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2006-06-22 19:05:00

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panel of armed forces medical experts has found that vaccines required by the military may have killed a 26-year-old Army soldier last year, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Pfc. Christopher "Justin" Abston died on December 4 in his barracks room at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 16 days after getting smallpox and injectable influenza vaccines, officials said. The panel concluded it was "possible" the vaccines were the cause of death, the Pentagon said in a...

2006-06-20 17:36:29

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Tuesday identified military units scheduled to deploy to Iraq this year, but officials said no decision has been taken on whether significant troop cuts will be made. The announcement came as Army Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq and due to make recommendations soon on future force levels, traveled to Washington to meet with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The Pentagon said seven Army and Marine Corps combat...

2006-06-15 13:15:13

Deletes statement in final paragraph that the American Friends Service Committee is "also known as the Quakers" which is erroneous By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday to demand information it says the government has collected on groups opposed to the war in Iraq. The group says the Pentagon has been monitoring anti-war groups and individuals and has compiled lists on people it sees as potential...

2006-06-15 14:01:38

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years and nine months after a hijacked airliner slammed into the Pentagon on September 11, work began on Thursday on a memorial near the crash site to honor the victims of the attack, due to be completed in 2008. "Today marks a positive outcome from a tragic day," Jim Laychak, who heads a private group raising money for the memorial and whose brother David was killed in the attack, said during a ceremony under sunny skies marking the start...

2006-06-14 14:53:29

By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday to demand information it says the government has collected on groups opposed to the war in Iraq. The group says the Pentagon has been monitoring anti-war groups and individuals and has compiled lists on people it sees as potential threats but who the ACLU says are exercising their free-speech rights. The suit was the ACLU's first attempt to force the Pentagon to...

2006-06-05 17:55:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has approved a restructuring plan that allows Northrop Grumman Corp. to continue work on a multibillion-dollar weather satellite program after officials concluded it was "essential to our nation," the U.S. Air Force said on Monday. Under the restructuring, the Pentagon will cancel a conical scanning microwave imaging sensor made by Boeing Co. for the satellite, and launch a new competition for a less complex sensor package, the Air Force said in a...

2006-05-19 17:44:27

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon's spending on secret programs has hit its highest point since the end of the Cold War, a Washington-based research group said in a report released this week. Classified programs appear to account for about $30.1 billion, or 19 percent, of the acquisition funds sought in the Defense Department budget for fiscal 2007, according to the report by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment. In real terms, the 2007 request was for...

2006-05-12 12:52:07

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has begun drawing up plans to send troops and equipment to the U.S. border with Mexico, where hundreds of thousands of migrants enter the country illegally each year, a defense official said on Friday. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld discussed border issues at the Pentagon with his Mexican counterpart, Defense Minister Gen. Gerardo Clemente Ricardo Vega. Mexico and the United States share a 2,000-mile border. "The U.S. and Mexican...

2006-04-24 14:34:21

By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) - Six New York teen-agers sued Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld on Monday, alleging the U.S. Department of Defense broke the law by keeping an extensive database on potential recruits. The suit in federal court in Manhattan follows a series of allegations last year of misconduct by recruiters, who have experienced difficulty meeting targets because of the war in Iraq. The Pentagon last year acknowledged it had created a database of 12 million...

2006-04-14 22:32:09

By Jim Wolf - Analysis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. fears of a rising China are spurring billions of dollars worth of weapons projects, from nuclear-fueled attack submarines to fighter jets to destroyers. Even as President George W. Bush prepares to welcome President Hu Jintao to the White House on Thursday with full military honors, Washington is factoring in potential conflicts over such sore spots as Taiwan, competition for scarce resources and any threat to its predominance in...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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