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Fallen soldier included in daughter's senior photos

Julia Yllescas has never doubted that her dad has always been with her. But now she, and the whole world can see it, thanks to help from photographer and military spouse Susanne Beckmann. Beckmann, of Snapshots by Suz has been photographing Nebraska teen Yllescas since she was 9 years old and...
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'Ask about Austin': Marine, journalist Austin Tice still a captive after 7 years

This story originally published Aug. 12, 2019 at 11:51 a.m. EST. It was updated Aug. 14 at 11:20 a.m. It's been more than 2,557 days since Austin Tice, Marine, journalist, son and brother was captured in Syria. He turned 38 on Sunday. Aug. 14 marks seven years since his abduction near Damascus --...
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Airport terminal comes to a stand still for returning remains of Col. Roy Knight | Connecting Vets

Colonel Roy Knight of Millsap, Texas was killed during the Vietnam War, May 1967. This week, he came home to Texas -- and brought an entire airport terminal to a standstill. "I'm at the airport in Dallas, waiting for my flight home to DC from El Paso, and something incredible is happening," tweeted...
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Maverick and his need for speed are back

Maverick's back and he hasn't lost his need for speed. The trailer for "Top Gun: Maverick" dropped Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego and here it is: Video of TOP GUN 2: Maverick Trailer (2020) Tom Cruise returns 33 years after the original "Top Gun" as Navy pilot Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell,...
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Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin punches moon landing denier in the face

As a former fighter pilot, an MIT grad and one of the first human beings to ever walk on the moon, we didn't think legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin could get any cooler. But after watching the video of him punching a heckler in the face, we have a whole new kind of love and admiration for him. Video...
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History, respect and undies: Things we should know about our flag

Stars and Stripes, The Star Spangled Banner and Old Glory- today we celebrate it. In honor of the flag that's survived combat, inspired songs, created national debates around the president and the NFL and even been planted in outer space, we bring you some facts all Americans should know about our...
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Independence Day was actually July 2nd. Really.

So, everything you think you know about Independence Day - July 4th - is probably wrong. And it starts with: we didn't declare independence from England on July 4th. It was actually July 2nd. Here's how it went down, according to ConstitutionFacts.com : July 2, 1776: The Pennsylvania Evening Post...
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Fallen Heroes Memorial transforms dog tags of the fallen into a traveling American flag

A 28-foot wide American flag that is comprised entirely of the dog tags of fallen service members is traveling the country to "raise awareness of the sacrifice paid by our nation's heroes." According to Veterans & Athletes United, the group behind the Fallen Heroes Memorial, it symbolizes the...
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'Glory' returns to select theaters in July

"Glory" is making a return to theaters around the nation next month, three decades after the Academy Award-winning motion picture was released. The Civil War epic stars Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick, Andre Braugher and Cary Elwes and was originally released in July 1989. The...
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Trump awards Staff Sgt David Bellavia the Medal of Honor

"Were it not for David Bellavia I would not be sitting here today. We couldn't get out. Couldn't do anything. We were stuck there. I asked David to help me out and he did that. He put himself in line of that fire and laid down a base of fire, overwhelmed the enemy long enough for me to get myself...
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