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US protests intercept of reconnaissance plane by Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. is protesting an intercept of a U.S. reconnaissance plane by a Russian fighter jet last week, calling it "unsafe and unprofessional" amid what it views as increasingly aggressive air operations by Moscow.

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President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Ashton Carter, his nominee for defense secretary, Friday.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Ashton Carter, his nominee for defense secretary, Friday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Obama taps Pentagon veteran Carter as defense chief

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Shaking up his Pentagon leadership, President Barack Obama tapped policy wonk Ashton Carter to oversee the sprawling Defense Department Friday, heralding his new nominee as one the nation's "foremost national security leaders."

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Ashton Carter, who could be the next defense secretary, testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Ashton Carter, who could be the next defense secretary, testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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GOP senator: Obama picks Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has tapped former Pentagon No. 2 Ashton Carter to be his next defense secretary and carry out the U.S. military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a senior Republican senator said Tuesday. White House officials, however, insisted no final decision has been reached.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to a question during a briefing at the Pentagon Oct. 30.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to a question during a briefing at the Pentagon Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Hagel reported as resigning as Defense secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down from President Barack Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team.

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U.S. troops in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
U.S. troops in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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Reports say US broadening military mission in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to a question during a briefing at the Pentagon Oct. 30.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to a question during a briefing at the Pentagon Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Hagel: Top-to-bottom changes needed in nuke force

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the military's failure to maintain its focus on the nation's nuclear forces led them to be mismanaged and to "slowly back down the hill." He vowed to invest in and bolster the force, saying there is no problem on this issue the Pentagon can't fix.

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Dr. Anthony S. Fauci speaks at the White House about the U.S. Government's response to the Ebola epidemic. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci speaks at the White House about the U.S. Government's response to the Ebola epidemic. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon to form ‘ready’ team

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.

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Defense Furloughs Reduced

The Pentagon is moving to ease the pain of mandatory, unpaid furloughs that civilian employees have had to bear for a month because of budgetary pressures, cutting the number of days off from 11 to six, The Associated Press has learned.

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Pentagon’s Top Military Brass Could Face 20-Percent Cut

The Pentagon chief says his staff and that of his top brass will be trimmed by 20 percent in coming years.

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Pentagon Eyes Cuts in Danger Pay

The Associated Press has learned that the Pentagon is eyeing plans to eliminate danger pay for service members in up to 18 countries and five waterways around the world. That would save about $120 million each year while taking a bite out of troops' salaries.

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