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  • Humanist services lacking in the military, advocates tell Congress

    The American military might reflect the diversity of society, but its chaplains are falling short when it comes to representing nontheistic beliefs, said the American Humanist Association at its first congressional hearing on Tuesday.

  • FILE - In this May 5, 2014, file photo, the U.S. Capitol building is seen through the columns on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington. The House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put the programs on sound financial footing for the long term. The bill by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp cobbles together $10.8 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent through May 2015. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Humanists hit the Hill to press for 'nontheistic' chaplains

    The American military might reflect the diversity of society, but its chaplains are falling short when it comes to representing nontheistic believers in the ranks, the American Humanist Association told a Capitol Hill briefing Tuesday.

  • NAPOLITANO: When another Iraq war is pointless

    As we watch the collapsing government in Baghdad, surrounded by a highly disciplined and serious force of Sunni-oriented fighters that has taken control of the most populous third of the country, we must, in John Adams' words, resist the temptation to slay the world's monsters.

  • A man tries to protect a Ukrainian police officer beaten by a pro-Russian mob that stormed a police station in Horlivka, eastern Ukraine, Monday. A pro-Russian mob seized a police building in yet another city in Russian-leaning eastern Ukraine, defying government warnings that it was preparing to act against the insurgents. (Associated Press)

    Red tape in U.S. ties up critical gear for Ukraine

    The Obama administration is withholding urgently needed military equipment from Ukraine, including night-vision goggles, based on a restrictive definition of "nonlethal" aid, according to a bipartisan assessment of Ukraine's military needs.

  • 'Lone Survivor' a brutal tribute to Navy SEALs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Marcus Luttrell, the former Navy SEAL whose deadly mission in Afghanistan has been turned into the film "Lone Survivor," strides into a hotel room for an interview, trailed by his service dog, Mr. Rigby.

  • FILE - In this May 7, 2013 file photo, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The biggest Republican-leaning money machines are spending dramatically less to help the party ahead of the 2014 congressional elections, a year after big-dollar conservative groups poured millions into unsuccessful campaigns against President Barack Obama and Democratic candidates, and the GOP failed to retake the White House or the Senate. Last year, McCaskill defeated Republican, Rep. Todd Akin, who emerged from a three-way primary only to implode in August after suggesting publicly that female victims of "a legitimate rape" have the biological capacity to prevent pregnancy.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Stars and Stripes faces closure if it loses the Battle of Budget Cuts

    Stars and Stripes — long may it wave? Maybe not. The venerable newspaper that has reported independent news about the American military since the Civil War finds itself on the budget-cutting front lines.

  • U.S. Soldiers with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, bow their heads as Maj. Daniel Finkhousen, the brigade's chaplain, offers an invocation on Christmas Day at Forward Operating Base Al Masaak, in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Vanessa Macekura/Released)

    Proponents of religion push for more freedom of expression in the military

    There are famously no atheists in foxholes, but some conservatives say that the American military is not giving a fair shake to soldiers, sailors and Marines who want to practice their faith and express their beliefs more openly.

  • Associated Press

Afghan security guards stand by the remnants of a tire burned during an anti-U.S. demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan, in February. In recent years, allied troops lived and trained with their Afghan counterparts. But killings of allied troops took a toll in trust. The Pentagon said Tuesday that it has stopped training Afghan troops and working with them below battalion level.

    Pentagon ends more mingling of U.S., Afghan troops

    The 2-year-old U.S. practice of mixing American and Afghan forces 24 hours a day has produced cultural clashes that have led to an increase of "green-on-blue" slayings of U.S. troops in which Afghan security personnel turn their weapons on their trainers, says an adviser to U.S. commanders and policymakers.

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (right) talks with Chief Mate Fred Cullen as he takes a boat out to the USNS Richard E. Byrd in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, on Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

    Panetta wants more U.S. access to Vietnam harbor

    From the flight deck of the USS Richard E. Byrd, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta could look out across Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay toward the South China Sea.

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