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A Florida woman thought she found a porcelain plate. Turns out it was a WWII land mine.
After discovering what she thought might be a porcelain plate from a sunken ship, covered in a hardened crust of shells and barnacles, beachcomber Jayne Wilson spent months chipping away at a World War II-era land mine.
Thankfully, this story doesn't have an explosive ending.
Wilson, a home health worker in Indian River Shores, about eight miles from Vero Beach, told TCPalm that she was walking her client's dog along the Atlantic Ocean when she saw a disc that looked almost like a veggie patty sitting atop the shoreline. She'd collected other items from the area in the past and, hoping that it might be some kind of antique plate, took it back to her home, stowed it in a cooler, and slowly tried to chisel away to discover the object's true nature.
In wasn't until Tuesday, when another man who found a land mine was featured in the newspaper, that Wilson realized what she had might be dangerous.
"Jayne, is that the thing you have in a cooler on your living room floor?" a friend asked her.
Wilson phoned the public safety department, which called in explosive experts from nearby Patrick Air Force Base to Wilson's house. The experts confirmed that it was a land mine from back when the area was used as a WWII training base in the lead-up to D-Day. Since the thing was in her house for months and didn't go off, Wilson reasoned that it wasn't a threat. But authorities advise that anybody who finds possible explosives on the shore should leave the area immediately and call 911.
"You got to be extremely careful — you never know," said Indian River Shores Police Capt. Mark Shaw. "We treat it as live and able to explode at any second."
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The U.S. government failed to effectively account for nearly $715.8 million in weapons and equipment allocated to Syrian partners as part of the multinational counter-ISIS fight, according to a new report from the Defense Department inspector general.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has long been seen as an apologist for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whom she met during a secret trip to Damascus in January 2017.
Most recently, a video was posted on Twitter shows Gabbard evading a question about whether Assad is a war criminal.
Since Gabbard is the only actively serving member of the military who is running for president — she is a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard — Task & Purpose sought to clarify whether she believes Assad has used chlorine gas and chemical weapons to kill his own people.
The Army is almost doubling its purchase of new bolt-action Precision Sniper Rifles as its primary anti-personnel sniper system of choice, according to budget documents.
Air Force gunsmiths recently completed delivery of a new M4-style carbine designed to break down small enough to fit under most pilot ejection seats.
NEWPORT -- The Office of Naval Inspector General has cleared former Naval War College president Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley of most of the allegations of misconduct claimed to have occurred after he took command of the 136-year-old school in July 2016, The Providence Journal has learned.
Harley, in one of a series of interviews with the The Journal, called the findings "deeply gratifying." He said many of the most sensational allegations -- "offers of 'free hugs' and games of Twister in his office" -- reflected a misunderstanding of his sense of humor, which he describes as "quirky," but which he says was intended to ease tensions in what can be a stressful environment.
The allegations, reported last year by the Associated Press, prompted a national controversy that led to Harley leaving the college presidency after almost three years in office.