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Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is taking to task those veterans who are abusing the government benefits system. He said veterans' benefit programs need to be streamlined to avoid duplicate payments. (Associated Press)

Veterans caught triple-dipping on benefits

- The Washington Times

One veteran on disability collected nearly $210,000 in benefits in 2013, while another earned more than $122,000 — nearly three times what his actual military pay would have been — according to a watchdog report being released Thursday that found tens of thousands of veterans are triple-dipping on disability.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at the sixth annual "Washington Ideas Forum" in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Hagel has approved a recommendation by military leaders that all U.S. troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days. The move goes beyond precautions recommended by the Obama administration for civilians, although President Barack Obama has made clear he feels the military's situation is different from that of civilians, in part because troops are not in West Africa by choice.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Hagel OKs three-week quarantine for troops in Ebola fight

- The Washington Times

Going beyond the White House’s recommendation for civilians, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Wednesday approved a mandatory 21-day quarantine for all military members who return to U.S. military bases after participating in an anti-Ebola operation in West Africa.

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State troopers and a television reporter stand across from the home where Kaci Hickox, a nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, is staying, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Fort Kent, Maine. Hickox said Wednesday she plans to stop quarantining herself in rural Maine, signaling a potential showdown with state police monitoring her home and state officials preparing to legally enforce the quarantine. She said she'll defy the state if the policy isn't changed by Thursday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Quarantines rarely used, effectiveness questioned

- Associated Press

The Spanish flu pandemic a century ago prompted the last large-scale quarantines in this country. Now the Ebola outbreak is raising new questions about whether ordering quarantines is an effective way to fight deadly disease in the U.S.

In this May 6, 2014 photo, activist Win Cho gets off a police truck upon arrival for his trial at a township court in Yangon, Myanmar. Win Cho, who comes from a well-educated upper-class family, has been in and out of prison in the last two years for engaging in peaceful protests. He is now serving three months for a January rally calling for the release of all remaining political prisoners, constitutional change and the establishment of a farmers' union in the country. He is among one of more than 200 people who have been detained in the last year including peaceful protesters, journalists and activists. Critics say as long as restrictive laws remain on the books, those numbers will continue to climb. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

- Associated Press

Myanmar has freed more than a thousand political prisoners since former military rulers handed over power three years ago, a move that has smoothed the former pariah state's international rehabilitation. Now the government says the job is done. Human-rights activists and the U.S. say, not so fast.

A mother, center, of a victim, identified as Private First Class Yoon, cries after the trial at an outside of military court in Yongin, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. South Korea's Defense Ministry says a military court has sentenced six soldiers to up to 45 years in prison for bullying and beating a subordinate who died. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Ryu Soo-hyun) KOREA OUT

South Korea soldiers convicted in hazing death

- Associated Press

A South Korean military court sentenced six soldiers to up to 45 years in prison on Thursday for bullying and beating a subordinate who died, the Defense Ministry said.

Feds reach $1M settlement with ship firm

Associated Press

Federal prosecutors have reached a $1 million settlement with a Jacksonville ship repair company accused of making false claims to get Coast Guard contracts set aside for disabled veterans.

Drone strike kills 2 militants in NW Pakistan

- Associated Press

Suspected U.S. drone-fired missiles struck a house early on Thursday in a restive tribal region in northwest Pakistan, killing two militants, officials said.

Marine recharged in Iraq war case back in court

- Associated Press

The Marine Corps should not be retrying a Marine sergeant whose murder conviction in a major Iraq war crime case was overturned by the military's highest court after he served half of his 11-year sentence, his defense attorneys say.

Event celebrates Fort Drum's new energy provider

Associated Press

New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will be in the North Country for a ceremony celebrating the recent awarding of a 20-year contract for providing power to Fort Drum.

Mali insurgent clash leaves 1 French soldier dead

- Associated Press

A French soldier has been killed in Mali during an operation by French forces against an "armed terrorist group" in the north of the country, the French presidency said Wednesday.

Court: UK spies get bulk access to NSA data

- Associated Press

The British government's insistence that its spies don't use the vast espionage powers of the U.S. National Security Agency to sidestep U.K. restrictions on domestic eavesdropping was called into question by a court document published Wednesday.