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8/21/2017

A new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia will be announced by President Donald Trump tonight, White House officials say. Trump will outline the strategy in an address at Fort Myer in Virginia at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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Defense News
8/21/2017

Many Pentagon posts remain unfilled as nominees await Senate confirmation when Congress returns from its summer recess. Among the posts to be filled are Army secretary, undersecretary of defense for policy, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and Navy general counsel.

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Defense News
8/21/2017

Army Reserve soldiers who helped last year at Fort Bragg in North Carolina when the 18th Airborne Corps deployed to Kuwait and Iraq were honored at a ceremony on the base last week. Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy also visited Fort Bragg last week, meeting with troops and troops' families.

8/21/2017

The search for five crew members missing after an Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Hawaii has expanded. While there has been no sign of the missing crew, a large amount of debris has been recovered, officials say.

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8/21/2017

A Utah pharmacy and a Tennessee doctor's office are alleged to have taken part in a kickback plot to defraud Tricare of $67 million. Court records filed in San Diego say Marines in San Diego County were used in the alleged scheme.

8/21/2017

Fear memories have been removed from mouse brains in a study that may to lead to treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder. "Using low-frequency stimulations with light, we were able to erase the fear memory by artificially weakening the connections conveying the signals of the sensory cue -- a high-pitch tone in our experiments -- that are associated with the aversive event," said researcher Jun-Hyeong Cho.

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PTSD
8/21/2017

Bruno Mars has pledged $1 million to the victims of the water crisis in Flint, Mich., noting that "ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents." People must "stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again," Mars said.

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Bruno Mars
8/21/2017

Bloomberg Philanthropies is providing a nearly $6 million grant to establish the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center at New York University School of Law. The center will be dedicated to helping state attorneys general preserve environmental and climate policies.

8/21/2017

Gotham Whale, Billion Oyster Project and other nonprofits are raising awareness about oysters, whales and other marine life that once thrived in New York City but now struggle due to pollution, the city's booming population and other factors. Area nonprofits are hoping to take advantage of the city's new riverfront revitalization projects to encourage marine conservation and restoration.

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New York City
8/21/2017

Proposals to cut foreign aid spending by 50% to 70% would be disastrous for the world's impoverished population, warns Rockefeller Foundation President Rajiv Shah. "This is not the kind of problem philanthropy can step in and solve -- or should," he said, adding that "[t]hese are public-sector responsibilities."

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