Marines News

Lebanon gets tough on the press ahead of elections

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:40
A string of court cases and judicial investigations against Lebanese media figures is testing this country's reputation as a forum for ideas in a region blanketed by censorship and threats to the press.

Drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:14
Teen figure skaters Alina Zagitova or Evgenia Medvedeva will almost certainly take gold in one of the Winter Games marquee events after they went 1-2 in the women's short program Wednesday with the highest scores ever.

Doctors, dentists and "Despacito": Navy prepares for humanitarian mission to Latin America

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:38
Hundreds of Navy personnel are set to travel to Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia in the next few weeks as part of Operation Continuing Promise, a mission that will provide free medical, dental and veterinary care.

Japan sees transfer at sea that may violate NKorea sanctions

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:16
A maritime Self-Defense Force PC-3 surveillance plane and an escort ship saw a North Korean-flagged tanker alongside a smaller ship on Feb. 16 about 250 kilometers (150 miles) off Shanghai in the East China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said late Tuesday.

Sen. McCaskill says VA has reversed itself and paid claims to 17 WWII vets exposed to mustard gas

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:57
The Arla Harrell Act, pushed through Congress by Sen. Claire McCaskill and named after a Missouri veteran afftected by mustard gas, has paid almost $1 million to veterans who proved they were exposed to the toxic substance during chemical warfare experiments.

Coast Guard special agent relieved of duty after rape arrest

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:41
The man in charge of the U.S. Coast Guard's internal investigations in the Northwest has been at least temporarily relieved of duty after being arrested for investigation of rape.

Sofia Goggia takes downhill gold; Lindsey Vonn earns bronze

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:38
Sofia Goggia of Italy finished in a time of 1 minute, 39.22 seconds, with American skiier Lindsey Vonn just 0.47 seconds behind.

Ex-soldier who deprived government of nearly a million dollars is going to prison

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:47
Desmond Lamar Williams was sentenced to 24 months in prison for preparation of false tax returns. As a result of Williams’ fraudulent actions, the government suffered a loss of $712,728.

Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:31
The president, a strong and vocal supporter of gun rights, has not endorsed more robust changes sought by gun control activists. But the White House on Tuesday cast the president as willing to listen to proposals amid new signals that Trump had been swayed by the school shooting in Florida.

15-year-old shot 5 times protecting classmates from gunfire

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:15
A fundraising site says Anthony Borges was shot in both legs and his back while attempting to close and lock a classroom door last Wednesday. He is credited with saving the lives of at least 20 other students.

Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials during Olympics before last minute cancellation

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:48
The vice president's office promoted his trip as an effort to combat what it said was North Korea's plan to use the Winter Games for propaganda purposes and portrayed the cancellation of the meeting as evidence his mission was a success.

US top general reportedly ‘not consulted’ before Trump proposed transgender military ban

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:28
Judges and critics have questioned whether President Donald Trump consulted any military officials at all before announcing in a series of tweets that transgender people shouldn’t “serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.”

Pacific commander raises concerns over China

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 17:54
At a time when some experts say the chances of war with North Korea are the greatest they've been in recent years, the head of U.S. Pacific Command on Oahu said the United States also must be prepared for conflict with China.

Supreme Court dismisses challenge to California’s 10-day waiting period for guns

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:39
The Supreme Court made clear again Tuesday that the government has broad power to restrict and regulate firearms, dismissing a Second Amendment challenge to California’s 10-day waiting period for new gun purchases.

Contracts For Feb. 20, 2018

DoD Contract Announcements - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:00
CONTRACTS ARMY Capco LLC,* Grand Junction, Colorado (W15QKN-18-D-00035); and Design West

Palestinian leader calls for peace conference by mid-2018

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:57
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ruled out the United States as a broker for peace with Israel on Tuesday, calling for an international peace conference by mid-2018 with the key goals of full U.N. membership for the state of Palestine and a timeframe for a two-state solution.

Report: Hawaii wasn't ready to handle missile threat alert

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:49
The notification, which read "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL," triggered widespread panic as more than a million residents and visitors feared they were about to face a ballistic missile strike.

Drunk on the Chesapeake Bay, he made a false distress call. Now he's going to prison.

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:42
A Newport News man who made a false distress call from his boat in the Chesapeake Bay, then threatened a Coast Guard officer who came to rescue him, was sentenced Tuesday to more than four years in federal prison.

Nigeria savors its Olympic bobsled debut moment

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:29
Nigeria was winning the Olympic women's bobsled race. Yes, really.

Letitia Wright steals show in 'Black Panther' breakout role

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:00
Letitia Wright still can’t believe she made the “Black Panther” poster.