Lawmakers push VA to research marijuana

Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON – A group of Republicans and Democrats in the House introduced a bill Tuesday that would clarify the Department of Veterans Affairs has the authority to study medical marijuana and incite the agency to initiate research. The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act stops short of mandating the VA research marijuana, but the bill makes clear the VA can study it – a fact recently muddled by former VA Secretary David Shulkin. It would also require VA leaders to ... More

N. Korea suspends nuclear missile tests, will close test site

Updated April 24, 2018 By Jill Colvin Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed North Korea has agreed to "denuclearization" before his potential meeting with Kim Jong Un. But that's not the case. North Korea said Friday it would suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of summits with the U.S. and South Korea. Kim also said a nuclear test site would be closed and "dismantled" now that the country has ... More

Air National Guard punishes 3 for dinosaur hand puppet video

By Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Three members of the Tennessee Air National Guard have been punished for a viral video that showed a guardsman use a dinosaur hand puppet while reciting her re-enlistment oath. The Knoxville News Sentinel cites a Wednesday statement from Maj. Gen. Terry Haston that says the unidentified colonel who led the ceremony was demoted and forced to retire. Puppet-wielding Master Sgt. Robin Brown has been removed from her position with the Tennessee Joint Public Affai ... More

US soldiers sweep tattoo competitions in Germany

Martin Egnash Stars and Stripes GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. soldiers won almost every category of competition at the Tattoo Expo Grafenwoehr this weekend, held near the U.S. Army training area. More than 100 U.S. soldiers got tattooed at the first expo held in the small town, getting everything from motivational tattoos of their unit logos to colorful drawings of their favorite superheroes and realistic portraits of loved ones and pets. Many of the soldiers, like Spc. Dallas Immell, an infantryman ... More