First-time unemployment claims rose last week
First-time unemployment claims took an unexpectedly large jump last week. The U.S. Labor Department reports 286,000 people filed new claims the week ending January 15th. Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, joins CBSN to discuss the latest.news.yahoo.com
Navy expands boot camp to sharpen focus on character issues
The Navy is adding two weeks to boot camp in a major overhaul aimed at improving recruits' war fighting and emergency skills while also focusing on suicide prevention and character issues such as sexual assault, hazing and extremism in the ranks.
Navy expands boot camp to sharpen focus on character issues
The Navy is adding two weeks to boot camp this year in a major overhaul aimed at improving recruits' war fighting and emergency skills while also focusing on suicide prevention and character issues such as sexual assault, hazing and extremism in the ranks. Navy officials said Friday that expanding boot camp to 10 weeks will provide more leadership training and ensure sailors are reporting to their jobs in the fleet better prepared for duty. Rear Adm. Jennifer Couture, who heads the Naval Service Training Command, told reporters the first eight weeks of boot camp include a lot of character development for the recruits.news.yahoo.com
US Navy warship sidelined with COVID-19 outbreak
A U.S. Navy warship has paused its deployment to South America because of a coronavirus outbreak, the Navy said Friday. The USS Milwaukee, a litorral combat ship, is staying in port at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, where it had stopped for a scheduled port visit. It began its deployment from Mayport, Fla., on December 14 and was heading into the U.S. Southern Command region.news.yahoo.com
Keys sheriff says police shouldn’t have arrested 2 deputies after a fight in Key West
Cellphone video that witnesses took of a fight between two off-duty Monroe County sheriff’s deputies and three Navy sailors last weekend shows the cops tried to show restraint until force was unavoidable, the deputies’ boss said Thursday.news.yahoo.com
There was a street fight in Key West, police said. Deputies and sailors now face charges
A Navy sailor was airlifted from Key West to a Miami hospital early Saturday morning after police said he was part of a fight on Duval Street between two off-duty sheriff’s deputies and two other sailors.news.yahoo.com
Across services, troops face discipline for refusing vaccine
U.S. officials say all of the military services have now begun disciplinary actions and discharges for troops who have refused to get the mandated coronavirus vaccine, with as many as 20,000 unvaccinated forces at risk of being removed from service.
Navy to hold hearing for sailor accused of igniting warship
The Navy will hold a hearing Monday to determine whether there is enough evidence to order a court martial for a San Diego-based sailor charged with setting the fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard in the summer of 2020. Ryan Sawyer Mays, a junior sailor, was charged with aggravated arson and the willful hazarding of a vessel in a case that marked the maritime branch’s worst warship blaze outside of combat in recent memory. Mays, who was a crew member, has maintained his innocence.news.yahoo.com
80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack, survivors gather to remember those lost
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — A few dozen survivors of Pearl Harbor are expected to gather Tuesday at the site of the Japanese bombing 80 years ago to remember those killed in the attack that launched the U.S. into World War II.latimes.com
Hawaii leaders call on Navy to suspend fuel tank operations
Hawaii’s governor and congressional delegation have called on the Navy to suspend operations at World War II era fuel tank farm that sits above an aquifer that supplies water to urban Honolulu. The call from the elected leaders comes as Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro is set to hold a news conference Monday afternoon at Pearl Harbor to discuss the ongoing crisis concerning tap water at Pearl Harbor. The Navy last week said a water sample from one of its wells showed the presence of petroleum.news.yahoo.com
Navy nuclear engineer charged with trying to pass secrets
A Navy nuclear engineer with access to military secrets has been charged with trying to pass information about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government but who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, the Justice Department said Sunday. In a criminal complaint detailing espionage-related charges against Jonathan Toebbe, the government said he sold information for nearly the past year to a contact he believed represented a foreign power. Toebbe, 42, was arrested in West Virginia on Saturday along with his 45-year-old wife, Diana, after he had placed a removable memory card at a prearranged “dead drop” in Jefferson County, according to the department.news.yahoo.com
