• October 25, 2016

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Vatican, Argentine church to open "dirty war" archives

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican and Argentina's Catholic Church say they have finished cataloguing their archives from the country's brutal "dirty war" and will make them available to victims who have long accused the church of complicity with the military dictatorship.

The Latest: Turkey mulls Iraq ground action amid IS threat

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on the developments in Iraq where an operation by Iraqi forces and their allies to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants is no in its second week (all times local):

Iraqi forces battle IS in western town, far from Mosul

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, battled Islamic State militants for a third day on Tuesday in a remote western town, hundreds of kilometers (miles) to the south of the operation to retake Mosul, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

Will he chew gum? Japan wary of Philippine leader's visit

TOKYO (AP) — The outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte worries his Japanese hosts. Not just his policy toward the U.S. but also his informal style: Will he chew gum in front of the emperor?

Major militant attacks in Pakistan over the past 3 years

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Militant attacks in Pakistan have killed hundreds of people over the past three years, including many schoolchildren. On Tuesday, authorities were investigating a brazen attack overnight in the Baluchistan provincial capital of Quetta where gunmen stormed a police academy, killing at least 59 people, mostly police cadets and recruits.

Suspected extremists attack African Union base in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber hit an African Union army base in central Somalia Tuesday.

Officials: Suicide vest, guns found at airport were 'props'

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials say a suicide vest, two guns and an old military manual on bombs found inside a checked bag at Richmond International Airport turned out to be props.

Militants attack Pakistan police academy, killing 59

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Militants wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police academy in the southwestern city of Quetta overnight, killing at least 59 people, mostly police cadets and recruits, and waging a ferocious gunbattle with troops that lasted into early hours Tuesday.

Sculpture at Army post honors mothers of fallen warriors

ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — Military and civilian officials are dedicating a sculpture at Aberdeen Proving Ground honoring local families who have lost sons or daughters in combat in the U.S. armed forces.

First transgender soldiers seek formal Army recognition

PARIS (AP) — Within weeks of the Pentagon allowing transgender service members to serve openly, Army officials said 10 soldiers have formally asked to be recognized as their new, preferred gender.

Policy Prescriptions: Trump and Clinton on race and policing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton has a detailed plan on how to stop police brutality, especially when it comes to the killing of unarmed African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement. Donald Trump hasn't said much about the issue, other than that he's the "law-and-order" candidate and police officers are "the most mistreated people in the country."

Policy Prescriptions: Trump and Clinton on economic growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few Americans feel satisfied with the state of the U.S. economy, making it a central focus in the presidential election between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

Threatened in Mosul, Islamic State uses alternative tactics

BAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of Islamic State fighters struck at dawn, storming government and security compounds in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk last week, in a coordinated assault more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the front lines of the Mosul offensive.

Christian cartoon tract creator Jack Chick dies at 92

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack T. Chick, whose cartoon tracts preached fundamentalist Christianity while vilifying secular society, evolution, homosexuality, and the beliefs of Catholics and Muslims, has died. He was 92.

Guard seeks federal aid for soldiers told to return bonuses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Members of Congress and veterans leaders on Monday called for federal action to absolve the debts of nearly 10,000 soldiers in California alone who have been ordered by the Pentagon to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Latest: UN blames all sides for Aleppo aid failure

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria where government forces have renewed their attacks on eastern rebel-held districts of the city of Aleppo (all times local):

The Latest: Clinton attends star-studded NYC fundraiser

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois.

October 24, 2016

Policy Prescriptions: Trump and Clinton on veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lifetime health care and other benefits are part of the bargain for millions of Americans who put their lives on the line in the armed forces, and it's become clear the Department of Veterans Affairs isn't holding up its end.

Senator rethinking investment with GOP donor in fraud case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Sen. Mark Green, one of the leading contenders for Tennessee governor in 2018, says he is re-thinking financial ties to a company run by a prominent GOP donor who settled a federal fraud case involving the military health care program.

Oregon receives $500K to assist veterans in 10 counties

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs said Monday it will receive grants worth a combined $500,000 to provide free transportation to medical appointments for military veterans living in 10 rural counties.

Police investigate theft from slain soldier's monument

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in western Michigan are investigating a string of larcenies and vandalism that include the theft of a replica rifle, helmet and dog tags from a monument commemorating a local soldier killed in Iraq.

Houston Chronicle reports some special ed students ousted

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A few days before school began here in 2007, district administrators called an emergency staff meeting.

US: Philippines' Duterte sparking distress around the world

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A top American diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about his government's intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries.

Day 1: On the ground in South Korea with Ironhorse soldiers
Posted: February 25, 2016

After 20 hours of travel, by plane and bus, I finally made it to Camp Casey, South Korea with the remainder of Fort Hood’s 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers. For the next several days, I will be following the mission and daily lives of Ironhorse troopers as they begin a nine-month rotation in the land of the morning calm.

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Day 2 in South Korea: Snowflakes and readiness
Posted: February 25, 2016

Our second day in South Korea began early. But it was not as early as for some.

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