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Friday, Feb 27, 2015

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Union website blocked by VA’s internet system

The day after the union representing workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs St. Petersburg Regional Office used its website to announce plans for a protest against management, the VA’s internet system blocked access to the site.
Updated: 8 hours ago

Feds: Three accused in Islamic State plot vocal about beliefs

NEW YORK — Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in personal conversations about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one of them speaking of shooting President ...
Updated: 20 hours ago
Muslims must fight extremists’ ideology, Jordanian princess says

Muslims must fight extremists’ ideology, Jordanian princess says

ST. PETE BEACH — Though the fight against the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State and similar groups is a global responsibility, Jordanian Princess Aisha bin Al Hussein told an audience of international commandos that, ultimately, it is up to ...
Published: 02/25/15
VA secretary apologizes anew for misstating military service

VA secretary apologizes anew for misstating military service

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologized anew today for erroneously claiming he served in the military’s special forces, and veterans groups and lawmakers appeared ready to accept his expression of regret.
Published: 02/24/15
Marine who vanished in Iraq gets 2 years in prison

Marine who vanished in Iraq gets 2 years in prison

RALEIGH, N.C. – A U.S. Marine who vanished a decade ago in Iraq was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for leaving his post there and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S.
Published: 02/23/15
St. Pete VA office ditching ‘wanted’ poster after worker protest

St. Pete VA office ditching ‘wanted’ poster after worker protest

The “wanted” poster graphic, complete with images of bullet holes, is going.
Published: 02/23/15

No sign of data breach after Centcom laptops stolen, U.S. Attorney says

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that there are no signs of a data breach caused by the theft of five laptop computers from U.S. Central Command sometime in April 2013.
Published: 02/23/15

Jordanian princess to speak about Special Ops in St. Pete Beach

ST. PETE BEACH — At a time when the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan is one of the strongest and most motivated partners in the fight against Sunni insurgent group Islamic State, Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein is coming to St. Pete Beach to deliver...
Published: 02/22/15

Pentagon may have reasons for tipping off the enemy

Last week’s background briefing by an unnamed U.S. Central Command source to Pentagon reporters laying out the timeframe for an attack on Islamic State forces occupying the Iraqi city of Mosul has many intoning outrage that the U.S. is tipping...
Published: 02/22/15
Suicidal airmen urged to seek help early

Suicidal airmen urged to seek help early

TAMPA — Picking up on the danger signs for someone considering suicide is very difficult, even for therapists, says Carrie Elk, a certified trauma expert specializing in military mental health.
Published: 02/22/15