Judge Cries Sentencing Former Army Officer in Prostitution Case

Lt. Col. Raymond Valas speaks with local media during a tour of the Military District Six in Sonsonate, El Salvador, on April 10, 2013. (DoD photo)

The sentencing Friday of four sex-trafficking defendants were marked by a pimp lashing out at the judge and a relative of a victim. And by the victim lashing out at the pimp. And by a lawyer's claims that the proceedings were unfairly "choreographed." The judge choked up while doling out punishment to a former Army officer convicted of buying ... more

UN: Iraq Violence Kills at least 600 Civilians in February

Militias of the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) deploy in an area in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, June 11, 2014 (AP Photo)

BAGHDAD — The U.N. mission to Iraq said Sunday that violence claimed the lives of at least 1,100 Iraqis in February, including more than 600 civilians. The U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement that 611 civilians were among 1,103 people killed last month, with the rest hailing from the security forces. It said at least 2,2... more

Yemen, a U.S. Counter-Terrorism Partner, Teeters on Edge of Collapse

Houthi Shiite rebels ride in a military truck while patrolling a street in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP photo)

SANA, Yemen -- The capital remains firmly in the hands of northern-based Shiite Muslim rebels. Sunni Muslim tribesmen to the east are arming in revolt and threatening to sabotage the country's crucial oil and gas infrastructure. In the south, where separatist sentiment is rampant, President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi is setting up a rival power ba... more

Navy Fires USS Mississippi Submarine Commander

Navy Cmdr. Tory Swanson (Navy photo)

The commanding officer of the Pearl Harbor-based Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Mississippi was relieved of his duties Friday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy said. Cmdr. Tory Swanson was removed from his position by Capt. Harry Ganteaume, commander of Submarine Squadron 1. A command investigation into t... more

Maryland Lawmaker Proposes Dropping Drinking Age for Troops to 18

Beer And Fitness Can It Be?

ANNAPOLIS -- Sen. Ron Young is working to persuade fellow Maryland lawmakers to let members of the armed services start drinking at age 18. Speaking to a committee of his peers Friday, Young said he's offering the proposal even though he's "never been much of a drinker" himself; Young said he didn't have his first alcoholic beverage until age 2... more

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