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An airman logs into myPay to check her leave and earnings statement for her paycheck at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. (Krystal Jeffers/Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

DOD to ban allotments for personal property purchases

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November 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Starting Jan. 1, active-duty troops can no longer use paycheck allotments when purchasing vehicles, furniture, electronics and other personal property.

The policy change announced Friday is a response to abusive practices on...

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Kayleigh Norton, Applied Behavior Analysis therapist, reviews numbers with the six-year-old son of a servicemember at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., April 13, 2012. (Dennis Sloan/USAF)

Autism care coverage improves, but costs are still a worry

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November 21, 2014

More than 26,000 military families with autistic children are getting better Tricare coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy and related services, which can improve a child’s development and quality of life.

But a...

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Inside a plastic-draped tent, Japan Ministry of Defense workers examine a badly rusted drum unearthed Jan. 28, 2014, from a soccer field near Kadena Air Base schools where 22 dioxin- and herbicide-laced barrels were found last year. (Travis J. Tritten/Stars and Stripes)

Excavation begins in Okinawa field where barrels previously found

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November 22, 2014

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Workers began excavation Friday on an additional 66 spots at the Okinawa City soccer field where barrels containing toxic herbicides were found last year.

The announcement to investigate the magnetic anomalies —...

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A Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey sits on the tarmac at Futenma air station after arriving late morning Oct. 1, 2012, from Iwakuni. The U.S. military has deployed the controversial aircraft to Okinawa despite fierce opposition by local Japanese. (Travis Tritten/Stars and Stripes)

Japan opens door for possible shift of Ospreys off Okinawa

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November 21, 2014

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Japanese officials appear to be laying the groundwork for shifting some Marine Corps Ospreys to the mainland from Okinawa, where some residents have grumbled over their deployment.

At a news conference Monday,...

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