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Female recruits stand at the Marine Corps Training Depot on Parris Island, S.C., Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith) ** FILE **

GAO survey finds women face higher uniform bills in military

- The Washington Times

A just-released congressionally mandated study from the Government Accountability Office finds women across the military face a “pink tax” — higher bills for essential uniform items from pantyhose and dress shoes to mandatory handbags — than do their male counterparts, a burden especially heavy for female officers.

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This June 21, 2013, file photo, shows the seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)  ** FILE **

VA doctors harvested liver tissue from sick vets without consent: OSC

- The Washington Times

Doctors on a Veterans Affairs research project harvested liver tissue from sick veterans without their consent, breaking the department's own rules and placing the patients themselves "at serious risk," the government's top whistleblower watchdog agency said in a report to President Biden this week.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a presser Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Georgia secretary of state launches investigation of Trump phone call

- Associated Press

Georgia's secretary of state's office on Monday opened an investigation into a phone call between Donald Trump and the state's top elections official in which the then-president said he wanted to "find" enough votes to overturn his loss in the state, an official said.

In this screen shot from a YouTube video posted by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri speaks during a news conference as Oldsmar, Fla., Mayor Eric Seidel, left, listens, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Oldsmar, Fla. Authorities say a hacker gained access to Oldsmar's water treatment plant in an unsuccessful attempt to taint the water supply with a caustic chemical. (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP)

In Florida city, hackers try to poison the drinking water

- Associated Press

A hacker gained unauthorized entry to the system controlling the water treatment plant of a Florida city of 15,000 and tried to taint the water supply with a caustic chemical, exposing a danger that cybersecurity experts say has grown as systems become both more computerized and accessible via the internet.