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Thumbnail: A Defense Department video declassified in 2019 shows an unidentified flying object near U.S. military aircraft. (Department of Defense)

This week in Congress: UFO debate flies into Capitol Hill

Leo Shane III

Congress has a full slate of budget hearings scheduled across Capitol Hill this week, but much of that attention will be abducted by UFOs on Tuesday.

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Thumbnail: An elderly man visits a height near the U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan Sunday, May 15, 2022. (Kyodo News via AP)

Okinawa marks 50 years of end to US rule amid protests

Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press

TOKYO — Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki on Sunday urged Japan’s central government to do more to reduce the U.S. military presence in the southern island group as it marked the 50th anniversary of its return to Japan after 27 years of American rule, amid frustration and bitterness over a lack of support from the mainland.

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Thumbnail: Ukrainian serviceman walks past a blown Russian APC near Kutuzivka, north of Kharkiv, east Ukraine, Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

Small wins buoy Ukraine; West says Russians losing momentum

Oleksandr Stashevskyi, The Associated Press and Ciaran McQuillan, The Associated Press

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Almost three months after Russia shocked the world by invading Ukraine, its military faces a bogged-down war, the prospect of a bigger NATO, and an opponent buoyed Sunday by wins on and off the battlefield.

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Thumbnail: FILE - Rioters rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (Jose Luis Magana/AP, File)

West Virginia National Guard member charged in Capitol riot

John Raby, The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A part-time member of the West Virginia National Guard who authorities say was wearing a sweatshirt that read “Yes, I’m a Trump girl” inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda has been charged with participating in the January 2021 riot.

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Thumbnail: FILE - Air Force Academy cadets make their way to their seats as family and friends cheer from the stands during the United States Air Force Academy

4 Air Force cadets may not graduate due to vaccine refusal

Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press

Four cadets at the Air Force Academy may not graduate or be commissioned as military officers this month because they have refused the COVID-19 vaccine, and they may be required to pay back thousands of dollars in tuition costs, according to Air Force officials.

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Thumbnail: The Air Force is now allowing airmen with pseudofolliculitis barbae, a condition causing razor bumps and painful ingrown beard hairs that commonly affects Black men, to ask for a five-year medical shaving waiver instead of

Racist text spurs Air Force investigation into alleged squadron job discrimination

Rachel S. Cohen

A squadron in the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, has opened an investigation into a widely shared claim that a Black airman was passed over for a new job because of his race.

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Thumbnail: Offutt Air Force Base and surrounding areas were flooded March 17, 2019, after rapid melting of record-setting snowfall led to widespread flooding across Nebraska. (Tech Sgt. Rachelle Blake/Air Force)

Truck exhaust, IT woes and piles of rubble: Offutt faces uphill battle to rebuild

Rachel S. Cohen

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Nebraska — The floodwaters that swallowed around one-third of this base in suburban Omaha are long gone. But three years later, Offutt’s airmen are still fighting to stay afloat.

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Thumbnail: The Marine Corps is about to release a document codifying “information” as a warfighting function. (magicatwork/CC 2.0/Flickr)

New social media, electronics policies likely on the way for Marines

Hope Hodge Seck

WASHINGTON ? The Marine Corps is about to release a document codifying “information” as a war-fighting function ? and that’s likely to have direct implications for how Marines are told to conduct themselves online.

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Thumbnail: Captain Taylor Johnson, 349th Air Refueling Squadron instructor pilot, checks flight path details May 5. He is able to see live updates of weather, air traffic and flight plans using a Stratus puck. (Airman Brenden Beezley

Airmen take KC-46 tanker on record-setting ride in the name of sleep and fatigue science

Rachel S. Cohen

A KC-46 Pegasus tanker jet recently flew around the continental U.S. for more than 24 hours straight, breaking an Air Force Mobility Command record and offering insights for future long-haul missions, the service said.

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