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SHAKO: "Old Ironsides" Last Voyage -- for Now

Heading to Dry Dock.

The oldest commissioned vessel in the U.S. Navy —  USS Constitution, better known as “Old Ironsides  — is heading for dry dock soon for several years of repairs and renovations. 403 more words

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THIS WEEK in the War of 1812 (October 12-October 18, 1814)

War in the North. 

October 15

Skirmishing at Chippawa

U.S. Major General George Izard catches up with the British force that had besieged the Americans in… 462 more words

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FRIDAY FOTO (October 10, 2014)

Fear Fighters.

It’s been said that the only living creature that runs towards fire is a firefighter. No offense to ‘America’s Heroes,’ but this image seems to indicate there are some other equally brave people out there. 89 more words

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AROUND AFRICA: Ebola Roundup

Ebola Death Toll Rises.

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to nearly 3,900, including Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with the deadly disease on U.S. 795 more words

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HOMELAND SECURITY: Protecting the Southern Border [UPDATE]

More Eyes in the Sky.

UPDATES with links to background information, photo of Multi-role Enforcment Aircraft.

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security’s aviation chief says he would like to add a ninth tethered surveillance balloon to the radar-equipped, counter narcotics warning system along the southern U.S. 417 more words

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THIS WEEK in the War of 1812 (October 5-October 11, 1814) [UPDATE]

Maritime Setbacks.

October 9

The American sloop-of-war, USS Wasp, is lost at sea. Under Master Commandant Johnston Blakeley, the 22-gun vessel, sank, burned or captured 15 British ships — including three warships — during two raiding cruises in the summer of 1814. 387 more words

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HOMELAND SECURITY: Four Day Conference Kicks off in Washington

Homeland Security Week.

Border management and immigration, cyber security and emergency response and disaster relief will be among the topics discussed as the four-day Homeland Security Week conference… 165 more words

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