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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
MacDill AFB historian faces aircraft laser-pointing charges

MacDill AFB historian faces aircraft laser-pointing charges

William R. Polson, the 6th Air Mobility Wing historian at MacDill Air Force Base, was arrested Friday night after deputies say he pointed a laser at a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office helicoper flying at an altitude of about 500 feet, according t...
Published: 03/17/15
Updated: 03/18/15
UAE drops charges over Pinellas man’s Facebook rant

UAE drops charges over Pinellas man’s Facebook rant

The Belleair Bluffs helicopter mechanic arrested in the United Arab Emirates after making disparaging remarks about Arabs via Facebook while home in the U.S. says he will soon be a free man.
Published: 03/17/15

Socom seeks unconventional technology

Always looking to give commandos an edge in combat, U.S. Special Operations Command has put out its latest technology and capabilities wish list, calling for, among other things, a see-through-the-wall device, equipment that can disable vehicles with...
Published: 03/16/15

Flight crew killed in Black Hawk training crash identified

NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana National Guard on Monday identified the pilots and crew of a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in the Santa Rosa Sound along Florida's Panhandle in a nighttime training exercise in dense fog last week with seven elite Mar...
Published: 03/16/15