Paktika Operation Leaves Enemy Fighters Dead
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2010 – An overnight operation targeting a Haqqani terrorist network facilitator in Afghanistan’s Paktika province left more than 10 enemy fighters dead, military officials reported.
Iraqis build for own country’s defense
BAGHDAD (Oct. 13, 2010) — Iraqi professionals and trade workers are busy building the $19 million Iraqi Army M1A1 Abrams tank fielding facility, secured storage site and living space area at the Besmaya Combat Training Center.
US Soldiers prepping Iraqi instructors
BAGHDAD—U.S. troops here continue to qualify Iraqi Army Soldiers as military instructors, instilling teaching skills within more-seasoned IA veterans who will soon instruct their own Soldiers.
US Forces transfer COS Falcon to GoI
BAGHDAD—Contingency Operating Site Falcon, located in the southern portion of the Iraqi capital, was transferred from U.S. control to the Government of Iraq during a formal transfer ceremony, Oct. 10.
Cybersecurity: Every user can be a first line of defense online
October is National Cyber Awareness Month. Cyberspace is an important domain and is vital to our way of life. Think about it. In almost everything we do today — whether conducting financial transactions, communicating with our loved ones or even conducting military operations — we depend on cyberspace.
Blogger Urges Readers to ‘Move Forward’
David Lloyd is the director of the Family Advocacy Program Office of Military Community and Family Policy. In this guest blog, Mr. Lloyd urges victims of domestic abuse to seek help for both themselves and their children.
Soldier displays courage under fire
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – “It kind of felt like Chuck Norris kicked me in the side,” is how U.S. Army Pfc. Phillip Mexcur describes what it feels like to get shot.
Mother of a Marine killed in Afghanistan takes action to help other Marines serving overseas
CHESAPEAKE – The mother of a local Marine killed in Afghanistan is taking action, helping other Marines serving overseas know they are loved and getting a taste of home.
Army couple deploys, thrives as team
BAGHDAD — Spc. Tawanna Dubose and Spc. Joseph Dubose, U.S. Army food service specialists deployed together here, believe the most important ingredients in a successful marriage are trust and communication.
Face of Defense: Army Driver Keeps on Trucking
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2010 – Army Spc. Martin Jackson, a native of Clinton, S.C., looks particularly at ease behind the wheel of his mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle as he drives in convoys for the provincial reconstruction team here.
NY Fed, 8 Firms Threaten BofA Over Mortgage Securities
The New York Federal Reserve Bank is part of a consortium of eight large institutional investment firms that is demanding that Bank of America repurchase loans included in mortgage securities.
Stocks Plunge Ahead of Close on BofA Report
Stocks continued to plunge Tuesday on a report that a consortium that includes the New York Fed wants to force Bank of America to buy back $47 billion of mortgage bonds.
Chicago sheriff says no to enforcing foreclosures
CHICAGO – Two of the largest U.S. mortgage servicers have said they will resume home foreclosures, but a big-city sheriff has news for them: he won’t enforce their foreclosure evictions.
Officials hint Fed on the verge of more easing
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A string of Federal Reserve officials on Tuesday indicated the central bank will soon offer further monetary stimulus to the economy, with one saying $100 billion a month in bond buys may be appropriate.
Say goodbye to traditional free checking
NEW YORK (AP) — Free checking as we know it is ending. The days when you could walk into a bank branch and open an account with no charges and no strings attached appear to be over. Now you have to jump through some hoops — keep a high balance, use direct deposit or swipe your debit card several times a month.
Obama Continues to Omit ‘Creator’ From Declaration of Independence
During a speech Monday, President Barack Obama once again omitted the Declaration of Independence‘s mention of man’s “Creator” as the source of his “unalienable rights.”
Lawsuit: Ohio School Pushing Democrats on Young Voters?
Cincinnati public schools are at the center of the latest electoral controversy bubbling up during this contentious midterm election season. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, a lawsuit filed Monday by Thomas Brinkman Jr., a Republican candidate for Hamilton County auditor, claims that van loads of local high school students were shuttled to the nearby polling station to vote during school hours last week, given sample ballots ‘only for Democratic candidates’ and then treated with ice cream.
Tater Nots: Gov’t Eyes School Lunch Potato Ban
GLEED, Wash. (AP) — Potato growers are fighting back against efforts to ban or limit potatoes in federal child nutrition programs, arguing the tuber is loaded with potassium and vitamin C and shouldn’t be considered junk food.
DC Students Receive Dinner at School
WASHINGTON – Getting kids to eat three healthy meals a day can be a challenge, especially if money is tight. But D.C. Public Schools have found a way to take some of that burden off parents. They are now serving dinner at school.
Worthy proposes jail for parents who skip kids’ school conferences
Detroit — Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is pushing for a law that calls for jail time for parents who skip parent-teacher conferences, a plan some call inspired and others consider the nanny state run amok.
No Leads Yet: Pentagon Shooter Still a Mystery
WASHINGTON — Someone fired shots at the Pentagon early Tuesday in what security officials described as “a random event.” No one was injured in the pre-dawn incident in which shots were fired into two windows at the sprawling Defense Department just across the Potomac River in suburban Virginia.
China Said to Widen Its Embargo of Minerals
HONG KONG — China, which has been blocking shipments of crucial minerals to Japan for the last month, has now quietly halted some shipments of those materials to the United States and Europe, three industry officials said this week.
China Denies Plans on Rare Earth Export Quotas: Report
A commerce ministry official denied a report that China would cut export quotas for rare earth metals by 30 percent next year, the China Business News said on Wednesday.
20-year-old woman student is police chief of violent Mexican town
Mexico City: A 20-year-old criminology student, the only candidate for the position, was designated as police chief in the violence-plagued town of Guadalupe Distrito Bravo, Mexican media reported Tuesday.
Iran says it has higher amount of enriched uranium
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran is reporting a steady increase in the country’s stockpile of enriched uranium, in the latest defiance of U.N. demands for a halt in the controversial nuclear program.
Rioters rampage, protesters block French airports
PARIS (AP) – Workers opposed to a higher retirement age blocked access to airports in Paris and around the country on Wednesday as hooded youths smashed store windows amid clouds of tear gas outside the capital.
Spending Review: Osborne wields axe [UK cuts 500,00 gov't jobs]
Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled the biggest UK spending cuts since World War II, with welfare, councils and police budgets all hit. The pension age will rise sooner than expected, some incapacity benefits will be time limited and other money clawed back through changes to tax credits and housing benefit.
Every email and website to be stored by government
It will allow security services and the police to spy on the activities of every Briton who uses a phone or the internet. Moves to make every communications provider store details for at least a year will be unveiled later this year sparking fresh fears over a return of the surveillance state.
Army Golden Knights Claim Responsibility for ‘UFO’s’ Over TX
An Army parachute jumper is claiming responsibility for the strange lights appearing over El Paso, TX over the weekend. On the US Army Golden Knights webpage, SGT Rachel Medley says that the Golden Knights “Black” demonstration team was doing a night time “pyro” demonstration.
8-Year-Old Leads Neighborhood Food Drive
(Oct. 19) — Peighton Jones wanders the neighborhood with her little red wagon, knocking on neighbors’ doors and asking for food. The 8-year-old possesses a big heart, not a big appetite, and aims to collect 750 nonperishable food items forb>Let’s Help, a Topeka, Kan., nonprofit helping impoverished families achieve self-sufficiency.
Children’s Charity Makes Disabled Kids’ Broadway Dreams Come True
(Oct. 18) — A children’s organization in St. Louis has given disabled kids the opportunity to experience something many of them never dreamed possible: performing on stage.