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Three bodies found near wrecked US helicopter in Nepal

Helicopter crashed in NepalNepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared earlier this week while on a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash.

A U.S. search team identified the wreckage as that of the missing Marines UH-1Y Huey helicopter deployed after Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake last month that killed more than 8,200 people.

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US Marine helicopter declared missing in Nepal

US marine helicopterA US Marine helicopter involved in disaster relief efforts in Nepal has been declared missing by the Army.

The team had been working in the vicinity of Charikot, a village that has been hard hit by earthquakes, a spokesman for the US Pacific Command said.

Six US Marines and two Nepali soldiers were aboard the helicopter.

An earthquake stuck Nepal on Tuesday, less than two weeks after an earlier quake killed more than 8,000 people.

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Defense Department paid NFL teams millions to salute the military

NFL paid to support militaryAn investigation revealed the Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million. Photo via Getty Images.

An investigation revealed the Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million. Photo via Getty Images.

The United States Department of Defense paid the National Football League more than $5 million in taxpayer money between 2011 to 2014 to honor U.S. soldiers and veterans at games, an investigation revealed this week.

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Military whistleblowers have long wait for justice – if it comes

Military whistleblowers still wait for justiceChristine Russell, a Navy Reserve lieutenant, sums up her experience as a whistleblower as six years of frustrating inaction by the military.

“There was a lot of stalling,” said Russell, who now lives in San Diego but filed her complaint when she was stationed in Kuwait in 2009. “Admirals retired and transferred during all of the delays.”

A newly released congressional watchdog report demonstrates that the problem is not isolated to Russell’s case.

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Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman

Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr.President Barack Obama has chosen as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period in 2013-14.

U.S. officials say Obama is nominating Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who will have served four years as chairman.

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Breaking military's ultimate glass ceiling? Women start Ranger training.

women in rangersAt first glance, the scene unfolding here in the rolling Georgia woodlands would appear to be unremarkable.

Two-by-two, bellies in the dirt and hands behind their backs, buddy teams of soldiers with shaved heads snake across the ground under the eye of the attentive instructors..

“Get your face down, Ranger!” one shouts.

"It’s an obstacle course – have some fun!” yells another to exhausted soldiers ordered to crab-walk to the evocatively-named “Belly Buster,” a station that involves running headlong into a stomach-high moving log.

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CIA's torture experts now use their skills in secret drones program

CIA droneThe controversy over the CIA’s secret drone program has gone from bad to worse this week. We now know that many of those running it are the same people who headed the CIA’s torture program, the spy agency can bomb people unilaterally without the president’s explicit approval and that the government is keeping the entire program classified explicitly to prevent a federal court from ruling it illegal. And worst of all, Congress is perfectly fine with it.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that many of those in charge of the CIA’s torture program – the same people whose names were explicitly redacted from the Senate’s torture report in order to avert accountability – “have ascended to the agency’s powerful senior ranks” and now run the CIA drone program under the agency’s Counterterrorism Center. Rather than being fired and prosecuted, they have been rewarded with promotions.

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