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Walter Reed Army hospital to close its doors

WASHINGTON — The storied Walter Reed Army hospital, where generations of American soldiers came to heal their wounds, will shut down in September, the Pentagon said Tuesday. “Walter Reed is closing its doors on the 15th of September permanently after 102 years of service to the nation. For many of…

Pentagon center for brain injuries failing vets: GAO

The investigative arm of Congress has released a report saying that the Pentagon center for research about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other traumatic brain injuries is so dysfunctional that it hasn’t carried out its mission. A recent Government Accountability Office report on the Defense Centers for Excellence for Psychological Health…

Former US First Lady Betty Ford dies, aged 93

Former US First Lady Betty Ford died at the age of 93, drawing tributes for her inspiring role notably in helping treat drug and alcohol addicts at her California-based health center. The widow of president Gerald Ford, who died in 2006, was also hailed for campaigning for breast cancer awareness…

Pam Geller compares Obama’s Jewish supporters to Nazi victims

Conservative activist and BigGovernment blogger Pam Geller compared Jewish supporters of President Barack Obama to Nazi-era Jewish Council leaders, which helped implement Nazi orders and regulations, on her website Friday. “Like a pig sniffing for truffles, the Obama regime is sniffing around for influential kapos willing to sell out the…

Federal judge blocks South Dakota abortion law

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday blocked a new South Dakota abortion law requiring the longest waiting period in the nation at 72-hours and a meeting at an anti-abortion counseling center before a woman can have the procedure. The ruling on the South Dakota law, which was to…

Pentagon Papers finally published, 40 years on

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The Pentagon Papers, a US government report into the Vietnam War, were finally published in full, 40 years after embarrassing details of the document were leaked. President Lyndon Johnson’s administration commissioned a Vietnam Study Task Force in 1967 to write a comprehensive report about America’s ill-fated…

U.S. counterterrorism chief Michael Leiter resigns

WASHINGTON — Michael Leiter, the head of the US National Counterterrorism Center across two administrations, is resigning, officials said Thursday as President Barack Obama paid a warm tribute. Leiter heads the prime government clearing house and analytical point for terrorism threat information set up after intelligence failures contributed to the…

United States ready to give asylum to alleged Libya rape victim

WASHINGTON — The United States is prepared to welcome a Libyan woman who accused soldiers loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi of raping her as long as she goes through the normal refugee process, a senior US official said Tuesday. The woman, Iman al-Obeidi, is currently at the emergency transit…

Mom opens free chow line at Joplin’s temporary tent hospital

JOPLIN, Mo (Reuters) – The tent hospital erected to replace the medical center destroyed by the tornado that tore through here on May 22 is up and running with an operating room, beds for dozens of patients, an imaging center and lab. But an on-site canteen to feed the doctors,…

US keeps bluefin tuna off endangered list

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Friday rejected calls to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna as an endangered species, saying that while it was worried about overfishing it did not fear imminent extinction. Environmental groups have repeatedly voiced concern that the global fad for Japanese food was driving the world’s…

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