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Racial slurs found at Air Force Academy; superintendent has harsh words for cadets

An investigation continues into who wrote racial slurs on the message boards of five African-American cadet candidates at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School outside Denver.

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The school was established to mold students who show leadership and other qualities that make them potentially strong applicants to the academy, but need to work on their academics before they’re admitted to the military academy, The Washington Post reported.

The messages were discovered Monday and were first reported on by The Air Force Times.

One of the cadet candidates’ mothers put the a photo of the slur on her Facebook page showing that the message left said “go home" and then the slur.

She posted, “This is why I’m so hurt! These young people are supposed to bond and protect each other and the country. Who would my son have to watch out for? The enemy or the enemy?”

The father of the same cadet told The Air Force Times the messages were “utter stupidity,” adding, “That word has zero power in my house.”

The father said that his son is fine after the messages were left.

The Air Force Academy’s superintendent, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, had harsh words for those who posted the message.

“There is absolutely no place in our Air Force for racism -- it’s not who we are, nor will we tolerate it in any shape of fashion. Period. Those who don’t understand that are behind the power curve and better catch up,” ABC News reported.

Silveria said during his address to the cadet wing and the prep school students Thursday, “If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. If you can’t treat someone from another gender whether it’s a man or a woman with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. And if you can’t treat someone from another race or a different colored skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out.”

The the academy’s security detail is investigating, but no further information has been released, The Air Force Times reported.

North Korea says ‘millions’ ready to fight US

If tensions between the United States and North Korea lead to war, the followers of Kim Jong-Un are apparently ready to fight, USA Today reported.

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North Korea's state media reported that 4.7 million of its citizens have volunteered to join or re-enlist in the military since leader Kim threatened to "tame” President Donald Trump “with fire" last week.

Previously, North Korea has claimed that its citizens have volunteered to join the military as part of propaganda campaigns to boost solidarity, according to the South Korean news agency, Yonhap.

The North Korean military enlistment claims came after Kim issued a statement Friday warning: "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire," USA Today reported.

The North Korean leader spoke out after Trump told the U.N. General Assembly in New York that if “forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

Woman shown in viral video yelling about veteran's PTSD service dog speaks out

Ciara Miller is telling her side of the story after a video of her yelling at a veteran about his PTSD service dog went viral.

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According to CBS News, a viral video shows Miller confronting the veteran to complain about his service dog in the middle of Kathy’s Crab House & Family Restaurant of Delaware City, Delaware. Miller expressed in a profane rant that she was “leaving because the food is nasty and there’s a dog.”

Following the incident, Miller told media outlets, including the News Journal and TMZ, that a woman called her the N-word before the camera started rolling. She admitted that she wasn’t fond of the dog’s presence

"I am frightened to send my daughter to school with the level of verbal content is being said to and about me, my family and I based on these fake articles," Miller told the News Journal in an email.

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She also wrote: "There's now over 1M (million) views on FB this is ridiculous, this content needs to be removed. I have contacted these websites and asked them to remove inaccurate content and slander about me and I have not heard from anyone."

The veteran, retired U.S. Army Master Sgt. Bill Austin, denied that anyone had used racial slurs, the News Journal reported.

The restaurant issued the following Facebook statement:

“It is unfortunate that some of the public are not familiar with federal regulations regarding service animals, which, in fact, do permit service animals into establishments such as grocery stores, public buildings and restaurants, giving aid and comfort to their masters in their time of need."

The statement went on to say that the restaurant would sponsor a fundraising event with Wounded Warriors in response.

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Iran tests new ballistic missile

Iran tested a new ballistic missile that reportedly is capable of carrying multiple warheads, CNN reported Saturday, citing the nation's state-run broadcaster announced.

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“Iran has released footage of the successful test-launch of its new ballistic missile, Khorramshahr, a few hours after it was unveiled during a military parade in the capital city of Tehran,” Press TV said.

“The Khorramshahr missile has become smaller in size and more tactical and it will be operational in the near future.”

The missile was launched from an unknown location, CNN reported.

Called the Khorramshahr missile, the weapon has a range of 1,250 miles and can carry multiple warheads, according to Press TV. That would make it capable of reaching Israel and Saudi Arabia, CNN reported.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Friday that the country would press ahead with strengthening its missile capabilities and military defenses, Press TV reported.

“We will promote our defensive and military power as much as we deem necessary," Rouhani said. “We seek no one's permission to defend our land.”

“Whether you like it or not we are going to help Syria, Yemen, and Palestine, and we will strengthen our missiles.”

