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U.S. commandos kill Islamic State commander in Syria raid

BEIRUT – In a rare ground attack deep into Syria, U.S. Army commandos killed a man described as the Islamic State’s head of oil operations, captured his wife and rescued a woman whom American officials said was enslaved.
Published: 05/16/15
Special ops conference means nearly $3 million to Tampa economy

Special ops conference means nearly $3 million to Tampa economy

The annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference returns to town this week, highlighting the role of MacDill Air Force Base as a regional economic powerhouse.
Published: 05/16/15
St. Pete native named State Department spokesman

St. Pete native named State Department spokesman

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John Kerry has a new spokesman, and he’s a familiar face to the Tampa Bay area.
Published: 05/13/15
Hearse drivers get doughnuts, leave flag-draped coffin in Pasco parking lot

Hearse drivers get doughnuts, leave flag-draped coffin in Pasco parking lot

NEW PORT RICHEY — Two hearse drivers in Pasco County have been fired after they stopped at a doughnut shop with a flag-draped coffin in the vehicle on the way to a funeral and an outraged man sent a video to a local veterans group.
Published: 05/13/15
Military museum distributes veteran photos, introduces new exhibits

Military museum distributes veteran photos, introduces new exhibits

One by one, the veterans or in some cases family members came to the front of the indoor Quonset hut at the Armed Forces History Museum and accepted black and white portraits.
Published: 05/12/15

Tampa, top hacking target, to get expert help

What can business owners do to protect themselves against cybercrime, which one recent study says cost U.S. companies nearly an average annualized $13 million last year? Especially in Tampa, a city another study said is among the most hacked in the n...
Published: 05/11/15
Updated: 05/12/15

Aging veterans push for health care options

John MacPhee, who was in the first wave of troops to hit Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, has to travel to Tampa from his home in Sun City Center for some of the medical care he receives from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Published: 05/10/15
Security level up at MacDill, other bases after jihadi activity

Security level up at MacDill, other bases after jihadi activity

People entering MacDill Air Force Base may face longer lines and delays after security conditions were raised a notch Friday at U.S. military installations in the wake of jihadi threats.
Published: 05/08/15
Clearwater vet remembers V-E Day 70 years later

Clearwater vet remembers V-E Day 70 years later

Shortly before 9 a.m. on the morning of May 8, 1945, Gerald “Bud” Berry heard a commotion outside his tent, which was pitched on a dirt airfield in Etain, France.
Updated one month ago

Report ranks St. Petersburg VA office among worst for claims backlog

Officials from the Veterans Benefits Administration’s St. Petersburg Regional Office are taking issue with being named in a scathing Senate report as one of the worst-performing offices in the nation in terms of the time it takes to process claims.
Updated one month ago