US Navy to lower fitness standards as it looks to boost headcount

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U.S. Navy sailors visit the 9/11 memorial in New York City, May 26, 2017.  (Associated Press) The U.S. Navy this week announced it will scale back its physical fitness requirements, thus giving a clean slate to nearly 50,000 sailors with fitness failures on their records.   Under new rules set to take effect March 31,…

It’s not beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Australia – Here’s how I still feel home for the holidays

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“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” It’s always been one of my favorite Christmas songs and something my brother and I used to cross our fingers for every winter. Sledding, snow men, snow angels, snow cream, snowball fights – it doesn’t get much better for a kid. Growing up in North Carolina, then beginning my…

On Christmas — Here’s what Americans say will make them happy this holiday season

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When it comes to the economy and personal finances, Americans are feeling quite upbeat these days. Consumer confidence has reached a 17-year high and by many accounts the 2017 holiday shopping season has produced strong sales numbers. The National Retail Federation (NRF) reported that based on November’s numbers, retail sales this holiday season “are on track to meet or…

Trump’s national security strategy shows he is willing to champion American values around the world

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During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump presented a revised version of U.S. foreign policy that was a departure from the “New World Order” espoused by President George W. Bush and modified by President Obama. With the release of his National Security Strategy report this week, it is obvious that President Trump has a handle…