Marines News

In society and politics, much needs fixing in 2016

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 13:41
It’s scarcely all bad, of course. Look inside America and you see plenty of good, but there is another side of us, the disintegrating side.

Damage claims in JLENS balloon escape top $300,000

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 13:35
The Army has received more than $300,000 in claims from a dozen people who say their property was damaged when one of the massive surveillance balloons anchored at Aberdeen Proving Ground escaped in October.

House Intelligence chair seeks answers on NSA spying report

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 13:29
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday his committee will look into a report the U.S. spied on the Israeli prime minister and in the process swept up communications with Congress.

Insurance for reproductive services leaves some veterans behind

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 13:25
Insurance covers fertility treatment costs for active-duty service members whose fertility was compromised by a combat injury. Those benefits do not extend to veterans after they leave active duty.

Burundi army defections show dangerous ethnic divisions

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 13:00
As conflict in Burundi escalates along the same ethnic lines that fueled genocide in neighboring Rwanda, Burundi's president on Wednesday warned the world to stay out, threatening to attack any peacekeepers dispatched by regional countries.

Libyans probing Gadhafi son's case leave Lebanon amid threat

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 12:41
A Libyan mission to Lebanon that was looking into the case of a son of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi who is being held by Lebanese authorities was cut short over security concerns, a Lebanese security official said Wednesday.

China sends Japan 'don't meddle' message via islands

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 12:35
Tensions are rising in the East China Sea after China deployed an armed, former navy frigate for the first time to challenge Japan's control of contested islands in what may be an attempt to shift Tokyo's attention away from disputes in the South China Sea.

It's official: There never was a 'war on cops'

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 12:27
This year will go down in the record books as one of the safest for police officers in recorded history, according to data released this week from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. There were 42 fatal shootings of police officers in 2015, down 14 percent from 2014, according to the organization.

Marine diagnosed with cancer posts video sharing his story

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 11:34
After a weight-lifting session left him struggling to catch his breath, Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Fayloga made a decision: It was time to visit a doctor and find out what was wrong with him. Fayloga, 30, has cancer. He announced it in a video posted online Monday.

Funeral for soldier and NYPD officer killed in Afghanistan

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 11:17
Joseph Lemm, a Nebraska country boy turned New York City police detective and U.S. soldier, had Superman's good looks and superhero bravery, mourners were told Wednesday at the married father of two's Manhattan funeral, more than a week after he was killed in Afghanistan.

Afghan businessman charged with bribing US troops for supply contracts

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 11:12
An Afghan trucking company owner has been charged with giving soldiers bundles of $100 bills to obtain U.S. supply contracts as part of a multimillion-dollar corruption case, according to court documents.

Romania: tons of pyrotechnics confiscated ahead of New Year

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 11:02
Romanian authorities say they have confiscated 38 tons of pyrotechnics in the weeks ahead of New Year celebrations, two months after fireworks set off a nightclub fire which killed 63 people.

Philippine troops battle militants in south, at least 9 dead

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 10:56
Philippine troops clashed Wednesday with about 100 Abu Sayyaf gunmen suspected of plotting attacks on New Year's Eve, leaving eight militants and one soldier dead, officials said.

For Ukraine's rebel east, 2016 promises more tension

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 10:51
While full-scale fighting in the war between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists died down in 2015, true peace appears a distant prospect. Shooting and shelling erupts sporadically despite repeated cease-fires called under an internationally mediated peace agreement.

War-torn Central African Republic bids for peace in key vote

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 10:43
Presidential and legislative elections in the Central African Republic on Wednesday concluded without violence as people cast their ballots to seek an end to almost three years of lawlessness in the diamond-producing nation.

Russian air force strikes Islamic State leaders in Syria

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 10:26
Russia's defense ministry says it has killed several leaders of the Islamic State group outside their stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.

Military Update | House eyes giving widows more relief from 'SBP-DIC offset'

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 10:20
In a hopeful sign for 60,000 military widows and widowers who lost spouses to service-connected illnesses or injuries, a key House subcommittee is taking a fresh look at how Congress might allow a further easing the “SBP-DIC offset” to provide heartier and fairer survivor benefit packages.

We’ve saved for retirement. Crisis is on the benefits side.

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 10:18
New data shed light on America’s retirement system, both how it compares with the systems in other countries and how retirement savings are developing over time. The results may surprise you.

Tough to compensate any victim of atrocity

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 10:16
Giving someone who has been raped, murdered, tortured or enslaved a lump sum of money hardly seems like compensation for their suffering. Yet it’s something that courts, governments and other groups occasionally must do.

Review: Charlie Kaufman’s ’Anomalisa’ will break your heart

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 10:16
In “Anomalisa” everyone looks and sounds the same. They have the same face (Caucasian, bland, non-descript). They have the same voice (Tom Noonan’s). They bore our protagonist Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) to death. And this feeling that he’s the only individual on the planet among all these clones might be the cause of his unravelling.