<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:52:05 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Feds rush aid to Puerto Rico, while Trump tweets about debt]]> http://gazette.com/feds-rush-aid-to-puerto-rico-while-trump-tweets-about-debt/article/feed/496201?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feds-rush-aid-to-puerto-rico-while-trump-tweets-about-debt/article/feed/496201?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ramped up its response Monday to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, even as President Donald Trump brought up the island's struggles before Hurricane Maria struck — including "billions of dollars" in debt to "Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with."

The Trump administration has tried to blunt criticism that its response to Hurricane Maria has fallen short of its efforts in Texas and Florida after the recent hurricanes there.

Five days after the Category 4 storm slammed into Puerto Rico, many of the more than 3.4 million U.S. citizens in the territory were still without adequate food, water and fuel. Flights off the island were infrequent, communications were spotty and r

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:28:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Zinke: One-third of Interior employees not loyal to Trump]]> http://gazette.com/zinke-one-third-of-interior-employees-not-loyal-to-trump/article/feed/496209?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/zinke-one-third-of-interior-employees-not-loyal-to-trump/article/feed/496209?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, adding that he is working to change the department's regulatory culture to be more business friendly.

Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, said he knew when he took over the 70,000-employee department in March that, "I got 30 percent of the crew that's not loyal to the flag."

In a speech to an oil industry group, Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship that captures "a prized ship at sea and only the captain and the first mate row over" to finish the mission.

"We do have good people" at Interior, he said, "but the direction has to be clear and you've got to hold peopl

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:22:03 -0600 <![CDATA[No more flying with reindeer: Unique Alaska planes to retire]]> http://gazette.com/no-more-flying-with-reindeer-unique-alaska-planes-to-retire/article/feed/496011?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-more-flying-with-reindeer-unique-alaska-planes-to-retire/article/feed/496011?custom_click=rss

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Claire Richardson remembers taking off in an airplane uniquely configured for Alaska when a horrible smell seeped into the passenger area.

The captain soon came on the speaker to apologize for the odor, which was coming from 70 skittish baby reindeer headed for Texas.

"Guess they all pooped as we lifted off from the runway," said Richardson, a Jesuit volunteer at a Nome radio station during the 1980s flight who is now chief of staff for Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.

Those days will be coming to a close as the special plane that hauls people, goods and even animals on the same flight is taken out of service in a state with few roads.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:58:47 -0600 <![CDATA[AP FACT CHECK: Parsing an unfettered Trump on border wall]]> http://gazette.com/ap-fact-check-parsing-an-unfettered-trump-on-border-wall/article/feed/496149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-fact-check-parsing-an-unfettered-trump-on-border-wall/article/feed/496149?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — At his recent rally in Alabama, President Donald Trump offered a bullish account of the progress he says is being made with his promised border wall.

An AP Fact Check finds that some of his claims about the wall are wrong.

For one, he said that various prototypes of the wall have been built. In fact, construction on them has not quite started.

To date, not much is taking shape with the wall except for the sample sections, repairs and some upgrading of what's already in place.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:35:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Church used unemployment scam to stoke funds, ex-members say]]> http://gazette.com/church-used-unemployment-scam-to-stoke-funds-ex-members-say/article/feed/496036?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/church-used-unemployment-scam-to-stoke-funds-ex-members-say/article/feed/496036?custom_click=rss

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — When Randy Fields' construction company faced potential ruin because of the cratering economy, he pleaded with his pastor at Word of Faith Fellowship church to reduce the amount of money he was required to tithe every week.

To his shock, Fields said church founder Jane Whaley proposed a divine plan that would allow him to continue contributing at least 10 percent of his income to the secretive evangelical church while helping his company survive: He would file fraudulent unemployment claims on behalf of his employees. She called it, he said, "God's plan.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:47:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Contractors accuse Iraq of shake downs to force tax payments]]> http://gazette.com/contractors-accuse-iraq-of-shake-downs-to-force-tax-payments/article/feed/496012?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/contractors-accuse-iraq-of-shake-downs-to-force-tax-payments/article/feed/496012?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — American military contractors operating in Iraq are accusing Baghdad of employing strong-arm tactics to make them pay exorbitant income taxes, a practice they've warned the Trump administration is hampering the fight against Islamic State extremists.

