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Maryland soldier fighting militants in Afghanistan dies

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Pentagon has identified the soldier who was killed over the weekend while conducting an operation against Islamic State militants in Afghanistan. Military officials said in a news release Monday that 37-year-old Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar of Edgewood, Maryland, died Saturday of wounds sustained when his …

Will Cabinet follow Tillerson’s lead in media access?

NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has famously declared himself “not a big media press access person,” isn’t alone in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. But it’s too early to call him a trendsetter, either. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Elaine Cho, both with extensive …

US misfires in online fight against Islamic State

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — On any given day at MacDill Air Force Base, web crawlers scour social media for potential recruits to the Islamic State group. Then, in a high-stakes operation to counter the extremists’ propaganda, language specialists employ fictitious identities and try to sway the targets from joining IS …

US defense chief: Don’t seek repayment of enlistment bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday ordered the Pentagon to suspend its effort to seek repayments of enlistment bonuses given to thousands of California National Guard members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Carter’s decision comes in the wake of angry reaction from congressional Republicans and …

Marine from Southern California killed in Iraq

TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense says a coalition service member killed Saturday by enemy fire in northern Iraq was a Marine from Southern California. Officials say in a press release Sunday that Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, of Temecula, died March 19 from wounds suffered when …