Air Force News

Legislation filed to grant veterans status to WWII nurse corps

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:47
While multiple bills have gone before federal lawmakers to give the cadet nurses their status as veterans, none have passed. The latest, H.R. 1168, the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act, was introduced in February of last year.

Russia exhorts Trump to counter 'Russo-phobic' intrigues

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:33
Sergey Lavrov didn't offer a specific course of action for Trump, whose presidential campaign is being investigated by a special counsel for possible coordination with Russia's alleged efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Hawaii governor took 15 minutes to announce missile alert was false

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:14
A state employee mistakenly sent an emergency alert to mobile devices and TV and radio stations warning of an incoming missile strike, causing widespread panic and confusion.

US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:58
Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense.

Prosecutors say they will seek to retry New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:06
The Justice Department plans to put Sen. Robert Menendez back on trial on corruption charges, following a mistrial last year in which most jurors wanted to acquit the New Jersey Democrat.

Damaged Navy ship arrives in Mississippi for repairs

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:36
The Navy said Friday that it will take several days for the Transshelf to unload the Fitzgerald, which will be repaired by the 11,600 employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding.

Shulkin clarifies marijuana comments: VA can study the drug, but won’t

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:03
Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., who recently took on the issue of marijuana research, said he interpreted Shulkin’s comments this week as “dismissive.”

Contracts For Jan. 19, 2018

DoD Contract Announcements - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:00
CONTRACTSNAVYBAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4416);

Facebook will now ask users to rank news organizations they trust

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:57
In a blog post accompanying the announcement, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote Facebook is not "comfortable" deciding which news sources are the most trustworthy in a "world with so much division."

Lithuania TV station says hackers put up fake story about defense minister

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:54
Television station TV3 said it was hacked late Thursday and shortly after that a bogus story appeared on the channel's website accusing Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis of sexually harassing a male radio journalist.

German officials believe rapper-turned-militant Denis Cuspert has been killed

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:53
German rapper-turned-militant Denis Cuspert is most likely dead, according to three German security officials and one person close to him. Also known as "Deso Dogg" and later by the nom de guerre "Abu Talha al Almani," Cuspert was one of Germany's most notorious Islamic State members and a high-profile figure behind the group's propaganda efforts.

Germany halts further arms exports to parties in Yemen war

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:49
Germany says it won't approve arms exports to countries involved in the conflict in Yemen, a move that could affect sales of military hardware to Saudi Arabia.

Uproar over watches threatens Thailand's ruling generals

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:47
Entering their fifth year in power, Thailand's ruling generals may be running out of time and it's not for a lack of watches. A growing uproar over the deputy prime minister's mind-boggling array of luxury timepieces is damaging the military government's image.

John Stryker Meyer's secret war in Vietnam

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:46
As the ancient Sikorsky H-34 helicopter carrying an elite six-man reconnaissance team was spiraling down toward a landing zone in Laos, right before the pilot was about to power-up and flare for a landing, the South Vietnamese team leader spotted a thin wire stretched across the ground. He warned the helo's door gunner who quickly told the pilot to abort the landing.

More Rohingya flee to Bangladesh despite repatriation deal

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:43
Rohingya refugees are continuing to flee from Myanmar into Bangladesh, even after the two countries said they will begin repatriating members of the minority ethnic group next week, a Bangladesh official said Friday.

Mexican marines, police blamed for 2014 killings

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:40
A border mayor's paramilitary security team and Mexican marines were behind the disappearance and murder of four people, including three American siblings, the government's National Human Rights Commission said Thursday.

In Hawaii alert's aftermath, some seek comfort in guns, MREs and supplies

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:38
In the aftermath of Saturday’s botched warning of an imminent missile attack that triggered panic across the state, people who lived through it continue to cope in myriad ways.

Life, legacy of Tennessee WWI hero Alvin York traced in new exhibit at history museum

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:33
Tennessean Alvin York didn’t want to fight, but his World War I bravery earned him the Medal of Honor and an enduring reputation as a hero. Now East Tennesseans can trace the story of York’s life and legend in an exhibit that opens Saturday at the Museum of East Tennessee History.

Former student allegedly set fires on campus in retaliation for US military activity

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:27
A 19-year-old former student at St. Catherine University allegedly set several fires across campus Wednesday in retaliation for U.S. military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to charges filed Friday.

Parents of slain Marine Ethan Barclay-Weberpal tell about the boy they raised

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:20
Ethan Barclay-Weberpal was home in Janesville over Christmas, on leave from the Marines. He saw a homeless man on a bitter cold night, stopped, took him to McDonald’s, talked and gave him money.