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Federal Court won't force release of more drone-killing info

Drone strikesA federal appeals court has rebuffed an effort to force the Obama administration to release more information about its policies for using deadly drone strikes, but the administration appears to be on the verge of a voluntary effort to make public some more detail about the program.

In an order Thursday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an attempt by the American Civil Liberties Union to revive a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking legal memoranda and data compilation on the so-called targeted killing campaign.

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Pentagon: 22 percent of military bases will be excess by 2019

Pentagon to close basesA Pentagon report to Congress found 22 percent of U.S. military bases and facilities will be considered excess by 2019.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work said lawmakers should consider a new round of controversial Base Realignment and Closures or BRACs.

"As Department of Defense leadership has repeatedly testified, spending resources on excess infrastructure does not make sense," Work said. "Therefore, we urge Congress to provide the Department authorization for another round of BRAC."

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In a changing US Army, turbans and hijabs allowed

Turbans allowed in US militaryThis week, the Army granted three Sikh soldiers long-term clearance to wear their beards and turbans, in what supporters see as hope for greater accommodation of religious diversity in the ranks.

Sitting in the barber chair as a brand-new cadet at West Point, Simratpal Singh couldn’t watch as the barber cut his hair for the first time in the Sikh’s life.

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Army approves 22 women as infantry, armor officers

Women infantry officers- The Army approved requests from 22 women to become the first female infantry and armor unit officers, opening leadership and ground combat positions previously only available to men.

The Army said throughout the coming weeks 13 women will enter the armor branch and nine others will enter infantry as second lieutenants.

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U.S. Navy officer charged with spying for China

US navy officer charged with spyingA U.S. Navy officer with access to sensitive U.S. intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the suspect as Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, who was born in Taiwan and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen, according a Navy profile article written about him in 2008.

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Two dead in apparent murder-suicide at Texas military base

San Antonio-Lackland Air BaseThe fatal shooting of two people at an Air Force base in Texas appears to be a murder-suicide, authorities said Friday.

Two bodies were found inside a room of a building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Bexar County sheriff’s spokesman James Keith said.

It’s believed the shooter is among the two dead, Keith said, adding that sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement officers are continuing to search the building and nearby facilities.

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VA bosses in 7 states manipulated vets' wait times for care

VA bosses in 7 states manipulated dataSupervisors instructed schedulers to falsify patient wait times at Veterans Affairs' medical facilities in at least seven states, according to newly released investigation reports from the department’s inspector general.

The manipulation gave the false impression that the facilities in Arkansas, California, Delaware, Illinois, New York, Texas and Vermont were meeting VA performance measures for shorter wait times.

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