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  • Appeal for Soldier Convicted in '03 Grenade Attack

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A military appeal hearing was set Thursday for a U.S. soldier sentenced to death for killing two fellow service members and wounding 14 others in a grenade attack in Kuwait nearly 10 years ago. The hearing for 43-year-old Army Sgt. Hasan K. Akbar is scheduled for Nov. 18 in Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces said on its website. Akbar was sentenced to death in 2005 by a military jury. He was convict... more

  • 12 Suspected Pirates Detained After Distress Call

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    NAPLES, Italy -- U.S. and French sailors helped detain 12 suspected pirates near the Somalia coast after a nearby merchant ship sent out a distress message, NATO officials announced this week. The Panama-flagged merchant ship sent the call for help Sunday after it was approached by a suspected pirate skiff while en route from Oman to Kenya, NATO's Allied Maritime Command said in a news release. The merchant ship's armed security team exchang... more

  • Nintendo Launching 'Amiibo' With 12 Characters

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to "amiibo." Nintendo announced Friday that 12 characters will initially be part of its upcoming toy-game franchise set for release later this year. In addition to the "Pokemon" and "Legend of Zelda" leading men, the starting line-up will include Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Samus Aran, Kirby, Fox McCloud, Marth, the "Wii Fi... more

  • 2014 Winter Security Clearance Decisions

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    Applying for a security clearance is a stressful process, and even if you have every tip under the sun, you might still be fretting. It's important to know that most security clearance applications are cleared. But, there are applicants who do get rejected. Here are a few examples of security clearance applicants who didn't quite make it, who did, and the reasons why. Check out the full page here if you want to see a complete list for 2014. F... more

  • Army Clears Commanders in 2014 Fort Hood Shooting Rampage

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    An Army investigation cleared the commanders of failing to monitor a soldier who killed three soldiers and himself and wounded 12 at Fort Hood, Texas, last April. The Army lacked a system for alerting commanders to the threat posed by Spec. Ivan Lopez under treatment for depression before his shooting rampage on Fort Hood, the investigation concluded Friday. Investigators recommended that the Army should require soldiers to register the... more

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