Sunday, December 18, 2016

Stars and Stripes Daily Headlines

Pentagon: Afghan forces need further development and continued US help
Afghan forces continue to need U.S. and coalition support to address gaps in their offensive capability against insurgents as they enter their third year of full responsibility for the country’s security, the Pentagon said in a report to Congress.

Army to review problems plaguing senior officers
The Army has named a three-star officer to review its burgeoning problem of sexual misconduct among senior officers and the shocking suicide this summer of a general, Army Secretary Eric Fanning said.

'Blessing in disguise': Army veteran scorned by Chili's feeds dozens
A veteran who was refused a free meal at a Chili’s Bar and Grill in Texas during Veterans Day observances has turned the table and is using the experience to help feed hungry and homeless veterans in the north Texas area.

China says it will give drone back, but Trump says 'keep it'
China says its military seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea, but that it will give it back. President-elect Donald Trump, however, says the Chinese government should be told "we don't want the drone they stole back" and "let them keep it!"

Trump aides on Russian meddling wonder: Does it matter? 
Donald Trump's top aides on Sunday said the president-elect isn't ready to accept the finding by intelligence officials that Moscow hacked Democratic emails in a bid to elevate Trump. Even if it's true, they said, Trump still won the White House fair and square.

Khizr Khan rose to fame with his emotional pleas against Trump. Now he’s targeting the ‘politics of fear’
A group of teens and 20-somethings gathered in a nondescript meeting room at the Long Beach Convention Center, hoping for a chance to say a few words and take a selfie with one of the most fervent opponents of Donald Trump to emerge from the 2016 election.

NORAD's Santa tracking operation grows larger every year
Hundreds of volunteers have lined up to answer phones for NORAD, and its revamped website will keep millions posted on Santa's Christmas Eve trek.

Christmas comes early for military family struck by Brussels airport tragedy
Air Force Lt. Col. Melchizedek “Kato” Martinez was just back from Afghanistan when a suicide bomber hit close to home.

Hack of Los Angeles County emails exposes data of 750,000 people
A Nigerian national has been charged in connection with a hack of Los Angeles County emails that might have exposed personal data from more than 750,000 people who had business with county departments, officials said.

Senator: Exploding e-cigarette recalls need to be considered
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is increasing the heat on the federal government to consider recalling e-cigarette batteries and devices that explode and catch fire, injuring users.

Bitter cold front moves across Plains to Midwest
Dangerous, record-low temperatures caused cancellations of some holiday festivities in the Plains and Midwest over the weekend before the cold front pushed into the Ohio Valley and the Eastern Seaboard on Sunday.


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