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Two dead in apparent murder-suicide at Texas military base

San Antonio-Lackland Air BaseThe fatal shooting of two people at an Air Force base in Texas appears to be a murder-suicide, authorities said Friday.

Two bodies were found inside a room of a building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Bexar County sheriff’s spokesman James Keith said.

It’s believed the shooter is among the two dead, Keith said, adding that sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement officers are continuing to search the building and nearby facilities.

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VA bosses in 7 states manipulated vets' wait times for care

VA bosses in 7 states manipulated dataSupervisors instructed schedulers to falsify patient wait times at Veterans Affairs' medical facilities in at least seven states, according to newly released investigation reports from the department’s inspector general.

The manipulation gave the false impression that the facilities in Arkansas, California, Delaware, Illinois, New York, Texas and Vermont were meeting VA performance measures for shorter wait times.

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Female U.S. Navy recruits the first to wear iconic 'dixie cup' headwear

Female navy recruits get same hats as men

The U.S. Navy issued its first "dixie cup" hats to female recruits this week as part of a new effort to acknowledge gender equality and establish consistency in sailors' uniforms branch-wide.

The women received the traditional white caps Tuesday at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois, Recruit Training Command. It is the first time in the Navy's history that females have donned the iconic headwear.

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Worldwide military spending reaches $1.7 trillion

Global military spending at 1.7 trillionGlobal military expenditure rose to nearly $1.7 trillion in 2015, reflecting continued growth in Asia and Oceania, Central and Eastern Europe, and some Middle Eastern states, according to a SIPRI report.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said the figure was 1 percent higher than 2014 in real terms.

"The increase reflects continuing growth in Asia and Oceania, Central and Eastern Europe, and some Middle Eastern states," it said. "The decline in spending in the West is also levelling off. At the same time, spending decreased in Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Thus, the global military expenditure picture is mixed. "

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U.S. mulls pulling troops from Sinai due to ISIS threat

US troops may leave SinaiThe Obama administration is considering pulling troops out of a base in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in part due to the growing threat from ISIS and other militants, CNN has learned.

The U.S. is mulling moving some U.S. and international troops into southern portions of Sinai. They are discussing the possibility with Egypt and Israel, which signed a peace treaty in 1979 that the Multinational Force and Observers mission monitors compliance with. Some 700 U.S. troops are currently part of the mission.

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Airmen at nuke base probed for illegal drug use

Airmen at nuclear base investigated for drugsThe Air Force is investigating 14 members of a nuclear weapons security force for alleged illegal drug activity, in some cases including cocaine use, defense officials said Friday. The probe is a fresh blow to a nuclear missile corps that has been under intense scrutiny for a string of lapses in training and personal conduct over the past three years.

The investigation at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, home of the 90th Missile Wing, near Cheyenne, Wyoming, was announced by Gen. Robin Rand, the four-star commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. The command is responsible for the entire fleet of Minuteman 3 land-based nuclear missiles; one-third of the Minuteman 3 force is operated by the 90th Missile Wing in missile fields in portions of Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.

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U.S. general Lori Robinson to become first woman to lead combatant command

Gen. Lori RobinsonPresident Barack Obama will name the first woman to head a U.S. combatant command, selecting Air Force General Lori Robinson as the next head of the military's Northern Command, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday.

The position, which is subject to Senate confirmation, is one of the most senior in the U.S. military and would make Robinson - who now leads U.S. air forces in the Pacific - the top general overseeing activities in North America.

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