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After U.S. airstrikes, Iraq troops start final push for Tikrit

After U.S. airstrikes, Iraq troops start final push for Tikrit

Iraqi troops started the final phase of an offensive to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit on Thursday, a military official said, just hours after the United States launched airstrikes on the Islamic State-held city.
Updated: 16 hours ago
No pigs: Tampa VA hospital enforces service animal rules

No pigs: Tampa VA hospital enforces service animal rules

No more pigs will be allowed into the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. Or any other animal that is not a trained and certified guide or service dog. That’s the message Interim Director Marjorie Hedstrom delivered to Congress members, community leaders and others considered hospital “stakeholders.”
Updated: 23 hours ago
Former Pentagon spokesman ready for life after the podium

Former Pentagon spokesman ready for life after the podium

If he was still the Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby would have been consumed by the big news of the day Wednesday, that Army Sgt, Bowe Bergdahl was being charged with desertion after his disappearance in Afghanistan in 2009.
Published: 03/25/15
Official: U.S. military to charge Bergdahl with desertion

Official: U.S. military to charge Bergdahl with desertion

WASHINGTON — A U.S. official says the Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service.
Published: 03/25/15
VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

WASHINGTON — Responding to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs is relaxing a rule that makes it hard for some veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health site.
Published: 03/24/15
After threats, Centcom warns troops about social media posts

After threats, Centcom warns troops about social media posts

A day after media reports surfaced that a group identifying itself as the Islamic State Hacking Division called for the killings of 100 U.S. service members, the chief of staff of U.S. Central Command issued a warning to Centcom troops and families a...
Published: 03/23/15
Updated: 03/24/15
With UAE charges dropped, Pinellas man returns home today

With UAE charges dropped, Pinellas man returns home today

The Belleair Bluffs man who was arrested in the United Arab Emirates after making disparaging remarks about Arabs on Facebook will be returning home today.
Published: 03/23/15
Updated: 03/24/15

Former CIA officer would bring interesting perspective to Congress

If elected as the U.S. Representative from Maryland’s 5th Congressional District, Charles “Sam” Faddis will bring a very interesting and unique perspective to the legislature.
Published: 03/22/15

Riverview woman pleads guilty to bribing military members

A Riverview woman faces a maximum of five years in federal prison after pleading guilty today on charges she paid bribes to two members of the military in exchange for help with her contracting business in Iraq.
Published: 03/20/15
Unified voice could help keep MacDill from closing, officials say

Unified voice could help keep MacDill from closing, officials say

MacDill Air Force Base plays a huge role in the regional economy, worth about $14 billion a year according to one study. But with a move to close military installations around the country gaining momentum, explaining MacDill's value to Congressional ...
Published: 03/19/15