TF Patriot Soldiers, PRT reach out to children at Afghan orphanage
BAMYAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers from New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team and U.S. Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division gave gifts to Afghan children at an orphanage in Bamyan Province Dec. 15.
USO tour celebrities visit FOB Shank Soldiers
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Celebrities traveling throughout Afghanistan on a USO tour stopped at Forward Operating Base Shank to meet and entertain and troops for the holiday season Dec. 21.
Wounded warriors swim with sharks
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2010) — Donning full scuba gear, 17 wounded warriors from Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion swam Sunday with sharks and other sea life in Georgia Aquarium’s large tank in Atlanta.
Veteran ‘Screaming Eagles’ Reach Out to Wounded Warriors
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2010 – Army Pfc. Charles “C.J.” Stewart isn’t feeling forgotten this holiday as he recuperates from his combat wounds here at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He’ll be surrounded by his family, a nurturing medical staff and, as a bonus, veterans of the 101st Airborne Division who continue to reach out to today’s “Screaming Eagles.”
Airmen win honors at worldwide talent search
12/20/2010 – SAN ANTONIO (AFNS) — Air Force entertainment officials selected the top 11 entertainers Dec. 13 at an awards banquet here during the annual Air Force Worldwide Talent Search.
Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa
All the preparations for this year are in place! Come back each day to receive updates from the North Pole and to discover new surprises in the Kids’ Countdown Village.
Holiday Video Features Troops Worldwide
My colleagues in Defense Media Activity’s emerging media directorate pulled off an amazing feat just in time for the holidays. They called on more than 40 commands from around the world to help them create a holiday video that features servicemembers from every branch of service and in some of the most remote locations in the world. And, as an added bonus, country music star Toby Keith provides the video’s introduction.
Face of Defense: Veteran Receives Bronze Star 68 Years Later
FORT McPHERSON, Ga., Dec. 21, 2010 – It was nearly 69 years ago that Seymour S. Lavine came here to enlist, hoping to do his part to end the second World War. He recently returned to collect the Bronze Star the Army said he was due for his heroism in the South Pacific.
U.S. Military Seeks to Expand Raids in Pakistan
WASHINGTON — Senior American military commanders in Afghanistan are pushing for an expanded campaign of Special Operations ground raids across the border into Pakistan’s tribal areas, a risky strategy reflecting the growing frustration with Pakistan’s efforts to root out militants there.
GREEN MAKE BELIEVE: Van Jones Admits Left is “PRETENDING” Need for Regulations in Green Movement
NOTE: This video clip is 1:57 long.
Fed extends program to ease Europe debt crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve extended a program set up earlier this year to ease strains from the European debt crisis. The program, which was set to expire in January, will now run through Aug. 1, the Fed announced on Tuesday.
$2tn (trillion) debt crisis threatens to bring down 100 US cities
Overdrawn American cities could face financial collapse in 2011, defaulting on hundreds of billions of dollars of borrowings and derailing the US economic recovery. Nor are European cities safe – Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Venice: all are in trouble.
Feds want reporting for high-powered rifle sales
WASHINGTON – The federal agency that monitors gun sales wants weapons dealers near the Mexican border to start reporting multiple sales of high-powered rifles, according to a notice published in the Federal Register.
The Food Safety Bill: A Point-By-Point Guide
Congress is on the verge of passing a landmark bill aimed at improving food safety, after the Senate passed the proposal for the second time Sunday and sent it over to the House.
Dem Rep. Tells Russian Media: U.S. Is ‘Banana Republic’ Without Wealth Redistribution
Without more redistribution of wealth, the United States of America is on the road to becoming a “banana republic,” warns Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.
Latest Terror Threat in US Aimed to Poison Food
(CBS) In this exclusive story, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports the latest terror attack to America involves the possible use of poisons – simultaneous attacks targeting hotels and restaurants at many locations over a single weekend.
Christie Commutes Sentence of Man Serving 7 Years for Transporting Legal Guns
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has commuted the sentence of a man sentenced to seven years in prison for transporting guns he owned legally. 27-year-old Brian Aitken was arrested, charged, and convicted in 2009 after his mother called 911 (but hung up), worried that he was distraught over not being able to spend time with his son and was considering suicide.
High School Punishes Christmas Sweater Club for Giving Candy Canes
“Littering,“ ”creating a disturbance,“ and ”malicious wounding.” That’s what a group of light-hearted high schoolers are being charged with after they dressed up in wacky Christmas sweaters and distributed candy canes at school.
‘Bomb’ Found in Rome Subway ‘Could Not Have Exploded’
ROME (AP) — A suspicious package full of wires and powder was found Tuesday in a subway car in Rome, prompting a terror scare during the Christmas season. But the city’s mayor said the device could not have exploded.
Life Ingredients Found in Superhot Meteorites—A First
Hot on the heels of finding arsenic-loving life-forms, NASA astronomers have uncovered amino acids—the fundamental foundation for life—in a place where they shouldn’t be.
Pluto Has Oceans Under Ice?
Frigid Pluto, home to some of our solar system’s chilliest real estate, may well harbor an ocean beneath its miles-thick ice shell, new research suggests. Despite its extreme cold, the dwarf planet still appears to be warm enough to “easily” have a subsurface ocean, according to a new model of the rate at which radioactive heat might still warm Pluto’s core.
FAA Certifies Santa’s NextGen-Equipped Sleigh for Christmas Eve
WASHINGTON – Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety inspectors at the North Pole certified Santa One, the reindeer-powered sleigh piloted by Santa Claus, for its Christmas Eve round-the-world delivery mission.
The Secret Santa of Joplin: $450,000 and Counting
No one saw a jolly old man with a snow-white beard outside the Walgreens pharmacy in Joplin, Missouri that night. But when the Salvation Army emptied its red kettle after an evening of bell ringing on Dec. 13, it was as though Santa himself had stopped by.