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  1. Buying in winter with a VA Mortgage

    • March 4, 2014

    Home buyers and home sellers always want to get the best deal, right? Unless the seller of a property is facing foreclosure or some other …

  1. Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde are to be among the first to receive a new deployment pay approved by the Navy Department. Cpl. Manuel A. Estrada / Marine Corps

    Navy, Marine Corps approve new pay for long deployments

    Sailors and Marines deployed longer than 220 days in a row are to start receiving a new op tempo pay intended to reward them for the hardships of serving through an extended deployment.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  2. Former commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Gen. James Mattis, USMC (Ret.), testifies before a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence full committee hearing on the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), al-Qa'ida, and other Islamic extremists, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    Mattis: Boots on the ground must remain an option in Iraq

    The former Marine head of US Central Command said Thursday that a refusal to consider putting boots on the ground could weaken the allied military commitment to fight the Islamic State.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  3. Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde are to be among the first to receive a new deployment pay approved by the Navy Department. Cpl. Manuel A. Estrada / Marine Corps

    Marine Corps, Navy approve new pay for long deployments

    Marines and sailors deployed longer than 220 days in a row are to start receiving a new op tempo pay intended to reward them for the hardships of serving through an extended deployment.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  4. Sgt. Jesse Phillips, inset, a mortarman with 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, hunted a 792-pound alligator, with two of his friends. It measured more than 13-feet from the tip of the nose to the tail, and broke a Mississippi state record. Courtesy of Jesse Phillips

    Marine sergeant and friends bag record-setting alligator

    The next time Sgt. Jesse Phillips has to train in the swamp, he'll be all too familiar with the type of beasts that might be slithering around his boots.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  5. A group of US congressmen are urging President Obama to support funding to develop a rocket engine that can lift the Atlas V launch vehicle and replace the Russian-produced RD-180 engine. Roger McCann/United Launch Alliance

    Congressmen to Obama: Support new rocket engine

    A bipartisan group of congressmen have written a letter to President Obama asking him to back funding for a new American-made rocket engine.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  6. North Korea unresponsive to U.S. envoy offer

    North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  7. Police investigators work in a garage at a home at Guildford in suburban Sydney, Australia, after about 800 federal and state police officers raided more than two dozen properties as part of the operation Sept. 18 Australian police detained 15 people earlier on Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil. Rick Rycroft / AP

    Australian police thwart IS beheading plot

    More than 800 Australian officers raided dozens of properties in the suburbs of Sydney on Thursday, in an operation to thwart an apparent Islamic State terror plot to carry out random attacks on the public, police said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  8. Mufid Elfgeeh tried to give 'material support' to the Islamic State, a federal indictment handed up Tuesday alleges. Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Rochester Democrat and Chronicl

    Alleged IS recruiter in New York accused of trying to buy weapons to attack U.S. troops

    A Rochester man is expected to appear in a federal courtroom here Thursday morning to answer allegations that he recruited fighters for the Islamic State militant group.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  9. Mabus thanks Electric Boat for sub cost cuts

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has thanked Electric Boat and its workers for helping drive down the cost of building big-ticket submarines.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  10. Assistant Inspector General for Healthcare Inspections John Daigh, Jr., from left, with Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin; Retired Medical Director Samuel Foote, of the Diamond Community-Based Outpatient Center, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Veterans Health Administration; and Medical Director Katherine Mitchell of the Iraq and Afghanistan Post-Deployment Center, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Veterans Health Administration, testifies Wednesday during a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing on 'Scheduling Manipulation and Veteran Deaths in Phoenix: Examination of the OIG's Final Report' on Capitol Hill in Washington. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

    Auditor ties Phoenix VA waits to deaths

    The Department of Veterans Affairs' internal watchdog testified Wednesday that delayed treatment for thousands of Arizona veterans may have contributed to some deaths, a strikingly different emphasis than in an August report on the Phoenix VA medical cent

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  11. U.S. to train veterans to install solar panels

    The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  12. Riley soldier sentenced for Social Security fraud

    A Fort Riley soldier has been sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home confinement for accepting disability payments he wasn't eligible to receive.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  13. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate. Ahmed Saad / AP