To force payment of the taxes, which the companies say are haphazardly calculated and can total millions of dollars, Iraqi authorities have held up — and even threatened to stop altogether — delivery of essential supplies, including food, fuel and water, bound for U.S. and coalition forces, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:39:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Australia to create its own space agency for economic boost]]> http://gazette.com/australia-to-create-its-own-space-agency-for-economic-boost/article/feed/495994?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/australia-to-create-its-own-space-agency-for-economic-boost/article/feed/495994?custom_click=rss

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced on Monday it will create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the agency would be part of Australia's development of an innovation and science economy. But the government has provided few specifics.

"It's a small agency to coordinate and lead," Turnbull told reporters. "The space sector, of course, is one of enormous potential."

Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Michaelia Cash said the agency's charter would be developed by the end of March.

"The global space industry is growing rapidly and it's crucial that Australia is part of this growth," Cash said in a statement.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:45:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Fort Carson brigade's training adds credence to reports of overseas deployment]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-brigades-training-adds-credence-to-reports-of-overseas-deployment/article/1611868?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-brigades-training-adds-credence-to-reports-of-overseas-deployment/article/1611868?custom_click=rss

Officially, Fort Carson's 2nd Brigade Combat Team isn't going anywhere.

But, unconfirmed reports that the Army is sending the 3,500-soldier unit to Afghanistan next year gained credence with the brigade training for the past week as if an overseas battle is imminent.

On Sunday, Fort Carson invited the media to its Warhorse Strike exercise at the post's Camp Red Devil. Soldiers repelled a raid by mock opposing forces and maneuvered through mountainous terrain with tanks and Stryker armored personnel vehicles. The exercise began Sept. 17 and concludes Tuesday.

"As of right now, we don't have any deployment orders, said Lt. Col. Lawson Bell, commander of the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, whose soldiers played the

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:15:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Army looks for new ways to address misbehaving generals]]> http://gazette.com/army-looks-for-new-ways-to-address-misbehaving-generals/article/1611881?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-looks-for-new-ways-to-address-misbehaving-generals/article/1611881?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON— Struggling with an embarrassing series of misconduct and behavior problems among senior officers, the Army is putting together new mental health, counseling and career management programs to shape stronger, more ethical leaders.

The programs stem from a broader worry across the military about the need to bolster professionalism within the officer corps while holding accountable those who abuse their power. The Army plan appears to focus more on building character than berating bad conduct.

In recent years, general officers from the one-star to four-star level have violated the military code of conduct they’ve lived under and enforced — often for decades.

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:40:09 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: NY representative urges help for Puerto Rico]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-ny-representative-urges-help-for-puerto-rico/article/feed/495827?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-ny-representative-urges-help-for-puerto-rico/article/feed/495827?custom_click=rss

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The latest on Hurricane Maria and its devastation of Puerto Rico (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

A New York member of Congress who traveled to Puerto Rico with New York's governor to assess damage by Hurricane Maria says the U.S. territory and the state are inextricably linked.

Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez says: "For New Yorkers, Puerto Ricans are family - for some figuratively and, for many of us, literally. New Yorkers take care of their family."

She notes Puerto Rico was already struggling from a decade-long economic slump, but now "the island has been dealt a crushing blow and needs all the assistance it can get."

Velazquez has been named by New York Gov.

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]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:44:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Wounded marine (and snowboarder) gets her new Colorado home]]> http://gazette.com/wounded-marine-and-snowboarder-gets-her-new-colorado-home/article/1611646?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wounded-marine-and-snowboarder-gets-her-new-colorado-home/article/1611646?custom_click=rss

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — After serving in Afghanistan and recently summiting Mount Kilimajaro, former Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis is ready to call Glenwood Springs home.

Last week, Building Homes for Heroes presented Ennis with her new home in Ironbridge. A parade of neighbors, volunteers and local scouts was led through the neighborhood, culminating in a presentation of Ennis' new home.

"It's pretty surreal," Ennis said, recognizing it's been quite the journey to get here to the Roaring Fork Valley.

On June 23, 2012, during Ennis' second tour in Afghanistan, the helicopter on which she was an aerial gunner went down. Ennis sustained a shattered jaw, broken nose, fractured spine and a severe leg injury.

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:07:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Division at Fort Carson saw first fighting in WWI]]> http://gazette.com/division-at-fort-carson-saw-first-fighting-in-wwi/article/1611741?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/division-at-fort-carson-saw-first-fighting-in-wwi/article/1611741?custom_click=rss

To mark the 100th anniversary of Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division, the post has written a series of articles that will examine the division's past. This is the first. The 4th Division was established Dec. 10, 1917, at Camp Greene, N.C., in preparation for America's entry into World War I.

