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WORLD
December 3, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BEIJING - How to reassure Japan and South Korea that the United States will stand behind them, without inflaming the Chinese? That is the mission that stands before Vice President Joe Biden as he arrives in the region with a potential crisis developing over China's designation of a large swath of the East China Sea as an air defense identification zone. The trip, which was supposed to advance economic ties in the region, has been waylaid by China's Nov. 23 declaration of an air defense zone over waters controlled by Japan and South Korea.
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WORLD
December 3, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nigerian officials on Tuesday played down the damage wreaked by Al Qaeda-linked militants in an attack the day before on an air base near the capital of Borno state. The official account -- which said only two civilians were among the dead, and who for the most part were said to be rebels -- differed sharply from witness accounts and unnamed military officials who said scores of people were slain, including members of the security forces. Nigerian military spokesman Brig.
WORLD
November 23, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Upping the gamesmanship with Japan over disputed East China Sea waters, China said Saturday it had established an air defense identification zone that would allow its military to take “emergency defensive measures” against unidentified aircraft. The Chinese Defense Ministry said that aircraft flying through the zone would be required to identify themselves and implied that those in violation could be shot down. To underscore the threat, the air force conducted its first patrol at 10 a.m. Saturday, using two reconnaissance planes accompanied by early-warning aircraft and fighter jets "providing support and cover.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON -- An Air Force colonel charged with groping a woman in a drunken incident outside a bar near the Pentagon in May was acquitted by a Virginia jury Wednesday afternoon. The charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski were notable because he was leading an Air Force program responsible for preventing sexual assault at the time of the alleged attack. A 23-year-old graduate of American University in Washington testified that she felt violated after Krusinski came up to her outside Freddie's Beach Bar in Crystal City, Va., and squeezed her buttocks.
SPORTS
November 4, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former Upland quarterback Nate Romine has become a key contributor as a freshman at Air Force. He completed seven of eight passes for 111 yards in Air Force's 42-28 victory over Army last week. Air Force has had injury problems at quarterback, forcing Romine to contribute immediately. And he's delivering. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
The captured fighter pilot had already been through so much at the infamous Hanoi Hilton. He had been beaten up and starved, thrown for months into a dark cell crawling with rats, held immobile with his legs pinned in stocks, and strapped with ropes so tightly that his right arm was torn from its socket. When he passed out from pain, the ropes were briefly loosened until the ordeal could start yet again. Now, with his jailers ordering him to do a propaganda broadcast, J. Robinson Risner, in the solitude of his cell, tried to destroy his voice.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - A flood of misconduct cases involving generals and admirals has created deep concern at the Pentagon about ethical and moral shortcomings among senior military officers and prompted new steps to tighten rules, increase inspections and weed out offenders, officials said. The most recent cases - a Navy admiral under investigation for using counterfeit gambling chips and an Air Force general in charge of nuclear-tipped missiles relieved for drunkenness off duty - follow a long list of officer wrongdoing over the last year.
SPORTS
October 3, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games: MORNING Air Force (1-4) at Navy (2-1) 8:30 a.m., Channel 2 It is one thing to shut down the government and national monuments but quite another to impede on the Saturday ritual of watching college football. We can't say it took an act of Congress to get the Air Force-Navy game played because Congress isn't acting on much of anything these days.
SPORTS
October 2, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Service academy football games involving Air Force, Army and Navy this weekend are still on hold as a result of the government shutdown, although there is a decent chance the games will be played. Air Force is at Navy in a CBS game on Saturday while Army has a scheduled game at Boston College. ESPN has reported arrangements are being made for those games to be played and await only  final approval from U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The Coast Guard, however, will be hosting Western New England in New London, Conn., this weekend no matter what happens.
SPORTS
October 1, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
It's one thing to shut the government down and throw the country into chaos but quite another to start messing with college football. However, the Capital Gazette is reporting Tuesday the political impasse in Washington could also shut down Saturday's government game between Air Force and Navy in Annapolis, Md. "It's a possibility," Troy Garnhart, Air Force's associate athletic director, said. It seems that upper-class cadets at Air Force are considered military personnel and could be restricted from travel this weekend.
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