Coast Guard News

Iraqi victories remain fragile as US reduces troops

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 56 min ago
American-backed military firepower brought down the IS "caliphate," but many of the divisions and problems that helped fuel the extremists' rise remain unresolved. U.S. and Iraqi commanders here in western Iraq warn that victories over IS could be undercut easily by a large-scale withdrawal.

Mitchell soars to dunk title, Booker sets 3-point record

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:33
The NBA dunk contest was a throwback in many ways, with a 21-year-old rookie and a 25-year-old, third-year pro fighting it out for the trophy.

Clear favorites separate themselves before tourneys begin

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:02
The DODEA-Europe boys basketball title reigns of Ramstein, Black Forest Academy and Sigonella are at risk this week as the four-day European basketball championships play out at sites around Wiesbaden, Germany. The tournament opens Wednesday and concludes with a slate of divisional championship games Saturday at Clay Kaserne Fitness Center.

Defending champs appear to be in the mix again

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:01
The Naples’ Wildcats bid for their first Division I girls basketball championship headlines this week’s DODEA-Europe tournament.

‘Peace Village,’ a fake city just outside the DMZ, serves as metaphor for North Korean athletes at the Olympics

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:43
Critics have dismissed the presence of the North Korean athletes who have come to Pyeongchang as a publicity stunt by the North, but others have hoped they might offer a glimpse into a country the world knows so little about.

Moon won't discuss possible summit with North Korea's Kim

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:41
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Saturday that he hopes his efforts to engage rival North Korea at the Olympics will also lead to better ties between the North and its other major rival, Washington, as well as help set up talks on ridding the North of its nuclear bombs.

Earnhardt ready to hit South Korea for NBC Olympics gig

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:21
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won a checkered flag before he leaves to check out Olympic gold.

Starved and abandoned, a suburb of the Syrian capital is bracing for new attacks

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 20:45
As the opposition's last bastion at the edge of Damascus, Eastern Ghouta has been cut off from the world. United Nations aid convoys visit rarely. A blitz by Syrian government warplanes early this month killed at least 210 people and sent hundreds more pouring into what remains of a buckling hospital network.

Funeral held for US soldier from Ghana killed in Bronx fire

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 19:22
New York's Roman Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan celebrated the funeral Mass for an Army National Guard soldier and native of Ghana who died while rescuing some of more than a dozen people trapped in the deadliest fire in the city in about a quarter of a century.

Readout of Secretary James N. Mattis’ Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashili and Minister of Defense Levan Izoria

DoD News Releases - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 18:38
Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:Secretary James N. Mattis

Kent Cooper, architect who worked on Vietnam and Korean War memorials, dies at 91

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 17:01
Kent Cooper, a Washington architect for more than 50 years who played a vital role in the creation of the Vietnam and Korean War memorials on the Mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, died Jan. 27 at a hospital in the District of Columbia. He was 91.

State elections officials fret over cybersecurity threats, seek federal help

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 16:55
State elections officials said Saturday that they want more information from federal officials to ensure they are protected from cybersecurity threats in light of evidence that foreign operatives plan to try to interfere in the midterm elections.

Emails detail how senior US military officers grappled with false Hawaii missile alert

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 16:42
The Hawaii government's erroneous warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack caused confusion at U.S. military facilities, frustrating senior U.S. military officers and causing them to question procedures for communicating with state officials, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post.

Helicopter on quake mission flips in Mexico, killing 13 on ground

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 16:23
A military helicopter carrying officials who were assessing damage from a powerful earthquake flipped as it was attempting to land in southern Mexico, crashing on top of people who had fled their homes and were spending the night outside. Thirteen people were killed — the only known fatalities related to the quake — and 16 were injured.

Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 15:56
Thousands of angry students, parents, teachers and neighbors of a Florida high school where 17 people were killed demanded Saturday that immediate action be taken on gun-control legislation, insisting they would not relent until their demands were met.

Collision of Greek boat, Turkish vessel caught on video

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 15:35
The contact the night of was February 12 happened near a pair of Aegean Sea islets over which the two countries almost went to war in 1996.

Several Camp Pendleton Marines were recently convicted on sex-related charges

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 15:00
Several Camp Pendleton-based Marines have been found guilty in recent weeks of crimes including rape and child pornography, with other similar cases still pending in the military criminal justice system, records show.

Stuttgart gets narrow wins to end regular season on win streak

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 14:55
Defending champion Panthers finish regular season in second behind unbeaten Naples heading into season-ending championships.

No, Fidel Castro is not Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's father

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 14:49
A story claiming that Fidel Castro was the father of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not true. The Canadian government denied it, Cuba has never claimed it and Trudeau's parents never visited Cuba until several years after Justin Trudeau was born.

Wiesbaden, Ramstein enter tourney tied atop D-I

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 14:48
Warriors and Royals sport 10-2 marks and should enter championships as co-favorites for big schools title.