The division was originally created to fight in that "Great War" as part of President Woodrow Wilson's promise to be "the arsenal of democracy."

The 32,000 men of the 4th Division saw combat less than a year after the division was founded.

That fight, the Battle of Saint-Mihiel, France, would become the first unequivocal victory for American arms in World War I.

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:53:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Update: Uncertainty reigns as lawmakers hammer out defense deal]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-uncertainty-reigns-as-lawmakers-hammer-out-defense-deal/article/1611742?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-uncertainty-reigns-as-lawmakers-hammer-out-defense-deal/article/1611742?custom_click=rss

Military folks likely won't learn until December what their January pay raise will be, or whether pharmacy co-pays through mail order and retail outlets will rise sharply, or whether working-age retirees will see Tricare fees jump next year.

Also, service members with children and married to other members likely won't know for a few more months whether their combined housing allowance will drop significantly as soon as they're reassigned.

And 69,000 surviving spouses won't know until December if the partial relief they enjoy from a monthly Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance will expire after May 2018 or become a permanent payment at $310 a month, plus annual adjustments to keep pace with inflation.

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]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:10:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Penny scores 3 TDs, No. 22 SDSU holds off Air Force 28-24]]> http://gazette.com/penny-scores-3-tds-no.-22-sdsu-holds-off-air-force-28-24/article/feed/495738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/penny-scores-3-tds-no.-22-sdsu-holds-off-air-force-28-24/article/feed/495738?custom_click=rss

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Rocky Long didn't make any halftime adjustments. He couldn't. There wasn't an intermission because the teams kept right on playing.

The San Diego State coach more than got his point across during an 88-minute lightning delay in the second quarter. The impromptu break provided the perfect opportunity to recharge his sluggish bunch.

Rashaad Penny scored three times, including a 53-yard scamper with 5:39 remaining, and No. 22 San Diego State held off Air Force 28-24 on a dreary Saturday night.

"I welcomed the delay because I thought we had to regroup," Long explained. "When they said it was going to be an hour and a half ... then I didn't like it that much.

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]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:01:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Oversight panel: Nuclear lab workers violated safety rules]]> http://gazette.com/oversight-panel-nuclear-lab-workers-violated-safety-rules/article/feed/495630?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oversight-panel-nuclear-lab-workers-violated-safety-rules/article/feed/495630?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A national laboratory's workers producing a shell for a triggering device for nuclear weapons violated safety rules in August by storing too much material at one location in a facility for plutonium, a highly radioactive material, a federal oversight panel reported.

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board memorandum called the Aug. 18 incident at the Los Alamos National Laboratory a "criticality safety event" and said workers there discovered the placement error made by a casting crew three days later when they moved the grapefruit-sized shell again.

The workers at that point failed to follow proper procedures for reporting the Aug. 21 action, the safety board said in a one-page memorandum dated S

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]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:50:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting Sept. 24, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-sept.-24-2017/article/1611796?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-sept.-24-2017/article/1611796?custom_click=rss Military-related events in and around Colorado Springs beginning Sept. 24, 2017.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:15:38 -0600
<![CDATA[US flies bomber, fighter mission off North Korean coast]]> http://gazette.com/us-flies-bomber-fighter-mission-off-north-korean-coast/article/1611793?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-flies-bomber-fighter-mission-off-north-korean-coast/article/1611793?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — In a show of American military might to North Korea, the United States on Saturday flew bombers and fighter escorts to the farthest point north of the Demilitarized Zone by any such American aircraft this century. The Pentagon said the mission showed how seriously President Donald Trump takes North Korea's "reckless behavior."

"This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat," Defense Department spokesman Dana White said in a statement.

"North Korea's weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international community. We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:10:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Trade panel says low-cost solar imports hurt US companies]]> http://gazette.com/trade-panel-says-low-cost-solar-imports-hurt-us-companies/article/feed/495472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trade-panel-says-low-cost-solar-imports-hurt-us-companies/article/feed/495472?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. trade commission is preparing to consider whether to recommend tariffs on imported solar panels.

The International Trade Commission voted 4-to-0 on Friday in determining that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers. The vote raises the possibility that the Trump administration could impose tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from abroad.

The panel must recommend a remedy to President Donald Trump, with a final decision on tariffs expected in January.

Cheap imports have led to a boom in the U.S. solar industry.

