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Homeless veteran numbers drop by 55,000: VA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of homeless veterans on any given night has dropped by over 55,000, the Department of Veterans Affairs said on Friday, due in part to programs like the $46.2 million announced Thursday to provide permanent housing for 6,790 homeless veterans. Despite a still-stagnant economy and increased…

Iraq veteran amputee dies after fall from roller coaster

A veteran who lost both legs in Iraq died at an amusement park in upstate New York after he fell from a 208-foot roller coaster, local press reported on Saturday. James Hackemer, 29, died Friday night at the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort near Buffalo, New York after falling from…

Obama names openly gay veteran to West Point advisory board

by On Top Magazine A co-founder of Knights Out, Brenda S. ‘Sue’ Fulton, has been named to the Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy An openly gay co-founder of Knights Out, Brenda S. ‘Sue’ Fulton, has been named to the Board of Visitors of the United States…

Bachmann aide assails Palin as ‘not serious’

WASHINGTON – As she eyes a run for the presidency, a top new aide to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) charged that Sarah Palin has proven herself unserious since she was “handed” the vice presidential nomination. “Sarah has not been serious over the last couple of years,” the recently-hired veteran GOP…

Shuttle Endeavour launches, heads to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – U.S. space shuttle Endeavour blasted off on Monday to deliver a potentially revolutionary physics experiment to the International Space Station on the next-to-last flight in NASA’s shuttle program. Spacecraft Endeavour’s 25th and final voyage was expected to reach the orbital outpost on Wednesday. NASA plans…

Piers Morgan, Larry King spar over CNN veteran’s jibe

LOS ANGELES – British journalist Piers Morgan sparred verbally with his CNN predecessor Larry King, after the US veteran criticized Morgan’s talk show technique. Morgan, who took over in January after King bowed out following 25 years as host of “Larry King Live,” light-heartedly suggested he would have to punch…

Larry King says CNN successor was ‘oversold’

LONDON (AFP) – Former veteran CNN talk show host Larry King said Friday that his successor, British journalist Piers Morgan, had been “oversold” to television audiences in the United States. King bowed out in December after 25 years as host of “Larry King Live” and the Atlanta-based news network launched…

US’s new Egypt envoy linked to Mubarak regime

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday defended the choice of veteran diplomat Frank Wisner to head a mission to Egypt even though he works for a firm with past work for President Hosni Mubarak’s government. Wisner was at the center of controversy Saturday when he suggested that Mubarak should…

Exclusive: DoJ veteran sees ‘dangerous precedent’ in letting Bush officials walk

In a rare blistering attack on the Department of Justice, a career veteran of the agency recently told Raw Story that the Obama administration handing Bush-era officials “a get out of jail free card” sets “a dangerous precedent” that could encourage other offenses by future leaders. J. Gerald Hebert, a…

Veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke dies

WASHINGTON — Veteran US diplomat Richard Holbrooke, 69, the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, has died after undergoing surgery after suffering a torn aorta, US media reported. President Barack Obama had told members of Holbrooke’s family at a diplomatic holiday reception at the State Department just hours earlier:…

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