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Obama bestows Medal of Honor on veteran
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Monday on a former U.S. Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war.   read story

2 Americans killed in fighting in Gaza Strip
Authorities and family members say two Americans who were soldiers with the Israel Defense Forces have been killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip. Stuart Steinberg confirmed the death of his 24-year-old son, Max Steinberg, to The Associated Press on Sunday. Steinberg, whose family lives in California, was a sharpshooter for the Golani Brigade and was one of 13 men killed in fighting Sunday.   read story

US survivors of WWII battle recall Saipan attack
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Even after seven decades, Wilfred "Spike" Mailloux won't talk about surviving a bloody World War II battle unless longtime friend John Sidur is by his side.   read story

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Perry sending National Guard troops to border
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally. read story

Air Force's James aimed 'deep' at nuke corps ills
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Deborah Lee James became top boss of the Air Force seven months ago she had no inkling a nuclear crisis was brewing. But once it erupted in the form of exam-cheating by dozens of missile launch officers, she quickly announced conclusions that no Air Force leader before her had dared state publicly. read story

Dempsey: Iraqi forces can defend Baghdad
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is not close to launching a military assault against an Iraqi insurgent group, but "may get to that point" if the militants become a threat to the American homeland, the U.S. military chief said Thursday. read story

Ryan Pitts on Medal of Honor: This belongs to my fallen comrades
CONCORD, N.H. (AP)— Ryan Pitts will wear the nation's highest award for combat valor, but the humble and soft-spoken Medal of Honor recipient who continued to fight after being wounded in one of Afghanistan's bloodiest battles insisted Thursday that the medal belongs to all of his comrades who fought and died that day. read story

VA challenged on handling of whistleblower charges
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top federal investigator has identified "a troubling pattern of deficient patient care" at Veterans Affairs facilities around the country that she says was pointed out by whistleblowers but downplayed by the department. read story

Veteran wounded by grenade gets Medal of Honor
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Thursday on an Afghan veteran who took the blow from a grenade to save a fellow Marine, praising him for displaying the type of valor that will inspire generations. read story
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Navy: Fighter jet crashes in western Nevada
FALLON, Nev. (AP) — The Navy says a fighter jet has crashed during a training exercise in western Nevada, and the pilot's condition was not immediately known. read story
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