Marines News

Egyptian government using same crackdown on dissent as before Arab Spring revolt

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 20:15
Many of those who took part in the 2011 uprising against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hoped that the strongman’s fall would herald the beginning of a new era of free expression.

60 Minutes to air report on El Faro disaster

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 17:00
The sinking of El Faro – deemed the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel since 1983 – will be the subject of a segment of “60 Minutes” scheduled to air on Sunday, CBS News officials said. The National Transportation Safety Board has contracted with the U.S. Navy to find the 790-foot El Faro.

As senator, Marine Reserve officer focuses on foreign policy, fulfilling promises

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 16:47
It has been a busy first year in Congress for Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan who still serves in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Elected in November 2014, the former state Natural Resources Commissioner and Attorney General took office in January in the new Republican-controlled Congress.

Contracts For December 30, 2015

DoD Contract Announcements - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 16:00
CONTRACTS AIR FORCE Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Georgia, has been awarded a $1,060,940,036 definitization modification (PZ0001) to contract FA8625-14-C-6450 for C-130J multi-year production aircraft. Contractor will provide 32 C-130J aircraft in the following configurations: 13 C-130J-30, five HC-130J, 11 MC-130J, two KC-130J and one U.S.

Bill Cosby charged in 2004 sex assault case; bail set at $1 million

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 15:55
For the first time, Bill Cosby will face criminal charges in connection with an accusation of sexual assault, Montgomery County prosecutors in Pennsylvania announced on Wednesday.

Freak storm pushes North Pole 50 degrees above normal to melting point

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 15:34
A powerful winter cyclone - the same storm that lead to two tornado outbreaks in the United States and disastrous river flooding - has driven the North Pole to the freezing point this week, 50 degrees above average for this time of year.

Puerto Rico to default on $37 million bond payments

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 15:30
Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the commonwealth will default on about $37 million in bond payments due Jan. 1, escalating a conflict with investors as the island seeks to restructure its $70 billion debt burden.

Evangelicals can’t be pro-life and pro-gun

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 15:30
The Christian gospel should quell our fears and remind us of our Christ-like obligation to love all people, even those who intend us harm.

Rivers rise to record levels in Midwest, flooding will be 'major to historic'

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 15:28
The scene is overwhelming in the Midwest this week, where river water is rising into homes and business. Forecasts are calling for record or near-record crests of the Mississippi River and its tributaries as a week of torrential rainfall drains out of the basin. More than 20 people have died in the floods and the worst has yet to come.

Israel approves special budget for Arab citizens

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 15:19
Israel on Wednesday approved a reported billion-dollar budget meant to improve the living conditions of its Arab citizens, who have long suffered discrimination and are among the country's poorest residents.

The fuel NASA needs to make it to solar system’s edge and beyond

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 15:12
Just in time for the new year, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have unveiled the fruits of a different kind of energy research: For the first time in nearly three decades, they've produced a special fuel that scientists hope will power the future exploration of deep space.

Guinea is finally declared Ebola-free, but that does not mean the crisis is over

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 14:57
Two years after the Ebola outbreak began in Guinea and traveled around the world killing more than 11,300, the country was declared free of the virus on Tuesday.

Turks, Belgians report foiling plans for holiday attacks

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 14:42
With less than 48 hours left in 2015, Turkey on Wednesday became the latest country to announce the foiling of a holiday attack plot, detaining two suspected Islamic State militants believed to be planning suicide bombings during New Year celebrations in the capital city's heart.

Man killed in crash with Secret Service agents had 'extensive' criminal history

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 14:30
A man who died Tuesday after crashing his car into a vehicle carrying four Secret Service agents in New Hampshire was driving without a valid license and had an "extensive" criminal history, authorities said.

B-1 bomber: The underappreciated workhorse of America's air wars

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 14:23
The huge swing-wing airplane is nothing if not flexible – canceled, revived, converted from nuclear strike plane to conventional bomber and then to flying arsenal for the GPS-guided bombs on which ground troops fighting for their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Syria often rely. And if the U.S. Air Force's supersonic B-1 bomber is one other thing, it's misunderstood.

Pilot killed in Alaska crash wasn't authorized to fly Civil Air Patrol plane

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 14:13
The pilot of a small plane that smashed into a building in Anchorage was not authorized to fly the aircraft, authorities said. The plane belongs to the Civil Air Patrol, a civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force that is made up of volunteers.

Former soldier-turned-thief testified he was wounded in Iraq, but has no Purple Heart

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 14:03
"We could find no record of any combat injury," said Sgt. Major LeRoy Haugland, who supervised Sterling Orlando Scott — sentenced Dec. 7 to 10 months in jail for stealing from military aid organizations — in 2012 and 2013 while working with a Warrior Transition Battalion in Fort Bliss, Texas.

Connecticut National Guard unit returning from Afghanistan

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 13:59
More than 30 soldiers from the 143rd Regional Support Group were scheduled to be reunited with their families on Wednesday at the National Guard's Windsor Locks Army Aviation Readiness Center following a deployment to Afghanistan.

Alaska works to boost National Guard presence in villages

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 13:52
A statewide effort is under way to restore the presence of the National Guard in rural Alaska communities.

A plea for national security coverage

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 13:43
Remember, it took a bloody, four-year U.S. civil war with about 620,000 Americans killed on both sides and another 460,000 wounded to hold this country together. Vietnam should have proved that the American form of government is not easily transferred to other countries.