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The Death of Two U.S. Service Members in Afghanistan

April 27, 2017 Two American service members based in eastern Afghanistan were killed Wednesday night during an operation targeting Islamic State militants, the Pentagon announced Thursday. The two service members, whose names have not yet been released, were killed in Nangarhar, an eastern Afghan province bordering Pakistan where much of the U.S.’s fight...

The Russian Hack of the DNC

October 7, 2016 U.S. intelligence officials accused Russia Friday of orchestrating the July hack of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, reaffirming speculation that Moscow played a role in the breach that resulted in the release of thousands of DNC staff emails. In a joint statement by the Department of Homeland Security and the...

An End to U.S.-Philippine Defense Cooperation?

October 7, 2016 The Philippines announced Friday plans to cancel future joint military exercises with the United States in the South China Sea—a marked break in defense cooperation between the long-standing allies that follows weeks of rhetoric aimed at the U.S. by the new Filipino president. “This year would be the last,” Rodrigo...

The U.S. Army Equipment That Ended Up on eBay

October 7, 2016 Eight people, including six U.S. soldiers, have been charged with conspiring to steal equipment from the U.S. Army, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The six soldiers allegedly stole more than $1 million worth of sensitive military equipment from the U.S. Army installation at Fort Campbell, located on the border between Hopkinsville,...

Why the Washington Monument Will Be Closed Indefinitely

September 26, 2016 The Washington Monument will be closed indefinitely due to problems with its elevator, the National Park Services (NPS) announced Monday. “Despite the continuing work on the Washington Monument elevator, we have not been able to determine the causes of the ongoing reliability issues,” NPS said in a statement on its...

The Extradition of Lauri Love to the U.S.

September 16, 2016 A British court approved Friday the extradition of alleged hacker Lauri Love to the United States, where he faces nearly a century in prison for hacking into U.S. government computers. The Westminster Magistrates’ Court’s ruling, handed down by Judge Nina Tempia, approves Love’s extradition to the U.S., where he faces...

The Vote on the Future of a Native Alaskan Community

August 18, 2016 The residents of a small island village in Alaska, located on one of the state’s most eroded shorelines, have voted to move to the mainland, the Associated Press reports. But can they afford it? The Inupiat Eskimo community of Shishmaref, a village on Sarichef Island just north of the Bering...

More Charges in the Flint Water Crisis

August 1, 2016 Six more Michigan state employees were charged Friday in connection with the Flint water crisis. Announcing our third legal action of the Flint Water Investigation right now. pic.twitter.com/K9qgwzb9nb — A.G. Bill Schuette (@SchuetteOnDuty) July 29, 2016 State Attorney General Schuette announced the six additional charges at a news conference. Nancy...