Mayport sailor accused of crashing into parked airplanes facing DUI charge
A Navy petty officer stationed at Naval Station Mayport was arrested early Sunday morning after a bizarre incident at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport, in which she crashed into two planes that were parked on the ground, according to a report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
1 of 2 pilots in military jet crash in Texas out of hospital
One of the two pilots injured when their military training jet crashed into a suburban Fort Worth, Texas, neighborhood over the weekend has been released from the hospital. The instructor pilot was released from the hospital Monday, the Chief of Naval Air Training in Corpus Christi said in a statement. Navy officials said Tuesday that the student pilot remained hospitalized in serious but stable condition.news.yahoo.com
Jacksonville native awarded medal for saving choking classmate at Officer Candidate School
Mark C. Hazenberg, commanding officer of Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN), Rhode Island, awards Officer Candidate Tyler Zutell, an Officer School (OCS) class 08-21 student, with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, March 17. Jacksonville native Tyler Zutell, an Officer Candidate School student, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal on March 17, for his actions that saved the life of a choking student. “Officer Candidate Zutell’s effective use of prior training and his ‘take-charge’ attitude demonstrated leadership and saved the life of a shipmate,” said Capt. Mark Hazenberg, commanding officer, Officer Training Command Newport, who awarded Zutell the medal. After graduating OCS, Zutell will report to the Navy’s Supply Corps School.
Coworkers: Man charged in Capitol riot had a Hitler mustache
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo rioters supporting President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington. An Army reservist charged with taking part in the attack on the U.S. Capitol was known as a Nazi sympathizer who wore a Hitler mustache, coworkers told federal investigators. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)WASHINGTON – An Army reservist charged with taking part in the attack on the U.S. Capitol was known as a Nazi sympathizer who wore a Hitler mustache, coworkers told federal investigators. The filing included photos from Hale-Cusanelli’s cellphone of him with a Hitler mustache, along with pro-Nazi cartoons. Jonathan Zucker, Hale-Cusanelli’s attorney, wrote in a filing that there was no evidence his client belongs to any white supremacist organizations.
Mexico's last island penal colony may now host cruise ships
Visitors will be able to tour the remote island jail, but not stay overnight. Ad“Visitors will have their first contact with the former island prison which for 100 years sheltered numerous criminals,” Torruco said. When Panama closed its Isla Coiba penal colony in 2004, Isla Marias became the last one remaining in the Americas. But in the end, the Islas Marias wound up costing Mexico far more per prisoner than did mainland jails. Chile closed its Santa Maria prison island in the late 1980s, Costa Rica’s Isla San Lucas penal colony closed in 1991 and Brazil’s Isla Grande in 1994.
A peek inside the Gateway Mall FEMA vaccination site
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Federal officials on Monday gave the first public first look inside the temporary COVID-19 vaccination site at Gateway Mall. The Federal Emergency Management Agency site, run by Navy personnel, can administer up to 2,000 does per day -- although the site has averaged about half of that since it opened Wednesday. They’re elderly.”You can make an appointment for a shot at the Gateway site, but it is not required. News4Jax asked the Florida Division of Emergency Management if the state would do something similar in Jacksonville but had not received an answer as of Monday afternoon. The Gateway site is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
Camden County sheriff wants armored vehicle because of Navy base
WOODBINE, Ga. – Camden County Sheriff Jim Proctor says his department needs a military-style armored vehicle to help defend a Navy base in his county. Proctor is seeking a $350,000 grant from the federal Department of Homeland Security so it can buy an armored personnel carrier. Bruce said a military-style vehicle would make deputies better equipped to respond to emergencies at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Marys. But the sheriff’s office needs to be ready to assist with emergencies at the base, Bruce said. He said that deputies, firefighters and other civilian agencies have taken part with Navy personnel in mock emergency drills at the base.
