Krysta Fauria Associated Press Published 1:51 PM EST Nov 8, 2018 Thousand Oaks, Calif. – Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded former Marine dressed all in black opened fire during college night at a country music bar in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing in panic before apparently taking his own life, authorities said Thursday. Authorities said the motive for the attack Wednesday night was under investigation. The killer was identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former machine gunner and decorated combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan who authorities said had an episode of erratic behavior last spring that they were told might be post-traumatic stress disorder. Screaming in fear, patrons rushed for the exits, ducked under tables and hurled barstools to smash second-floor windows and jump to safety as gunfire erupted at the Borderline Bar & Grill, a hangout popular with students from nearby California Lutheran … [Read more...] about Marine combat vet kills 12 in Calif. shooting
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Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 11:21 AM EDT Nov 1, 2018 In a relatively sleepy race, two Marine veterans of different generations are vying for the U.S. House seat representing northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Freshman Rep. Jack Bergman, a retired three-star general from Watersmeet, has rarely split with President Donald Trump, embracing his tariffs, border wall and the GOP tax reform bill. He wants to repeal the federal health care law and scale back regulations. Democrat Matt Morgan of Traverse City, an Iraq veteran and political newcomer, has campaigned on single-payer universal health care, infrastructure upgrades and immigration reform. He says Trump's tax reform has had no "meaningful" effect on worker wages. "People often say, he's a Marine, you're a Marine. What's the difference between the two of you? The biggest difference is who's funding our campaigns," Morgan said. "He accepts corporate political … [Read more...] about Marine veterans vie for U.S. House seat in northern Michigan, U.P.
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense. America is (maybe) getting a Space Force. On August 9th during a speech at the Pentagon, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced the formation of the newest branch of the armed services, the Space Operations Force, and a new U.S. Space Command. Time to look on the bright side. Here’s what the Space Force might have at the outset, and what might it need in the future. Pardon us while we contain our excitement. Do you remember the clamor and cry over the past ten years for an independent space force? Neither do we. Yes, while more than half of the Navy’s strike fighter squadrons are out of commission, only a third of Army brigades are ready for combat, and nuclear submarines sit portside for up to two years without repairs, the Trump administration will ask for $8 billion in Department of Defense funding over five years to stand up the U.S. Space Force. The Space Operations Force will be, as the Department of … [Read more...] about Here’s What The Space Force Might Look Like
By Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle Published 11:35 pm CDT, Monday, July 30, 2018 SEATTLE — A ninth inning ensured misery. The Mariners employ baseball's best closer, he of a major league-leading 40 saves and an American League-best 87 strikeouts. Now, though, Edwin Diaz could only spectate from his bullpen while a moribund offense sensed a revival that was not to manifest. Max Stassi struck a one-out single to begin this eighth-inning uprising. The Astros had not produced hit in four innings. Alex Colome wavered and Houston pieced together quality plate appearances. Josh Reddick began the inning with a 10-pitch flyout. After falling behind 0-2, George Springer coaxed a two-out walk. Stassi pranced to second — the first Astro to stand there in seven innings. Alex Bregman, the most consistent man in a lineup in such dire need of a jolt, arrived. He saw six pitches and ran the count full. Colome cut a fastball into the other batters box. Bregman waved over it. … [Read more...] about Astros held scoreless in loss to Mariners
PHOENIX — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he wants to send between 2,000 and 4,000 National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border to help federal officials fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking, but it wasn’t clear who would be called up or if they would even be allowed to carry guns.Trump’s comments to reporters on Air Force One were his first estimate on guard levels he believes are needed for border protection. It is lower than the 6,400 National Guard members that former President George Bush sent to the border between 2006 and 2008.Trump said his administration is looking into the cost of sending the troops to the border and added “we’ll probably keep them or a large portion of them until the wall is built.”Earlier Thursday, Ronald Vitiello, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s acting deputy commissioner, cautioned against a rushed deployment.“We are going to do it as quickly as we can do it safely,” … [Read more...] about Trump: 2,000-4,000 troops needed for Mexico border security