Pentagon fails its first ever audit, official says

The Pentagon has failed what is being called its first-ever comprehensive audit, a senior official said on Thursday, finding U.S. Defense Department accounting discrepancies that could take years to resolve.

FDA will ban flavored e-cigarettes at U.S. convenience stores

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced sweeping new restrictions on flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes popular among teenagers in an effort to prevent a new generation of nicotine addicts.

DNA firm schooled in war zones helps ID California fire victims

The remains of victims charred beyond recognition in the California wildfires are being identified by a pioneering DNA analysis company that primarily works in war zones and crime scenes.

Troops search for 130 missing in California wildfire, death toll climbs to 56

U.S. National Guard troops scoured the ruins of the town of Paradise on Thursday for any sign of 130 people still missing in California’s deadliest wildfire on record as authorities said the death toll had risen to 56.

Exclusive: U.S. troop levels at Mexico border likely at peak – commander

The number of U.S. troops at the border with Mexico may have peaked at about 5,800, the U.S. commander of the mission told Reuters, noting he would start looking next week at whether to begin sending forces home or perhaps shifting some to new border positions.

Texas executes Mexican who killed his family 26 years ago

Authorities in Texas executed a Mexican man on Wednesday for bludgeoning to death his 42-year-old wife and two children, using a sledgehammer at their home in 1992, the state said.

At least 56 killed, 130 missing in California’s deadliest wildfire

National Guard troops joined the grim search on Wednesday for more victims in the ruins of an incinerated northern California town while the death toll climbed to 56 in the most deadly and destructive wildfire in the state’s history.