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  1. 'Korengal' filmmaker Sebastian Junger Tim Hetherington

    War-fighter's paradox: Sebastian Junger on why combat vets hate war — but miss being in it

    When Army paratrooper Sgt. Brendan O'Byrne returned from a tortured year of combat in Afghanistan's deadly Korengal Valley, he looked into the lens of a video camera and wondered out loud whether God hated him for what he had done there.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  2. North Korea is warning that the release of a new American comedy about a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un would be an 'act of war.' If the U.S. government doesn't block the movie's release, it will face 'stern' and 'merciless' retaliation, an unidentified spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday in state media. David Guttenfelder / AP

    North Korea calls new U.S. movie an 'act of war'

    North Korea is warning that the release of a new American comedy about a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un would be an 'act of war.'

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  3. Army image Thousands of runners take part in the Army Ten-Miler in the National Capital Region, Oct. 20, 2013.

    Looking for a fall race? Check out these with military ties

    We'll be kicking off PT365 Run Plan training in July for the 5K and marathon plans and in August for the half-marathon (but we'll count 10-milers, too). Are you still trying to pick a race?

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  4. Sports Woman's legs in running movement Crdjan / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    PT365 Run Plans: Elements of efficient running, part 2

    Consider this your primer on the Run Plans: a little bit of background to understand the methodology behind the charts.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  5. Dogtopia, a canine day care with locations in 29 states, will host its tenth charity dog wash — this year, raising funds for Paws With A Cause, an organization that provides service dogs to veterans and others with disabilities. The company is hoping to raise $36,000, enough to put three puppies through assistance dog training. Courtesy photo

    Dog washes to benefit wounded troops

    Looking for something to do this weekend with your canine companion? Take a bath. Or at least, take your dog for a soaping and help an injured service member to boot.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  6. The Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team flies in formation during SkyFest 2014 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., on May 31. Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes/Air Force

    Defense cuts crimping air shows and other community events

    Everyone in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is still buzzing about the Navy Blue Angels' performance at the big air show June 1.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  7. Afghanistan's presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a news conference Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan. The front-runner in Afghanistan's runoff presidential election has called for vote counting to stop over fraud claims. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Front-runner calls for Afghan vote count to stop

    The front-runner in Afghanistan's runoff presidential election has called for vote counting to stop over fraud claims.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  8. The Interservice Pistol Championships kick off on Sunday. The Army has won eight consecutive team competitions. Michael Molinaro/Army

    Troops to compete at joint pistol championships next week

    Shooters from across the services will compete in the 55th Annual Interservice Pistol Championships June 15-20 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
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    The 101-year-old two-masted schooner Adventuress offers cruises ranging from three hours to several days. Jon Anderson/Staff

    Sailing through history: Tall ship Adventuress lives up to its name

    If standing under the taut sail of a tall ship at sea isn't already on your bucket list, you should seriously consider adding it. It's a rush like no other.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
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    A family enjoys a breathtaking view from the bow of the Adventuress as the tall ship plys Washington's Puget Sound in much same way as when it first set sail more than 100 years ago. JON ANDERSON/Staff

    Spice up your next getaway on a classic ship cruise

    From World War II PT boats to tall-masted sleep-aboard vessels from the Age of Sail, historic ships aren't just relegated to dusty textbooks.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  9. Kevlar for the Mind: Perfect family vacation need not be expensive

    There's no mistaking that summer is upon us. The grass is morphing from brown to green, the temperature is rising almost as fast as gasoline prices, and homes are filling up with children who have few, if any, identifiable plans for the next three months.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
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    Fishermen are silhouetted by the afternoon sun as they cast a net for bait fish in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Air Force's Critical Days of Summer program encourages safety in boating and other summer activities. Chris O'Meara/The Associated Press

    Staying safe this summer

    The Air Force Safety Office has launched its 2014 Critical Days of Summer program, through Labor Day, to remind airmen to apply the same safety concepts they follow on the job to their off-duty activities.

