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Hector Barajas, founder of the Deported Veterans Support House in Tijuana, Mexico, walks through the gates at the Mexico-U.S. border on June 2, 2016, where he was meeting U.S. immigration officials for fingerprinting. Barajas, a deported veteran, is being considered for citizenship. 	 Dianna Cahn/Stars and Stripes
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Does honorable service earn noncitizen vets a 2nd chance to call US home?

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July 22, 2016
TIJUANA, Mexico — On a Thursday morning in early June in this border town, 82nd Airborne veteran Hector Barajas-Varela donned his maroon beret, tucked his pants into his Corcoran...
 Chinese missile frigate Yuncheng launches an anti-ship missile during a military exercise in the waters near south China's Hainan Island and Paracel Islands on July 8, 2016. 	 Zha Chunming/Xinhua via AP

China's calls for South China Sea talks face challenges

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July 22, 2016
 BEIJING — Amid China's outrage over an international tribunal that rejected its territorial claims in the South China Sea, the country is using new language that some experts say...
A 2014 photo shows men standing inside the island tower aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) aircraft carrier during outfitting and testing at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. 	 Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Navy's $12.9 billion carrier isn't ready for warfare, memo says

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July 21, 2016
The U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier isn't ready for warfare. The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R.

Costs to skyrocket for feds' long-term care insurance

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July 22, 2016
 WASHINGTON — Federal employees and retirees who participate in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program are in for some serious sticker shock. They pay the full cost of that...
North Korea's official ruling Workers’ Party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, carried photographs of a ballistic missile launch along with leader Kim Jong Un apparently observing it.
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News North Korea: Missile launches were rehearsal for nuke attack

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July 21, 2016
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea says a ballistic missile test was a rehearsal for attacks against South Korean ports and airports that have U.S.
Rainbow sideboys render honors to Vice President Joe Biden following his visit to the USS John C. Stennis during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise on July 14, 2016. 	 Tomas Compian/U.S. Navy
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US Navy to return to New Zealand after 30-year rift over nukes

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July 22, 2016
 The Navy will make a port call in New Zealand for the first time since 1985, when the South Pacific nation banned visits by ships carrying nuclear weapons. Vice President Joe...