52 fleet, but budget realities could intervene.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
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    Marines aboard an amphibious assault vehicle pass the amphibious assault ship Wasp during Bold Alligator 2012. Marines and sailors will conduct crisis response training during this year's blue-green exercise. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan V

    Bold Alligator is back

    The blue-green team will flex its amphibious muscles once again in Exercise Bold Alligator 2014, planned for late October-early November.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  3. A Coast Guard law enforcement detachment transports 576 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $19 million, in the Straits of Florida. The contraband was interdicted in August during Operation Martillo, an international effort to stop the flow of drugs. MCPO Sean C. Benton/Coast Guard

    In war with drug traffickers, Coast Guard stretched thin

    While the world focuses on conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, the Coast Guard and its U.S. Southern Command partners are looking west.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  4. Iraqi municipal government workers clean up debris following a car bomb explosion in central Baghdad's busy commercial Karradah neighborhood, Iraq, on Saturday. The car bomb exploded after nightfall Friday, near a cafe, killed and wounded tens of people, Iraqi officials said. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    Iraq lawmakers approve interior, defense ministers

    Iraqi lawmakers approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's remaining Cabinet nominees on Saturday, including for the critical defense and interior portfolios, completing the formation of a government that will strive to push the Islamic State extremist gro

    • Oct. 18, 2014
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    Gen. Dennis Via Mike Morones/Staff

    As logistics mission closes in Afghanistan, Pacific heats up

    The new reality of the Army — sending scalable units all over the world with wide-ranging missions — cannot be done without the necessary equipment. Coordinating these efforts is Gen. Dennis Via, commanding general of Army Materiel Command.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
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    This undated file photo provided on July 14, 2010, by the Pentagon shows Pfc. Philip W. Ackley's Korean War dog tag. The tag, which was found in North Korea's Unsan battlefield area where Ackley is believed to have been lost, was handed over to the U.S. by North Korean at the Panmunjom truce village in January 2010. The Associated Press

    Report faults Pentagon efforts to find MIAs

    The Pentagon's effort to find missing servicemembers from past wars is wracked with inefficiencies, lacks a clear mission and fails to differentiate remains that can be recovered from those lost forever, an inspector general's report charged Friday.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  5. Defense Department: Target missile successfully tracked during test off Hawaii

    The military says it successfully detected and tracked a medium-range missile target during a test off Hawaii.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
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    DoD seeks to clarify policies on nonprofit groups

    The Defense Department is taking a new look at the barriers that complicate efforts by nonprofit groups to help service members and their families at some installations.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  6. The 2014 graduates of ICE's Human Exploitation Rescue Operative Corps. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

    Former special operations troops take up battle against online child predators

    Military members who can no longer fight the wars overseas are battling a new enemy at home: the murky online spaces where sexual predators prey on children.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  7. The omniphobic-coated fabric significantly lowers dirt and dust attraction, and repels water, oil and many liquid chemicals. David J. Kamm/Army

    Army tests super-repellent uniform

    Army researchers have developed a no-stick, no-stain, no-stink coating that could all but eliminate the need for soldiers to wash their uniforms — and it's going commercial before it goes on your ACU.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  8. A screen grab from a promotional video for 'Hot Shots Calendar.' YouTube.com

    Utah Guard investigating risque promotional video of women with guns

    A risque video shot in conservative Utah featuring bikini-clad women firing high-powered weapons and riding in tanks for a pinup calendar has raised the ire of a pair of law enforcement agencies who suspect some of their equipment and officers may be in t

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  9. Members of the Arlington County Fire Department stage operations supporting the HazMat team at the Pentagon South Parking lot area on Oct. 17. Paul J. Richards / AFP via Getty Images

    Ebola concern sparks commotion at Pentagon

    In yet another indication of the rapidly rising anxiety over Ebola, a new scare erupted at the Pentagon on Friday morning after a woman on a tour bus in the building's parking lot who said she had recently traveled from Africa vomited, defense officials s

    • Oct. 17, 2014
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    Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. became the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps Friday during the Passing of Command ceremony in which he took command of the Marine Corps from Gen. James Amos at the Marine Corps Barracks at 8th & I in Washington, D.C. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Dunford takes command of the Corps, issues first order to Marines

    The 36th commandant's first order to the Marine Corps as he took command was a simple one: Continue to march.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
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    Officials: Woman at Pentagon doesn't have Ebola

    WASHINGTON Virginia public health authorities say the woman who became ill in the Pentagon parking lot, setting off an Ebola scare, does not have the virus.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
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    Hagel seeks info on Iraq chemical weapons exposure

    A defense official says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked his military chiefs and service-branch secretaries to look into questions about the medical care and treatment of about 20 service members who were exposed to chemical weapons during the Iraq

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  10. Progress on car shipments difficult to measure, verify

    A backlog of personal vehicle shipments in U.S. Customs has been 'significantly reduced and is very near to normal clearance timelines,' according to the new contractor responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  11. This undated image posted on Aug. 27 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter of the Islamic State group waving their flag from inside a captured government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. The Associated Press

    Report: Former Iraqi pilots train IS fighters on MiGs

    The Islamic State group is test flying, with the help of former Iraqi air force pilots, several fighter jets captured earlier from air bases belonging to the Syrian military, a Syrian activist group said Friday.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  12. New Way To Thwart IEDs: JIEDDO and the US Army are testing out robots that may do a better job of keeping IEDs out of culverts than the low-tech bars in current use. Here, Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province install a 'culvert denial system,' comprised of two metal-bar grates, in March. Sgt. Jessica Ostroska/ / US Marines

    JIEDDO, Army test underground robots

    The Army Research Lab and the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) have just wrapped up a critical new test of small ground and air unmanned assets aimed at detecting improvised explosive devices in culverts in subterranean environments, and officials s

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  13. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    White House rejects calls for Ebola travel ban

    Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  14. In this image shot Thursday from a hilltop in Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, a partial view of Kobani, Syria. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Kobani key to U.S. strategy against Islamic State

    Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants — and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  15. New York man charged with impersonating Marine

    A New York man who authorities say wore a Marine uniform to a county fair faces impersonation charges in two towns.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
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    Judge: Former Schofield soldier should pay fees to Burger King

    A federal magistrate judge is recommending that a former soldier suing Burger King for swallowing needles in a sandwich pay attorneys' fees and costs to the defendants for not showing up at a settlement conference.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  16. An image grab taken from an Oct. 10 video allegedly shows Islamic State group fighters firing from an armed vehicle on the outskirts of Kobani, on the Syria-Turkey border. Kurdish fighters are sharing information with the U.S.-led coalition to coordinate strikes against IS militants, a Kurdish official said Friday. AFP via Getty Images

    Kurds sharing intel with U.S. for Syria strikes

    Kurdish fighters are sharing information with the U.S.-led coalition to coordinate strikes against Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, a Kurdish official said Friday.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
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