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This March 25, 2013, file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Alton Nolen of Moore, Okla. Nolen was charged Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a Vaughan Foods worker, authorities said. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)

Oklahoma man charged with murder in beheading

- Associated Press

An Oklahoma man who had been suspended from his job was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a co-worker, who was attacked from behind as the man sought revenge, a prosecutor said.

Grenade found in Washington trash bin

Associated Press

The Mason County sheriff’s office says Habitat for Humanity workers in Belfair, Washington, found a World War II-era grenade in a large trash bin next to their building.

National Commander of the American Legion Michael Helm at their national headquarters, Washington, D.C., Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

‘Substantial’ VA staff will face discipline

- The Washington Times

A “substantial” number of VA employees will face punishment for the veterans treatment scandal, the new national commander of the American Legion predicted Tuesday, indicating that the slow pace of discipline has more to do with the hoops the department must jump through than it does a lack of willingness to fire people.

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In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.  Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Garst)

Defense leaders warn of Tomahawk missile shortage in Islamic State fight

As the United States steps up its battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), defense leaders on Capitol Hill are raising concerns about a looming shortage in the Tomahawk missile supply, a key offensive weapon that the Navy has deployed against militant strongholds in Syria and elsewhere.

Students and faculty move between classes at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., in this Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/The Southern, Jake Haines)

FBI: Chicago man threatened beheadings at SIU

Associated Press

Federal investigators say a Chicago man accused of mailing threats of rapes, killings, bombings and beheadings at a Southern Illinois University campus he attended brought himself to authorities' attention.