Marines News

Lobbying for an end to coerced union fees

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:00
Because government is both employer and policymaker, collective bargaining by the union is inherently political advocacy and indistinguishable from lobbying.

Lonely therapy dog goes viral after nobody showed up to read to him

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:00
“For the love of dog, will someone please read to Sting?” That was the plea from thousands of people across the world after the 10-year-old therapy dog showed up for story time at the Ramsey County library in White Bear Lake -- and nobody showed up to read to him.

Navy offers incentives to entice sailors into longer forward-deployed tours

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:32
The Navy on Wednesday announced new incentives that include allowing first-term enlisted sailors to have their families with them overseas to entice longer sea duties in Japan, Guam and Spain.

Civil disobedience: Teen shooting survivors shake up Capitol

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:03
A week after a shooter slaughtered 17 people in a Florida high school, thousands of protesters, including many angry teenagers, swarmed into the state capitol Wednesday, calling for changes to gun laws, a ban on assault-type weapons and improved care for the mentally ill.

Tearful student asks Trump, 'How do we not stop this?'

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:27
Students with quavering voices and parents shaking with anger appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect American school children from the scourge of gun violence.

Trump wants to turn space into the next free-market paradise

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:17
"New Space" requires new rules. That's the view of the National Space Council, which held its second gathering Wednesday to address what the Trump administration says are outdated, overly burdensome regulations that were written for an earlier era when the U.S. government was the prime actor off-planet and rocket launches were both rare and prohibitively expensive.

Police: More than 150 people bought fake Super Bowl tickets

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:07
The number of fake tickets this year was seven times more than discovered at Houston's game last year, according to Minneapolis police. People spent between $400 and $5,000 on the bogus tickets.

Officers at NY airport buy plane ticket for woman whose friend was killed in Fla. shooting

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:00
Crying hysterically over a friend who was killed in the Florida school shooting, Jordana Judson was trying to figure out a way to get the money needed to buy a plane ticket from New York to Florida. Two police officers reached for their wallets and did what they could to help the grieving woman.

Contracts For Feb. 21, 2018

DoD Contract Announcements - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:00
CONTRACTS DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY United Technologies Aerospace Systems, Windsor Locks,

American women fall on hard times at Olympic ice rink

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:59
The first fall came seconds into the women’s figure skating competition Wednesday. It went downhill from there for America’s Olympians, who sit ninth, 10th and 11th heading into the free skate Friday. The U.S. trio had the worst team showing in an Olympic women’s short program since it was included 42 years ago.

Georgia clears way for mentally ill to buy guns

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:42
The records of thousands of people who were involuntarily committed for mental health treatment in Georgia have been removed from a national database that gun dealers use to run background checks of buyers.

White House weighs citing Russian deaths as sign of US resolve

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:14
The Trump administration is considering citing the deaths of scores of Russian mercenaries in a Feb. 7 battle with U.S.-backed forces in Syria as evidence of the president's tough stance toward the Kremlin, a person familiar with the matter said.

US Jewish group withdraws Holocaust video offensive to Poles

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:12
The private Ruderman Family Foundation removed a video from YouTube which had sparked outrage in Poland and beyond on Wednesday with its provocative use of the historically inaccurate term "Polish Holocaust" to protest a controversial new Polish law criminalizing some comments about the Holocaust.

At least 44 dead as bus veers off cliff in Peru

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:49
A double-deck bus ran off the Panamerican Highway and tumbled about 650 feet down a cliff in southern Peru on Wednesday, and police said at least 44 people died.

Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:43
Doctors in Syria's rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said Wednesday they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds of people in recent days.

California school shooting plot foiled, assault rifles found

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:37
A 17-year-old student was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats, and his adult brother was arrested on five weapons charges after two assault rifles, 90 high-capacity magazines and other handguns were found in their home.

Review: Female-driven 'Annihilation' is singularly adventurous

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:26
Sometimes cinematic adaptations are conversations with source material rather than direct representations. No recent film more exemplifies this idea than Alex Garland’s bold, metaphysical and just plain weird “Annihilation,” adapted from Jeff VanderMeer’s book, the first in his “Southern Reach” trilogy. The result is a deeply challenging, big budget, female-driven sci-fi film, which begs a question -- how did this get made? Films as singularly adventurous as this don’t come around often.

Mueller ends era of impunity for foreign lobbyists

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:16
For decades, the Justice Department didn't waste too many resources on catching violators of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA. Those days, however, appear to be over.

US panel says it's OK to use nasal spray flu vaccine again

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:13
The Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices voted Wednesday to recommend the nasal spray as an option for next winter's flu season. FluMist is the only spray-in-the-nose vaccine on the market.

Trump's team releases economic report, compares him to Reagan and Kennedy

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:53
President Donald Trump's policies are driving an economic turnaround that puts him in the company of transformative presidents such as John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, White House economists said Wednesday as they unveiled Trump's first "Economic Report of the President."