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U.S. Green Beret charged with murder of man in Afghanistan

Green Beret charged in murder of Afghan manA U.S. Army Green Beret has been charged with the murder of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday.

Major Matthew Golsteyn has admitted to shooting and killing a man in Afghanistan because he suspected he was a bombmaker for the Taliban militant group, NBC News reported.

Golsteyn admitted twice to the killing, once in an interview for a job at a spy agency and another time during an interview with Fox News Channel, NBC News said.

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Gen. Mark Milley to chair Joint Chiefs of Staff

Gen. Mark MilleyPresident Donald Trump made it official Saturday, saying he will nominate Army Gen. Mark Milley as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the military's highest-ranking officer.

If confirmed by the Senate, Milley would replace Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford whose second, two-year term expires in 2019.

"I am thankful to both of these incredible men for their service to our Country!" Trump said in making the announcement by tweet. "Date of transition to be determined."

Milley has been a member of the Joint Chiefs since August 2015 when he took over as the Army's top officer. A career infantryman, Milley has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and commanded conventional and Special Forces units.

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US military: one of two crew recovered off Japan after mid-air collision is dead

US crew member dead after collision off Japan

One of two crew members recovered after two US warplanes collided and crashed off Japan’s coast is dead and five others remain missing, the US military have said.

The Marine Corps said on Friday the other recovered crew member was in fair condition.

Both were in an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet that collided with a KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft during training at about 2am after taking off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima. The five others were in the KC-130.

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US warship challenges Russia claims in Sea of Japan

US warship challenges Russian claims in Sea of JapanThe US Navy sailed the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell near contested waters in the Sea of Japan Wednesday, an action that is bound to irk Russia

The USS "McCampbell sailed in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay to challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims and uphold the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea enjoyed by the United States and other Nations," US Navy Lt. Rachel McMarr, a spokesperson for the US Pacific Fleet, told CNN in a statement.
The US warship conducted what the Navy refers to as a "Freedom of Navigation Operation."

Olivia Hooker, First African-American Woman In U.S. Coast Guard, Dies Aged 103

Olivia Hooker, first African-American women in USCG, dies at 103Olivia Hooker, one of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riots and among the first black women in the U.S. Coast Guard, has died. She was 103.

Hooker was 6 years old when one of the worst race riots in U.S. history broke out and destroyed much of a Tulsa neighborhood known as “Black Wall Street.” She hid under a table as a torch-carrying mob destroyed her family’s home, she told National Public Radio in an interview this year.

She recalled hearing the mob use an axe to destroy her sister’s piano. For a child, she said, it was horrifying trying to keep quiet.

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Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet crashes off Philippines

Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet crashes in PhilippinesA U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed into the sea off the Philippines Monday due to mechanical trouble, the 7th Fleet said.

The command said in a statement the F/A-18 Hornet, which was flying off the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, was conducting routine operations when the problem surfaced. The two-member crew safely ejected.

"The crew was immediately and safely recovered by USS Ronald Reagan search and rescue aircraft and brought back to the ship for evaluation by medical personnel," the Navy said. "Both aviators are in good condition."

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Trump admin asks for more time to reunite kids and parents separated at border

Trups askes for more time to unite families

The Justice Department asked a federal judge Friday to extend the court mandated deadlines for reuniting nearly 3,000 migrant children who were separated from their parents while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Attorneys for the U.S. government claimed the court mandate for returning all children under age 5 to their parents by July 10 and all other children by July 26 does not account for the time required to verify and vet each parent.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday that his agency is using DNA testing to confirm parent-child relationships for nearly 3,000 children.

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