Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Slain General Brought Home

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Slain General Brought Home

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DOVER, Del. - The remains of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the first U.S. general killed in a combat zone since the Vietnam War, arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Thursday. In traditional fashion, U.S. soldiers carried out the fallen service member from an aircraft to a waiting military vehicle and then to the mortuary.

On Thursday, two Army officials were there, Gen. Raymond Odierno, the chief of staff, and Army Secretary John McHugh. Also attending were the upstate New York native's wife, retired Army Col. Sue Myers, a daughter, Amelia, and a son, Matthew, a recent graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Gen. Greene, 55, was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, a training academy for Afghan officers west of Kabul. A lone gunman is said to have opened fire with a machine gun from about 100 yards away, hitting the general several times and wounding at least 15 others.

Ebola outbreak

WASHINGTON - Western Africa's raging Ebola outbreak may produce more victims than the combined tally of all previous epidemics of the deadly virus, the head of the U.S.'s disease tracking agency told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Thomas Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called the outbreak a crisis, though one that can be stopped by "core public health interventions" - quickly diagnosing patients and isolating them before they can infect others.

Obama signs new vets law

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday by President Barack Obama.

Other changes will take longer under the $16.3 billion law, which is the government's most sweeping response to the problems that have rocked the Veterans Affairs Department and led to the ouster of Eric Shinseki as VA secretary.

Veterans who have waited at least a month for a medical appointment or who live at least 40 miles from a Veterans Affairs hospital or clinic now will be able to see private doctors at government expense. …

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