Georgia-based Suniva Inc. and Oregon-based SolarWorld Americas brought the case to the tr

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]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:36:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking]]> http://gazette.com/federal-government-notifies-21-states-of-election-hacking/article/feed/495431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/federal-government-notifies-21-states-of-election-hacking/article/feed/495431?custom_click=rss The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election.

The notification came roughly a year after U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials first said states were targeted by hacking efforts possibly connected to Russia. The states that told The Associated Press they had been targeted included some key political battlegrounds, such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The AP contacted every state election office to determine which ones had been informed that their election systems had been targeted.

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]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:50:36 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: In AP tally, 21 states confirmed hacking targets]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-in-ap-tally-21-states-confirmed-hacking-targets/article/feed/495426?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-in-ap-tally-21-states-confirmed-hacking-targets/article/feed/495426?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the federal government's notification to 21 states about election hacking (all times local):

8:50 p.m.

A 50-state tally by The Associated Press shows election officials in 21 states confirm their election systems were targeted by hackers last year.

The states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Federal officials said they reached out to election officials in 21 states on Friday but did not name the states.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner praises the government's notification to the 21 states but says it shou

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]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:58:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Grant to fund construction of veterans' cemetery in Gallup]]> http://gazette.com/grant-to-fund-construction-of-veterans-cemetery-in-gallup/article/feed/495432?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grant-to-fund-construction-of-veterans-cemetery-in-gallup/article/feed/495432?custom_click=rss GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Gallup is getting its own veterans cemetery after a multi-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich along with Rep. Ben Ray Lujan said Friday that the grant of $6.7 million will fund construction.

The closest veterans' cemetery is in Santa Fe, some 200 miles away.

Lawmakers say a national veterans' cemetery in Gallup will provide more convenient access to 19,000 vets and their families.

The grant will cover 443 pre-placed crypts, 140 in-ground cremation gravesites, 400 columbarium niches, a memorial wall and walkway and other aspects of the cemetery.

It's unclear when construction begins.

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]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:33:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Does NKorean H-bomb threat push US closer to war?]]> http://gazette.com/does-nkorean-h-bomb-threat-push-us-closer-to-war/article/feed/495175?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/does-nkorean-h-bomb-threat-push-us-closer-to-war/article/feed/495175?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Would exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, as North Korea has threatened, push the current war of words between the U.S. and North Korea closer to actual war?

As with much that has transpired lately in the U.S.-North Korea nuclear crisis, no one can be sure where this would lead or whether the North will even carry out its threat. It does, however, raise many questions, including: How would the North undertake such a nuclear test, what risks might it pose to Japan and how would the U.S. respond?

After the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, said President Donald Trump would "pay dearly" for threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea if the U.S.

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]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:02:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Disasters keep Colorado Springs' U.S. NorthCom hopping]]> http://gazette.com/disasters-keep-colorado-springs-u.s.-northcom-hopping/article/1611655?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/disasters-keep-colorado-springs-u.s.-northcom-hopping/article/1611655?custom_click=rss

Amid the fires, floods and hurricanes, U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs was asked to deal with an earthquake this week.

In the busiest summer the command has ever seen in dealing with disaster, one more wasn't a problem. An Air Force C-17 picked up 60 search and rescue experts and their dogs and flew them to Mexico City by Thursday morning. Relief supplies should follow aboard other Air Force planes.

"We're fueled by caffeine and inspired by the actions of others," said Coast Guard Capt. Scott Langum, a future operations director with the command who helps oversee the Pentagon's contribution to disaster relief.

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:09:01 -0600
<![CDATA[For the first time, the Marine Corps expects to have a female infantry officer among its ranks]]> http://gazette.com/for-the-first-time-the-marine-corps-expects-to-have-a-female-infantry-officer-among-its-ranks/article/1611639?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-the-first-time-the-marine-corps-expects-to-have-a-female-infantry-officer-among-its-ranks/article/1611639?custom_click=rss

The Marine Corps expects to soon have a female infantry officer, a historic first, following her anticipated graduation Monday from the service’s grueling Infantry Officer Course, said three military officials with knowledge of the training.

The lieutenant and her male colleagues completed a three-week combat exercise at the service’s training center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., on Wednesday, the final graded requirement in the 13-week program. The infantry course is widely seen as some of the toughest training in the military, with about 25 percent of all students washing out.

The woman is the first of three dozen women who have attempted the course to pass.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:04:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy cadet faces sexual assault charge ]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cadet-faces-sexual-assault-charge/article/1611491?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cadet-faces-sexual-assault-charge/article/1611491?custom_click=rss

An Air Force Academy senior faces a hearing on charges of sexual assault and abusive sexual contact.