    • Jun. 7, 2014
  10. Mission Family: Gay couples, supporters celebrate military life in open

    A few years ago, gay military couples lived isolated lives in the shadows, afraid that if they were honest about their relationships, military careers would end — and many did in the 'don't ask, don't tell' era.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
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    From left, the Berkley Deluxe, Mister Twister Piranah, Rapala Heavy Duty and Mister Twister Electric Fisherman. Top, Sgt. 1st Class Justin Talbert and Staff Sgt. Dave White test the knives. Photos by Ken Perrotte

    Fillet knife face-off: How 4 electric models compared

    You stare into the sink, filled two-thirds with fish, and wonder, 'What was I thinking?'

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  11. WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 18: People jog along the National Mall, on February 18, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Washington area is experiencing unseasonably warm weather, with temperatures expected to reach the mid seventies by the afternoon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Study: Military cities among the healthiest in U.S.

    Big military towns are among some of the fittest in U.S., according to a new report from the workout wonks at the American College of Sports Medicine.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  12. Marine veteran Adam Driver is cast in the upcoming 'Star Wars' film. Getty Images

    Marine-turned-actor puts missed chances in past and savors success

    For a while, Adam Driver felt like he was doomed to a life of missed opportunities.

    • Jun. 3, 2014
  13. James Earl Jones, has been the voice of Darth Vadar, was an Army first lieutenant in the early 1950s. Michael Loccisano/ / Getty Images

    Veterans were major 'force' in Star Wars universe

    Former Marine Adam Driver may be the most recent veteran to join the cast and crew of the 'Stars Wars' universe, but he's certainly not the first. In fact, it turns out the Force is strong in veterans.

    • Jun. 2, 2014
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    'Enlisted' drew mostly positive reviews and a die-hard following of viewers, many of them in the military, but it suffered from low ratings overall. Fox

    'Enlisted' skipper rallies support in last-ditch effort to save scuttled show

    The captain of Fox's scuttled military comedy 'Enlisted' is hoping the show's final four episodes — set to being airing June 1 — might just pack enough funny firepower to save his sinking ship.

    • May. 30, 2014
  14. Kevlar for the Mind: Bridging the gaps in 'cultural competency'

    The concept of cultural competency — the therapist's ability to understand, acknowledge, and appreciate the differences each person brings to therapy and how it influences the therapeutic process — is an oft-discussed topic among mental health professiona

    • May. 29, 2014
  15. This photo released by ABC shows, from left, Ed O'Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sofia Vergara, in the season finale, 'The Wedding, Part 2,' of the series, 'Modern Family' on the ABC Television Network. Got Your 6, an initiative to enlist Hollywood's resources in bridging the civilian-military gap, scheduled a conference with industry executives and others on Thursday in Beverly Hills to discuss how film and TV can more accurately portray veterans. 'Modern Family' and 'The Newsroom' are among the shows the initiative is lauding for their depiction of veterans. Peter 'Hopper' Stone / AP

    Hollywood reconsiders its portrayal of veterans

    When the Got Your 6 initiative was launched two years ago to enlist Hollywood in the effort to help military veterans, it focused on benchmarks in crucial areas including jobs, housing and education.

    • May. 29, 2014
  16. Fan campaign to Fox: Give 'Enlisted' a second chance

    Fox may have cancelled 'Enlisted,' but one fan is launching a campaign to get the network to bring the show back.

    • May. 23, 2014
  17. Mission Family: Spouses require more than good wishes

    It's been 30 years since President Reagan announced the first Military Spouse Appreciation Day — May 23, 1984. Since then, that day has been designated as the Friday before Mother's Day.

    • May. 21, 2014
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    When Godzilla finally makes his appearance in this update of the classic film series, it's a welcome relief from the rest of the movie. Warner Bros. Pictures

    Godzilla, a monster miscue

    'History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of maaa-aann …'

    • May. 16, 2014
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