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  • Ukraine is big deal, but not the biggest deal for the U.S.

    Ukraine is big deal, but not the biggest deal for the U.S.
    WASHINGTON — In speeches and remarks last week in Europe, President Obama made it clear that he considers Russia's annexation of Crimea a very big deal. But he also defined what it's not: an overwhelming national security threat, such as the U.S.-Soviet rivalry in the Cold War, that would trump all other foreign policy priorities.
  • Russian takeover of Crimea 'is not a done deal,' U.S. official says

    Russian takeover of Crimea 'is not a done deal,' U.S. official says
    WASHINGTON -- The United States would not recognize a referendum by Crimea to leave Ukraine, and a shift of that region to Russia “is not a done deal,” a top Obama administration official said Sunday. “If there is a referendum and it...

    Doubt cast over circumstances of San Diego Marine's 2004 death

    Doubt cast over circumstances of San Diego Marine's 2004 death
    For nearly a decade the debate continued over whether Sgt. Rafael Peralta deserved the Medal of Honor for combat bravery. Conflicting physical and medical evidence were at the center of the dispute involving the Marine from San Diego, who was killed...

    Hagel refuses to reopen Medal of Honor bid for Sgt. Rafael Peralta

    Hagel refuses to reopen Medal of Honor bid for Sgt. Rafael Peralta
    SAN DIEGO -- The secretary of defense announced Friday that he would not reconsider the Medal of Honor nomination of a Marine from San Diego who was killed in Iraq. Secretary Chuck Hagel agreed with his two predecessors that the nomination of Sgt....

    Openly gay Eagle Scout a first since new Boy Scout policy

    Openly gay Eagle Scout a first since new Boy Scout policy
    A Maryland teenager is the first openly gay Boy Scout to become an Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest rank, according to the advocacy group Scouts for Equality. High school senior Pascal Tessier is already awaiting the next challenge, which...