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    US Air Force: 'So help me God' in oath now optional

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday. The policy change comes after an atheist airman in Nevada struck out the words on his Department of Defense reenlistment pape ... Read More

    During decades of wars, America has paid for failure to learn one lesson

    The US seems doomed to constantly forget and painfully relearn one military lesson: unclear goals invite escalation. The third Iraq war is the latest example. There are currently 1,700 US soldiers in Iraq - 1,600 more than were there in June. Just don't call them ground troops. So far, US forces in ... Read More

    Democrat Senate blocks effort to stop Obama on immigration

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have blocked a Republican effort to prevent President Barack Obama from acting unilaterally on immigration. Sens. Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Ted Cruz of Texas pushed a measure that would have prevented Obama from taking executive action to curb deportations for i ... Read More

    Scotland Votes No To Independence

    Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom after voting against independence in a historic referendum. After years of campaigning Alex Salmond's dream of breaking up the 307-year-old Union has been shattered. Despite major Yes victories in Dundee and the nation's largest city Glasgow, the Bette ... Read More

    School district police stock up on free military gear

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon's surplus program, which is n ... Read More

    Obama admin makes little progress in securing embassies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has made only limited progress in its pledge to boost the number of Marine security guards at high-threat U.S. diplomatic posts around the world, the agency's internal investigator said Thursday. In a report, the department's inspector general said efforts to i ... Read More

    Some reporters criticize White House for secrecy

    CHICAGO (AP) — Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide. Criticism of Presid ... Read More

    Australia thwarts ISIS beheading plot

    SYDNEY (AP) -- Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney and were holding six people, including the suspected ringleader, officials said. Nine other people ... Read More

    Black Democrat Coalition: 'We are sick and tired of being sick and tired'

    BERKELEY MO -- A newly-formed coalition of African-American Democrats announced Wednesday they will not back any candidate that has exhibited "disrespect" for the black community on issues such as education, jobs and racial profiling. Headed by St. Louis County Chairwoman Hazel Erby, D-1st District, ... Read More

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