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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State John F. Kerry held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on Sunday. (Associated Press)

U.S., Iran may extend nuclear talks

- The Washington Times

U.S. and Iranian officials appeared close on Sunday to extending the high-stakes talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear program after failing to meet a self-imposed deadline for a deal that would open the program to close international scrutiny in exchange for a withdrawal of crippling Western sanctions on Tehran.

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, before the House Intelligence Committee. Morell, who edited the widely debunked talking points on the 2012 Benghazi attack, answered questions from the House intelligence committee in a rare open session. The hearing provides Morell with a chance to explain why he deleted references to al-Qaida.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

CIA detected no ‘credible threat’ before Benghazi attacks

- The Washington Times

The CIA’s main reason for setting up shop in Benghazi was to uncover the plans of al Qaeda-linked extremists, yet its officers there detected no sign that terrorists were set to launch the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and the agency’s own compound, a new House Intelligence Committee report shows.

U.S. military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, June 27, 2006. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

U.S. releases Saudi prisoner from Guantanamo Bay

Associated Press

A Saudi citizen who has spent the past 12 years detained at Guantanamo Bay has been released, the Pentagon said Saturday, amid a push to whittle down the prison population at the U.S. base in Cuba.

This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina in a Nov. 11, 2011, photo. Giardina, fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.   (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

Fired nuke commander linked to fake poker chips

- Associated Press

The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, file photo, U.S. Army Pfc. Garrick Carlton, center, of Sacramento, Calif., hikes past burning rubbish to man a hilltop observation post along with fellow Pfc. Michael Tompkins, of Wadsworth, Ohio, left, and Pfc. Austin D'Amica, of San Diego, at Combat Outpost Monti in Kunar province, Afghanistan. U.S. officials say President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after 2014. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Obama quietly broadens mission in Afghanistan

- Associated Press

President Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al Qaeda after this year, U.S. officials said late Friday.

FILE - This undated file photo posted on Monday, Nov. 4, 2014 by the Raqqa Media Office of the Islamic State group, a militant extremist group, shows Islamic state group fighters in Kobani, Syria. For a force that has built its reputation on projecting an aura of momentum and invincibility, the prolonged stalemate in Kobani is a setback for Islamic State militants with potential implications in terms of recruitment and support. More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group still pours fighters and resources into trying to take the besieged Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted. Aided by 270 U.S. airstrikes, the town’s determined Kurdish defenders appear to be gaining momentum, a potentially bruising reversal for the militants who only few weeks ago seemed unstoppable in their march to victory. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Office, File)

Islamic State group’s drive for Kobani is blunted

- Associated Press

More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to capture the besieged Syrian Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted.

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Fort Drum powered by wood in renewable energy push

- Associated Press

Bulldozers rumble up and down steaming mountains of wood chips 24 hours a day, stoking the boilers that provide electricity to all 168 square miles of Fort Drum, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division.

$90M airport plan could reroute city's future

- Associated Press

It sounds almost like science fiction when Col. Will Sparrow describes the view from the heads-up display inside the nation's new high-tech fighter jets.

Vermont firms' government business growing

Associated Press

New state figures show Vermont companies got 519 government contracts worth $103 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, up nearly 300 percent from 2012.

In this Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 photo taken on a government organized media tour, a woman rides a donkey past a convoy of government troops in Tabit village in the North Darfur region of Sudan, where allegations surfaced of rape of women by government allied troops. The spokesman for the joint United Nations African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur says the Sudan government has asked his mission to prepare plans to exit the country. This comes amid tension between the mission and the government over an investigation into allegations of mass rape in the violence-torn western region of Darfur.(AP Photo/Abd Raouf)

Sudan government asks UN Darfur mission to leave

Associated Press

The joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur said Sunday that the Sudanese government has asked it to prepare plans to exit the country, amid tension between Khartoum and the mission over an investigation into allegations of mass rape.

DOD spending down, Corps finds other work

- Associated Press

Military construction activity continues to decline across Alaska, but work with other federal agencies should keep government contractors busy.

Base in Ohio competes for new Air Force center

Associated Press

Ohio's largest U.S military base is among four in the country that are being considered as the site for a new center that could result in hundreds of jobs.

US veterans secretary to speak at Harvard Law

Associated Press

The U.S. secretary of veterans affairs is delivering a speech at Harvard Law School on the challenges the country faces in providing care for disabled veterans.