Marines News

Billy Graham to lie in honor at the US Capitol

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:15
The body of the late Rev. Billy Graham will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol, congressional leaders announced Thursday, with the evangelist becoming the first religious leader to be honored by the nation in that way.

Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for certain weapons

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:10
President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed a higher minimum age for buying certain firearms and tighter background checks, saying "there's nothing more important than protecting our children," amid a public outcry for action after the Florida school shooting.

Many mass murderers are Democrats, NY lawmaker says

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:47
A Republican congresswoman from upstate New York said Wednesday that "many" people who commit mass murder turn out to be Democrats.

Palestinian killed in West Bank; Raid captured on video

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:08
A 33-year-old Palestinian man was killed early on Thursday by Israeli soldiers who are seen on a security camera video kicking and beating him with their rifles after he charged down an alley, carrying a long object on his shoulder.

How Billy Graham’s sports connections in his hometown ran deep and wide

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:59
While Billy Graham’s profound impact on the world was mostly religion-based, the famous evangelist also made a number of sports connections with his hometown.

Egyptian court sentences 21 to death on terrorism charges

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:55
An Egyptian court sentenced on Thursday 21 people to death and seven others to up to life in prison over belonging to a group believed to be affiliated with the extremist Islamic State group, the state-run MENA news agency reported.

David Wise keeps the faith, wins the gold

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:55
“The reality is every single run, no matter what is happening, is just another run through the halfpipe,” David Wise said. “So I had to take a moment at the top. I’m a spiritual person and I believe that everything happens for a reason.”

In Syria, a father says last goodbye to dead child

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:48
It's a grief shared by all too many parents trapped with their children under a brutal, government siege of the eastern Ghouta region outside the Syrian capital of Damascus: A father saying his last goodbye to his dead child, before the shelling starts again.

How the US women’s hockey team turned courage into gold

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:47
Four years ago, USA Hockey unveiled the Nike-designed jerseys that its men’s and women’s teams would wear at the Sochi Olympics. They paid “homage” to past gold medals by stitching the years into the rear inner neckline: 1960 and 1980. It forgot that the women won gold in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. Or maybe it didn’t forget.

US, Israel gear up for missile defense exercises

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:30
More than 2,000 U.S. troops will take up positions in Israel next month for a missile defense exercise designed to test the ability of American and Israeli systems to operate together.

‘PowerPoint karaoke' to celebrate the best and worst of a modern military requirement

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:28
“Death by PowerPoint” is what peeling potatoes was to military generations of the past — a shared experience of droning misery that servicemembers are often “voluntold” to attend. On March 6, participants will gather in San Francisco to have a little fun with all the tedium, poor formatting and unintentional humor.

Trump plans to nominate Army veteran Paul Lawrence as undersecretary for VA benefits

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:22
President Donald Trump announced plans Wednesday night to nominate a longtime management consultant to fill a top spot at the Department of Veterans Affairs that’s remained unfilled for nearly three years.

Sen. Reed: US may be losing information war in fight against terror

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:03
"We've got the most sophisticated and courageous military force in the world," Sen. Jack Reed said in a telephone interview from Jordan. But terrorist organizations such as ISIS may be winning in bringing their message to would-be converts and the world, he said.

Egypt: 7 troops killed in Sinai anti-militant operation

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:02
Egypt's military says seven troops have been killed so far in a massive security operation launched this month against Islamic militants in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula and other areas.

VA, Roe tie caregiver benefit expansion to tightened eligibility

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:00
In drafting legislation that would expand comprehensive caregiver benefits to severely injured veterans of all past wars, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, directed staff this month to start with the proposal announced by Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin at a Feb. 6 committee hearing.

5 famous — or infamous — versions of the national anthem over the years

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 09:47
With its wide range of notes from low to high, “The Spar-Spangled Banner” is a difficult song for the most accomplished vocalist. Here's a look at five memorable versions – some of which should be forgotten.

Child falls from 3rd floor balcony; Egyptian officer makes heroic catch

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 09:47
Three Egyptian policemen were able to catch a 5-year-old child as he fell from a third-floor apartment balcony in the southern city of Assiut, saving the boy's life.

Q&A: Yance Ford on race, justice and making Oscar history

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 09:40
In the Oscar-nominated documentary “Strong Island,” Yance Ford stares back at the camera with profound sorrow and calm resilience.

The epic bender to celebrate George Washington and the newly finished US Constitution

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 09:36
At City Tavern, the framers' unofficial watering hole four blocks from Independence Hall, George Washington was the guest of the Light Horse of Philadelphia, a volunteer cavalry corps that had crossed the Delaware with Washington and wintered at Valley Forge. The First Troop, as the unit came to be known, could fight. And boy could they drink.

Tours by on-base agencies

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 09:31
Base tours offer an easy way to see Europe with other members of the military community. Here is a sampling of current trips scheduled.