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President Donald Trump looks out before speaking at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on May 28, 2017. Trump said on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, that he will bar transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the armed forces. (BRIGITTE N. BRANTLEY/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Trump says transgender people should be barred from military

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July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump abruptly declared a ban Wednesday on transgender troops serving anywhere in the U.S.
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Lawmakers move toward agreement on funding for nearly bankrupt VA program

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July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers came to a compromise Wednesday that would keep the Veterans Choice Program funded, while authorizing leases for new Department of Veterans...
Karl Johnson, 20th Security Forces Squadron trainer, demonstrates answering the phone at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 18, 2017. He explained proper operational security techniques for speaking on the telephone during an OPSEC brief. (DESTINEE SWEENEY/U.S. AIR FORCE)
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Mattis targets mandatory training in effort to become more lethal

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July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered a Pentagon review of the mandatory training and administrative requirements his troops face each year that cut into time that...
An Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps naval vessel made a close approach to the USS Thunderbolt, getting within 150 yards, according to the U.S. Navy. After attempts to establish radio communications, the Thunderbolt fired warning flares, blasted the ship's whistle and eventually fired warning shots in front of the Iranian boat. (U.S. NAVY)
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US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian boat in Persian Gulf

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July 26, 2017
WASHINGTON — A Navy warship in the northern Persian Gulf fired warning shots near an Iranian military vessel Tuesday as the boat approached the U.S. patrol ship at a high rate of...
Medicinal marijuana buds are made available for patients at a medical marijuana dispensary in Long Beach, California. (GENARO MOLINA/LOS ANGELES TIMES/MCT)
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House committee blocks attempt to let VA docs recommend marijuana

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July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON — A House committee has struck down a measure allowing Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where the...
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko testifies before the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee of the House Committee on Armed Services on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES)
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Criminal investigation launched into $28M in US funds wasted on Afghan uniforms

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July 26, 2017
WASHINGTON — The United States has launched a criminal probe into wasteful spending on Afghan National Army uniforms that cost American taxpayers some $28 million during the last...