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Russian bombers buzz U.S. Pacific island of Guam

Russian strategic bombers conducted a third circumnavigation of the U.S. Pacific island of Guam last week as other bombers flew close to Alaska and Europe, defense officials said.

FILE - In this Aug. 2014 file photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prepares to be interviewed by Army investigators. U.S. officials have finished an investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (boh BURG'-dahl) disappeared from his base in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was held captive for five years by the Taliban.  (AP Photo/Eugene R. Fidell, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

Bowe Bergdahl investigation ends; Chuck Hagel and top leaders briefed

- Associated Press

The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and senior Pentagon leaders have been briefed, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, officials said Friday.

** FILE ** Guards escort a Guantanamo detainee carrying a book at the Camp 4 detention facility's open-air common area at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Nov. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Obama signs defense bill that keeps Gitmo open

- The Washington Times

President Obama signed the annual defense policy bill into law Friday, but once again protested the provision that prevents him from closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where suspected terrorist detainees are held.

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Task force to combat South Texas public corruption

- Associated Press

The FBI and Texas Rangers are leading a new task force created in the wake of public corruption cases in South Texas that brought down a sheriff, a judge, a district attorney and other elected officials.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 file photo, Allina paramedic Jake Shepard gets help putting on a face shield as Allina EMS first responders receive training on the latest protocol for handling future patients possibly infected with Ebola in Mounds View, Minn.  The Ebola outbreak in West Africa hit home in Minnesota, which shelters one of the largest Liberian communities in the U.S. Health officials began monitoring travelers returning from the affected countries this fall and four Minnesota hospitals became designated treatment centers. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles, File)

National events played out in Minnesota in 2014

- Associated Press

Some events that grabbed Americans' attention the most in 2014 played out on a smaller stage in Minnesota, from questions of race and policing to Ebola, terrorism, and the Republican resurgence. Former Gov. Jesse Ventura returned to the national stage when he won a defamation lawsuit against the estate of the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. Minnesota decided to join other states in experimenting with medical marijuana. And as the nation shivered through a polar vortex, Minnesota led the way.

Ohio farmers voice concern over flood-control plan

Associated Press

The head of an agency overseeing a plan to reduce flooding along the Blanchard River in northwestern Ohio says a firsthand look at the area has helped him understand the problem.

President Obama signs Montana wilderness law

Associated Press

President Barack Obama has signed wilderness legislation that preserves large areas of land in the North Fork of the Flathead and on the Rocky Mountain Front.

Flying a thrill for model plane enthusiasts

- Associated Press

Planes dipped, soared and looped through the air over a field along C.M. Fagan Drive. Their pilots stood with eyes skyward, thumbs deftly maneuvering joysticks on boxy controllers.

FILE - In this April 20, 2014, file photo, relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. Over 300 people were killed in the accident, many of them students. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Top news of 2014 left public grasping for answers

- Associated Press

Twenty-thousand feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia's coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution.

Ohio group helps vets through physical activity

- Associated Press

For one Ohio Army National Guard veteran, the challenges of deployment to Afghanistan continued when she returned home, as she tried to adjust to a sometimes bewildering civilian world while coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.

FILE - In this April 15, 1997 file photo, Air Force Lt. Jerome White stands at the door of his missile launch capsule 100-feet under ground where he and his partner are responsible for 10 nuclear-armed ICBM's, in north-central Colorado. Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years, repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps, the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)

Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work?

- Associated Press

Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years - repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps - the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Trust me: Kim Jong-un wants joint probe with U.S. on Sony hacking

Associated Press

North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.

FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday May 12, 2009 and  reviewed by the U.S. military, a soldier stands guard at the front gate entrance to Guantanamo's Camp 6 maximum-security detention facility, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. The U.S. government said Sunday Dec. 7, 2014 six men who have been held more than 12 years at Guantanamo Bay have been sent to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Obama releases four from Gitmo; men sent to Afghanistan

- Associated Press

The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.