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Super typhoon expected to weaken before reaching Philippines

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April 02, 2015

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has moved into the open sea and is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines later this weekend....

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Jennifer Smith displays copies of the controversial unofficial Air Force song book as she speaks at a press conference in Washington, D.C., March 31, 2015. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)

Air Force songbook again cited, this time in sex assault lawsuit

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April 01, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sex assault victim advocates on Tuesday again pointed to an unofficial Air Force songbook with derogatory lyrics about women and gay airmen as a reason for filing a new lawsuit against the Defense Department.

The 130-page book...

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Adm. Harry Harris Jr., left, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks with Capt. John Menoni, commander of USS San Diego, during a ship visit in February 2015 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Harris told a naval conference in Australia that competing territorial claims by several nations in the South China Sea are "increasing regional tensions and the potential for miscalculation." (Amanda Dunford/Courtesy U.S. Navy)

US admiral says China 'creating a great wall of sand' in sea

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April 01, 2015

CANBERRA, Australia — China is "creating a great wall of sand" through land reclamation in the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Tuesday.

Adm. Harry...

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Alphonso Maldon, Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, speaks at a Jan. 29, 2015 press conference in Arlington, Va., revealing changes to pensions, health care and other troop benefits following its two-year review. (C.J. Lin/Stars and Stripes)

White House backs overhaul of military retirement, health coverage

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March 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced Monday he will back sweeping overhauls to the military retirement and health care systems as a way to ensure the costly benefits survive into the future.

Obama said he will provide Congress a...

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