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Marines: Downed plane’s problem started at cruising altitude

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 7/12/17, 11:56 am

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is warning people not to pick up debris spread up to 5 miles around the site of a Marine Corps plane that crashed Monday in a rural soybean field. Officials say it could take as long as a week to collect all the debris. The cause of the cargo plane crash, which killed 15 Marines and one Navy corpsman, remains under investigation.

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Military plane crash kills at least 16 people

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/11/17, 08:26 am

A U.S. military plane crashed in rural Mississippi on Monday evening, killing at least 16 people, officials said. The KC-130 aircraft, which set off from the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C., spiraled into a field some 85 miles north of Jackson in the Mississippi Delta. At a press briefing, Emergency Management Agency Director Frank Randle said authorities recovered 16 bodies from the crash site. Marine Corps spokeswoman Capt. Sarah Burns said in a statement the aircraft “experienced a mishap” but provided no details on what might have caused the crash.

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Military chiefs seek transgender policy delay

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/23/17, 02:20 pm

Military leaders will ask Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for a six-month delay in deploying new rules for allowing transgender Americans to join the service. The Army and Air Force reportedly wanted a two-year wait, but the chiefs feared that request would generate too much opposition on Capitol Hill. Transgender service members can already serve openly in the military, but the Obama administration gave leaders until July 1 to develop policies for recruiting, housing, and uniforms for transgender troops.

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