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** FILE ** A C-130 Hercules aircraft prepares to land. (U.S. Air Force)

U.S. closes down Afghan transit base in Kyrgyzstan

The U.S. airbase that has been the main transit point for military personnel and cargo headed to Afghanistan for over a decade is officially closed for business. Officials in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan expect all military personnel to be gone by the end of the week. Published June 3, 2014

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (Associated Press) **FILE**

North Korea gets Google Maps for visitors, 'privileged'

plot an escape route on foot from the Yodok concentration camp to the Chinese border, although walking along a major road for 81 hours probably isn’t the best way to avoid getting caught. Published May 29, 2014

U.S. Marines stand at attention during a commissioning ceremony for the USS Somerset (LPD 25) Saturday Mar. 1, 2014, in Philadelphia. The USS Somerset is the ninth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock and the third of three ships named in honor of those victims and first responders of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  The ship is named for the county where Flight 93 crashed after being hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

VA demands restitution from family after Marine's suicide

The family of a Marine who committed suicide after serving multiple combat tours said the Veterans Administration is demanding they return his final disability check for the month he killed himself. Published May 29, 2014