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Here are the top stories for Friday, August 9th: Trump voices optimism on background checks; Presidential candidate brings gun control message to Sen. Mitch McConnel’s home turf; Remains of missing Vietnam-era Air Force pilot returned to U.S.; Belgium zoo announces birth of rare twin giant pandas.

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Remains of Vietnam War pilot flown home by son

The remains of an Air Force pilot whose plane was shot down in 1967 during the Vietnam War have been returned to Texas by his son flying a Southwest Airlines jet. (Aug. 9)

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Trump at Air Force graduation: Must rule the skies

Speaking at the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement on Thursday, President Donald Trump paid tribute to newly minted Air Force officers, thanking them for choosing the “harder path” and “higher calling” to protect the United States. (May 30)

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‘The system was raping me’: 1st US female combat fighter pilot reveals sex abuse by superior officer

Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, told a Senate panel she was raped by a senior officer while serving in the Air Force but did not report the assault, as she did not trust the system.

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Sen. McSally says she was raped while in Air Force

Sen. Martha McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, said Wednesday that she was raped in the Air Force by a superior officer. She made the disclosure at a Senate hearing on military sexual assault. (March 6)

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Air Force builds temp housing at damaged Fla. base

(17 Oct 2018) Military personnel are beginning the process of recovery at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida after Hurricane Michael swept through the area, causing heavy damage. They are building temporary housing after the storm damaged many structures. (Oct. 17)

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