North Korea seizes American veteran, 85

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An American veteran of the Korean War has been detained while visiting North Korea, his son says. Merrill Newman, 85, is a globetrotter who lives in a retirement complex in Palo Alto, Calif., according to the San Jose Mercury News.

“He’s always wanted to go to North Korea; it’s been a lifelong thing,” his son, Jeffrey Newman tells the Merc. “Like the guys who go back to Normandy, the World War II veterans. These places had profound, powerful impacts on them as young men, and he wanted to see it again.” Continue reading

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Kids do the darndest, slower things

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Children today run a mile 90 seconds slower than their parents did 30 years ago, researchers report at the American Heart Association‘s annual meeting.

It’s not just happening here, it’s a worldwide trend, they say.

The remedy is simple: Get kids moving at least for an hour a day, doctors advise. The time can even be split into segments, such as walking to, and home from, school.

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‘Ugly women’ wanted

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This photo, taken by Pfc. Harlee Bradford (center), shows the first female Marines to complete the enlisted infantry training course. Bradford posted the image to her Instagram this month, saying: “And then there was four.” (Photo courtesy of Harlee Bradford)

Update 2: First women to complete Marine infantry training won’t be allowed to serve as grunts.*

Original post: Use photos of “average-looking women” with stories about female combat soldiers,  Col. Lynette Arnhart has advised Army public affairs, Politico reports, citing an internal Army email. Continue reading

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Oorah! No ‘girly’ cap for Marines

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From left to right, the current men's cap that the Marine Corps has adopted; the female prototype of the men's cap; the current women's cap; the Dan Daly prototype for men.

From left to right, the current men’s cap that the Marine Corps has adopted; the female prototype of the men’s cap; the current women’s cap; the modern Dan Daly prototype for men.  |  Marine Corps  photo illustration.

Well, it would seem that the commandant of the Marine Corps paid attention to 91% of Marines who participated in a survey on what cap to wear, Stars and Stripes reports. Continue reading

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