    Iran rules out cooperating with US in Iraq

    Iran's foreign minister ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  14. Members of the Air Force Band perform a concert Sept. 12 commemorating the Air Force's 67th anniversary at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. The Air Force was formed as a separate branch of service Sept. 18, 1947, as part of the National Security Act of 1947. Scott M. Ash / Air Force

    James: 'Enduring spirit and unmatched dedication' prevail as Air Force turns 67

    On this date in 1947, Stuart Symington had the honor of becoming the first Secretary of the Air Force. Nine months ago, I had the honor of becoming the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  15. Maj. Michael J. Donahue Army

    Paratrooper major killed in Afghanistan

    A paratrooper from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan, officials announced Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  16. MV Cape Ray returned to Portsmouth, Va., after destroying Syrian chemical weapons on a 7-month deployment to 6th Fleet. Mark D. Faram / Staff

    Ship that destroyed Syrian chemical weapons returns home

    The MV Cape Ray, which successfully disposed of hundreds of tons of Syrian chemical weapons this summer in the Mediterranean Sea, returned to homeport of Portsmouth, Va. Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  17. Officers of the U.S. Border Patrol check vehicles in a control facility in Texas. Jose Cabezas / Getty Images

    Border Patrol: Soldier allegedly smuggled immigrants through Texas checkpoint

    Border Patrol agents arrested a soldier who allegedly attempted to bring two undocumented aliens through a Texas checkpoint Sept. 11, hiding them in a pickup truck he was driving while wearing an Army uniform, according to a court document.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  18. Airmen lift their right hand as they repeat the oath of enlistment at the Air Force Basic Training graduation ceremony, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The Air Force has withdrawn a requirement that all airmen who take the oath of enlistment and officer appointment conclude with 'so help me God,' the service announced Wednesday. Staff Sgt Vernon Young Jr. / Air Force

    Air Force nixes 'so help me God' requirement in oaths

    The Air Force has withdrawn a requirement that all airmen who take the oath of enlistment and officer appointment conclude with 'so help me God,' the service announced Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  19. Air Force enlisted promotions overhaul likened to 'fifth-generation' aircraft

    The chief of Air Force enlisted policy made her case for the long-awaited overhaul to the way airmen are evaluated and promoted, likening the impending changes to a 'fifth-generation' system during the final day of the annual Air Force Association confere

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  20. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, is flanked by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., right, and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the ranking member, left, as he arrives to shore up President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

    The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Obama emphasized anew that American forces 'do not and will not have a combat mission' in the struggle against I

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  21. Marines from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing listen to a brief in 2006 as they begin training as part of the Lioness Team on Camp Korean Village, Iraq. An essay arguing against women in infantry units is stirring up debate. Sgt Jennifer L. Jones/Marine Corps

    Selfish? Officer's take on women in combat raises outcry

    The Marine Corps is about to launch one of its most comprehensive experiments to test the mettle of women in combat, but an active-duty female officer has a message for the Corps: Don't bother.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  22. US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and the Chief of US Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III attend the 2014 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Air Force to Congress: Protect readiness, enact CR

    The leadership of the Air Force has a clear message for Congress: Help.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  23. Roberto I. Guerrero, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for energy, speaks during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference, on Tuesday. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Efficiency is watchword for Air Force energy chief

    The Air Force's new energy chief repeatedly uses one word to describe his mission: efficiency.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  24. A U.S. special operations forces soldier leads a group of soldiers from Iraqi Special Operations Force's 8th Regional Commando Battalion in July 2011. Department of Defense

    Analysis: U.S. officials parse term 'ground troops' when describing Iraq mission

    The question of whether the U.S. will send combat troops into Iraq has become a tortured debate over what terms such as 'ground troops' actually mean.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  25. President Obama greets members of the military before taking the stage to speak at US Central Command (CentCom) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., on Wednesday. Obama had earlier consulted with military officials about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/The Associated Press

    Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

    Wary House lawmakers prepared to give President Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants Wednesday as Iraq's new prime minister dismissed the notion that the struggle could lead to U.S.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
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