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Court deals major blow to veterans suing military contractor KBR

KBRA federal judge has dismissed a major lawsuit against a defense contractor by veterans and their family members over burn pit operations in Iraq and Afghanistan that plaintiffs said caused them chronic and sometimes deadly respiratory diseases and cancer.

In the decision, U.S. District Court Judge Roger W. Titus wrote that the company, KBR, could not be held liable for what was essentially a military decision to use burn pits for waste disposal. Titus said holding the Pentagon responsible was outside of his jurisdiction.

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Marines launch search after aircraft "mishap" off coast of Australia

Camp Butler 'mishap'Three U.S. Marine Corps crew members are missing after an aircraft was involved in a "mishap" off the coast of Australia.

The U.S. Marine Corps said 23 of the 26 crew members had been rescued after the aircraft entered the water off the coast of Shoalwater Bay during a training exercise with the Australian military at 4 p.m. local time on Saturday.

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Mattis appalled by Trump tweets announcing transgender ban: report

Mattis appaled by Trump transgender banDefense Secretary James Mattis was caught off guard by President Trump's announcement that he was banning transgender people from serving in the military, according to a New York Times report.

Mattis, who was on vacation at the time of Trump's decision, only had one day's worth of notice before Trump tweeted his announcement of the policy, the paper reported.

The report described him as "appalled."

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Joint Chiefs to troops: 'No modifications' to transgender policy

Marine Gen. Dunford: No change in transgender rulingThere will be “no modifications” to the military’s transgender policy as a result of President Donald Trump’s tweets, the chairman of the joint chiefs said in a message to top military officers on Thursday.

Marine Gen. Joe Dunford wrote in the message to the chiefs of the services and senior enlisted leaders that the military will continue to “treat all of our personnel with respect.”

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Retired transgender Navy SEAL: Tell me to my face I’m not worthy of serving

Kristin BeckA retired transgender Navy SEAL called out President Trump on Wednesday for his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, urging the president to tell her to her face that she is not worthy of serving.

"Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy," Kristin Beck told Business Insider Wednesday, referring to Trump. "Transgender doesn't matter. Do your service."

Beck was a Navy SEAL for 20 years, serving with the elite Team 6, among others. She was deployed 13 times and served in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Business Insider.

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Veterans, lawmakers demand answers about Vietnam-era Pentagon tests

Project 112The Pentagon conducted a series of secret chemical and biological weapons tests involving military personnel in the 1960s and 1970s. Veterans groups and members of Congress are demanding to know exactly what happened – and who has suffered.

The tests, known as Project 112 and SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) involved some 6,000 military personnel between 1962 and 1974, the Vietnam War era. Most served in the Navy and Army. The purpose was to identify any weaknesses to U.S. ships and troops and develop a response plan for a chemical attack.

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U.S. military plane crashes in Mississippi, 16 Marines dead

C 130 crashes in MississippiA U.S. Marine aircraft crashed in Mississippi on Monday night, killing all 16 military personnel on board, local authorities said.

Fred Randle, Leflore County emergency management director, confirmed that there were no survivors in the crash, and all 16 victims were Marines.

The plane crashed in a soybean field in Leflore County, located about 100 miles north of Jackson, Miss. The debris from the crash scattered throughout a 5-mile radius.

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