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Could melting glacier expose long-buried U.S. base?

Environment | Scientists warn toxic waste from the abandoned site could be harmful for the environment
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 8/11/16, 10:55 am

When the U.S. military in 1967 decommissioned and abandoned Camp Century—a secret base dug into the Greenland ice sheet eight years earlier—officials believed the equipment, fuel, and other waste left behind would remain entombed forever, deep in the glacier. But a study published earlier this month by a team of glaciologists raises concerns that the melting, shifting ice sheet could expose potentially toxic materials to the environment.

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Marine plans ‘Clinton defense’ in classified email case

Military | Review board said reserve officer should be discharged for using personal email to send a classified document
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 7/13/16, 09:19 am

A Marine Corps officer fighting to stay in the service plans to use a Hillary Clinton defense.

Maj. Jason Brezler, a reserve officer and New York City firefighter, is challenging a board of inquiry determination that he failed to observe correct procedures for handling classified information. His attorney this week said he will use FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation not to indict Clinton for her mishandling of classified material as an argument that Brezler should be treated no differently.

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Pentagon to announce end of military’s transgender ban

Transgenderism | While not unexpected, the policy change still leaves many questions unanswered
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 6/27/16, 11:17 am

The Pentagon will announce the repeal of its ban on openly serving transgender military personnel on July 1, according to USA Today, which first reported the story Friday afternoon. According to the newspaper, the Pentagon is finalizing details of the plan and Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work could approve it as early as Wednesday. Final approval by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and an official announcement is expected Friday.

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