This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 ALBUHISHMA, Iraq - The smoke above the American air base was sometimes thick enough to blot out the sun. At first, residents had no idea what the foreign troops were burning. Before long, they were struggling to breathe. Farmers would return home with soot streaks on their forearms and stories about what soldiers had tipped into the burn pit that day: batteries, human waste, plastic ration packs, even refrigerators. "We were always coughing," recalls Tamim Ahmed al-Tamimi, who worked the fields back then outside Joint Base Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad. "But we didn't know that this smoke could kill people. We thought that only rockets could kill people." Twenty years on from the American-led invasion of Iraq, the scars are still visible in shot-up walls and bombed out buildings. But there is another legacy too, more insidious and enduring … [Read more...] about U.S. veterans won justice for burn pit exposure. Iraqis were forgotten.
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These women survived combat. Then they had to fight for health care.
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 Years before U.S. military women were formally authorized to hold ground-combat jobs, Jaclyn "Jax" Scott was conducting nighttime raids with Special Operations personnel in northern Afghanistan. They'd kick in doors, Scott said, and she'd enter Afghans' homes directly behind the breachers, identify any women and children, and marshal them to a safe space for questioning. In Afghanistan's conservative culture, her presence was intended to be a message of good faith to villagers frightened by the sight of armed American troops. Male colleagues seldom saw it that way, Scott said, recalling what she and other women assigned to these cultural support teams, or CSTs, said was routine hostility from the Army Rangers and Green Berets with whom they were partnered. "Before they would go on missions," she said, "they looked at us and they'd be like, 'I unfortunately have to take … [Read more...] about These women survived combat. Then they had to fight for health care.
The key storylines to emerge from Saudi Arabian Grand Prix media day
As the drivers descended on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, here are the major storylines to emerge from Thursday’s media day. With one race down, the F1 calendar is in full swing and we head to our first street circuit stop of the year in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah. Sergio Perez took pole this time last year but was undone when a Nicholas Latifi-inspired Safety Car came out just a few laps after he pitted. Max Verstappen would go on to win the race and as we approach the 2023 edition, the same result is expected this time round. With that in mind, here is what the drivers said ahead of the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix: Missing Max Verstappen out with stomach bug but should be fine for race One of the main storylines to come out of the Thursday media day was actually about someone who was not even there. Ahead of the proceedings beginning, Max Verstappen took to Instagram to reveal he had been suffering from a “stomach bug” and as a … [Read more...] about The key storylines to emerge from Saudi Arabian Grand Prix media day
Senior care is crushingly expensive. Boomers aren’t ready.
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 Beth Roper had already sold her husband Doug's boat and his pickup truck. Her daughter sends $500 a month or more. But it was nowhere near enough to pay the $5,950-a-month bill at Doug's assisted-living facility. So last year, Roper, 65, abandoned her own plans to retire. To the public school librarian from Poquoson, Va., it feels like a betrayal of a social contract. Doug Roper, a longtime high school history teacher and wrestling coach, has a pension and Social Security. The Ropers own a home; they have savings. Yet the expense of Doug's residential Alzheimer's care poses a grave threat to their middle-class nest egg. At nearly $72,000, a year in assisted living for Doug, 67, costs more than her $64,000 annual salary. "It's devastating," she said. "You can't wrap your head around it." A wave of Americans has been reaching retirement age largely … [Read more...] about Senior care is crushingly expensive. Boomers aren’t ready.
IndyCar at Texas: Start time, how to watch, entry list, etc
Listen to this article The PPG 375 will be the first of five oval races on the 2023 IndyCar schedule, and the 36 th Indy car race on the 1.5-mile oval in the Fort Worth region of Texas. Last year, Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Josef Newgarden edged teammate Scott McLaughlin for victory after making an outside pass on the last turn of the last lap. It was Newgarden’s second win at the venue. Other multiple winners at the venue who are taking part in Sunday’s race include Scott Dixon (five wins), Helio Castroneves (four) and Will Power (two). Single-time Texas winners include Ed Carpenter, Graham Rahal and Pato O’Ward. Speaking of Carpenter – the team owner/driver who since the start of 2014 has focused on ovals only – his first race of 2023 ensures there will be 28 starters on Sunday, the largest entry for an IndyCar field at Texas Motor Speedway since 30 entered in 2011. Also making his 2023 debut this weekend is Sato, who takes over the #11 Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda entry … [Read more...] about IndyCar at Texas: Start time, how to watch, entry list, etc