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Pentagon Taking North Korean Threats Seriously

As tensions rise on the Korean peninsula, the U.S. embassy tweeted in Korean and English on Thursday that “two B-2 bombers flew over South Korea today.”

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Obama Administration Welcomes African Leaders

The African leaders met with President Obama at the White House in the afternoon.

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North Korean Military On High Alert

The South Korean Defense Ministry vowed a “thousandfold, ten-thousandfold retaliation” against the North’s aggression.

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Women’s History Month: DoD

This year the Pentagon lifted the ban on women serving in combat units.

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Poll: Americans Balk At Drone Strikes On U.S. Soil

The majority of U.S. citizens, however, strongly support drone strikes against non-U.S. citizens living abroad.

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3 Dead In Quantico Shooting

The shooter claimed the lives of a male and female victim before apparently turning the gun on himself, according to law enforcement officials.

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TRNS Interview: Veterans Wait-Listed For Physical And Mental Health Benefits

Ann Weeby, an event organizer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), said over half a million returning troops who file Veterans Affairs claims will have to wait over 125 days before they are considered by the Department of Veterans Affairs to receive physical and mental health benefits.

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Pentagon Delaying Furlough Notices For Two Weeks

In a statement, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little attributed the delay to the recently-passed continuing resolution.

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DoD Mulling Additional Funds For Gitmo Amid Prisoner Hunger Strikes

The discussion comes at a time when the Pentagon is already facing large budget cuts due to sequester and pressure from detainees who have begun a hunger strike.

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ISAF Officer Brushes Off Increased Afghan Death Toll

“I think obviously this is what is going to happen to happen to Afghan Security Forces as we step back and increase and shoulder much of the combat operation burden,” Carter told reporters in a remote appearance from Afghanistan.

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TRNS News Notes- 10/31

Midterm Madness: Down to the wire
Midterm Madness: Home stretch
Nurse defies Ebola quarantine: Rides bike
“Chicken$hit” still hitting the fan
Suspected cop killer survivalist captured
Chilling journal

Winfield Scott Retires, Five American Nuns Are Killed In Liberia, And Mount Rushmore Is Completed

Plus, President Johnson announces an end to the bombing campaign of North Vietnam, the Lincoln Highway is completed and Nevada becomes the 36th state.

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● Shrimp origins are questioned

● IRS adjusts taxes for inflation

● Gerber’s baby food doesn’t prevent allergies

● Charity accused of electioneering

● Coalition seeks restoration of whistleblower rights

● Divestiture ordered for media deal

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The Obamas celebrate Halloween, the UN dispatches its West African envoy to Burkina Faso and San Francisco celebrates its third World Series in five years.

Interview: Racial Inequality “A Major Factor” In South Carolina

Dr. Lonnie Randolph, Jr., President of the South Carolina NAACP spoke to TRNS after two former police officers pleaded guilty to excessive force by repeatedly tasering a 40-year-old black woman with mental disabilities.

Hagel Denounces Assisting Assad Regime

While immediate U.S. airstrikes in Syria have weakened the Assad regimes’ enemies, Secretary Hagel reaffirmed the Pentagon’s long term battle against the Assad regime