Marines News

Federal court to weigh lawsuit alleging lung diseases from Iraq, Afghanistan burn pits

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 13:00
A federal district court on Jan. 21 will consider the scope of a lawsuit alleging soldiers’ exposure to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan led to serious respiratory illnesses and deaths and whether government contractor KBR, Inc. is responsible for the way the pits were operated.

Tech sergeant crushes anthem high note, celebration at Vikings game

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:53
Holliday's trumpet rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was stirring enough, but his enthusiastic – and unusual – celebration when it was over set the crowd roaring even louder. There were a number of reasons his emotions were high Sunday night, he said, including the recent loss of Security Forces defenders and OSI agents in Afghanistan.

On-base activities

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:41
A calendar of events on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Microsoft to warn users if it thinks governments are trying to hack into their accounts

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:21
Microsoft this week said it will warn consumers if it suspects governments are trying to hack into their accounts to access things, including Outlook email and the company's cloud-storage service OneDrive.

Obama thinks public needs to better understand US strategy against Islamic State

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:15
As President Barack Obama flew home from Asia aboard Air Force One in late November, he scolded his aides about how poorly the administration was communicating the U.S.-led strategy against the Islamic State.

Iran's president orders stepped-up missile production

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:15
President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday ordered the accelerated production of missiles in response to possible new U.S. sanctions.

State Department still doesn’t have all of Clinton’s emails

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:03
Despite the high-profile release of Hillary Clinton’s emails each month, voters are unlikely to get a chance to read all of her correspondence. That’s because Clinton failed to hand over all her work emails, despite being asked to do so repeatedly, and the State Department is not searching for them elsewhere.

WWII veteran gets French Legion of Honor for bravery at Normandy

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 11:57
Raymond Jenkins was feeling honored to receive the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal from the French government. But his smile faded to a somber expression as he thought about the others who died on June 6, 1944, and in the ensuing days following D-day when allied troops landed along the heavily-fortified French coastline to fight the Germans on the beaches of Normandy.

Review: 'Point Break' hits target on action scenes

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 11:55
If you are an extreme sports junkie, “Point Break” is cocaine. If you are a fan of good writing, it’s a placebo.

Winter Illuminations

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 11:51
Where to get your glow on at light shows throughout the Pacific.

Off-base events

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 11:43
A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Militiamen, ranchers in showdown for soul of Oregon town

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 11:18
Self-styled patriots and militiamen gathering in Burns, Oregon, don't want two ranchers, a father and son, sent to federal prison, declaring their imprisonment illegal under the U.S. Constitution.

Islamic State takes on the world and is bound to lose

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 11:11
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi has issued a new threat, saying Israel has come into his terrorist horde's sights. Although this news should be alarming to Israelis, it is more evidence that the outsize ambitions of ISIS far exceed the group’s capabilities. Baghdadi wants to take on the world and there is no way he can win.

University of Texas makes public papers of Army veteran who fought KKK, Nazis

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:52
When Germany surrendered to the Allies in the spring of 1945, the European Theater of World War II drew to a close, but peace and harmony wouldn't settle on the continent any time soon. George Peddy, a prominent Houstonian who had enlisted in the Army at age 50 and was tasked with helping rebuild city governments left in rubble, knew as much.

Sweden rolls back generous policies amid refugee influx

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:27
When the small, crumpled body of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on the Aegean coast Sept. 2, Europe's humanitarian superpower, a country that prides itself on doing the right thing seemed to rally as one to embrace refugees fleeing for their lives. But after taking in more asylum seekers per capita than any other nation in Europe, Sweden's welcome mat now lies in tatters.

Japan's emperor to honor dead in Philippines

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:14
Republican lawmakers criticized the Obama administration Wednesday after a report that U.S. eavesdropping on Israeli officials during the Iran nuclear negotiations had picked up communications with members of Congress and Jewish American organizations.

Amazon gives income from anti-Islam group's song to refugees

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 09:50
Online retailer Amazon has pledged to donate its share of revenues from the sale of a song by the anti-Islam group PEGIDA to refugees, undermining the cause of the far-right movement.

Merkel warns Germans against refugee hate in New Year's speech

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 09:50
Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled she'll use Germany's economic power to turn a record influx of refugees to the nation's advantage and urged citizens to reject social conflict fomented by nationalists with "hate in their hearts."

Flag Officer Assignment

DoD News Releases - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 09:46
  The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson announced today the following assignment:Capt. David G. Manero, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as Defense Attaché to Russia.  Manero is currently serving as special assistant to the Defense Intelligence Agency,

Recruiting mercenaries for Middle East fuels rancor in Colombia

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 09:19
Colombia's government is frustrated at having its top soldiers lured to the Middle East as mercenaries for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates when they are still needed to fight insurgents and drug traffickers, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said.