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Senate Budget Committee staff members lay out copies of President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget for distribution on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP
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Pentagon: Base realignments and closures in 2021 could save billions

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May 25, 2017
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s Pentagon spending plan for 2018 sent to lawmakers on Tuesday includes a new round of base realignments and closures, a proposal that the...
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington on April 27, 2017. ANDREW HARNIK/AP

VA plans mental care for discharged vets, but at what cost?

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May 25, 2017
WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin touted new efforts Wednesday to expand urgent mental health care to thousands of former service members with less-than-...
Zachary Boland, center, of Madison, Ala., died during Marine Corps boot camp Nov. 4. His mother Sam, left, and father Bob, right, say other recruits can learn from his death. COURTESY OF THE BOLAND FAMILY

After son died at boot camp, parents urge other recruits to speak up if help needed

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May 25, 2017
In a dark room of bunk beds at Marine Corps boot camp came a cry for help: "Recruit down! Recruit down!" Zachary Boland, 18, was convulsing uncontrollably in his bunk, and could...
Performers promote the 2020 Tokyo Games during the Closing Ceremony for the Rio Olympic Games on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (MARK REIS/COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE/TNS)

Protection measures urged for 'soft targets' at Tokyo Olympics

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May 25, 2017
As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics approach, the Japanese government is working to protect sports venues, shopping districts and other "soft targets" that are frequented...
An RQ-4 Global Hawk sits on the tarmac at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. LEON COOK/STARS AND STRIPES
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Air Force showcases unmanned reconnaissance drone in Tokyo

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May 25, 2017
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The Air Force showed off one of its newest and most high-tech intelligence-gathering platforms this week in western Tokyo.
A photo published Friday, May 5, 2017, in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun shows leader Kim Jong Un looking out from an observation post during a visit to troops manning the front lines on islets near the maritime border with South Korea. COURTESY OF RODONG SINMUN

Trump calls Kim Jong Un a 'madman with nuclear weapons,' according to transcript of Duterte call

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May 25, 2017
President Donald Trump labeled North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un a "madman with nuclear weapons" during a private phone conversation with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte...