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Lax security found in bombing that killed Dupont resident

WASHINGTON (AP) - Warnings were ignored, security was lax and good judgment was lacking, leading to one of the worst tragedies in CIA history, when a double-agent suicide bomber killed seven CIA employees in Afghanistan last December. One of those CIA employees lived in DuPont, across I-5 from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. 


Marijuana in VA hospitals

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government says patients treated at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics will be able to use medical marijuana in the 14 states where it's legal, including Washington state. The directive from the Department of Veterans Affairs is coming out in the week ahead. It's intended to clarify current

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Two Strykers killed in Iraq

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - The Army has identified two Washington state-based soldiers killed in Iraq by a suicide attacker in an explosives-rigged car. Killed were 24-year-old Sgt. Israel P. O'Bryan of Newbern, Tenn., and 23-year-old Spc. William C. Yauch (Yowk) of Batesville, Ark. They were assigned to the 3rd

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Fraud is the new worry with PTSD claims

Moved by a huge tide of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress, Congress has pressured the Department of Veterans Affairs to settle their disability claims - quickly, humanely, and mostly in the vets' favor.  The problem: The system is dysfunctional, an open invitation to fraud. And the


Bail set in murder case

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A 28-year-old Army sergeant accused of killing his wife during an argument and hiding her body in a storage crate has been ordered held on $750,000 bail. Sheldon Plummer appeared before a judge Monday in Olympia via video feed. He is being held in the Thurston County


Soldier could face death penalty

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - An Army specialist accused of killing two fellow soldiers and taking their baby in Washington state could face the death penalty if convicted in her upcoming court-martial. The Army said Monday it has referred charges including premeditated murder, kidnapping and burglary to a general court-martial

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Grumman backs out

WASHINGTON - Northrop Grumman Corp. has decided not to compete against Boeing Co. for the $35 billion the Air Force will spend to buy its own fleet of refueling tankers. Congressional and industry officials confirmed the decision Monday. It puts the Pentagon on a path to do something President Barack Obama


VA dispersing GI Bill money better

The Veterans Affairs Department is more efficiently cutting checks for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to attend college this semester, following a rocky rollout last fall that left veterans so cash-strapped there was concern some wouldn't re-enroll. As of Feb. 5, nearly 90 percent of enrollments for the 167,000 veterans submitted to


Welcome to the O.K. Corral in Afghanistan

FORWARD OPERATING BASE TOMBSTONE, Afghanistan (AP) - Welcome to the O.K. Corral. Past the concrete slabs and guards in heavy combat gear, a wooden board at the entrance to an allied military base in Afghanistan shows an image of Wyatt Earp, the legendary lawman of the American Wild West. His features

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Ranger charged again

SEATTLE (AP) - A former Army Ranger convicted of leading a takeover-style bank holdup in 2006 in Washington state has pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hit man to kill a federal prosecutor. Luke Sommer also pleaded guilty Monday to attacking a robbery co-defendant because he thought the man had

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Soldier charged in Afghan killing out of solitary confinement

SEATTLE -- The father of a soldier who tried to blow the whistle on an alleged plot to kill Afghan civilians for sport says his son has been removed from protective solitary confinement at his own request. The father of Army Spc. Adam Winfield said Friday his son has been returned

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McChord crews headed to Haiti

McCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - Two C-17 cargo planes from McChord Air Force Base are on their way to assist in Haiti relief efforts. The planes left Sunday morning, one for Langley Air Force Base in Virginia and the other to Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. They'll pick up

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