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U.S. Navy officer charged with spying for China

US navy officer charged with spyingA U.S. Navy officer with access to sensitive U.S. intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the suspect as Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, who was born in Taiwan and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen, according a Navy profile article written about him in 2008.

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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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Sikh Army Captain Will Be Able To Wear Turban, Beard While On Active Duty

Sikh in US armyAfter a lengthy legal battle, the U.S. Army has announced it will grant a Sikh man a year-long exemption allowing him to wear a turban and beard while serving as an active duty officer.

Since December 2015, decorated Afghanistan veteran and West Point graduate Captain Simratpal Singh has been in an ongoing debate with the U.S. Army over whether he is allowed to grow out a beard and wear a turban while on active duty — outward expressions of faith common among men who follow Sikhism, Singh’s religion.

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