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In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks to a gathering of soldiers at the University Club at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. Esper says during a weekend trip to the Middle East that under the current plan all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq, and that the military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent a resurgence in that country. As Esper left Washington on Saturday, Oct. 19, U.S. troops were continuing to pull out of northern Syria after Turkey's invasion into the border region. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Mark Esper: U.S. troops pulled from Syria headed to Iraq

- Associated Press

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that under current plans all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence.

Pirarucu fish gather for a chance to snatch a fish off a line in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. The pirarucu is the largest freshwater fish in South America. Manaus is one of 12 cities hosting matches during the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Piranha-frustrating fish intrigues Air Force

- The Washington Times

The Air Force is taking a hard look at fish. Specifically, a native of the Amazon region known as a pirarucu that inhabits rivers in countries such as Brazil and Peru that are infested with piranha with their razor-sharp teeth.

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A construction worker's gloved hand is seen through a portion of the 30-foot tall bollard fence as work continues on the U.S./Mexico border fence two miles east of the Lukeville, Arizona port of entry on Oct. 8, 2019. An effort to overturn the president's direction of emergency funding for border-wall construction fell short of passage on Oct. 17 in the Senate. Photo taken from Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico. (Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP) **FILE**

Trump's use of military money for wall survives Senate test

- Associated Press

The Senate voted Thursday to sustain President Donald Trump's veto of Democratic-sponsored legislation reversing his raid of military base project money to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announces that the G7 will be held at Trump National Doral, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House: Ukraine aid held up in part over election probe

- Associated Press

The White House acknowledged Thursday that President Donald Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a shifting new explanation about events at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

Border Patrol's growing presence at hospitals creates fear

- Associated Press

An armed Border Patrol agent roamed the hallways of an emergency room in Miami on a recent day as nurses wheeled stretchers and medical carts through the hospital and families waited for physicians to treat their loved ones.