Sunday, December 18, 2016

Stars and Stripes Daily Headlines

Thousands honor fallen servicemembers in Wreaths Across America at Arlington
Gold Star family member Dan Robinson turned 63 on Saturday. Rather than celebrating, he chose to be one of the thousands of people who braved freezing rain to join Wreaths Across America in laying pine laurels at gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery.

Americans and Kuwaitis test their mettle in Lightning Eagle's organized chaos
In their first combined joint live fire exercise in six years, U.S. soldiers and their Kuwaiti counterparts came together to blast and bond in the desert.

Judge bars Bergdahl prosecutors from using wounds at trial
Prosecutors were rebuffed from harnessing the most contentious issue surrounding the court-martial of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when a judge ruled out any evidence that soldiers were wounded while searching for him.

China agrees to return underwater drone to US 
The Pentagon said China will return a U.S. Navy underwater drone after its military scooped up the submersible in the South China Sea late this week and sparked a row that drew in President-elect Donald Trump.

Wartime girlfriend of WWII veteran dies several months after crowdfunded reunion
World War II vet Norwood Thomas lost his love once again when Joyce Durrant Morris died last week in her hometown of Adelaide, Australia. Their story captured millions of hearts after The Virginian-Pilot first wrote about them in 2015.

Philippines' Duterte to US over aid issue: 'Bye-bye America'
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday threatened to terminate a pact that allows U.S. troops to visit the Philippines, saying "bye-bye America" as he reacted with rage to what he thought was a U.S. decision to scrap a major aid package over human rights concerns.

Winter storm slams parts of US, causing accidents, deaths
A winter storm of snow, freezing rain and bone-chilling temperatures socked the nation's mid-section and East Coast on Saturday, causing hundreds of accidents on icy roads and putting a crimp on Christmas shopping.

Mourners pack auditorium for John Glenn's life celebration 
Roughly 2,500 people gathered at Mershon Auditorium on the Ohio State University campus for "a celebration of life" for the former fighter pilot, history-making astronaut and longtime Democratic U.S. senator from small-town Ohio.

Henry J. Heimlich dies; Navy veteran invented lifesaving technique for choking victims
Henry J. Heimlich, the Cincinnati surgeon whose "bear-hug" maneuver has been credited with saving the lives of tens of thousands of choking victims but whose aggressive self-promotion and unorthodox medical ideas cast a shadow over his legacy, died Dec. 17 at a Cincinnati hospital. He was 96.

Measure for new $136M VA facility in Omaha signed into law
Under the measure, the Department of Veterans Affairs will provide $56 million to build 157,000 square feet of new medical space next to the current aging and outdated VA hospital in Omaha. Private donors will put up the remaining $80 million.

Suicide try at Colorado Springs VA clinic prompts support conversation
The VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System in Denver is educating veterans about support services after one man tried to take his own life in a Colorado Springs VA clinic Friday.


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