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  1. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, will introduce legislation Wednesday designed to strengthen the Pentagon's sex assault forensic examiner cadre by improving training and certification, and requiring more personnel be trained in taking DNA samples and other physical evidence following an attack. Karen Bleier / AFP

    Bill aims to strengthen forensic training in sexual assault cases

    The Defense Department must improve its procedures for investigating sexual assaults by standardizing training requirements for medical experts who examine victims and analyze rape kits, a bipartisan group of lawmakers say.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  2. 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

    Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  3. Sources: Officer, enlisted force-outs to increase

    The officer corps may not have seen the last of the involuntary separation and early retirement boards that so far have cut short the careers of some 1,700 Regular Army captains and majors.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Staff Sgt. Colton Smith reacts after losing via first-round submission to Carlos Diego Ferreira on June 28 at their UFC fight in San Antonio. Smith has been released from his contract with the promotion after going 1-3 under the UFC banner. Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports

    UFC releases Colton Smith after third-straight loss

    One month after a third-straight defeat, the only active-duty service member in the world's top mixed martial arts circuit has been released from his contract.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. The littoral combat ship USS Independence is underway in a formation of 42 ships and submarines from 15 international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific 2014. Ensign Joseph Pfaff / US Navy

    PACOM chief: U.S. not worried about Chinese intel ship at RIMPAC

    The head of the Pentagon's Pacific Command said Tuesday that it's 'a little odd' the Chinese government has sent a spy ship to trail the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise currently taking place off the coast of Hawaii an exercise in which China has f

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  10. Gen. Joseph Dunford testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 17 before the Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on his nomination to be the next commandant of the Marine Corps. Lauren Victoria Burke/The Associated Press

    Dunford fielded tough questions on military justice before his confirmation

    Before Gen. Joseph Dunford appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation hearing July 17, he answered a long list of the committee's questions on topics ranging from acquisition challenges to suicide prevention.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  11. The Taliban released a video June 4 showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. AP

    House committee rebukes Obama over Bergdahl deal

    House Armed Services Committee members voted Tuesday to condemn President Obama for failing to consult with congressional leaders before swapping five Taliban prisoners for prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  12. Theodore 'Dutch' VanKirk visits a veteran's group in 2009 in Macon, Ga. Tom VanKirk says his 93-year-old father died July 28 at the retirement home where he lived in Georgia. The elder VanKirk was the last surviving member of the Enola Gay crew. Beau Cabell / AP

    Last crew member of Enola Gay dies

    The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in Georgia.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  13. 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 young 'stowaway' found in wheel well of C-130 after Africa missions

    The body of an unidentified male between 15 and 20 years old 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, officials said.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  14. Police: 2 arrested in Michigan guardsman's carjack slaying

    Detroit police say they've arrested a man and a woman in the fatal shooting of a Michigan National Guard soldier during a carjacking on the city's west side.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  15. Francie Frederick, left, University of Texas System regents' general counsel; Randa Safady, center, University of Texas assistant vice chancellor; and David Morales, deputy general counsel for the regents, listen July 29 as regents vote in favor of Navy Adm. William McRaven as the sole finalist for chancellor of the 15-campus University of Texas System, in Austin, Texas. Rodolfo Gonzalez / AP

    SOCOM chief McRaven is chancellor finalist for University of Texas System

    University of Texas System regents on Tuesday selected one of the top U.S. military special operations leaders as the lone finalist for the job of chancellor, overseeing the system's 15 campuses and $14 billion budget.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  16. 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
  17. 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

    Fort Stewart 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 died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  18.  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
  19. President Obama speaks July 29 on the South Lawn of the White House as he announces new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    U.S. and EU pledge new sanctions against Russia

    The U.S. message has been clear that if Russia would not deescalate its movements and hostility in Ukraine, more sanctions would be imposed.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  20. Admiral: World getting 'numb' to North Korean missiles

    Amid concerns about its development and testing of nuclear weapons, North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology, the admiral in charge of American forces in Asia and the Pacific said Tuesday.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  21. President Obama speaks July 29 on the South Lawn of the White House as he announces new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    U.S., Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

    Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  22.  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
  23. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters Tuesday at the State Department in Washington, during a news conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Cliff Owen / AP

    Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold War-era arms deal

    Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused Russia of violating.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  24. 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
  25. DoD to oversee senator's Army War College plagiarism probe

    The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the college's provost said Tuesday.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
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