3 sailors have COVID on US ship that saw outbreak last year
FILE - In this July 9, 2020 file photo the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier makes its way into San Diego Bay as seen from San Diego. Three sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for COVID-19, the Navy said Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, less than a year after a massive outbreak on the ship sidelined it in Guam for nearly two months. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)WASHINGTON – Three sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for COVID-19, the Navy said Monday, less than a year after a massive outbreak on the ship sidelined it in Guam for nearly two months. The outbreak on the ship last year was the largest the military has seen so far, with more than 1,000 sailors testing positive. Other ships that have been underway or at their home ports over the past year have had smaller numbers of sailors test positive, but none have had such a major outbreak.
Navy IDs Kings Bay sailor, 26, who died of COVID complications
A 26-year-old sailor assigned to the USS Tennessee in Kings Bay died Thursday due to complications after contracting COVID-19, according to the U.S. Navy. The Navy later identified the sailor as Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Andrew-Godfredson Myers, an Information Systems Technician from Washington. According to a news release from the Navy, Myers was admitted to the hospital at NAS Jacksonville on Jan. 30 and was transferred to ICU at UF Health Jacksonville on Jan. 31. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family, shipmates and friends of Petty Officer Myers during this extremely difficult time,” the Navy wrote in a news release. AdThe Navy said USS Tennessee crewmembers are supported by chaplains, embedded mental health specialists, and Fleet and Family Support Center counselors at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.
Agriculture secretary nominee Vilsack endorses biofuels push
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2020, file photo former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who the Biden administration chose to reprise that role, speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON – Tom Vilsack, President Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of agriculture, pledged Tuesday to focus on climate change initiatives and work to address racial inequities in agricultural assistance programs. Vilsack, who testified before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, would bring much on-the-job experience to the position. In addition to serving two terms as the governor of Iowa, he spent eight years as President Barack Obama's Agriculture Secretary. But if you don’t have a grocery store, what then?”AdVilsack seems to enjoy bipartisan support and faced no serious criticism from Republicans on the committee.
Navy pauses plan to move Wisconsin badger to Virginia museum
Naval Academy wants the state of Wisconsin to return the statue. The statue, crafted from melted-down cannons seized from Cuba during the Spanish-American War, was affixed to the first USS Wisconsin prior to World War I. The academy museum contacted state officials last March seeking the statue's return so it could be loaned to the nonprofit Nauticus Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, where the second USS Wisconsin is berthed as an exhibit. Academy museum director Claude Berube last week consulted with U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Wisconsin Republican and former Marine. AdThe academy museum previously extended the state loan until mid-September due to COVID-induced closures in Norfolk.
Gunfire, explosions at Navy Hospital ‘just a drill’ this week
Residents might be surprised to hear gunfire and explosive sounds coming from Naval Hospital Jacksonville this week, but the Navy assures the public it’s just a drill. The Navy hospital is holding training exercises Wednesday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.Those exercises could include simulated gunfire and simulated explosions, the Navy warned. The training is part of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care program, “which is vital to preparing Naval Hospital Jacksonville medical professionals in performing their jobs under battlefield conditions,” the Navy said.
Army left out in Bowl Day marred by cancellations, opt outs
When that bowl game was called off because there was not another team available, it suddenly left Army looking for a postseason opponent. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)At a time when team after team had opted out of bowl games, Army found itself in a different sort of situation — left out. “It was a difficult day for all of college football,” said Nick Carparelli, the executive director of Bowl Season, the renamed Football Bowl Association. For the Hokies, the decision ended a 27 straight bowl game run. Some of the canceled bowl games — 15 in all, including three on Sunday alone — included the Bahamas Bowl, Celebration Bowl, Hawaii Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl, LA Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl, Quick Lane Bowl, Redbox Bowl and Sun Bowl.