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  1. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, says she is 'thrilled' that the Defense Department has proposed commonsense changes to the Military Lending Act that will protect service members and their families from predatory lenders. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Commentary: Breaking the cycle of debt for troops, families

    The spouse of a member of the Illinois National Guard took out a loan of $2,575 in Illinois. Due to triple-digit interest rates, the family spent more than $8,000 to repay the loan.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  2. In this June 11 file photo, former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas Slatten leaves federal court in Washington. A jury returned guilty verdicts for Slatten and three other former Blackwater guards charged in Iraq shootings. Cliff Owen / The Associated Press

    Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

    Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horri

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  3. A Russian Air Force Ilyushin IL-20. Wikimedia Commons

    Estonia: Russian military plane violated air space

    Estonia on Wednesday summoned Russia's ambassador over an airspace violation by a Russian military aircraft.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  4. Credit requirements loosened for student loan program

    The Education Department has loosened credit requirements for a federal student loan program used by parents and graduate students.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  5. 1.7 percent COLA increase starts in January

    Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  6. The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday. AP

    Pentagon confirms IS seized weapons bundle

    The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  7. A Kurdish Peshmerga fighters prepare to detonate a land mine laid by the Islamic State group fighters on the front line in the Gwer district, 40 kilometres south of Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, on Oct. 18. SAFIN HAMED / AFP/Getty Images

    Iraqi Kurds authorize sending fighters to Kobani

    Lawmakers in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdish region voted Wednesday to authorize sending Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga to help defend the embattled town of Kobani in Syria, where fellow Kurds are facing an onslaught by militants of the Islamic Sta

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  8. Editorial: Realistic expectations

    One week after the Air Force reluctantly acknowledged a mix-up that led 1,000 airmen to believe they were eligible for benefits that they really weren't due, the service posted a memo saying officials were 'actively working to identify any inconsistencies

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  9. Editorial: Who's kidding whom?

    The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week:

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  10. The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to Omran al-Zoubi, the country's information minister who spoke on Syrian TV late Tuesday. He said the militants were able to hide a third jet, which the Syrian air force is now searching for. Misha Japaridze / AP

    Syria claims it destroyed jets seized by IS

    The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country's information minister.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Arkansas state VA seeks to change name

    The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs wants to change its name to differ from the federal agency to avoid confusion, department Director Cissy Rucker said.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    FBI: Denver girls may have tried to join jihadis

    Three teenage girls from suburban Denver flew to Europe in a possible bid to join Islamic State militants in Syria, and now authorities are looking at their friends to see if any have similar intentions.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  11. Even though defense firms prefer the GOP, for every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate or group, one of comparable size to a Democrat is not far behind. Johnny Bivera

    Defense firms prefer GOP, but spread campaign cash between political parties

    For every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate or group, one of comparable size to a Democrat is not far behind.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  12. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, speaks in a video on the Ebola situation. YouTube.com

    Dempsey hits YouTube to address troops' Ebola concerns

    The nation's top military officer has taken to YouTube to soothe troops' concerns about deploying to the region of Africa being ravaged by Ebola.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  13. An Air Force passenger jet, right, is parked on the tarmac of Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Oct. 21. The State Department says Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released. Wong Maye-E / AP

    Air Force jet, crew lands in Pyongyang to pick up freed prisoner

    An Air Force executive jet and aircrew from Joint Base Pearl-Harbor, Hickam, was tasked with landing in North Korea today and picking up an American prisoner who was released by the Pyongyang regime.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
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  14. Smoke from fires rise over Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the Islamic State group, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, on Oct. 21. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    IS fighters seize airdropped weapons meant for Kurds

    Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to suppy Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  15. In this video frame grab provided by NewsOn6.com, the burning wreckage of an Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 fighter jet is seen in a pasture about three miles northeast of Moline, Kan., on Monday. The pilot ejected and wasn't believed to be seriously injured, but was taken to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita for evaluation, Col. Max Moss of the Oklahoma Guard said Monday. The Associated Press

    Military investigates scene of Kansas F-16 crash

    Military personnel are investigating the southeast Kansas site where an Oklahoma Air National Guard fighter jet crashed after a midair collision with another jet from the same unit during a training exercise.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
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     Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    Some stereotypes stick to vets, survey shows

    All veterans aren't homeless washouts. But Got Your Six officials worry that many Americans see them that way.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  16. Riley Swearingen Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office

    Airman pleads guilty to giving police officer a 'wet Willy'

    A former Kiester man accused of licking his fingers and poking a Mankato police officer in both ears has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid a felony charge.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  17. Two C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft assigned to the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, wait to taxi on the flight line during U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment rotation 15-1 on Monday at Powidz Air Base, Poland. Three C-130 aircraft are participating in the exercise hosted by the U.S. Aviation Detachment, 52nd Operations Group, Lask Air Base. Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Air Force

    Guard C-130 crews conduct exercise in Poland

    The Air National Guard has landed its first C-130 aircraft rotation at the U.S. Aviation Detachment in Poland for a joint training exercise.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  18. In a Monday photo, a sign for National Defense and Veterans Affairs is pictured next to a cordoned off area in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu where two soldiers were hit by a car on Monday. One of the soldiers died of his injuries early Tuesday, according to Quebec provincial police. Pascal Marchand / The Associated Press

    Terrorist ideology blamed in car attack on Canadian soldiers

    A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and had seized his passport, authorities said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  19. In this photo taken Friday, U.S. sailors conduct a drill on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf. Brian Stephen-Navy/The Associated Press

    Pentagon: Counter-IS campaign costs $424 million so far

    The U.S. military has spent $424 million so far in its military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
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    A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper crashed early Monday at the Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, Niger, the Air Force confirmed. Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson/Air Force

    Air Force UAV crashes in Niger; no injuries

    A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper crashed early Monday at the Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, Niger, the Air Force confirmed.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  20. S.C. party chairs back change in picking state military head

    The chairmen of South Carolina's Republican and Democratic parties are urging voters to support a proposed change to the way the state's top military officer is selected.

    • Oct. 21, 2014

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