The hearing for Cadet 1st Class Steven R. Fox is scheduled for Wednesday.

Through an academy spokesman, Fox and his attorneys declined to comment.

The academy says the charges related to a single incident involving a single alleged victim.

Wednesday's session is called an Article 32 hearing and is designed to allow a hearing officer to determine whether the evidences is sufficient to warrant a trial. It's similar to a preliminary hearing in civilian court.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:31:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Navy hospital removes Florida workers who called babies 'mini Satans']]> http://gazette.com/navy-hospital-removes-florida-workers-who-called-babies-mini-satans/article/1611486?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/navy-hospital-removes-florida-workers-who-called-babies-mini-satans/article/1611486?custom_click=rss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Navy hospital in Florida has removed some employees from patient care after Snapchat photos showed a nurse giving the middle finger to a newborn with a caption that said, “How I currently feel about these mini Satans.”

Jeanne Casey, spokeswoman for the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, said in a statement released late Monday said the incident is “outrageous, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated.”

The Snapchat post also said the “navy nurse” and her friend made a baby dance to rap music.

Casey says the employees have been removed from patient care and they will be handled by the legal system and military justice. She said the hospital was in

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:27:33 -0600
<![CDATA[In stark UN speech, Trump threatens to "destroy" North Korea]]> http://gazette.com/in-stark-un-speech-trump-threatens-to-destroy-north-korea/article/1611460?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-stark-un-speech-trump-threatens-to-destroy-north-korea/article/1611460?custom_click=rss

UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threatened the "total destruction'" of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons.

Trump, who has ramped up his rhetoric throughout the escalating crisis with North Korea, told the murmuring crowd at the U.N. that "it is far past time for the nations of the world to confront" Kim Jong Un and said that Kim's "reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons" poses a threat to "the entire world with an unthinkable loss of human life.

"Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime," Trump said about the North Korean leader. He said of the U.S.

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:45:42 -0600
<![CDATA[WATCH: Disabled veteran gets four-wheeled surprise in Fountain]]> http://gazette.com/watch-disabled-veteran-gets-four-wheeled-surprise-in-fountain/article/1611407?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-disabled-veteran-gets-four-wheeled-surprise-in-fountain/article/1611407?custom_click=rss

With a wheezing minivan and an aging Pontiac that won't run, Army veteran Daniel Walter struggled to get his wife and two kids around town while still getting to his seemingly-endless series of VA medical appointments in Colorado Springs.

He says the new Ford he was given through the charity Operation Homefront will change his life.

"It's amazing," he said after getting keys to the new Fusion at a ceremony Monday in Fountain. "I don't know what to say."

Walter served two tours as a helicopter crew chief in Fort Carson's 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. As the crew chief, he also served as the door gunner, a job that gave him hidden mental wounds of war to go along with the physical ailments that accompany a hard-charging

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Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:49:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Senate backs bill to pump $700 billion into military ]]> http://gazette.com/senate-backs-bill-to-pump-700-billion-into-military/article/1611427?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-backs-bill-to-pump-700-billion-into-military/article/1611427?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping defense policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military, putting the U.S. armed forces on track for a budget greater than at any time during the decade-plus wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Senators passed the legislation by an 89-8 vote Monday. The measure authorizes $700 billion in military spending for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, expands U.S. missile defenses in response to North Korea's growing hostility and refuses to allow excess military bases to be closed.

The 1,215-page measure defies a number of White House objections, but President Donald Trump hasn't threatened to veto the measure.

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Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:41:52 -0600
<![CDATA[US flies powerful warplanes amid tensions with North Korea ]]> http://gazette.com/us-flies-powerful-warplanes-amid-tensions-with-north-korea/article/1611391?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-flies-powerful-warplanes-amid-tensions-with-north-korea/article/1611391?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. military flew advanced bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula and near Japan in drills with South Korean and Japanese warplanes on Monday, three days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan.

The United States often sends powerful military aircraft in a show of force in times of heightened animosities with North Korea. The North launched its latest missile as it protested against tough new U.N. sanctions over its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3.

Monday's flyovers over the Korean Peninsula involved two B-1Bs and four F-35Bs from the U.S. military and four F-15K fighter jets from South Korea, according to the South Korean and U.S. militaries. The U.S.

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Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:59:43 -0600