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Air Force A Capella Group Soars To ‘America’s Got Talent’ Semifinals
The Air Force Academy’s a cappella group is advancing to the semifinals of NBC’s America’s Got Talent after bombarding viewers with a lethal combination of heart-melting harmonies and dance moves during the show’s quarterfinals on Aug. 16.
The all-male group, called In The Stairwell, performed a cover of Fun’s “Some Nights” Tuesday evening at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Of the eleven acts who competed, only seven were selected to advance to the semis. Losers included a Donald Trump impersonator and a singing clown named Puddles Pity Party.
In The Stairwell entered the quarterfinals buoyed by the praise they’d received from celebrity judges during the previous round. “We are ready to fly,” vocalist Benjamin Hightower said in an Air Force Academy news release prior to Tuesday’s performance. “We are going to do our best and hope America supports us.”
Freshman cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado formed In The Stairwell in 2004. The group got its name because of a policy that prohibited singing in the school’s dormitories, leaving the young vocalists only one place to polish their pipes: the stairwell.
In The Stairwell is now an official Air Force Academy club.
KABUL (Reuters) - Suicide bombers struck the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring scores in a major attack that could scupper plans to revive peace talks between the United States and the Taliban.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which struck the Bagram air base north of Kabul.
"First, a heavy-duty Mazda vehicle struck the wall of the American base," said Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman. "Later several mujahideen equipped with light and heavy weapons were able to attack the American occupiers."
The Navy has posthumously awarded aviator and aircrewman wings to three sailors killed in last week's shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
"The selfless acts of heroism displayed by these young Sailors the morning of Dec. 6 are nothing short of incredible," Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Adm. Daniel Dwyer said in a statement.
Clint Eastwood still loves his role as Gunny Highway in ‘Heartbreak Ridge’ — ‘I’m proud I got to play a Marine’
Ah, Heartbreak Ridge, the creme de la' creme of moto-movies that gave us such gems as: "Recon platoon kicks butt!" and the tried-and-tested method of firing a bunch of AK rounds at your Marines and calling it a teachable moment.
Congress is halting the use of the military firefighting foam that's contaminated base drinking water — but there's a catch
Congress has reached a deal on a spending bill that would require the military to stop using firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals linked to cancer, but would abandon efforts to place stronger regulations on the chemicals.
The bill, called the National Defense Authorization Act, has been the focus of intense negotiations for months. House Democrats saw it as their best chance to force President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency to increase its oversight of a class of chemicals, called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances — commonly known as PFAS — that have contaminated drinking water sources across the country.
Senate Republicans resisted these measures, wary of forcing chemical companies and the Defense Department to undertake extensive cleanups.
But when hopes of a compromise faded last week, Democrats were left with little choice but to agree to significantly weaker provisions or kill the entire defense spending bill.
The bill that emerged out of a joint House-Senate committee this week had been stripped of measures that would require the EPA to designate the chemicals as "hazardous" and set a nationwide safety standard for PFAS in drinking water.