TV Vet Takes to Sky, Dives Into Sea to Help Injured Animals

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not every veterinarian would call it paradise. Scott Sims gets to far-flung locales in the Hawaiian Islands by flying a plane he built himself or by biking, riding an ATV or swimming to reach sick or injured animals. He will wrangle overweight pigs, scuba-dive to free a sea turtle tangled in a net and patch ... more

Heroes at 'Both Ends of the Leash' Honored for Military Service

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Together, U.S. Marine Cpl. Nick Caceres and his wartime comrade -- a black Labrador retriever named Fieldy -- tracked down improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan, saving other members of the military from stumbling upon them. Handler and dog also forged a close bond during their seven months overseas in 2011: One photograp... more

Potential Army Cuts Daunting for All Military Bases

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As the north country prepares to argue against cuts at Fort Drum, the looming drawdown of troops has spurred responses at military communities nationwide. In the area near Fort Riley, Kan., about 4,300 people showed up at a listening session Feb. 9. The Junction City Chamber of Commerce and other advocates set up tents for an appreciation event... more

Judge's Ruling Reunites Disabled Veteran with Support Dog

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WEST BATH, Maine -- A disabled Air Force veteran was reunited with his "emotional support dog" Wednesday after a district court judge ruled that while the animal did bite another dog and technically is "dangerous," the bite did not break the skin and "may well have been out of exuberance rather than aggressiveness." The dog -- originally though... more

Few Have Faced Consequences for Abuses at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq

In this Sept. 2, 2006, file photo, an Iraqi army soldier closes the door of a cell, in Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

REPORTING FROM WASHINGTON -- Photos of Iraqi prisoners tethered to dog leashes and electrical wires dominated the news when they emerged in 2003 and 2004. The abuse scandal centered at the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad aroused bipartisan shock at home and embarrassment abroad. But more than a decade on, the images and the calls for accounta... more

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