Thursday, December 29, 2016

Stars and Stripes Daily Headlines

Army colonel sentenced to 12 years in child porn case
An Army colonel convicted of viewing and distributing child pornography will serve the next 12 years in federal prison, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group expected home Friday
Norfolk, Virginia will welcome home the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, the USS San Jacinto, the USS Mason and the USS Nitze. The USS Roosevelt will return to its homeport in Mayport, Florida.

Growing number of veterans, retirees moving overseas
Just under 400,000 American retirees are now living abroad and that number is expected to increase over the next 10 years as more baby boomers retire, according to the Social Security Administration. The countries they have chosen most often: Canada, Japan, Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Navy aims to mimic Wal-Mart, Delta to get more sailors choosing military health care
Vice Adm. Forrest Faison wants more sailors, Marines and their families to get their health care from the military so its medical personnel will be well-trained for the next conflict, and he’s eyeing private-sector methods to achieve his goal.

In parting shot, Kerry tears into Israel over settlements 
Secretary of State John Kerry tore into Israel on Wednesday for settlement-building, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of dragging Israel away from democracy and forcefully rejecting the notion that America had abandoned Israel with a controversial U.N. vote. Netanyahu accused the Obama administration of a biased bid to blame Israel for failure to reach a peace deal.

Town rallies behind disabled Marine veteran who lost home in a fire
A small western Massachusetts town is rallying behind a Marine veteran severely injured while serving in Afghanistan whose custom-built home was made uninhabitable by fire the day after Christmas.

Stargazing: Taylor Swift visits 96-year-old Missouri veteran
A couple of days before Christmas, 96-year-old Cyrus Porter told a local TV reporter what a huge Swift fan he is. “Is there anything else besides Taylor Swift that you’re really into? Anything else that you’re a huge fan of?” the reporter asked. “No. No. No. No not — you know. No,” the World War II veteran replied.

Last bridge in Mosul destroyed in airstrike
As the battle for Mosul enters its fourth month, the U.S.-led coalition has destroyed the last remaining bridge connecting the western and eastern parts of Iraq's second-largest city.


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