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USCG fines Calif. fisherman $5K for jumping off charter boat

By Nels Johnson The Marin Independent Journal MARIN, Calif. — A man who jumped from a fishing boat into the ocean off Muir Beach to win a bet lost big time as the Coast Guard issued a $5,000 fine. The incident last week aboard the party boat Bass Tub stunned 13 others aboard including the captain and crew, who swung into a life-or-death rescue. Veteran skipper Erik Anfinson of Sleepy Hollow said his brother, Aaron, was at the helm a mile off Muir Beach near the end of a bountiful day off the coast, ... More

Video: Wounded Pa. soldier gets the keys to brand new 'smart home'

By Laura Olson The Morning Call ALLENTOWN, Penn.  — Nearly five years after Whitehall soldier Adam Keys returned from Afghanistan, the 31-year-old got another long-awaited homecoming on Thursday. Keys, a sergeant with the U.S. Army, lost both legs and his left hand in 2011 after a bomb rocked his armored car in Afghanistan. Since then, he has endured more than 130 surgeries and has transitioned to using prosthetic legs in addition to a wheelchair. But on Thursday, Keys got to enter his new ... More

War bonds: Experience in Navy brought women together

By Joe Hadsall The Joplin Globe JOPLIN, Mo. — Dorothy Borders was one of many people across the nation who feared for a friend's safety after the tornado hit Joplin. The resident of Stuarts Draft, Virginia, immediately started trying to contact her friend Doris Yeakey. "When I heard about the tornado, I immediately started trying to get in touch with her," said Borders. "It took about three months." Once she did, they started to reconnect. They chatted on the phone and on Sk ... More

Volunteer activities no longer factor in AF promotions

By Mike Fitzgerald Belleville News-Democrat WASHINGTON — The Air Force still likes it when the troops work at the local food bank or volunteer to a Big Brother or Big Sister. But under a new personnel policy, volunteer activities will no longer be a factor as to who gets promoted or who gets passed over, according to Brig. Gen. Brian Kelly, the director of military force management policy, according to a story in the Air Force Times. "It shouldn't play in how we evaluate and select for pro ... More