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Drone Crashes Outside of Creech AFB in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Military officials say nobody was injured when a drone crashed on a range outside of Creech Air Force Base northwest of Las Vegas.

Authorities say the crash happened about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, about five miles north of the base.

Officials say a board of Air Force personnel will investigate the crash.

Specifics on the incident weren't immediately available Friday morning.

The crash comes 11 months after MQ-9 Reaper aircraft went down in the desert north of Las Vegas. Investigators say crew members at Nellis Air Force Base didn't thoroughly check the craft before they sent it out on a training mission.

Nobody was hurt in the Dec. 5 incident, but it cost the government $9.6 million.

Some Military Outreach Programs Being Cut

Some Military Outreach Programs Being Cut

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Navy's daredevil Blue Angels jet team is back in the air. But continued budget cuts have grounded hundreds of the military's other community activities.

The Pentagon plans to spend $129 million in the new budget year on Navy port visits, military band performances, Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds performances.

That's an increase from fiscal 2013, when community programs were eliminated mid-year due to so-called sequestration. That resulted in the cancellation of dozens of community air shows around the country.

The Defense Department says restoring some of the money means the Pentagon can still do things to help connect with communities while watching the budget as the same time.

Military Brides to Receive Dress Discount

Military Brides to Receive Dress Discount

One of the largest chains of bridal stores in the country is offering a discount for members of the military or their brides-to-be.

David's Bridal is offering 20 percent off a gown for brides-to-be that bring in a valid military ID for themselves or for a family member or significant other.

The discount applies to the purchase of any wedding gown in the store, including designer gowns.

The deal is honor of Veterans Day and will end Friday. To find a store, go to davidsbridal.com.

 

Senator Considers Revising Military Sexual Assault Measure

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chief sponsor of a measure to combat assault in the military is considering scaling back her proposal to focus solely on the offenses of rape and sexual assault.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she's weighing the revisions to build support for her proposal among undecided senators.

The New York Democrat is expected to offer the plan as an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that the Senate will consider next week.

Gillibrand has pushed for removing commanders from the process of deciding whether serious crimes, including sexual misconduct cases, go to trial. Her proposal would give that authority to seasoned trial lawyers who have prosecutorial experience and hold the rank of colonel or higher.

Forty-seven senators have announced their support for Gillibrand's plan.

Trial for Air Force Officer Accused of Groping

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- A woman testified that an Air Force officer who once led the branch's sex-assault response team groped her outside a Crystal City bar, then asked if she liked it.

A misdemeanor assault trial began Tuesday in Arlington for 42-year-old Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski. He was initially charged with misdemeanor sexual battery, but Arlington County prosecutors subsequently dropped that charge and substituted a generic assault-and-battery charge.

Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos says the new charge was more appropriate given the standard of proof required for a sexual battery conviction in Virginia.

The woman testified that Krusinski grabbed her breast and buttocks on May 5, and she responded by punching him.

The Air Force removed Krusinski from his Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit post after his arrest.

  

Military Suicides Drop; Unclear Why

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense officials say suicides across the military have dropped by more than 22 percent this year, amid an array of new programs targeting what the Defense Department calls an epidemic that took more service members' lives last year than the war in Afghanistan did during that same period.

Military officials, were reluctant to pin the decline on detection and prevention efforts by the services, acknowledging that they still don't fully understand why troops take their own lives. And since many of those who have committed suicide in recent years had never served on the warfront, officials also do not attribute the decrease to the drawdown in Afghanistan.

The officials provided the data to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose it publicly.

 

Motor Speedway Hosting Duel in the Desert

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway has again become home to the largest dirt track in the country for the 16th annual Duel in the Desert for the IMCA Modifieds.

The race features cars that are modified to be a combination of an open-wheel car and a stock car. IMCA is one of the oldest car racing associations in the country.

Organizers say hundreds of entries are expected for the races which start Thursday.

Three-day admission for adults is $50, for seniors or military personnel is $35 and kids is $18.

There are also prices for individual days. For race information or to purchase tickets, go to www.lvms.com or call (702) 644-4444. Racers can call the speedway at (702) 632-8213.