Fallen sailor's return home moves airplane passengers to tears

The touching moment a sailor’s body was taken to home her family moved an airplane full of passengers to tears as they watched the emotional scene unfold.

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The U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswains Mate Handler on board the plane was Brooke Newton, 25, who died in San Diego on Aug. 30, according to an obituary published in the Edmond Sun.

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Mike Helms, who was on the plane, said that when the craft touched down, the pilot asked passengers to remain on board while the fallen hero was removed.

They were at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City on Thursday night when Helms wrote on Facebook, “This moment hit me hard for some reason. I couldn’t hold back tears. As I looked around the plane, I was hoping nobody would see my moment of weakness … But to my surprise, damn near everyone on the plane was crying.”

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When Helms and the rest of the passengers looked out the window, they watched as Newton’s family was given the casket containing their daughter’s body.

Haley: Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ comment ‘not an idle threat’

Nikki Haley, the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that President Donald Trump's “fire and fury” comment last month about North Korea's nuclear program was not an empty threat.

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If the U.S. exhausts diplomatic options on North Korea, the U.S. military would "take care of it," Haley said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program Sunday morning. She added that Defense Secretary James Mattis has “an army of options” to destroy North Korea..

“We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first,” Haley said. “If that doesn't work, General Mattis will take care of it.”

Haley warned that a war would mean the destruction of North Korea.

“If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed,” Haley told CNN. “And we all know that, and none of us want that.”

One dies, 7 injured in explosion on training field at Fort Bragg

One soldier has died after a training exercise accident at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He was identified Thursday evening as Staff Sgt. Alexander P. Dalida, 32, of Dunstable, Mass.

Another seven people were injured in the explosion.

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 The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Air Force sends doctors, nurses to Orlando for Irma recovery

More than 300 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals were sent to Orlando with the help of the U.S. Air Force ahead of Hurricane Irma.

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Three C-17s from South Carolina’s Joint Base Charleston and Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base flew the group to Florida on Saturday.

"When the world presents a challenge, our airmen adjust to meet need and do what it takes to accomplish the mission,” said Gen. Carlton Everhart II, commander of the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command. “Our airmen are mission ready and prepared to help others impacted by Hurricane Irma while meeting worldwide needs." 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott made a plea Saturday for volunteer nurses to help at shelters across the state. 

The Department of Health and Human Services has coordinated the medical efforts to Florida to assist with the needs following Hurricane Irma. 

The hurricane made landfall in Marco Island just after 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Bomb test a ‘deliberate poke in the eye’ to China

North Korea’s test of a hydrogen bomb Sunday was a “deliberate poke in the eye” to China, its only real ally.

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Chinese officials said North Korea “disregarded universal opposition of the international community,” CNN reported.

"We strongly urge North Korea side to face up to the firm will of the international community on the denuclearization of the peninsula, abide by relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council, stop taking wrong actions that exacerbate the situation and are not in its own interest, and return to the track of resolving the issue through dialogue," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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Mike Chinoy, a senior fellow at the U.S.-China Institute, said North Korea’s timing was a “deliberate poke in the eye.” The Chinese are currently hosting an economic summit with Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa, CNN reported.

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"The Chinese have been pressing North Korea very hard not to stage a nuclear test," Chinoy told CNN. "It's a deliberate gesture of non-respect. And I think what it shows is that Kim Jong Un is extremely confident that he can provoke and push across the board without risking the kind of sweeping retaliation that would inflict enough pain upon him and his system that would force him to change his tactics."

North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test: 5 things to know

As tensions continue to build between the United States and North Korea, here are five things to know in the aftermath of Sunday’s hydrogen bomb test:

  • North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, said the test was conducted to “examine and confirm” using the hydrogen bomb as a payload for an intercontinental ballistic missile. "It also marked a very significant occasion in attaining the final goal of completing the state nuclear force," KCNA said.

  • The security chiefs for the United States and South Korea spoke in a 20-minute emergency telephone call after North Korea’s test. U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster spoke with South Korea’s Chung Eui-yong, about an hour after the detonation.

  • North Korea tested two nuclear weapons in 2016, including one in September that occurred close to the country’s Foundation Day holiday.

  • South Korea’s weather agency said Sunday’s test appears to have been several times stronger than previous ones. The Korea Meteorological Administration estimated that the nuclear blast yield Sunday was between 50 to 60 kilotons. That is five to six times stronger than North Korea’s fifth test last September.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that it was a mistake to try to pressure Pyongyang into halting its nuclear missile program, Reuters reported.

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