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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, foreground, transits the East China Sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces on March 9, 2017.  SEAN M. CASTELLANO/U.S. NAVY PHOTO
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McCain calls for Asia-Pacific initiative similar to US efforts in Europe

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April 26, 2017
WASHINGTON — Citing China’s steady military and economic rise along with its refusal to exert its influence over North Korea, Sen.
Staff Sgt. Shane Pentheny performs water-quality tests on water taken from several base buildings March 9, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.  ERIN MCCLELLAN/U.S. AIR FORCE

Nearly 400 military bases must be tested for drinking-water contamination

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April 26, 2017
Contamination from former or current military installations has ignited a nationwide review of water on or around bases that used a firefighting foam containing toxic chemical
A U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane prepares to land at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. South Korea's military said Tuesday that North Korea held major live-fire drills in an area around its eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military.  HONG HAE-IN/YONHAP/AP

Sabers rattle amid Korean standoff, White House to brief senators

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April 26, 2017
WASHINGTON — North Korea conducted live-fire artillery drills and a U.S.
Kim Jong Un attends the Korean People's Army Tank Crews' Competition on April 1, 2017 in Pyongyang, North Korea. KCNA/XINHUA/ZUMA PRESS/TNS

Japan warns citizens they might have only 10 minutes to prepare for N. Korea missile

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April 26, 2017
TOKYO — North Korea might be talking about building missiles that can reach the United States, but Kim Jong Un's regime already has lots of missiles that can reach Japan.
Marinna Rollins was arrested Tuesday, April 25, 2017, and charged with cruelty to animals. The veteran has been charged with tying her service dog to a tree and shooting it five times while a soldier took video of the episode.  CUMBERLAND COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE/AP

Veteran charged with tying her PTSD service dog to tree, shooting him 5 times

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April 26, 2017
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — A veteran has been charged with tying her PTSD service dog to a tree and shooting him five times.
Vehicles enter and exit Gate 3 last year at Camp Foster, Okinawa.  JESSICA BIDWELL/STARS AND STRIPES
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Gate closures to continue at Marine bases on Okinawa

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April 26, 2017
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Gate closures that have led to significant traffic backups on some U.S.