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The Trump administration is asking a federal judge to delay a requirement to begin accepting transgender recruits to the military on Jan. 1.

“Specifically, Defendants request that the Court stay the portion of its preliminary injunction requiring Defendants to begin accessing transgender individuals into the military on January 1, 2018, pending a decision by the D.C. Circuit on Defendants’ appeal,” the government wrote in a motion filed late Wednesday.

The administration and the plaintiffs have asked for a decision by noon Monday.

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South Korea’s Navy said Thursday it will unveil a bust of a late US commander in memory of his contributions to the growth of the country’s naval forces during his wartime service here six decades ago.

The sculpture of Capt. Michael J. Luosey will be formally made public at a ceremony to be held at the Naval Academy in Jinhae, South Gyeongsang Province, later in the day.

Luosey served as the head of the Commander Task Group with the operational control of South Korea’s Navy during the 1950-53 Korean War, while the Navy’s combat operations were conducted at the order of Chief of Adm. Sohn Won-il, the nation’s first chief of naval operations.

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The hallways at the Soldiers and Sailors home is a bit more festive today, thanks to several members of the US Coast Guard.

Coast Guard members arrived at the Soldiers and Sailors Home to help hang holiday wreaths on residents doors and in the hallways.  For these guys, it’s a chance to give back to the community that brought them here today and an opportunity to meet the men and women who served our country.

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A police sergeant in Dawson County, Georgia, was acting as a good Samaritan on Tuesday when he offered to give a homeless man a ride to the gas station and help him out with some cash.

But the situation quickly turned potentially deadly for 52-year-old Sgt. Randy Harkness when the suspect suddenly started viciously attacking him after he tried to give him some money.

As Harkness was suffering severe injuries to his face, a nearby woman witnessed the attack and got out of her car.

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Naval recruits who fail the new running test will have 48 hours to retry. If they fail a second time, they will be sent home.

Male recruits will be required to complete a 1.5-mile run in 16 minutes, 10 seconds; female recruits will have 18 minutes, seven seconds.

On the heels of several fitness-related announcements from the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy will implement a new running test for recruits as of Jan. 1, 2018.

Passing the test will be a requirement for enlistment, according to a Stars and Stripes report.

Male recruits will be required to complete a 1.5-mile run in 16 minutes, 10 seconds; female recruits will have 18 minutes, seven seconds.

Recruits who fail will have 48 hours to retest. If they fail a second time, they will not be able to enlist.

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A US Coast Guard Cutter would be transferred to Sri Lanka further enhancing US-Sri Lanka Indo Pacific Partnership, the US Embassy said today.

Ahead of the transfer, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon said this Coast Guard Cutter is a tangible symbol of growing partnership between the two countries and reflects shared commitment of the two nations to regional stability.

Mr. Shannon who visited Sri Lanka last month announced that the US would offer a second US Coast Guard cutter to the Sri Lankan Navy pending completion of Congressional notification.

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Investigators on Valero Drive in San Marcos, where a San Marcos police officer was shot and killed Monday while serving a warrant. JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

6:30 p.m. update: San Marcos officials have identified the San Marcos police officer shot and killed while serving a warrant Monday afternoon as Kenneth Copeland.

Copeland is the first San Marcos police officer to be killed in the line of duty, said San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp.

The incident happened Monday when Copeland and several officers were serving a warrant at a home at the El Camino Real subdivision, Stapp said. When they arrived, a man began firing at them, “much like an ambush-style situation,” he said.

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Almost 400,000 people had signed a petition calling for the Defence Secretary to grant Kevin and Dazz a reprieve.

Two military dogs facing euthanasia have been saved, according to Sky sources.

Belgian malinois Kevin and Dazz were reportedly due to be put down this week because they couldn’t be re-homed.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson called the dogs’ handlers into the MOD for a meeting on Monday morning, after reports appeared in various media outlets over the weekend.

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Next March, Tracy Sefcik and Martin Conlon with Cross Country Cycle 4 Vets will embark on a 3,142-mile journey across the United States from San Diego, California, to St. Augustine, Florida.

Their goal is to raise $25,000 for the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that works to honor defenders, veterans, first responders and their families by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities.

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