US nuclear command’s deputy chief sacked over probe
extra extra newspaperWashington (AFP) Oct 10, 2013 – The deputy commander of US nuclear forces has been fired from his post after being investigated for allegedly using counterfeit chips at a casino, officers said Wednesday. The move was highly unusual against such a senior officer in US Strategic Command, which oversees the country’s nuclear-armed missiles, submarines and bombers. Vice Admiral Tim Giardina, a career three-star submarine o … more

Congress restores US military death benefits
Washington (AFP) Oct 10, 2013 – Congress moved Thursday to reinstate US military death benefits, after the government shutdown halted the payments to grieving families of US soldiers killed on duty. The Senate passed the mini funding bill by unanimous consent one day after the House of Representatives approved the measure. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The passage could mark the end of a deep … more